Stamping is a fantastic creative outlet and a versatile craft that can be applied to your scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting. However, if you’re a beginner it can be daunting to know where to start. We have created this guide full of stamping tips and tricks to help you on your journey.
Stamping platforms such as the MISTI or Tim Holtz Stamp Press are fantastic to use for precision stamping, stamp layering, stamp masking etc. However, this is optional for beginners.
When you have mastered the basics of stamping, there are many more stamping techniques for cards and papercrafts that you can explore. Take your stamped images to a whole new level!
Here are three of our favourite stamping techniques. You’ll need a couple more supplies for these techniques, but it’s totally worth it.
This technique involves adding an embossing powder to the stamped image to create a special effect.
Follow these steps to emboss:
Copic Markers are a Japanese brand of alcohol ink maker loved by artists, designers, illustrators and crafters. They are high-quality markers with a smooth application and a broad range of colours to choose from. They have a chisel nib at one end and a brush or bullet tip at the other.
You can use these makers for colouring your image once it has been stamped. The steps for this technique are as follows:
The masking technique involves covering or ‘masking’ images that have been stamped, or part thereof, before stamping another image. Once you remove the masking paper you will see that you have created the illusion of depth on your card.
As this technique is a bit more involved, we have created a Stamp Masking Video Tutorial on YouTube that will show you step-by-step how to use this technique.
There are so many different types of stamps available. Rubber, photopolymer and acrylic stamps are some of the most popular on the market. Learn how to use them and all about their unique qualities.
Ensure that your stamp is clean and dry. Ink your stamp by dabbing the stamp pad onto the stamp then press it firmly onto the surface you wish to stamp onto.
Rubber stamps have the following qualities:
To use Photopolymer stamps you simply peel your photopolymer stamp off the acetate sheet that it comes on, wipe it to remove any coatings from the manufacturing process, then dry and press onto an acrylic block.
Photopolymer stamps have the following qualities:
To use an Acrylic stamp, you need to remove it from the packaging and press onto an acrylic block. Coat the stamp evenly with ink, ensuring that no ink has gotten onto the acrylic block.
Acrylic stamps have the following qualities:
Different types of ink pads and pigments will give you different results depending upon the techniques used. Here’s a list of the most popular stamp inks and their qualities.
If you notice after a while that your stamp pad seems dry, you can actually re-ink or refill many stamp pads. You will know when it’s time to re-ink as your stamped images will not be coming out as crisp as they usually do. Refills generally come in a small bottle and you select the same shade as your ink pad.
When it’s time to refill your stamp pad, you will want to follow these steps:
A good quality smooth cardstock will give you the best results for simple stamping. Thicker paper is better than your average 80gsm copy paper as it is more durable and can tolerate various mediums such as inks and water. Uniquely Creative stocks a range of quality cardstock that is suitable for stamping.
If you plan on colouring the stamped images, then you will need suitable paper and ink for your colouring medium. Find out about the different paper sizes and GSM measurements.
If using water-based products, choose a good quality watercolour paper, cotton watercolour card such as that sold by Uniquely Creative is perfect for use with watercolours, or if using alcohol-based markers use a paper which doesn’t bleed such as Copic Blending Card.
Your stamps are a great investment and they will last a very long time if you take proper care of them.
To get longevity out of your stamps follow these steps:
If you are looking for stamps to get you started with this craft, or if you are looking to add to your existing collection, then Uniquely Creative has a great range of acrylic stamps and photopolymer stamps available.
How do you stamp perfectly?
To ensure that your stamped image is perfect, make sure that you fully ink the stamp so that you have good even coverage. Once the stamp is inked, hold the stamp carefully and press it straight down onto your project. Apply even pressure but do not press too hard and do not rock the stamp.
What are the different methods for stamping?
There are many different methods of stamping. Three common methods include embossing, Copic Markers and stamp masking
Is stamping an art technique?
Stamps themselves are just a crafting tool, but the way that they are used can result in artistic creation, especially when mixed media techniques are combined with stamping.
What is a photopolymer stamp?
A photopolymer stamp is made of transparent plastic. They are high-quality stamps that give a crisp, clean image transfer. These stamps are heavier and thicker than acrylic stamps. You can use photopolymer stamps with an acrylic block, a stamping block, or a stamping platform
What is an acrylic stamp?
An acrylic stamp is used in crafting. It has a soft gel-like feel to it. To use it, you peel it off the packaging and stick it to an acrylic stamping block. As it is clear, it is easier to position on your project.
What is a rubber stamp?
A rubber stamp refers to an image or pattern that is carved, engraved or moulded into rubber. Generally, the rubber is then mounted onto a wooden block and is used in crafting to transfer the image or pattern onto the crafting project with the use of ink or pigments.