Stamping 101

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The first rule of stamping is that you make your own rules. A lot of stamping is personal preference — there is definitely not a hard and fast way to do anything. If you’re just starting out, or looking to incorporate new techniques, the best advice I can give you is to practice, practice, practice. Try different stamps, different inks, different papers and see what works best for you.

Different Types of Stamps

There are a couple of different types of stamps available.  Traditional wood-mount stamps and clear poly-photomer stamps dominate the stamps on the market today. These stamps are available at big-box stores, independent stores, online, and pretty much anywhere else you can pick up scrapbook/papercraft supplies. They are both generally used in the same way, with a few exceptions outlined below.

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What makes the stamps different? Why choose wood mount over clear stamps or vice versa? It (as always) depends on what you want to do with them and what you want to accomplish.

Wood Mount Stamps: The original stamp. Deep etched rubber mounted on a wooden block. Wood mount stamps are more expensive, but will last indefinitely when taken care of properly. If you’re going to use a stamp over and over again, or if you want a stamp with super fine detail work, a wood mount rubber stamp is your best bet.

Clear Stamps: The 21st century alternative to wood mount rubber stamps. Clear stamps are made from a polyphotomer base, and allow you to see right through the image to your project. You will need an acrylic block to mount clear stamps Clear stamps are much more economical and usually come in sets with multiple stamps in one package. Clear stamps tend to wear over time, but with proper care, they can last several years or more. Awesome Ladies Clear Stamps are available here.

Cling Mount Stamps: Cling stamps are a hybrid between rubber and clear stamps. They are basically a wood mount rubber stamp, without the wood mount. You will need an acrylic block to mount and use cling stamps.

How to Stamp

Clear Stamps

  1. Attach the clear stamp to an acrylic block big enough to hold the entire image
  2. Ink the surface of the stamp using the ink of your choice. Make sure to cover the design completely with ink
  3. Grab the stamp (image side down) and press it firmly onto the paper where you want your image to appear
  4. Do your best not to move the stamp after you have pressed it down. Any movement will result in a blurry image
  5. Lift the stamp from the paper, using one hand to hold the paper down for an easier release
  6. Clean your stamp and put it away for next time

Wood-Mount Stamps

  1. Place the stamp on a flat surface, rubber side up
  2. Ink the surface of the stamp using the ink of your choice. Make sure to cover the design completely with ink
  3. Grab the stamp (image side down) and press it firmly onto the paper where you want your image to appear
  4. Do your best not to move the stamp after you have pressed it down. Any movement will result in a blurry image
  5. Lift the stamp from the paper, using one hand to hold the paper down for an easier release
  6. Clean your stamp and put it away for next time

Stamping is a great way to get creative with your personal story. Stamps are reusable and when combined with different inks, can produce a number of different looks. Stamps are fantastic when you’re being budget-conscious, a single stamp set can be used on hundreds of projects, stretching your dollar to the max.

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