Tips & Techniques

We’ve put together a list of tips and frequently asked questions that should help you get the most fun out of Stampendous! rubber stamps.

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Acid Free

I am creating archival quality scrapbooks. Do you have products that meet this standard?

Yes. Stampendous is happy to offer its customers archival quality inks, stickers, and accessories. The Tsukineko inks we offer are PH Neutral or Acid Free and safe for Scrapbooking. All of our embossing powders and enamels; glitters; Fun Flock; mica and color fragments; and all Class A’Peel™ Stickers can be used safely in your scrapbooks. Please ask our customer service department any questions you have about these items.

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Basic Stamping

What is Decorative Rubber Stamping?

Rubber Stamping is a creative and fun way to make greeting cards, bookmarks, and a variety of other craft projects by transferring artistic designs to almost any surface. There are many techniques to choose from including stamp pads, markers and colored pencils. By applying ink or paint to a stamp you can decorate just about anything from scrapbooks to T-shirts to furniture, even walls!

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What do I need to start stamping?

You can start stamping with very few supplies. Creative Rubber Stamping can be as simple as making a selection from each of these basic categories: Stamps, Papers (or other surfaces), Inks, Plus. The more stamp images you have to mix and match, the more the fun multiplies. The Plus category of glitters, punches, scissors, etc. is optional but offers a variety of ways to enhance your projects.

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How can I get the best impression?

Choosing your stamps – The highest quality stamps will have carefully trimmed rubber and foam mounting that will eliminate many problems with stray ink. Choosing stamps which are deeply etched also helps to eliminate “edge marks”.

Inking your stamps – Be sure to choose an ink appropriate to your stamp type. For wood-mounted and cling rubber stamps, any ink formulated for stamping will work well. For Perfectly Clear™ Stamps we prefer VersaFine™ ink for a clean, complete impression. Ink your stamp lightly. Tapping lightly on the pad many times will ensure good ink coverage while avoiding the problem of inking the extra rubber or stamp mount. Pressing too firmly on the ink pad causes ink to puddle under the stamp and produce uneven coverage.

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Check your stamp – Always check to see that your stamp is well inked as desired before stamping on to your paper or project and that no excess rubber has been inked.

Press firmly when stamping – Knowing that you have not inked the extra rubber or mount of your stamp, you will want to press firmly over the whole design of your stamp. If your image is very large, hold the stamp securely steady with one hand and press firmly over the whole design with the other hand. Perfectly Clear™ Stamps need less pressure than rubber stamps.

Don’t rock the stamp – The best impressions will be achieved when you stamp straight down, hold the paper down, and lift the stamp straight up. Rocking the stamp side to side can produce a blurred or double image.

 

What is the difference between dye, pigment and craft ink?

Dye inks are water based, non-toxic, washable, and many are child safe. Dye inks are transparent and will blend easily and dry quickly on most matte and glossy papers, but will run if wet again. Dye inks do fade. Dye inks do not work well on clear stamps.

Pigment inks are water/glycerin-based, acid free, non-toxic, fade resistant and more opaque than dye inks. Pigments are not easily washed out of clothing. Pigments will not dry on glossy or non-porous papers without embossing. Once embossed they are permanent and can be safely watercolored. Their slow drying property makes pigments ideal for heat embossing. Pigment ink is available in pads and markers.

Craft inks are acrylic based ink, acid free, non-solvent based, non-toxic and water soluble until completely dry or heat set. Once dry you can safely watercolor over them. You can use them on fabric, wood, paper mache, foam, leather and a variety of other surfaces.

Permanent inks are solvent-based and require special cleaners to remove from the rubber. They will be permanent and water-resistant on most non-porous surfaces. They are quick drying and are ideal for stamping on glass, plastic, metal and fired ceramic pieces.

Check out our video for a demo with VersaFine™ ink:

 

What difference does the paper make?

Papers are available in many colors, textures, sizes, and decorative shapes. Some papers are acid free and safe to use with photos for archival quality albums. Stamping on smooth glossy papers will show off the brightest marker color impressions. Stamping on matte papers that are soft or textured give a look that is enhanced by colored pencils or watercoloring.

Embossing metallic colors on dark papers is elegant. The primary concern with paper is whether or not you are using the correct ink. Glossy or coated papers such as velllum and acetate will not work well with pigment inks like VersaFine™ and VersaColor™. You will need to use a permanent ink on these surfaces like StazOn™. VersaFine is perfect for use on more porous papers and will give you a clear, crisp image which can be watercolored when dry.

