Simonne’s hints & tips
Master this clever stamping technique with Simonne’s helpful tips
Any small stamps will work for this technique, but it is easier to use clear stamps because you can see through them to ensure that your positioning is accurate.
A stamp positioning tool is really helpful for the shape stamping technique as it allows you to place the stamps exactly where you want the image to be before inking. This is particularly useful if you’re trying to create symmetrical designs such as the star card used here.
Experiment and plan the position of the stamps on a piece of scrap paper before stamping onto your final piece to ensure that you’re happy with the placement.
Use a soft pencil and keep your pencil lines fairly faint when transferring the outline of your desired shape. This means they’ll be easy to erase once you have stamped your images and filled the shape.
For a different look and texture, try stamping solid images using Versa-Mark ink and then heat embossing them with coloured or metallic embossing powders. You can create various different outlines using your own designs. Basic shapes such as circles, triangles and hexagons work really well with this technique, or you can also draw around large dies and use that as your outline. Snowflakes for Christmas or balloons and flowers for birthday and thank you cards are great ideas to try.