We are exploring stamping techniques with the design team today. Stamping is a great way to compliment your memory keeping and planning. You can keep it very simple with just one color of ink and a simple phrase stamp or go wild and crazy with layering, special inks, coloring, and embossing or something in between. And it important to note that stamps are an investment that keeps on giving. Rachel reminds us to shop our stash and shows us the benefits of doing so with the design she is sharing today.
“Stamping is one of my favorite paper crafting endeavors! I love that stamps are so versatile and can be customized to work with any color scheme or layout theme. For this memory planner spread, I decided to “shop my stash” and pull stamps from past Cocoa Daisy Kits and incorporate them into this spread. I was amazed how many stamps were applicable to this season we are in right now. Some stamps were more functional, while others made perfect embellishments for this week.”
“I used a couple techniques in this spread. The first was creating a repetitive stamped pattern (top box on Monday, middle box on Tuesday and bottom box on Thursday). I masked off the box using sticky notes (or washi tape) to make sure the image did not transfer to the neighboring boxes. For the Monday box, I inked three different colors onto the stamp to give an ombre effect. In the Tuesday and Friday box, I stamped each color individually.”
“Stamping does not always turn out the way you think it will, and that is OK! See the photos on Monday Wednesday and Friday (top box). I originally stamped onto the photos, but I didn’t like it. So what did I do? I simply stamped onto a scrap piece of sticker paper, trimmed out the stamped image and viola, fixed! For the Wednesday photo, I used two different stamps together, and I really like how it turned out.”
“I think we can all agree that this is an unusual time to be documenting and while there are some “Corona Virus” embellishments available (have you seen the FREE printable from Cocoa Daisy?) I wanted to share how you can use your stamps to create your own elements for documenting this period of time. On the bottom of the right page, I used the alpha stamps from this month’s kit and stamped directly onto a few die cuts to create my own hashtag and phrases that are on my mind right now. Years from now, these personalized phrases will help me remember this moment in time, and the little moments that went along with it.”
Next we are sharing a design and some tips from Jil. “Stamps are tools, and so I encourage everyone to keep pulling them out to use with new kits. You’ll see stamps from several older kits on my page made with Up and Away. My technique is layered clusters, and they are so much fun to make!”
“I chose three colors that complement my photo and the kit papers and repeated them in each of the three areas of the design. This is an easy way to use stamps. The main thing to keep in mind is varying the shapes and designs, overlapping just a bit, and perhaps changing which image is stamped in which color, as I did with the messy thread stamp.”
“I loved adding the leaf stamps because they suggest spring and nature (the subject of my art journal page) but also because they are a distinctive shape compared to the blockier stamps I chose.”
“Variety and repetition are both important in creating stamped collages that add interest and get your eyes moving across the page. This technique is fun with word and phrase stamps, too. As usual, the creative possibilities are endless, especially with stamps and ink!” Jil has included a short video about stamping too!
And finally, we are sharing a few basic tips that will help you achieve great stamping results!
- Do not rock your stamp back and forth or lean on the stamp because this can cause your image to stamp improperly.
- Make sure you are stamping on a solid flat surface. Some stamps do not have a perfect surface therefore we recommend using a matt like the Sizzix, Multi Color, Stamper’s Secret Weapon, which is designed to help you create clear impressions.
- If you want to add color to your stamped image, be sure you are using ink that won’t react to water or alcohol based colorings. Try these ink lines for this type of stamping: Momento Ink by Tsukineko, Archival Ink by Ranger, and Prima Color Philosophy.
- Be sure to use the best possible inks for stamping on your photos. There are several popular inks that meet this requirement including Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink and StazOn, both by Tsukineko. We recommend practicing with these ink types on photos you are not going to use.
We hope you enjoyed this post. Please comment below with any questions!