Try Something New | Specialty Stamping Paper

Ever since I saw this layout from Shannon Tidwell in the Two Peas gallery, I’ve been wanting to create some kind of layout with this fun jar stamp. I was so intrigued by her idea. My brain is just not good at dreaming up ideas like this, but once I see them I can very easily translate them into something that will work on my own pages.

I knew the jar stamps would be prominent on my layout so I wanted to have crisp, sharp stamped images. I don’t always get great results with clear stamps so it was time to try something new.

Can the paper you stamp on really make that much of a difference?

Try It: Specialty Stamping Paper Artist Trading cards

Oh yes, the paper you stamp on can make a huge difference. I was super impressed with the impressions I was getting with my clear jar stamp and Momento Tuxedo Black ink. The cards themselves are white, but I added background color in the form of distress inks once the stamped image had dried.

Not only were the stamp and the stamping paper new, but this was also the first time I tried out Ranger’s new Stickles Dry Glitter. I wanted my jars to mimic Shannon’s glitter idea and since I’m in Florida, I was going for the look of white beach sand. Rock Candy Dry Stickles couldn’t have been more perfect. (OK…it looks more like snow, but I’m going with beachy white sand!) The glitter is clear to white but provides a really cool texture. And it was super easy to get the excess back in the wide mouth jar.

Since this layout was essentially about summer and I used photos of projects I created in the last few months in my Florida condo scrapping space, I filled up my jars with tropical, beachy items. I wanted to bring in a touch of Florida to the layout design. All of these embellishments are older and have been in my stash for several years. Love using up the stash!

Other: American Crafts Thickers, foam embellishments and brads, Making Memories flowers.


I didn’t realize how much of a difference the paper you stamp on can make in the appearance of your project. The finish on this paper has a coating that is hard to explain. If I compare it to glossy paper, I would say this is very matte by comparison. Somehow that coating allows the ink to absorb just right and creates an amazing stamped image. I have not stamped an image in colored inks yet, but I’m going to give that a try next. I did use a Ranger ink applicator tool to apply the distress ink and love how vibrant the colors show through.

Take Away:

This specialty stamping paper is totally worth the cost and effort to find it. I had to order mine online, though I have recently seen the artist trading card packs showing up in Michael’s and Joann’s. It also comes in both 8.5×11 and 12×12 sizes. The cost is prohibitive enough that I wouldn’t use a 12×12 sheet of this paper in the background of a layout, but it is nice to get that size if you wanted to create full length stamped borders.

If you are looking to improve your stamping abilities, give this paper a try. You might find out that you’re not the problem, the paper is!

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. I love what you did with the stamp, Tammy! It looks so good against the different colored background and the little embellishments inside.

  2. oh i love this!! i have this stamp and have wondered how i was going to use it and this is such wonderful inspiration!! tfs!!

  3. I love the linear layout for this! Great page!

  4. Love the layout and your jars are so cute!

  5. Tammy – that is just adorable! I didn’t even realize those were stamped jars at first. I thought it was patterned paper. And I love how you embellished them.
    Plus your instagram photos look great on this page!

  6. Absolutely love this layout!! Great job! 🙂

  7. The jars turned out perfect! It took me awhile to figure out that paper has A LOT to do with how your stamping turns out. But now that I have that knowledge, stamping and I are the dearest of friends 🙂

  8. Great layout.
    I love the pop of colour with the kraft colour.
    I didn’t realize different papers were better at stamping on. I know about colouring with copics but not with stamping.

  9. I never knew that artist trading cards had specialty paper, thanks for the tip. Love the white sand look, btw!

  10. Thanks for the recommendations! I used to think I was just a lousy stamper, until I hit the right combination of paper and stamp pad. Amazing improvement when you use the right materials!

  11. I love your take on the inspiration and this layout is totally yours, awesome. I agree stamping paper is important.

  12. I love the little jars!!! I need to copy this layout!!! I can see this used with the different seasons!!!
    Where did you get the stamp???? 🙂

    • The jar stamp is from the latest Dear Lizzy collection from American Crafts. I picked it up at my local scrapbook store. 🙂

  13. That is great jar stamp! Your layout turned out fantastic.


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