The Thumping Technique is a fun way to add multiple colors to your rubber stamps to create a unique look every time!

This can be done on a stamp with more detail (my favorite stamp ever for this technique was from the very old Lovely as a Tree stamp set) or on a bolder stamp like these leaves…

Very Vanilla: 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
Garden Green: 4″ x 5-1/2″
Pretty Peacock card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″


You’ll use the brush tip of your Stampin’ Write markers to do the “Thumping Technique” on your stamps.


Watch this video to see how it’s done:


Thumping Technique with Markers:

  • Start by inking up the entire stamp with a lighter color of ink. You can do this with the brush tip of a Stampin’ Write marker or an ink pad.
  • Next, you’ll use the BRUSH tip of your Stampin’ Write markers – these are water-based markers so they can be used on the stamps – to “thump” color onto your stamp. When using a bolder stamp especially, you’ll want to think about the direction of your marker tip a little bit more. You can thump on color all in one direction or turn your stamp as you go.
  • Hold your marker loosely.
  • After you’ve added all the colors you want, HUFF on the stamp to re-moisten all the ink.
  • Then stamp your multi-colored image!
  • You can clean your stamp off each time or you can just continue to add ink and see what you end up with.


For these leaves, I inked up my stamp with an Old Olive ink pad and then chose 2 colors to “thump” with – Garden Green and Pretty Peacock. All of these colors are from Stampin’ Up!’s Regals Collection. I found I liked it best when I pointed my marker brush so that it was lined up with the center vein of the leaves.


Supplies Used:

This technique isn’t just for fall leaves! Here’s a card I made with the Flower Fest stamp set many years ago in shades of pink…

Watch this video next if you want to see how I used the thumping technique on a tree stamp.

Happy Stamping!

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