Stamping Techniques

  • New Stamp Care:  Before you use your new My Acrylix® Stamps, you need to "season" them...something like seasoning a new cast iron skillet!  Seasoning is a process used to remove any residue that may have gotten on your stamp during the production process.   Ink your stamp, then stamp on a scrap paper until the color eventually fades out (twist the stamp while stamping).  Do this several times.  Now it's ready to stamp beautifully! 
  • Masking:  Create a layered look while stamping by using masking.  Stamp one image, made (cover) all or a portion of the stamped image and then stamp additional designs.  The final result is a stamped image with depth. Ready?  First stamp your image on your paper (make it appear up front).  Next, stamp the same image on post-it note or scrap paper, then cut out the image from the scrap paper.  Do your best to cut right on the edge.  This is now considered your the scrap image (mask) over the original image on your paper. Now, stamp the next image to where it overlaps and covers part of the mask.  After you are done remove the mask and you'll see that it looks like the second image is behind the first one. 
  • Random Stamping:  Random stamping is a fun technique which allows you to be able to create your own background paper in whichever colors you would like.  Here are some suggestion for random stamping...first find three different stamps that are three different sizes, then start with your largest of the three stamps, then to the middle size and last the smallest, so you can fill in spaces.  I recommend stamping off your piece of paper so it looks even more random and be sure to turn your image different directions while stamping. 
  • Rock and Roll Stamping:  Rock and Roll stamping can be used to produce a two-tone look on your image or even to create shading.  Using a solid stamp image, ink image with lighter colored ink. Ink the edges of the same image with the darker colored ink by rolling edges of the image on the ink pad.  Stamp as normal on card stock.  You can also achieve this look with one ink color by inking your stamp, stamp a piece of paper once to get some of the ink off, then roll the stamp in the same ink again for a darker look around the edges, then stamp as usual. 
  • Second Generation Stamping: This technique adds a bit of depth to your project by creating a darker and lighter shade of the same ink color. Ink stamp and stamp it on a scrap piece of paper. Then stamp on your project without re-inking the stamp.  The result is a lighter image. Typically this technique is used for layering stamps – adding a background color and then a more detailed stamp on top of it. 
  • Solid Stamping:  This is how you want to stamp your images to create a nice crisp look.  If you are using a new stamp be sure to "season" it first.  Then when you ink up your image...tap, tap onto your ink pad, the twist, twist it on the ink pad, then tap, tap it again on your ink pad.  Look at the stamp to make sure it looks even throughout.  Be sure and place the foam sheet that comes with the CTMH My Acrylix® clear stamps under your paper when stamping to produce a more crisp and even image.  If you are using a large stamp it is easier to lay the stamp/block upside down then tap the ink pad on the stamp instead of the typical way. 
  • Soot Stamping:  Create a unique look by stamping in a soot-covered piece of paper.  You can apply color first or use the paper's natural color.  Soot stamping works best using glossy paper.  This is a great technique for creating an antique-looking accent or background.  Using a candle where the sick is even with the candle edges and not in the well, light the wick and hold paper in center of flame until blackened with soot. Let paper cool then press stamp firmly into soot.  Spray a fixative, such as aerosol hair spray, on image. 
  • Stamp Kissing:  To stamp kiss simply apply your ink onto a solid stamp (like an alphabet stamp), then grab a background stamp (one with dots, lines, checks, plaids, etc), place the stamp/block face up. Next you will want to take the soled stamp and kiss it directly onto the background stamp.  Then stamp on paper for a textured version of your solid stamp.  You could also use two ink colors when doing this by inking up your background stamp in a darker color and your solid stamp in a lighter color.  When you stamp kiss the light to the dark background color the pattern will appear on the solid stamp in that color. Awesome!  
  • Base and Shade Stamping:  It's easy to get two-toned stamping when you use base and shade stamps in combination with generational stamping.  Stamp the base stamp on scratch paper and then on your artwork for a lighter shad of ink.  Follow up by stamping the shade stamp on top.  The full-strength ink of the shade stamp will show up as vivid detail!  

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