Si­monne’s hints & tips

Mas­ter this clever stamp­ing tech­nique with Si­monne’s help­ful tips

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Stamping Knowhow -

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.

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