Stamping 101 Terms: “Stamp Off” or “Generation Stamping”


A card front using generation stamping–only two ink colors were used.

In my last post, I used the phrase “stamp off“. These are words we in the stamping world use often and assume everyone else knows what we mean. Just to clear things up, I’ll explain it to you.

To “stamp off“, or “stamping off“, is simply to remove ink from the stamp by stamping once or more before stamping onto your final project. It literally is a shortening of the phrase “to stamp a layer of ink off the stamp.” See why we just say “stamp off“? Some people also use the phrase “generation stamping“. The first generation of stamping is using full strength ink. Second generation is when you stamp off one layer of ink on scrap paper and then stamp the second layer of ink on your project. Third generation is when you stamp twice on scrap paper and use the third layer of ink on your project. With a good quality ink, you might even be able to stamp five or six generations of your image before running out of ink. All of the stamping is done without re-inking the stamp.


I used Rose Red ink on this stamp from the Flower Shop stamp set and stamped four times without re-inking the stamp. See how I get different shades? This is why I recommend getting darker colors of ink before buying the lighter colors. You can always stamp off a layer or two of ink to get lighter colors, but it is close to impossible to get a light ink to stamp darker.

Stampin’ Up! Classic inks are great for this technique. If you don’t use Stampin’ Up! inks, test your ink before stamping on your project, because not all inks give good results like the Stampin’ Up! ink does. I am not just saying that because I now sell Stampin’ Up! I would have told you the same thing before I became a demonstrator.


You can also use generation stamping as a design technique on your card. I used Garden Green on the fern stamp from Butterfly Basics. I stamped the image off-center, then stamped five more times at different angles to make a cluster of fern leaves.

I punched out the red and pink flowers with the Pansy Punch and made a little card front design. I’ll make it into a card later by adding a sentiment and gluing it to a card base.

Materials and Tools:

  • Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pad
    • Rose Red Classic ink ( 126954 )
    • Garden Green Classic ink ( 126973 )
  • Stamps:
  • Whisper White cardstock ( 100730 )
  • Acrylic Blocks C (118486 ) and I ( 118488 )
  • Pansy Punch ( 130698 )

As always, I appreciate any orders placed at my Stampin’ Up! store. All of the product numbers above will take you directly to my online store. Your order will be shipped directly to your home. You must live in the United States to shop at my store.

Stamped imgaes © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®     Photograph images © 2018 Sara Eby

Lots of Lavender Friendship Cards



I made a few cards with the 2-step™ stamp Lots of Lavender from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Sale-a-bration catalog. I left most of them blank on the inside so that there is room to write a nice note to a friend.

Here are the cards

Lots of Lavender Card 1

The sentiment is embossed with Silver embossing powder.

Lots of Lavender card 2

This card could be used for a get well or sympathy card.

Lots of Lavender Card 3

This card has “Hope your day is wonderful!” stamped on the inside.

Lots of Lavender Card 4

This card base is from the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes from the Sale-a-bration catalog.


Here’s How I Made the Cards

  • Card Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardstock, scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side and folded in half.
  • First Layer: 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Calypso Coral cardstock or textured purple cardstock (from my stash)
  • Flagged Layer: Use the largest banner from Banner Framelits or cut Designer Series Paper to 2 3/4″ x 4 7/8″. Cut a 1″ slit in the center of the 2 3/4″ side. Cut from each corner to the top of the slit to flag the end of the paper.
  • The image is stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • Line the inside of the cards (except the Tutti-Frutti card) with Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

I recommend using a dark color like Soft Suede or Basic Black ink to stamp the outline image of the flowers. I tried using a green ink, but it didn’t look good. I used Perfect Plum ink on the filler stamp for the flowers. The plum ink was too dark at full strength so I stamped off twice to get a lighter shade before stamping onto the flower image. I used Calypso Coral or Bashful Bride ink on the ribbon and bow area depending on what the main color in the Designer Series Paper was or to match the Calypso Coral in the first layer.

I stamped the sentiments with Versamark ink onto scraps of cardstock and heat embossed them with gold or silver embossing powder to match the foil on the Designer Series Paper. It doesn’t really show well in the pictures, but in person, the embossing adds a little bit of wow. Don’t forget to rub your Embossing Buddy over your cardstock before stamping with Versamark and sprinkling your embossing powder. It really does make a difference in the crispness of your embossed image, and you won’t have stray specks all over your project.

The last card is made with a card base from the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes from the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog. I also used a scrap of pink left over from cutting out one of the flags for another card. I stamped the flower image on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut it. I tucked the sentiment behind the flagged Designer Series Paper.

You can get the Lots of Lavender stamp set or the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes for free with a $50 order at my Stampin’ Up! store.  If you spend $100, you can get both free. You need to hurry, though, because Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2018 or while supplies last. All of the  products and tools I used are listed below. Click on the item number for a direct link to that item in my store.

Materials and Tools

  • Cardstock:
    • Perfect Plum ( 101889 )
    • Calypso Coral ( 122925 ) and scraps
    • River Rock (retired)
    • Very Vanilla ( 101650 )
    • Whisper White ( 100730 )
    • Soft Suede ( 115318 )  or Early Espresso ( 119686 ) scraps
  • Ink:
  • Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper ( 145580 )
  • Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes ( 147242 )
  • Stamps:
    • Lots of Lavender ( 147194 )
    • Sheltering Tree ( 137163 )  “thinking of you”
    • Six-Sided Sampler (retired) “My Friend”
    • Cottage Greetings (retired) “Hope your day is wonderful!”
    • Greatest Greetings (retired) “sending smiles”
  • Embossing Powder:
  • Adhesive:
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals ( 104430 )  and Mini Dimensionals ( 144108 )
    • Fast Fuse
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue ( 110755 )
  • Tools:

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About Me

Hi, I’m Sara Eby, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Fenton, Michigan. Paper crafting is something that brings me immense joy. I’d like to share my craft with you.

I have been stamping and making cards for almost 15 years after a friend invited me to a Stampin’ Up! party. I started making all of the cards I give away when I could not find an appropriate card for my then-8-year-old nephew. I also discovered scrapbooking with mini photo albums about 5 years ago and fell in love with designing albums for myself. Mini albums are my favorite scrapbooking style since I am intimidated by a blank 12×12  page, and I could never make up my mind on what to put where in pocket-style scrapbooking pages.

I want to bring you ideas, designs and techniques that spark your creativity. Whether you are a beginner or a more seasoned crafter, I hope you will find inspirational, fun and usable instructions to make your own cards, photo albums and three-dimensional projects like bags, boxes and home decor. I want to inspire you to sit down at your own table and make something. The main idea is to get crafty and get your fingers inky, because inky fingers are happy fingers!

Let me help you plan your Escape to Paperland, where fingers are always inky, creativity abounds, and stress melts away at the touch of cardstock.