Tuesday, June 25, 2013

stampin' FUN!

I receive all kinds of inquiries about how to mount and use rubber stamps and since I have a new batch of stamps in the shop, I thought it would be fun to dedicate a post to some of my favorite tips and techniques for using rubber stamps (any kind of rubber stamps).

Please note- I am not a traditional stamper- instead I am always looking to use my stamps in new and creative ways in my art and crafting projects!

Since I use stamps for a variety of different projects I like to keep the mounting process simple and economic! In my opinion, you can pretty much mount a stamp to just about anything but I prefer acrylic blocks (you can see what you are doing better) and craft foam. These are the two materials that I use in my own stamping.

I simply spray the back of the rubber stamp with spray mount. It gets the back side of the stamp nice and tacky and you are able to stick it to anything! Its also easy to peel off and switch out different designs. 

If I am working with clay I keep my stamps unmounted.

I am obsessed with pattern and all of my stamp designs were created with pattern in mind! I like to fill a surface (my favorite is brown craft paper) by repeating and overlapping the different designs. This concept is perfect for creating wrapping paper, decorative paper or fabric.

When you think of stamping you don't usually think of watercolors but you can get some really beautiful effects!

I paint my color directly onto the stamp and then start stamping! Stamping into a wet surface will cause the design to bleed and it's beautiful! Stamping into a dry surface will get you a more clean print.

There are all kinds of really cool inks out there for stamping and my favorite is permanent ink made for all surfaces. I love using this ink to create unique stamped accessories from a variety of materials (wood, plastic, metal).

I love finding simple and unique surfaces to stamp on! Stamping on masking tape is such a great way to create your own decorative tape (but on a budget!).

My parents are potters which means I have a special place in my heart for clay. Unmounted stamps can be used to create texture, pattern or an imprint in all kinds of clay projects.

I think my favorite way to use stamps it to cut the designs out and turn then into something new. From tags to wreaths to garlands there are SO many different ways to craft with cut out stamps!

To view all of my unmounted rubber stamps and my hand carved stamps you can visit my shop HERE!


  1. Oh seriously! Can you please start shipping to us poor bastards in Sweden! Fed up with drooling all over the keyboard.

  2. livethegoldenrule2:32 AM

    You always explain things so clear and make your directions simple. The great photography is such a help! Also doing things on a shoestring includes everyone who can try these techniques. I always admire that. Everything (as usual) is so beautiful ;D Thanks so much.

  3. Love these ideas. I tried stamping with watercolors, but never had such results. I can't wait to try something like that soon.

  4. Beautiful stamps and so much inspiration on how to use them but what a pity I can't order them since I live in Belgium.

  5. So beautiful these stamps! Do you know where could I find them in Rome, Italy?:)

  6. great project!!!!!!!!!!!! love it!

  7. What a great and inspirational post. Wish I wasn't a work reading this. I want to make something right NOW. Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

  8. Thank you, thank you for all of these GREAT ideas!!

  9. Melissa T.8:52 AM

    I can't believe I never thought to stamp on masking tape! Brilliant! :) Thanks for all the great ideas.

  10. wow alias what great inspirational ideas -- never thought of using watercolor or stamping masking tape -- once again you have inspired me to try this right now --

  11. Awesome. When ever I see red and turquoise, lime and black I always think of you. Your brand :)

  12. Sooo inspiring! Great post!

  13. in love with these new stamps i found in my suitcase.
    pretty much doing a happy dance for so many reasons.

  14. Thank you for this wonderful post on stamping. It's been very helpful and inspiring :).

  15. I loved reading your post! The clarity of the explanations was very helpful! Your stamps look awesome, especially the ones on watercolor and I love the clay work too!

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  17. Love the watercolor stamping technique. Great photos.



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