Tips and Techniques – Using stamping

Stamping has become quite popular in scrapping again these days – so it’s worth a shot trying it out – it really does add a new dimension to your layers.

Stamps come in a range of ways – mounted on wood or clear plastic, unmounted rubber or acetate, foam, wood, rollers – you name it!

There are some advantages and disadvantages to using the different types of stamps.

Rubber stamps LAST LONGER and don’t perish in heat or moisture. The usually have a clear and accurate cut and can be made into any stamping shape. Disadvantage? They are normally mounted onto a wooden block, which is fine for card makers but not so great for scrappers as they can’t see where the stamp is going or lining up.

Clear stamps are able to  be seen through but I’m told that they don’t last as long and you can only clean them using water or baby wipes. They are also susceptible to heat – meaning they will MELT if your leave them in the sun.

You can either stamp directly onto your page over the top of a few layers, or you can add the stamps later as an embellishment, which is what I have done on my LO “Girl Talk”.

I wanted to include some hand made embellishments that added to the “girly” theme, so I pulled out these stamps that are just good quality black and white images. I peeled them off their wooden bases (yes, pulled them off!) and restuck them onto my clear acetate block.

I then turned the stamp upside down and tapped on it with the ink pad to ensure an even covering of ink. I then stamped onto plain white card (not textured like Bazzill) and left them to dry for about 10 minutes. If you are working with Pigment ink it need that time to dry or you will smudge it. Eeeek!

After the stamps were dry, I cut them out in even squares and double matted them on to black then pink card to co-ordinate with my LO. That colour combo of Black, White and Pink always looks girly!

Give this technique a try and let me know how you go!!!

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