Rubber Stamping 101: Meet Your New Obsessioncomments (2) May 12th, 2008
There’s virtually no faster way to get “crafter’s high” (that rush of pride and accomplishment when you complete a beautifully crafted item) than from a rubber stamp. For me, it all started with a single rubber stamp, some green and purple inks, and a few pieces of cardstock. I had wedding programs to do, little money, and zero time. Thanks to my future-mother-in-law, a stamp peddler—and one of my enablers to this day—I was hooked up with the basic tools and some simple techniques. The programs were a hit, and I was addicted.
Stamping is a simple, easy, and instant-gratification craft. Put ink on a stamp. Press the stamp onto paper—voilà! Instant art. OK, it’s not always that easy, but that’s the basic technique for every stamped-paper project. You can handle that, right?
What you need to get started:
• Cardstock for your projects
• Scratch paper to protect your work surface
• Rubber (or clear acrylic) stamps
• Ink pad made for stamping, either dye or pigment ink
• Paper cutter, scissors for cutting cardstock
• Cleaning materials: stamp scrubber, liquid stamp cleaner
The basic technique:
Tap the face of the stamp onto the surface of an ink pad. Tapping, instead of hard pushes or rubbing the ink pad surface, helps disperse the ink.
- Gently set the stamp, face down, on a piece of cardstock. Press straight down on the stamp, being careful not to move it. The slightest movement will create smudges or double-stamped images.
- Pull the stamp straight up from the paper
- Clean your stamp when you’re done. That’s it.
There are thousands of stamp designs in every style imaginable, hundreds of colors of paper, and rainbows of ink, all available via the click of a mouse. Think of all of the stylish handmade birthday cards, gift wrap, invitations, stationery, and other papery creations that are within your reach now!
When I said stamps are the gateway to other crafts, I was telling the truth, my friends. Stamps can be used on more than paper, making them an excellent tool for easing into other crafts.
Some of the materials you can stamp on:
- Food (great for cakes, cookies, and icing)
Easy. Versatile. Inexpensive. Instant gratification. Are you hooked yet?