MFT Academy: Recessed Stamping

Welcome back to the MFT Academy!  Barbara is your Guest Professor today, she’ll show you how to create this gorgeous clean and simple card with a step-by-step tutorial.

Recessed stamping is a great way to easily add dimension and add extra interest to your clean and simple designs without losing the CAS look. There are quite a few My Favorite Things stamp sets that will work with this technique, but today I’m using Lisa Johnson Designs Pretty Poppies paired with MFT’s Smooth White card stock.


Step 1: Cut card stock 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ to layer on an A2 size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card base.

Step 2: Lay out the dies and stamps to get a basic idea of how the design should look.

Note: Do not put your dies too close to the edge of your card front–no closer than 1/4″.

Step 3: Once the dies have been positioned, secure them to the card stock with removable tape.

Step 4: Cut out the dies, but do not throw the die cuts away; they can be used on another project.

Step 5: Using another piece of Smooth White card stock, stamp the images.

Step 6: Color the center of the bottom poppy with Copic markers using the following colors:

Step 7: Lay down YG91 in the center, then starting on the outside with W9, work back towards the green with W7, W5, W3,
and W1.

Step 8: Continue to blend the layers of color until your center looks like this:

Step 9: Trim out the images using a pair of scissors, leaving about 1/4″ margin.

Step 10: Test the images behind the die-cut openings to make sure the arrangement is properly aligned.

Step 11: Stamp the stems on the card front.

Step 12:  For this design, the stems needed to be longer. To accomplish this, ink up a portion of the stem stamp and extend as desired.


Step 13: Do another trial fit. There will be a gap where there’s no stem on the stamped image.

Step 14: To remedy this, line up the image precisely with the stamped stems and place light pencil marks where the stem needs to be extended onto the image.

Step 15: Stamp stems over the pencil marks.

Step 16: Stamp the sentiment.

Step 17: Place narrow strips of foam tape on the back side around the die cut holes.

Step 18: Remove the tape backing one at a time, and then lower the card front over the stamped images, lining up the openings and stamped stems. The back will look like this when done.

Step 19: Add dimensional foam tape to the back of the card front to ensure that  the card front doesn’t sag around the die-cut openings.

Step 20: Adhere card front to base card.

Step 21: Add embellishments as desired. This card only needed a few black dots to create balance.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the tutorial, there are quite a few MFT stamps and Die-namics dies that work well with this technique. Here is a card using LJD Sweet Roses and Die-namics LJD Roses and Leaves.

And here’s another using Inspired by Up, Up and Away and Die-namics Up, Up and Away.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you will be inspired to try your hand at the technique. Use the keyword MFTED5 in your gallery upload on Splitcoaststampers so we can admire your creations!

If you have any questions, please email, and we’ll be happy to help you!

You’ll find links to the product used in today’s tutorial just below:

27 Responses to MFT Academy: Recessed Stamping

  1. 1
    Queen Mary says:

    Love it! What a labor of love!

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    Tricia says:

    What a fantastic tutorial! I need to try this!!

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    Lori W says:

    Wow! This is a great tutorial with a technique I’ve never seen before. TFS!! I need to get off my “tush” and go make one. :-)

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    Amy Rohl says:

    Fabulous tutorial, Barb, and gorgeous cards to boot!

  5. 5
    Sue McRae says:

    Love this technique, thanks for sharing!

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    Inge says:

    Amazing tutorial Barbara! This technique looks awesome, thanks for sharing :D

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    Lisa Henke says:

    now I know how you make these beautiful cards!!! love this look and your cards are sooooo beautiful. Thanks for all the tips and how-to’s!

  8. 8

    Oh my Barbara! What a fantastic tutorial! I will surely have to give this a try! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  9. 9

    Awesome tutorial, Barbara! Looking forward to giving this a try!

  10. 10
    Terri DeYoung says:

    Love this technique and will have to try it! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    Diane M. says:

    Thanks for this! Look forward to trying it out.

  12. 12
    Shirley says:

    What a unique technique. Challenging for me, but I’m gona try it anyway. Love the finished product. Thank you so much!

  13. 13

    Awesome idea! I never thought about doing that. Pinning this for a reminder to try it later. Thanks for the great tutorial and sharing your gorgeous cards!

  14. 14

    I love this idea Barbara! And your samples are so pretty.

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    JENNI KING says:

    what a beautiful card!! can’t wait to try this!!! you make it look sooooo easy!!


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    JENNI KING says:

    what a beautiful card!! can’t wait to try this!! you make it look sooooo easy!!!

  17. 17
    Becky J says:

    How cool! Need to try this…love new ways to use my dies and stamps! thanks a bunch

  18. 18
    Janet says:

    Absolutely lovely – brilliant tutorial :)

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    Becky says:

    I needed a new idea and I like the look of this technique. I have the Up Up and Away set. I also will try it with flowers. Thank You for the great tutorial. Everyone have a good weekend.

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    Joan VanCourt says:

    Great tutorial. This is new to me, so I really learned a new technique that I hope to use. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21

    Great idea – I haven’t seen this before – off to try it!

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    Marlys says:

    I really love the card going to try making one like it thanks

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