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Scrapbooking - Stamping techiques

Updated on January 26, 2014

Types of stamps

There are different types of stamps that can be used for your scrapbook projects.

  • Mounted stamps: Made of red-coloured rubber with a wooden block base attached to it. Ready to use, only need to pick the preferred colour of ink.
  • Unmounted stamps: Made of red-coloured rubber but without a base. This means that you will need an extra stamping block to attach it to. These stamping blocks are made of plastic and come in different shapes and sizes. You can buy them separately in any hobby store. The rubber stamp will have a sticky side that makes it stick to the base but you can get it off easily aswell.
  • Clear stamps: As they suggest, these stamps are transparent (clear). They function the same as the unmounted stamps as they require a separate base before you can use them.

The unmounted and clearstamps require less storage space and can be stored in folders, but the mounted stamps require more storage space like boxes.

Ink (pads)


Stamping ink comes in a variety of colours, brands and quality. For scrapbook projects I recommend going for quality as the ink attaches to the stamp better and they can be used on other surfaces besides paper (e.g. plastic, wood, etc.). One of the good brands is the “Stazon” ink as it is also water proof. “Archival inks” are also a good brand. When using a new stamp for the first time, make a couple of practice tries. Ink will often not attach well to new stamps. Ink the new stamps well and stamp a few times on cheap paper, before trying your first serious attempt on the higher quality paper.
Tip: use baby wipes (wet-wipes) to clean ink from the stamps. They clean well and as the wipes don’t have chemicals in them, no harm will be done to the stamp. You can ofcourse also clean the stamps with plain water and soap.

Paper and pencils

The best stamping images are those stamped on paper types that absorb the ink well. Cardstock is one of those good paper types for stamping purposes. You can of course stamp on a (coloured) paper and leave it like that, but a little colour would not hurt either. You can use the following materials for the colouring:

  • Pastel pencils: have soft points for gentle colouring and have soft colours as well.
  • Aquarel pencils: when water is added to the coloured parts, you can turn the pencil colours into paint.
  • Special markers (e.g. Copic Markers) : work like normal markers but come in many colours (egg-shell, frosting blue, etc. ) and multiple layers can be added to add shadow accents without damaging the paper structure.
  • Chalk: you can use chalk for colouring and apply it on the image with cotton.

In hobby shops you can buy a sort of cotton type pencil that is made out of pressed paper. When you use it over parts that you coloured with either chalk or pencil you can soften the colours/parts of the images for accenting.

Cutting and pasting images

Once your stamp has been placed and coloured (or not), it is time to decide how to proceed with the image onto your project. Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Cut the stamp image around the borders, but keep the black line around the image. Use double-sided tape to attach the image to its surface.
  2. You could use the image as a 3D image by stamping the image 3 times and cutting both out around the outer black lines. Then just as a 3D image place smaller parts of the base image on top of each other with 3D glue/foam tape between the layers.
  3. Cut out a border around the image, with a square, rectacle or circular shape. You could use stamping ink around the border to give it an extra effect.

Use pattern scissors to cut a patterned border around the stamped image.

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