VersaColor™ and VersaMark™ are stickier, wetter inks that work well to hold embossing powder on a page to allow time for heat setting. If you have a question about a particular ink/paper combination, just email us at askus@stampendous.com.

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Chalk

How can I apply chalk to my impressions and how do I keep it from smearing?

Sponges or sponge daubers work well for large areas. Q-tips, make-up applicators, or small brushes work well in tighter spots. To keep your hand from resting on or smearing your card while you work, use your free hand to hold a ruler or large paint brush handle over your work as a rest for your other hand. Seal your work with Spray Sealer.

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Class A’Peel™ Stickers

How do you use Class A’Peel™ Stickers?

Class A’Peel™ Stickers are intricately cut stickers made from a durable, flexible material. Simply peel them off of the carrier sheet and apply to any clean, smooth surface, such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and ceramic. The use of a craft knife to lift and hold the stickers makes guiding them into position much easier. Press them firmly into place for a long-lasting hold. For great ideas and projects using Class A’Peel™ Stickers see the Projects section of this website.

Sticker Background™ Technique

Combine our fabulous glitters and flocks with our exclusive Class A’Peel™ Stickers for a dynamic background that will wow the recipients of any project you create!

  1. Peel one side and apply Stampendous Sticky Panels double-sided adhesive to panel of cardstock similar in color to the flock or glitter you wish to use.
  2. Peel the other side and apply your Class A’Peel™ Stickers directly to the adhesive sheet.
  3. Fill in the remaining areas around the stickers with Fuzzy Fun™ Flock or Glitzy Glitter™ in coordinating shades. Rub firmly into adhesive sheet.
  4. Try leaving portions of the stickers hanging off the edges of your fuzzy or glitzy panel for an interesting effect.
  5. Try combining glitters and flocks for custom mixes or multiple areas of color.
  6. Add ribbons or other ephemera before glittering if desired.

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Cling Rubber Stamps

What’s special about Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamps?

Jumbo Cling Rubber stamps combine the premium, deep-etched, precision-trimmed rubber you’ve come to expect from Stampendous with a whole new scale of fabulous design from Fran Seiford. These sumptuous stamps are much larger than other stamps available on the market which makes them ideal for home decor items in addition to card making and scrapbooking. They are perfect for just about any stamping technique including embossing or paper piecing, but they are additionally well suited for use with acrylic paints to make custom home decor. Newer Jumbo Cling Rubber stamps come with a FREE Template for masking off the main images or for creating fantastic backgrounds.

Take a look at the fabulous projects we’ve created with these dynamic images…

How do I use Cling Rubber Stamps?

Cling Rubber™ stamps are the same premium quality, precision trimmed rubber stamps as on our traditional woodmounted version. We’ve simply removed the wood and added a piece of cling vinyl to the adhesive side of the foam mount. This allows your rubber image to be used with an acrylic handle mount just like our Perfectly Clear™ Stamps. We’ve carefully indexed the cling vinyl with an actual-size image of the stamp for ease in positioning. The image is sandwiched between the vinyl and the foam so that it cannot be washed, rubbed or worn off.

You can use Cling Rubber stamps with any kind of ink you’d normally use with your wood-mounted stamps. They clean the same way, too. But storage is a breeze. Simply use their adhesive quality to pop them into a Storage Solutions™ Thin container and store them in a typical magazine holder or hang them on a peg board wall.

A stiff sheet of acetate packaging is added to the cling vinyl in the bag. We’ve printed on the corner of the cling vinyl label so you can see where to peel it away from the acetate layer. Leaving the round-cornered cling vinyl attached to the foam, and save the acetate sheet for storage.

Now your cling rubber is ready to stamp! Here’s a brief video showing you exactly how to safely remove your new Cling Rubber Stamps from their packaging:

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Colored Pencil

How can I achieve a textured, pebbly look?

It is possible to achieve a pebbly look by coloring over something textured. Art stores sell special paper for this purpose. You can also use fabric or other materials. It isn’t necessary however to color over texture to create something interesting. Colored pencil shading is an excellent way to create a great impression.

What sets one colored penciled image apart from another?

Contrast. Don’t be afraid to add dark colors to shadows or leave some areas blank as high-lights. With colored pencils you can get a darker shade by simply pressing harder and build up layers of color. You can achieve a wide range of color with a few pencils by creating layers of color like orange or red over yellow. Try using different pencil strokes to emphasize contours.

