(Closed) Stamping tips

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Don’t press down too hard on the stamp or you can get excess ink on the paper. It’s super easy! You’ll be a stamping machine in no time! Don’t forget to clean your stamp when you’re done. 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Are there any brands of ink or stamps that work best?  I’ll be honest, I bought the cheapest ink Michaels had and a $1 stamp from the clearance bin to try things out, and I feel like I may need to upgrade to get better results.  Or I just don’t know what I’m doing, which is definitely also true.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I recently had my first stamping experience, too.  It turned out surprisingly well!  I tried pigment ink, which sits on the paper’s surface (and requires drying time!) rather than being absorbed into the paper.  I second LLauRRa’s advice, don’t press too hard. You can check out the results here.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i just started stamping myself as well.  I picked up a custom stamp with our names on them, and I got a martha ink pad, and I also picked up some embossing powder an a heat gun.  I then made my own custom paper napkins with our names on them! Turned out great!

Its really easy, just practice a bit and you will get used to it. Its addicting!! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

@august2009:  Ooh!  I have a few quick questions!  Where did you have your stamp made?  How did the napkins hold up under the heat gun?  Have you tested the napkins for smearing when wet?  I was thinking about simply stamping napkins with our logo, but feared our guests would end up with fuchsia-stained lips and hands!  :o)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second all of Craftpant’s questions! I was thinking of doing napkins too but am afraid of the wet factor. It would be soo much cheaper then getting them made though….

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It is really, really simple and they do not smudge because the heat tool sets the powder (melts it).

 

@craftypants I got my custom stamp from http://www.simonstamp.com/ they were awesome and cheap!

 

I have a how to when I did some napkins for our candy/cake table:

http://www.weddingbycolor.com/newfoundlandbride/milestones/55566

My friend ordered napkins from weddingstar, and mine look just like them… but they were a lot cheaper, and fun to make!! 

Let me know if there’s any other questions! 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

As long as you emboss your image, you don’t have to worry about smudging with those napkins! But that is such a great idea! I’ll totally have to remember that!

As for ink brand suggestions, I tend to stick with the ColorBox brand of inks as they have always resulted in clear images for me. The ink covers all stamps better than some other brands.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Keep the tips coming, you guys are fabulous! 

What is the best way to get the ink on the stamp if the stamp is bigger than the ink pad?

Also, for those sticker-type stamps that you need to put on a stamp block–are they stuck on the block forever, or can you take them off and reuse the blocks?  I feel almost silly asking, but I just have no idea!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i just got one of the stamp block kind and they are removable. they are like gel and they stayon the block but they peel off again. I am stamping white on to my blue rsvp enveloppes and they look so cool. the white soaks in a bit and they look super fancy!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Great questions!  For a larger stamp, I would lay it face up on a table and dab the pad onto it to cover the entire surface.  As for the clear acrylic stamps, they’re removable and reusable!  :o)

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I started stamping a few months ago.  The only brand of ink I’ve used is ColorBox – there are different types though so you need to make sure you’re getting what you want.  Some of them dry and look like chalk and others dry and look like regular ink.  For stamps – I’ve used acrylic (from AC Moore) and rubber (from AC Moore and Stampin Up).  I like the acrylic because you can see through the stamp block so you know exactly where on the paper you’re stamping.  This is good if you’re trying to be precise in placement.  If you’re just going to cut out your stamped image or don’t need precise placement, the rubber stamps are great. 

jkoala – I’ve found the best way to ink larger stamps is just to lightly dab the ink pad onto the stamp while moving the stamp around to make sure you get it all covered.  Does that make sense?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Thanks August 2009 for the info and the link to your blog post, thats super helpful!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One of the Bees (although I can’t remember her bee name!) became an avid stamper after her wedding, and now has a great site where she blogs about stamping on an almost daily basis.   http://www.thesunsethouse.com   She does tutorials on what ink to buy for each type of stamping that I’ve always referenced.  She sells Stampin’ Up products on her site now – but regardless of the brand you use – she has great tips and inspiration!

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