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A Guide to Rubber Stamping  (continued)

Once you have mastered this, try using different coloured inks or embossing powders.


Using your stamps

Place your inked stamp straight down onto your surface and wait a few seconds for the ink to transfer.  Lift the stamp straight up.  

Be extra careful when stamping onto a glossy surface as the inked stamp can tend to slide leaving a blurry image.  

If it is a large stamp, lay down with rubber face up and ink the surface.   If you do not require precise placing, you can lay your card down onto the inked stamp, smooth over with your hand and lift the card, making sure you keep one hand on to hold in position.  This is also handy if you want to ink a small surface (a tile or domino), you can lay your item down on part of the stamp.

If you have trouble placing a rubber image in a particular spot, you may find the use of a stamp jig useful.   This comes as a two part package, an oblong clear plastic sheet and an L shape block - the stamp is used tucked into the corner of the L. Doing this first with the plastic in place allows you to stamp your image on it and move it around your project so you can see when stamped without the plastic where the image will appear.

Always take your ink pad to your stamp, this will ensure you have covered all areas with the ink.  Tap your ink pad onto the surface of the stamp several times. Each time you tap it will add more ink.  Don’t be too heavy handed when inking, as you could cover the whole stamp with ink instead of just the raised image which may transfer to your project.

To emboss with your stamps, first wipe your card with an anti static pad or tumble dryer sheet to ensure the embossing powder only adheres to your stamped image.

You will see the embossing powder change in appearance as it melts to have a raised glossy finish. Do not overheat as the powder can be absorbed into the card and not give such a dimensional finish.

Ink your stamp by tapping the ink pad on your stamp, and then stamp your image onto your card. (Click here for our ink pad guide)   

Once you have stamped your image, cover it with your chosen embossing powder - an ultra fine clear embossing powder is an excellent one to start with.

Tip off the excess embossing powder and return it to the pot - a folded piece of clean scrap paper is ideal for this.

Heat gently with a craft heat gun, moving the gun around to heat the image evenly..

Stamping with paint

Either ;

Other ways to use your stamps

Stamp into heated Friendly Plastic.

Stamp into molten UTEE
(Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

Pour molten UTEE onto stamp.

Stamp into clay.

Stamp onto fabric.

Stamp into thick embossing paste or thick gesso for a texture finish.

Rubber stamps can be used for many crafts:;

Storing your stamps

A few companies supply the rubber stamps with cling cushion, cut to shape, and adhered to a laminated index sheet.  

When adding your own cushion backing to rubber stamps, you could laminate the index card and attach the stamps for storing.

Rubber stamps should be stored away from sunlight, as this could make the rubber brittle.

Clear stamps usually are sold sandwiched between two acetate sheets, be careful when removing for the first time as it is possible to tear the cheaper stamps. Store them in the original packaging.

There are several stamps cleaners available.  Baby wipes are handy for easy to remove ink. Use solvent cleaner for solvent based inks such as Stazon.

A wet brush pad is handy to wipe the stamp onto.  

If using paint, you will need to thoroughly clean using soap and toothbrush.

Cleaning your stamps

Paint can be used with rubber stamps - make sure you wash your stamp straight after using an old toothbrush.

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