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Embossing

Painting with Powder Technique

Create amazing backgrounds with this fabulous technique!

  • Stamp your image lightly on your paper first to serve as the sketch.
  • Apply VersaMark™ Watermark Ink Pad to most of the entire panel of card stock.
  • Sprinkle a variety of colors of embossing powder in different areas of card stock panel.
    Follow the areas of your sketch for powder placement.
  • As you sprinkle each color, thoroughly remove any excess by tilting away the still wet ink. 
  • Heat entire surface to set and melt powder.
  • Emboss your image again using VersaMark and a contrasting color of powder over background.
  • You can add additional details with more colors of embossing powder by using a VersaMark Pen.
  • Adhere panel to card front.

Check out our video on Painting with Powder:

Be sure to look for more of our Painting with Powder videos on our YouTube Channel.

Encrusted Jewel Technique

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Fran’s Encrusted Jewel Technique creates a lovely Fran•táge look with a few simple steps.

After embossing your image with our new Fran•táge Aged or Shabby Embossing Enamels,
simply begin heating your piece from underneath. Sprinkle additional embossing powders/enamels
on top and add our Shaved Ice, Fran•táge Fragments Micas, or Treasures vintage glitters and
allow to melt together. The embossing powder will adhere the glitters or micas firmly to your piece adding
texture and visual interest.

On our YouTube video Fran explains how the Encrusted Jewel Technique was developed and how the texture improves your Fran•táge projects.

How do I emboss an image?

1. To emboss, first make a stamped impression with a slow drying ink such as Boss Gloss™
Embossing Ink, Pigment Pads, or VersaMark™ ink.

2. Pour embossing powder over the wet impression. Powder will stick to wet areas. Tap off
excess powder onto a folded piece of scrap paper to use as a funnel to pour the powder back
into the jar. Brush away specks of powder from around your impression using a paint brush.

3. Use Heat Tool to melt powder evenly by moving heat over the top of the card until the
powder becomes shiny. Hold Heat Tool approximately 3 inches above card. Overheating may
scorch paper. Other heat sources such as an iron, or toaster oven will work but may not be as
safe or easy to use. Hair dryers are not hot enough and blow the powder away.

4. Sometimes powder will stick to unwanted areas of the card. This may be due to excessive
static electricity or texture on the paper. To prevent this, it is helpful to dust the paper with
some talcum powder first and brush it away with a soft brush.

Watch how on our Basic Embossing YouTube Video!

What is Antique Embossing?

Antique Embossing is a technique which simulates an aged, embossed metal surface using
rubber stamping materials. There are five basic steps:

1. Start off with a black surface, or paint desired surface with black matte acrylic paint.
Allow to dry.

2. Stamp and emboss your image with Clear embossing ink and Deep Impression™ clear
embossing powder. This powder has large granulation for a deep relief.

3. Paint over entire surface with any color of acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

4. Gently scrub away paint with a damp textured cloth to reveal the embossed image. Leave
some areas partially scrubbed for a more aged look.

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Create Texture using Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Embossing Enamel

Get amazing 3D texture by layering coats of embossing powder and pressing a texture cube or other image into it.

1. Thoroughly coat object to be textured with VersaMark Ink. (In our video, Fran uses a wooden snowflake)

2. Press into a bed of Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Embossing Enamel.

3. Heat till melted, then repress coated side into clear enamel again to pick up more.

4. Heat till set.

5. Repeat once more with your choice of colored embossing powder.

6. Heat till melted and then quickly press in a textured rubber stamp of your choice.

You now have texture on a once flat surface.

 

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Fabric Stamping

Can you give me some basic tips for stamping on Fabric?

You can use standard woodmounted, cling rubber, or clear stamps with inks, markers, or
paints intended for fabrics.

1. Prewash and iron fabric and stretch on cardboard. This removes the sizing in new fabrics.

2. Ink stamps with fabric ink pads, Crafter’s inks or Acrylic Paints.

3. Stamp design.

4. Final clean up is easy with running water in the sink. Rub stamps over textured Rubber
Scrubber. Blot dry.

5. Heat set fabric with hottest possible iron or by running through the dryer on hot for 20
minutes before washing.

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Fuzzy Fun Flock

How do I apply Fun Flock to an image?

Fuzzy Fun Flock can be applied in several ways. It is most effective when applied over a similarly
colored area or surface.

