Monochromatic Card using First and Second Generation Stamping Techniques

Welcome and thank you for stopping by!  Today, I’m going to show you a simple and elegant technique for making monochromatic cards using first and second generation stamping technique and one color of ink to create depth and lighter tones of color.  In this case, I’m going to use Pacific Point classic ink pad but I could have just as easily created this card using Marina Mist or Night of Navy.  

Generation stamping is a technique wherein a single ink is used to create different shaded images by stamping it multiple times without re-inking.  

  • First generation stamping is inking your stamp and applying the inked stamp directly on your project.
  • Second generation stamping is inking your stamp, stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and then stamping the image on your project without re-inking the stamp. The result is a lighter image.  
  • You can even do third and fourth generation stamping, depending on how juicy your ink pad is and the richness of the ink color.


This project features High Tide stamp set and uses Pacific Point classic ink pad, Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock and sponges. You will also need grid paper for easy alignment, some large and regular sized post-it notes and painter’s tape.  And, the sentiment is borrowed from So Many Shells stamp set but this card can be used for any occasion.  

First you will need to align your piece of Whisper White cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ on your grid paper, and secure first with large post-it notes and add a bit of painter’s tape to secure the post-it note to the grid paper.  (Note:  if you apply painter’s tape directly to the whisper white piece, it could tear the cardstock when it is removed.).  

On the left side, the large post-it note overs up 3/4″; on the right side, it covers up 1″ — leaving 2-1/4″ whisper white cardstock exposed.  

With an inked sponge, start sponging using a swirling motion first on the post-it note and shifting on to the exposed cardstock near the edges of the post-it note.  Sponge more ink to the top of the piece to create a darker sky.  Sponge ink about one-third down from the top to create two white spaces for interest.  Next, use second generation stamping and add the sand image near the bottom of the piece.

Using second generation stamping, add the Outlined Lighthouse image.  Next, use first generation stamping and add the Solid Lighthouse image directly over the outlined image.  

Next, use first, second and third generation stamping to add the grass at the base of the light house.  Stamp some grass directly on the base of the lighthouse to create depth.  Use second generation stamping to add the beacon of light.

For the water, add a post it note (yellow) to ensure you have a straight horizon, then add another post-it note (green) to protect the left side of the light house.  Use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water, slightly moving the stamp each time. Relocate the green post-it note to protect the right side of the lighthouse, and use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water on that side.


Carefully remove all the post-it notes and masking tape.  Using first generation stamping, add the seagulls and sentiment.  Mat your piece with 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Pacific Point cardstock.

When complete, your finished card should look like this…


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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




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