Friday, April 24, 2009

Stamping examples

Here are a couple of cards I have made using the stamp below. I really like this stamp as it can be used in many ways which I hope to explore, and can be used for just about any occasion.

I stamped the card all over before creasing it and folding, you could flatten a card blank and stamp it in the same way.

I stamped extra images for the feature panel or topper, I used the same ink and white card which shows what you can do with one stamp and ink pad, and I cut out the panel and a slightly bigger one in gold then blue to use as mats under the white card. I cut a small rectangle of the blue card for the gold peel off sticker.

I used double sided tape (DST) for all gluing.

This design would also look nice with the flower stamped in white ink on blue card I think as a mirror image, and I would normally stamp a greeting too but I started out with peel offs which are great if you don't have a lot of stamps and are easy to use.

The second card is more 3d, I stamped an extra flower and cut round the image leaving the outer line, then stuck that over the first flower with a foam pad to give it depth. It is also covering up a smudge on the flower underneath - and that is one little trick for recovering disasters but also looks nicer than the flat version I think.

Monday, April 13, 2009

O.K. Lets try stamping

How to begin stamping.

Lets start with the easiest and cheapest type of stamping. This is to use a rubber or any other stamp with dye ink. Dye ink is quick drying, doesn't need heat setting and is clean and easy to use. It is usually water soluble and easy to wash
off if you get it on your hands.

This is what we need to get started.

A sheet of smooth card, I have used white, one stamp, I used a Stampendous bloom, a dye ink pad, shown here are two - one by Nick Bantock and one by Whispers which is a permanent dye ink. Alcohol free, perfume free baby wipes to clean the stamp afterwards, and a small zip lock bag to store the baby wipe in to use again if it isn't too inky.

Here we go:

Remove the lid from your chosen ink, and ink up the stamp either:

1. Press the stamp onto the ink pad, make sure you move the stamp around so it gets inked all over the image.

Or method 2, with the stamp on its back take the ink pad to the stamp.

Again press all over the image and make sure the image is inked up all over.

The image is now inked, but before using the stamp put the lid back on the ink so it doesn't dry out. Later when you get used to inking and can do a number of images quickly you will probably complete a whole sheet then put the lid back on.

Next take the stamp and press the inked side to the card or paper, don't let it move about or rock (unless using rockablocks which you only rock once from one side to the other) and press firmly down all over the stamp.

Here is the stamped image completed:

Finally take the baby wipe and clean the ink off the stamp, making sure to take any little bits of lint from the wipe off the stamp so it doesn't affect the next image, and if the baby wipe is not totally inky pop it into the zip lock bag and seal it up to use again.

You could use this stamp on pastel colour card and leave it as it is, cut it out and layer in on your projects, or you could colour it in.

For normal dye ink anything wet like paint or brush markers will make the image run, and it will be ruined so you should only use dry mediums such as chalks or dry colouring pencils.

If you use a waterproof dye ink you will be able to paint it or use brush markers, and if you are not sure the best thing to do is stamp a test image and try colouring it first to see if it runs.

It is a good idea not to stamp directly onto your card blank, it is so easy to ruin it (however this can be covered up and the blank rescued). I usually stamp onto a piece of card then either cut the image out, or cut a shape round the image to mount onto a card.

If I am trying to stamp a sentiment onto a card blank directly I suggest stamping that before working on the rest of the design, if you mess up when the card is covered in embellishments it is harder to put it right.

Check out Tassy's great new video tutorial on colouring an image with watercolours.