Rubber stamping - the basics
July, 28th 2009
Rubber stamps are a lovely way to add decorative images to your wedding stationery.
Here we give an overview of the different types of stamps, techniques and equipment - in future articles we will look in more details at the different ways you can use stamps.
The most common types of stamps you will come across are Wood Mounted and Clear Stamps.
Wood mounted stamps are just that - the rubber image is mounted onto a wood block.
Clear stamps often come in sets, so represent great value for money. You will also need an acrylic mounting block - just remove the stamp from its backing and stick onto the block (it will usually cling firmly without any adhesive needed). After use, peel it off the block, clean and return to its backing.
The stamped image is created using inks which come in pads. Generally there are 3 types of inks used.
Dye inks are fast drying inks which are water based.
Pigment inks are slow drying and therefore suitable for heat embossing.
Craft inks are acrylic based and once dry are waterproof so you can use watercolours with them.
Creating your Image
Apply the ink pad to the stamp ensuring that the image is fully covered.
Place the card or paper to be stamped onto a clean, firm, flat surface and press firmly. Lift straight up again - do not rock the stamp.
Embossing creates a raised image from your stamp. Stamp onto your card and paper using a clear or coloured pigment ink, cover with embossing powder (which will stick to the wet areas) then tap off the excess powder (onto a sheet of creased paper so you can re-use it).
Using a crafters heat tool, melt the embossing powder until it becomes shiny.
We will cover embossing, and lots more stamping techniques in more detail in future articles.