Happy New Year crafters! What better time to start learning a new skill than now? We’re kicking off our New Year, New Skill campaign with STAMPING! A hobby very dear to our heart! To help you get started we’re giving you 10% off stamping essentials until midnight 5th January! Click here to view the range!
Papercrafters have been stamping for ages! The technique is a core part of card making however as of late..we’ve been stamping on fabric, using inks, paints, alcohol markers..the LOT! We love it! We want to give you all the information and techniques you need to get started…including how to cut your stamps to shape!
Stamps generally come in two types – rubber and acrylic.
Rubber – rubber stamps are made using high temperatures, which means that they’re very durable and suitable for use in more advanced techniques which involve heat. We make all of our rubber stamps at our Warehouse in County Durham!
Acrylic – acrylic stamps are made with a sheet of clear polymer or vinyl. They have some benefits, such as the ability to see exactly where you’re stamping, but image quality tends not to be quite as good as rubber and acrylic stamps can stain easily.
We sell our own range of hand drawn rubber stamps – you can browse the collection here.
How to cut apart your rubber stamps and how to use them:
Step 1: Take your chosen stamp sheet and a sharp pair of scissors.
Step 2: Start at the top corner and cut close to the stamp.
Step 3: I leave a few millimeter gaps all the way around.
Step 4: If you’d like to round the corners off once you have cut the stamp away from the sheet you can do so now.
Step 5: Work my way down the sheet, cutting the same as the above steps.
Step 6: When the stamps are close together on the sheet, try to leave them until last, this may make the fiddly work easier.
Step 7: Take some Stick and Spray and spray the back of one of your stamps, stick this to your stamp block.
Step 8: Ink your stamp!
To see the products mentioned in this tutorial, click any of the pictures below:
How to use a Rock-a-block to stamp:
We’re huge fans of our Rock-a-Blocks here at Crafter’s Companion.They’re specially designed blocks with a curved surface to give an even amount of pressure across the complete surface of the stamp. Begin by adhering your rubber stamp to the block using a glue stick or our Stick & Spray repositionable adhesive. Next apply the ink to the stamp, getting plenty of ink onto the surface.Next take the Rock-a-Block to the paper, rest it heel down on the paper and rock it heel to toe to get a great impression.