How to Use Rubber Stamps For Card Making
Learn how to use rubber stamps for handmade card making and “wow” your recipient! (This is definitely on my to-do list for the next upcoming birthday or whatever occasion!) Scrap paper, lace, and ribbons all have their place, but if you really want to add that special something, in the form of more dimension or texture, stamping can really make an impression like no other (pun intended!)
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You can incorporate different stamping techniques alongside any decorative addition to your handmade cards, whether through sketches or templates, or your own design from scratch. Let’s look at the many ways rubber stamps can be used.
Use Rubber Stamps to Create Texture in the Background
Whether you’ve got a heart, flower, or single leaf imprint in your stamp collection, the application of that imprint multiple times on a card can produce some really unique effects. Ever stared at the background of a card in progress and felt it looked too “blah” and needed something, but you weren’t sure what?
That missing element could be added dimension.. I’ve seen it plenty of times in my own life….I could easily turn something bland into something bold just by layering designs onto it to create a more dimensional effect.
By dipping your stamp into different shades of ink in one particular color (say, light green and dark green), or using multiple stamps with similar patterns, you can make the design “pop” more without a ton of effort.
A raised effect also looks really smashing on a greeting card. The addition of embossing powder heat-set, will make the stamped design really stand out..There are different colors and clear transparent inks that will enable you to emboss with mica powders or glitters.
Most importantly, embossed designs need to be heat-set for permanency.
Painting Your Stamped Designs
Yes, you can also paint stamped imprints on cards too…just filling in various spaces within the design can add a little more color to it and give it a more there-dimensional look. I got to view a really good course on Bluprint in which the instructor used a simple watercolor approach to add a little splash of color to some of her stamped imprints.
These were, like the oval-shaped watercolor pans I used to work with as a child when I first learned to paint.
Prefer a “drier” approach to color? You can also shade in white spaces with colored pencils which would also look very well! For that, I recommend this colored pencil brand (thank me later 😁✏️)
When the paint dries you can later on affix your stamped designs onto the card using tape runner or dots – which can create a slight raised appearance. Cards with raised designs are really interesting to look at.
Some days I feel like I’ve gotten creatively tapped out….and I need a little pick me up to keep going.
What Kind of Ink?
The type of ink you use when you dip your stamps can alter the effect on the finished card. Not all inks are created equal! Pigment based inks dry more slowly, giving you leeway to adapt the imprinted design further, such as through the use of embossing.
Inks that are alcohol or solvent based dry more quickly, which can be a real boon if you plan to do some additional work on the imprint like coloring in the open white spaces. Inks come in different colors too, so you are not relegated to just black.
And did you know you can dip your stamp in lemon juice and apply an imprint on your card and then apply heat…the design will appear and take on a vintage-y look. Remember the days when we would write on paper with “mystery ink” and hold it over a candle to reveal the message?
So here is a whole host of ways you can use stamps to make great designs on cards 😁
Don’t forget, bling, bling, bling…ribbons, glitter, teeny rhinestones…..you can still go to town with your stamped designs, and the lucky recipient to get this will love you for it!
Creative Commons Photo Attribution: Images courtesy of: Etsy Ketsy