Cityscape Stamping Tutorial

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a stamping tutorial. I’m using using the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Brilliance Inks to create a metallic sunset cityscape journaling cards.

If you’re new to stamping, my Stamping 101 post will help get you started. All of these inks are available in the shop and this technique can be used with any cityscape/building stamp. You could even carve your own.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

Sometimes stamping is difficult for me. I tend to lean my crafting towards mediums that give me complete control. Cutting paper, writing words, using stickers or letter stamps are totally my jam — blending slow drying inks, a little bit of a challenge.

Step out of your comfort zone.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

1. Start out by gathering your supplies. We’ll be using the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliance Inks in Galaxy Gold, Rocket Red Gold, Crimson Copper, and Cosmic Copper to create our stamped sunset cityscapes.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

2. We will be stamping from light to dark. First, use the Galaxy Gold Ink and ink up your entire cityscape stamp, from top to bottom. Stamp along the bottom edge of the journaling card, reinking when necessary.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

3. Using Cosmic Copper, ink your entire cityscape stamp once again. This time you will stamp just below your original stamped area (about 1/8th of an inch lower). Reink the stamp and repeat as necessary.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

4. Using Rocket Red Gold, ink the bottom two-thirds of the cityscape stamp (see the photo below to illustrate how much the stamp should be inked), leaving the top of your cityscape stamp un-inked. Stamp along the bottom edge of the journaling card. Reink and repeat as necessary.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

5. Using Crimson Copper, the darkest ink color, ink the very bottom of the cityscape stamp (see the photo below to illustrate how much the stamp should be inked). Stamp along the bottom edge of the journaling card, creating the final depth to our sunset.

rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial rukristin stamps cityscape tutorial

Now these journaling cards are ready to be used for anything. Put them in your Project Life albums, write a note to a friend, jot down your grocery list, and more.

Play around with different stamping techniques, overlapping, blending, etc — and definitely try out different color combinations for a unique card each and every time.

Supply List: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliance Inks in Galaxy GoldRocket Red GoldCrimson Copper, and Cosmic Copper;  Paper: Project Life: 3×4 Grid Journaling Cards; Stamp: Studio Calico

  • this is genius! You are so right, stamping like this totally freaks me out that im going to ruin a project! I dont even like it when my date stamp turns out half stamped. but i love the idea of the layering to create a fade! I cant wait to try this with all different type stamps, especially letters to create an ombre look!

    • That’s why I like doing like ‘messy’ techniques on a smaller part of a project — like a title card or journaling box, that way if I screw up, I haven’t messed up my entire project and can start over again.

  • I’ve never used Brilliance inks, but they are gorgeous!

    • I’m a huge fan. The drying speed is great for blending, but you don’t HAVE to dry it with a heat gun.

  • Rachel Townsend

    I can’t get over how beautiful these are! What a wonderful technique :)

    • Thanks so much. I love the metallic colors!

  • Kelly Jean

    Love this tutorial. I love my stamps but am apprehensive of doing anything outside of ink and stamp. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • ME too! Super apprehensive at first, but sometimes it feels good to work on something that you aren’t good at — it takes the pressure off, and then you find out that you aren’t actually all that bad!

  • Melinda Readman

    Great tutorial Kristen. I have that stamp so will be digging through my inks to see what I have to try this out.

    • Awesome! Drop me a link when you’re done, I’d love to see!

  • These are GORGEOUS. *frantically runs out to buy stamping supplies*

    • <3 That's why I love the dew drops, you can have lots of colors without breaking the bank.