  • You can use a glue pen/marker to color in the area you wish to flock. Sprinkle the flock
    over the glue covered area and use your finger to press lightly, securing the flock in
    the glue. You can then tap the paper firmly to remove excess flocking and return it to
    the jar. A soft brush may help remove extra flock.
  • You can use a double-sided adhesive like Peel-N-Stick to apply flock to a large area.
    Rub flocking into the adhesive with fingers to adhere as thoroughly as possible. This
    flocked sheet can then be stamped, punched, or cut to desired size and shape. You
    could also use this technique with double sided tapes to form flocked stripes.
  • You can use our Stamp ‘N Bond™ powder to adhere flocking to an entire stamped
    image. First stamp your image with a pigment ink that is colored similarly to the flock
    you wish to use. Sprinkle with Stamp ‘N Bond and shake the excess powder back into
    the jar. Using a heat embossing tool, preheat the tool until it is hot enough that you
    can only hold your hand under it for a few seconds. Heat the Stamp ‘N Bond JUST
    until it turns clear. Overheating is the only mistake you can make with this technique.
    After heating, the powder acts as an adhesive. Sprinkle flocking on melted powder
    and rub lightly with your finger to adhere as thoroughly as possible. Tap off the excess
    and return to the jar.

 

 

How do you use flock with a glue ink pad?

Using your stamps with a glue ink pad to adhere flock is a great idea! Check out Kimberly C.’s
blog for a tutorial and more photos at http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

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Are there other ways to use Fun Flock?

Fuzzy Fun Flock is the perfect complement to other embellishments.

  • Use empty jars to mix Fun Flock colors to create your own custom colors perfect for
    any application.
  • Mix Fun Flock with glitter to create some fuzzy bling!
  • Combine Fun Flock with our Class A’Peel™ Stickers for fun and fuzzy embellish-
    ments. Simply apply flock to the sticky side of a similarly colored sticker and rub into
    the adhesive.

 

Sticker Background Technique

Combine our fun flocks with our exclusive Class A’Peel™ Stickers for a dynamic
background that will wow the recipients of any project you create!

  • Peel one side and apply Therm O Web Peel N’ Stick double sided adhesive to a large
    area of cardstock with a similar color to the flock or glitter you wish to use.
  • Peel the other side and apply your Class A’Peel™ Stickers directly to the adhesive sheet.
  • Fill in the remaining areas around the stickers with Fuzzy Fun™ Flock in coordinating
    shades.
  • Try leaving portions of the stickers hanging off the edges of your fuzzy panel for an
    interesting effect.
  • Try combining glitters and flocks for custom mixes or mulitple areas of color.

 

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Glitzy Glitter

How can you use glitter on acetate?

Check out Cyndi B.’s tutorial on using glitter with acetate on your cards and scrapbooking
pages at her blog http://scrappychick.typepad.com/

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  • Masking

How do I get a 3D look by masking stamped images?

Stamped projects can easily be made to appear 3 dimensional through the use of a simple
technique called masking. To “mask” an image means to cover up a previously stamped
image so that another may be stamped over it. When the cover is removed, the overstamped
image appears to be behind the first image.  It is important when beginning such a project
to think it through. What object is desired “in front”? That image should be stamped first.
Then each image in sequence as they proceed to the “back”. Follow these simple rules as many
times as necessary to achieve the look you want.

  1. First stamp the object that is to be “in front”.
  2. Stamp the same image again on scratch paper or a repositionable “post-it” type note paper.
    Be sure to get some of the image on the sticky part of the note paper.
  3. Cut out the scratch image very carefully with sharp scissors. When cutting, cut OFF the
    outside line of the image. This will prevent your image having a “ghost” of empty space
    around it. We usually cut two or three at a time so we have extra “masks” for later.
  4. Use a mask to cover your original image positioning it carefully inside the lines.
  5. Stamp your second image over the top of the first image + mask. Using a stamp positioning
    tool will help to get this image exactly where you want it.
  6. Repeat this process, masking the second image, if more layers are desired.
  7. Remove the masks to view the layered artwork. At this point you can color your piece
    remembering that objects farther away will be darker and more shadowed than those close up.
  8. A nice effect is to cut out portions of one image and layer them on top to create another layer of dimension.

Another fun masking technique is called “mortise masking”. In this technique you are stamping something through an opening or frame to make it appear as though it fills the frame.

1. Stamp your image on your card in the desired location
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2. Stamp your image again on a repositionable post-it type note.

