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two step stamping color combinations


Multiple step stamping give you the ability to create multicolored stamped images without having to actually do the coloring yourself. You do have to make some choices when it comes to choosing ink colors and given the amount of possibilities, it can be quite overwhelming where to start. I took some time to put together some two step color combinations using the ink colors that we carry at Papertrey Ink and have twenty-two combinations to share that you can choose from for your next multiple step stamped project.


I think one of the best ways to get to know what you have in your supply stash is to sit down and create swatches - no matter what company your supplies are from. I did just that here with my inks from Papertrey Ink to put together some two step color combinations.

I chose the flower I used from the Gran's Garden set and stamped the base image with just about every color from the Papertrey Ink collection. Then I went back and added the overlay color that seemed to make the most sense. There are a lot of ways that you could go about doing swatches like this and the possibilities of combinations are pretty much endless. I stamped the images on Stamper's Select White cardstock and die cut them out so I could add them to my charts.

Here are the charts that I created with twenty-two different two step color combinations. You can download the unstamped PDF of my charts to make your own - the first color listed is the base color and then second color is the overlay. Click the link below the pictures for the download. Also, click any of the photos to see them larger.


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What other ways that you could swatch color combinations? You could do all of your swatches on a colored cardstock (like kraft!) versus white. You could keep the base color ink the same and try all sorts of different color overlays over the top.

Once I had my charts complete, I think the thing that I loved the most was the new and surprising color combinations that I discovered along the way. Normally, I tend to stick to some of my "tried and true" combinations over and over again. This was definitely inspiration to use new color combinations on my next project.

These charts are for two step stamping, but you could also use this chart to reference colors for color blending with an ink blending tool or using the inks for watercolor.


The color combination that stood out to me was using Stormy Sea as the base color and then adding Pinefeather for the overlay. I stamped up several flowers with that combination and then also some more flowers and elements from the Gran's Garden set.


The darkest flower is Pinefeather for the base and Dark Chocolate for the overlay. The red flower is Scarlet Jewel for the outer piece and Pure Poppy for the inner piece. The berries are Honey Nut for the base and Canyon Clay for the overlay.


An nice opportunity for some mass production happens when you have all of your supplies out and at the ready and so I created multiples of this card design. The sentiment is from the Penned Elegance stamp set and I added a few rainstones as a finishing touch.

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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you were inspired to take some time and stamp your own ink combinations and perhaps find something new to use on your next multiple step stamping project.