Where to Find the Exact Right Stamp for Your Scrapbook
People tend to think that stamping is pretty complicated, however once you know the basics, I find it to be particularly simple. Many people ask me about finding the right stamps for your theme and making sure the stamp goes where it needs to go. It can get really frustrating to not find the exact scrapbook stamps that you need and want for your scrapbook! There are times I’ve desperately sought out the perfect stamp to suit the season, and had difficulty finding them. In some cases, the best option is to simply make your own using rubber stamp carving materials. In other cases, I’ve found pretty much all my scrapbook stamps Singapore here.
Choosing Your Stamp
When you’re picking out your scrapbook stamps, you should purchase only what you will be using and have the space for. Consider a few things as you browse for stamps. You may want the stamp to suit your theme, which can be almost anything. There are stamps that are seasonal, such as snowflakes or falling leaves. In addition, you can find stamps that allow you to enhance the theme with words or other symbols. Some of the most common stamps include flowers, hearts, sports, toys and more.
Stamping Tips and Suggestions
If you’ve found it difficult to stamp images well, I’ve compiled some great tips that can help you to improve your rubber stamping skills. You can use these tips to strengthen your scrapping skills or for card marking.
- When you ink your stamps, always have the stamp rubber side up. Take the pad and press it straight down from above the stamp multiple times. This prevents you from accidentally inking the handle or edges of your stamp. When the edges get inked, you typically get strange halos around the image. Aim for solid coverage.
- When you use the stamp, place something soft and solid beneath the page and stamp your image straight down against the paper. Press it down without moving the stamp around and lift it straight off the paper. To keep the paper and ink from sticking together, hold the paper down with your free hand. Try stamping while standing to be sure you are stamping straight down.
- For larger stamps, place the rubber upside down and gently set the paper on top of the stamp. Use a brayer to roll the paper against the stamp while holding it in place. Lift it carefully to prevent smearing. This one takes some practice.
- If you don’t have a rubber that is mounted to wood, or it is acrylic, check that the edges aren’t more than a quarter inch beyond the design. This section has been known to collect ink, which can lead to halos. You can cut this off with scissors, but you have to be sure it is straight.
- Always test your stamp pad for juiciness. An overly juicy ink pad can over ink your stamp, so do some test stamps to see how it works. Aim for shiny and smooth coverage.
- There are tons of inks out there, all with different results. Dye-based ink is water soluble and dries almost instantly. Chalk inks dry quickly and don’t go with glossy or slick card stocks, just as dye-based inks won’t. Pigment inks take time to dry, making them great for embossing and powders. You can heat set or let these air dry. Staz-On inks stain stamps and need to be cleaned off quickly. These types of inks will ruin acrylics, meaning it is vital that the ink is cleaned off immediately after use. Alcohol inks work with glass, metal and glossy surfaces.
- You can ink your stamps with multiple colors. Many stampers use Copic markers to color in their image. Be sure to keep the ink wet. If you’re using Copics, you can use the blender pen. If not, you can simply breathe on the stamp to prevent it from drying.
- Stamp cleaners come in many forms. Some prefer to simply use dish soap, water and a toothbrush. Others may wash them in soap and water, leaving them to air dry. Liquid form ones allow you to clean your stamp and crevices easily.
- You can prevent staining by stamping onto beige ink or Versamark, and then using it on your colored ink. This creates a film between the darker ink, shielding the rubber from stains.
- Always practice with your stamps to ensure that you are stamping well. By playing around with them, you can strengthen your skills.