Part of the beauty of large sheet stamps (either rubber or acrylic) is that when you use them as a whole sheet – rather than cutting them up – you can create an entire background in seconds for either a scrapbook page or a card.
This tutorial is just going to show you a very quick way to create a custom background on a scrapbook page using a large sheet of rubber stamps – in this case, “Darkroom Door” Butterflies by Rachel Greig.
Assemble your euipment.
One full sheet of rubber or acrylic stamps – I have used an A5 sized sheet and mounted it on the lid of the tin that it came in. I would have used an acrylic block but I didn’t have one big enough and besides, it’s a rubber stamp so you wouldn’t see through it anyway, lol.
You also need some ink – I have used Stazon Jet Black but really any ink is ok if you are just stamping onto card or paper.
Cardstock, of course – I have used Bazzill Kraft.
Ink up your large stamp surfae with the ink pad pressing ONTO the rubber stamp – not the STAMP pressing onto the nk. This way you get an even coverage and can see where you have inked.
Stamp directly onto your cardstock – for my background I have chosen to use the stamp as a “panel” one quarter of the way down the page. I aligned the op of the tin with the top of the cardstock for the first impression.
For the second (and subsequent) impression (as the first one won’t cover the entire page) you will need to carefully line up your stamp so that it doesn’t overlap the first lot of images. To do this you have a few options:
a) mark lightly with a pencil the end of the first row of images and line that up with your acrylic block for the next impression.
b) “eyeball” it from the side to check that you aren’t overlapping it.
(I often do b) and c) together LOL. I don’t recommend it but hey, I also don’t mind if I make a mistake).
So using this method you could cover just a panel on your card, or even cover the entire background edge to edge. I would recommend an acrylic stamp and acrylicblock for that, though. Less guessing and more seeing where you are going.
So after you have finished and allowed for some drying time, you can scrap the page as normal:
Have fun and happy scrapping everyone!