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3. Use a craft knife and cutting mat  to cut out the opening in the image. BE SURE to CUT OFF the entire line of the inner frame.
This allows your inner image to come all the way up to the edges of the frame.

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4. Position your mask over your original image and stamp your inner image through the opening. Press Firmly

 

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Notice how the inner design comes right up to the edge of the opening. If you don’t cut off
the lines when you make your mask, you’ll end up with “ghosting”, like this:

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You can see how the image doesn’t fill in the corners or come all the way to
the edge of the design.

If you want to stamp around the image after this, then make a new mask
following the directions for regular masking and mask this image to stamp
your background.

 

 

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Mounting

How do you mount objects or cut outs of stamped pieces onto your cards?

We use Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives for gluing most paper surfaces together.
We find that this glue gives us the flexibilty to make sure card layers are straight, but
the permanence of a high-quality, permanent adhesive.

In order to create dimension on some cards, we use our 3D Foam Adhesive squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. These squares of dimensional foam are adhesive on both sides. They raise a card layer up about 1/8″. They can be stacked if a taller layer is required.

For an instant bond with strength like creating a pocket, box, or envelope we use the Glue
Glider Pro™ by GlueArts. This easy dispenser can provide just a tiny rectangle of adhesive
or an extremly strong strip. The adhesive comes in several formulations including temporary
and vellum adhesives.

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Perfectly Clear Stamps

How do I use Perfectly Clear Stamps?

Perfectly Clear™ Stamps are used with our clear acrylic handles for easy inking and
positioning. Each set comes on a clear plastic carrier sheet with a printed index and a cover
sheet to protect from dust, glitter, etc. Peel the stamp design from the carrier carefully the
first time, and place on the clear acrylic handle. The stamp will cling by itself without
adhesives. Unlike woodmounted stamps, clear stamps will work best with light pressure for
both inking and stamping. Use more than one image on a handle if desired. Clean stamps
while still on the handle and replace onto the carrier. Stamps sets can be stored in our
Perfectly Clear™ Stamps Tote or in our Storage Solutions™ Thin container.

How do I clean Perfectly Clear Stamps?

Clean your stamps as you would your woodmounted stamps. Use any of the following:

  • stamp cleaners
  • baby wipes
  • soap and water
  • rubbing alcohol

Avoid acetone, bleach and oil-based cleaners, these will damage your stamps. Use rubbing
alcohol to clean acrylic handles. We suggest cleaning clear stamps while they are still on the
acrylic handle. DO NOT clean your stamps in a sink. Small parts can be easily lost down a
drain and cannot be replaced. If you want to use water, clean your stamps in a small bowl.

How do you create different designs with the elements in the sets?

Perfectly Clear™ Stamps are designed in interactive sets that allow the pieces to work together
in a variety of ways. Most sets include small elements that are intended to act as borders or
backgrounds to complement the main images.

Each element can be inked separately, then positioned precisely with our clear acrylic handle.
You can also combine several images on a block to create a larger image in one inking.

Alphabets provide numerous opportunities to create words for greetings, invitations, scrapbook
page titles, etc. When more than one of a specific letter is needed simply set up the word on
the acrylic block. Use the letter in its normal position the first time. When you reach the place
where the letter appears again, remove it from its previous location and move it to the new
spot. Stamp the word with the letter in its final postion. Then, simply put that letter on a small
block by itself and use the see-through positionability of Perfectly Clear™ Stamps to stamp
it right in place as many times as necessary.

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Perfectly Clear™ Stamps

What inks can I use with Perfectly Clear Stamps?

Most inks that you use for your woodmounted stamps can be used with Perfectly Clear™
Stamps. However, some inks will stain your stamps more than others. Staining does not harm
the surface or the performance of clear stamps.

We prefer VersaFine™ inks for use on your clear stamps. This ink provides a crisp, clean image
with only a light pressure. It also cleans off easily and almost stain free. You can use VersaFine
with watercolors, colored pencil, or many other coloring media.

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Scrapbooking

Is it safe to use rubber stamps with my photo scrapbooking?

Rubber stamps can be used in your photo scrapbooking as long as the papers and inks you
use with them are acid free. Look for items clearly labeled acid free or archival.
All of the inks and products Stampendous sells are archival and safe for your scrapbooks. Embossed images are acid free. Our Flocking and Glitter embellishments are also safe for use in your scrapbooks as are Mica Fragments, Color Fragments, Glass Glitters and all our terrific products.

