This is by no means a "comprehensive" look at stamping or even "Making
Do." For that there is no better place than A Monthly Rubber
Stamp Club's listing....
TIPS and TECHNIQUES . It
is assessable, easy to follow--possibly the most complete, up-to-date
collection of samples, directions, hints and helps around. A virtual
how-to "Stampers' Encyclopedia."
For a different approach, the transcripts of classes at Dueling
Modems are fun to read, lead you to lots of graphics to help you
"see" step-by-step and to just enjoy (vicariously) the camaraderie
of the group. Join them for real, by checking their class schedule
and instructions for reaching their chat rooms.
gg designs is not in the know-it-all business....but we are
very fond of "Making Do With What You've Got" and
finding "Work Arounds" when, in mid-project you find
yourself out of something critical. We also like recovering "mistakes"
though we are not sure there really are any. And--true confessions
time--we LIKE doing projects "On the Cheap."
Any ideas you have for any of these categories will be well received,
by stampers, customers and gg designs. We would appreciate your sharing
you cherished tricks of the trade.
Do It Yourself Shadow Stamps and Two Step Sets
Something called "Shadow Stamps" and "Two
Step" (stamping, not dancing)Sets are both very popular
these days. We understand there are special "Shadow Stamp"
inks (paler/thinner) but we believe dry stamps spritzed with water
will yield a workable stamp pad, in a pinch. As will repeated stamping
until a lighter image is produced.Color selection is important, too.
Pick a lighter color than you plan to use for the detail image.
By now, everybody must have discovered gasket material from the hardware
store. Inexpensive and readily available, it is particularly good
to use because it is so familiar. You've no doubt bought similar sheets
made to "reverse" your stamp image. Rubber gasket is virtually
the same stuff! Geometric shapes are easy to cut...with scissors or
knife, for shadow stamps. The shadow stamp portion of a "two
step" stamp is almost as easy.
AND...Two Step stamps are quite similar to older newspaper color
illustrations....long before the sophisticated printing processes
that make full color printing routine. They are "color spots"
which lay down a color to catch your eye and then print over it...without
too much concern (success!) with tight, close, registration.
There are a couple of gg designs stamps that are just begging for
stamp one of the two step process so we will play with those
to demonstrate as we explore a couple of ways to make (y)our own.
Flexi-Cut (Dick Blick), Flexible Printing
Design A Stamp (Nasco)
This is a material available inexpensively from Dick Blick
and Nasco. It cuts easily with a scissors and has adhesive on
the back. It is quite thin, so you may want to mount it on foam
or use the red rubber cushion.
Another similar material, inexpensive and useful for making
your own masks and for cutting out your own touches to add to
you stamping is the "Make a Stamp" felt, designed
for simple stamp cutout projects.
Stamp on slick side. Cut out and peel off backing.
Cut out shape
|| Mount (transparent mount is easiest.)
|Stamp background then overprint with a darker red.
Add color to stem with dark brown.
Cut from a place mat, this was inked with dye based inks. Pigment
inks and block print colors would yield a smoother, more opaque
Steps shown below are the same as those already demonstrated.
The shadow stamp for the peeled banana of course only uses half
of the image.
||Because the place mat was dark, the stamp was first
printed on a piece of sticker paper. The paper was removed after
Here the shadow stamp is mounted on the lid of a stamp pad
box. (A favorite quick-mount!)
The shadow stamp and a test print.
|Would LOVE to say I switched the color to make it
easier to see. However, the truth is I accidentally grabbed the
wrong reinker when refreshing my yellow pad!
MASKING a Two Color Stamp
The easiest way to use the star/segment
stamps is to ink them with juicy markers--huff on them (Dee
Gruenig's technique) and print. But you may also prefer
to use a stamp pad (without the huffing). Instead of masking
the stamped art work, (which requires more placement
precision) simple stamps can be masked and inked.
1.Stamp image on heavy, coated
Plastic page protectors, plastic quilt templates, coated card
stock, any paper laminated to make waterproof will work. Uncoated
paper can be used but will absorb the ink fairly quickly.
2. Cut image apart where color s meet.
4. Using stamp pad, apply color to unmasked
portion of image using a raised ink pad.
3. Turn mask over before placing
5. Cover portion just colored.
Do not apply too much pressure to stamp or your finger pressure
point will show. If using a stiff material for the mask, you
may not even have to touch the stamp. Instead, hold the covering
in place from the edge. Apply second color to stamp.
Stamp and repeat process.
|Creasing the center line of each "arm"
and folding in the opposite direction on the smaller line to form
a "valley" will give added dimension to the completed
Pale Pastel "Chalk Type"
You probably won't see many projects using this technique shown in
cyber galleries. The result is so pale, so subtle, it's much too much
a challenge for most scanners.We received a LOVELY card from Leslie
Wong, using a very pale green, peach and blue Fleur De Watchamacallit
image (as opposed the the faithfully produced Fleur de Lys stamps "out
there" in a number of places.) When we tried scanning it, the images
disappeared.In a subsequent conversation with Linda Blackbird (who has
tried every technique and product known to (wo)man and rubber-stamp
enthusiastists everywhere, she quickly shared a "make do"
for me to play with....since my stamping supplies are very limited.
I DO have a Versamark pad. VERY FOND of it.... it's so subtle it's virtually
a no fail stamp pad to to use.In any case...here are her directions
(compliments of Susan at Stamp It) ....and the results below.
Stamp your image using the Versamark pad. Then, taking chalks,
scratch--with your fingernail--to create the amount of "chalk
dust" you need. Sprinkle over the Versamark stamping. Rub the
sprinklings around (over the image) with your finger, or a brush
and then tap/wipe off the excess. Seal with a spray sealer. Anybody
else use hair spray in a pinch?
The project hit it's first glitch! I have no fingernails! And the
only chalk I had was Dollar Store variety for my granddaughter's
chalk board. (Deliberately pale, in case she gets excessively creative
about WHERE she's chalking : ) BUT...a work around for the work
around worked! I scraped the chalk with the blade of a scissors
and it worked fine.
This technique will be explored further later. You may want to
use it in the spring...when light pastels are the order of the day
(season)....but for now:....
Hmmm....wonder if cocoa or powdered instant coffee would work?