Marvelous Mailable Cards: Adding detail without dimension

Hi, sweet friends!  Suzanne here with a mailable card full of fun details! I’m creating a layered scene with the “Royal Wish” and “Enjoy Calligraphy” sets by using a transparent sheet. I love creating scenes and adding details, but I also love saving money on postage! (Most of my cards are sent through the mail and aren’t hand-delivered.)

To use this technique, you’ll need:

  • Sweet Stamp Shop sets of your choice. “Royal Wish” and “Enjoy Calligraphy” are used in this tutorial.
  • Your favorite ink to use when coloring images on card stock. (I use Memento Tuxedo Black.)
  • Ink that will stamp on acetate/transparent sheets without smearing. (I used Staz-On Jet Black.)
  • Coloring medium of your choice. (I used Copic markers and a metallic gel pen.)
  • Card stock and patterned paper to create your scene.
  • Metal die to cut a shape from the inside of a panel of paper.
  • Adhesive, scissors, and a pencil.

100_4896-wmFirst, stamp the images that will be part of your scene on thick white card stock. Next,  measure and cut a panel of acetate that will fit on the front of the card.

Stamp images on the transparency. You can check the position of the images with the metal die to make sure they fit into the scene. Clean the stamps after each impression, especially when switching between inks. Some inks may stain your clear stamps, but that won’t affect the quality of your stamped image.


Next, color the images you stamped on the white card stock.


To create the background, I drew a very thin pencil line around the outside of the metal die on a panel of black card stock. Then, I stamped the stars from the “Enjoy Calligraphy” set onto smooth black card stock with Perfect Medium, applied Perfect Pearls powder, and gently brushed off the excess.

Once your images are colored and your background and transparency are stamped, you’ll start to put the layers together. I used washi tape to tack the metal die to the patterned paper so it stayed in the right place when I ran it through the die-cut machine.


Next, stamp your sentiment and check the position of your images.


Trim the images from the white card stock, cutting along the edge of the image so that none of the white card stock is showing.

To stick the images to the transparency, add the adhesive to the front of each image. You’ll line up the colored images under the images on the transparency. For this card, I used Xyron repositionable adhesive. It won’t show through the transparency, and you can move the image if it’s not lined up exactly.

Here’s what the layers will look like between the top sheet and transparency and the background layer. It’s easy to hide your adhesive on the parts that don’t show through.


Here’s a look at the front of the finished card!


Even though there’s a lot of detail in the scene, you can see that the card isn’t thick, fits easily in an envelope, and the images are protected behind the transparency.


I saved the leftover die cut shape from the card front to decorate the inside of the card.

100_4910Here’s another look at the stamp sets I used to make today’s card: “Royal Wish“, “Enjoy Calligraphy“, and “Princess“.

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Speaking of saving on postage costs, did you know that Sweet Stamp Shop is offering FREE shipping on all U.S. orders placed now through July 26th? Make sure to enter the coupon code from the picture below when you check out!

Sweet Stamp Shop is on Vacation between July 15-26thThanks so much for stopping by today! I’d love to hear any tips that you have for keeping your cards mailable!

Need more creative inspiration? You can find tutorial videos on Sweet Stamp Shop’s You Tube channel! And, there’s always something new when you follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram!

2 Responses to Marvelous Mailable Cards: Adding detail without dimension

  1. chrissylarson says:

    Super cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

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