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Shading & Shadows

What makes an object look three dimensional?

 

How can I make a basic shape look three dimensional with shading?

 

 

How can I make my stamped images look three dimensional with shading?

 

 

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Shape Shifting

How do you Shape Shift?

You can shape shift the image of an existing Perfectly Clear™ Stamp by deliberately
distorting the flexible polymer stamp before placing it on the acrylic block. Change the shape
by squishing and pulling the stamp to make the image look tall, short, skinny or fat. Check out
our video and some of our projects as examples:

 

 

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Sponging

How do you achieve an airbrushed look around the edges of your stamped art?

Apply a little ink to a sponge or Dauber. Test it on scrap paper. Gently brush the sponge
across the edges of your card to create a feathered effect.

You can also sponge through stencils with or without debossing a pattern in the paper.

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Stamp ‘N Bond

How do you use Stamp ‘N Bond with glitter and Fun Flock?

Stamp ‘N Bond is a product designed to act as a glue when you want to apply glitter or a
similar product to your entire stamped image (it works best with more solid images).

1. Stamp your image with a colored pigment ink (use ink in a matching or coordinating color
to complement your chosen glitter).

2. Sprinkle Stamp ‘N Bond generously on the wet ink and shake off excess. Preheat your heat
tool until you can only hold your hand under it for a few seconds. Lightly heat the image with
a heat tool JUST until it turns clear (be careful not to overheat). Once the Stamp ‘N Bond is
clear it is like a glue.

3. Sprinkle glitter or flocking over the heated area and rub firmly with your finger to adhere as
thoroughly as possible. Shake off excess. You can use a soft brush to remove remaining flock
or glitter from unwanted areas.

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Stuftainers™ Solutions for Storage

What’s the best way to store my stamps and supplies?

  Our Stuftainers™ Thin, Thick, and Thicker containers are an ideal way to store almost
all of your stamping products and accesories. Made of PET plastic, they are archival and non-
reactive for safe, long-term storage. With a convenient hang tab they can be displayed on
hooks or pegboard walls, but they also slide easily into standard magazine holders for easy
shelf storage. You can customize your containers with Class A’Peel™ Stickers and colorful
ribbons to create categories of stamps or accessories.
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  • The Thin container provides perfect storage for Cling Rubber™ and Perfectly Clear™
    Stamps. Other thin items such as Class A’Peel™ stickers can be held securely in these
    containers. You could also use the Thin container for scraps of paper, photos, or
    ephemera up to 8 1/2″ X 11″ X 7/16″ in size.

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  • The Thick container is an ideal storage solution for your acrylic stamp handles, small jars
    of glitter, rolls of ribbon, markers, scissors, and other accessories. At 8 1/2″ X 11″ X 5/8″,
    this size also makes an ideal project case for collecting the elements that will become a
    scrapbook page or card.

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  • The Thicker container allows you to safely store your woodmounted stamps, larger bottles
    of glitter, and accessories such as small punches and decorative scissors. These con-
    tainers also make a darling shadow box when decorated with Class A’Peel Stickers and
    an 8 1/2″ X 11″ scrapbook page. They are 1″ thick.

 

 

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Watercolor

How can I achieve a watercolor look with stamping?

There are several ways to “paint” your impression:

1. Stamp your impression using an ink that is water resistant. We recommend using Onyx
Black Versafine ink. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

2. To use water color pencils, start by applying a damp brush to the paper. Use the brush to
pick up color from the pencil tip itself, or scribble on scrap paper and then pick up colors from
this “palette”. Paint in your design using a damp brush only.
You can also use waterbased markers by scribbling color on a plastic lid or palette. Then,
simply lift marker color from palette with a damp brush and paint in your design.

What can I do if my watercolored card warps?

If you select a watercolor weight paper, it is less likely to warp. For other papers, use less
water. It is best to apply little water in the beginning. Usually a damp brush is all you need. If
you get too much water on your card, dab it off with a paper towel right away.

If you still have warping, you can use an iron to dry and press your finished image layer
between two clean blotter papers. Unprinted kraft paper grocery bags will do. Put your iron on
a warm setting without steam.

For a watercolor suitable for framing, try taping your paper to a board. Apply strips of white
artist’s tape evenly along all four sides. Stamp and watercolor and allow it to dry completely
before removing tape. The white edge looks great and gives an area for matting. A deckled
edge piece is beautiful to mount on a dark background.

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