Stamping has become a popular addition to the scrapbook page. With more companies bringing out funky fonts and stylish shapes and patterns, picking the right stamp for your page is now easier than ever (or for some of us - even harder).
Here at Aussie Scrap Source we stock stamps from leading companies such as Hero Arts, Heidi Swapp, Fontwerks, Junkitz, Li'l Davis, Carolees Creations and Sassfras Lass. You can select from a range of foam stamps, sponge stamps, wood mounted stamps, unmounted rubber stamps and acrylic stamps.
Here are a few ideas for how to use your stamps on a scrapbook page.
- For a title - Stamping a title with ink or paint can add a great effect to any page. Stamping a sub-title in a different font in a smaller font size also looks great.
- Journaling - While a little time consuming, stamping is a great way to add journaling to a page, either by using the same font all the way through or mix it up a little to give it that random wanted look.
- As a background - There are some great shapes and images as well as font stamps that make for great backgrounds; simply add ink to your stamp and apply it randomly to the background sheet of your page.
- Accents - Stamping is an easy way to add a matching accent to a page. Flowers can be stamped, cut out and then added to the page in bunches; christmas balls can be strung across the page to emphasise a christmas theme.
- Ink - All stamps can be used with inks. The new Nester stamps from Sassfras Lass give the best effect with two ink colours.
- Paint or texutre paste - All foam stamps can be used with paints or texture paste. Simply paint the stamp, then stamp it where required on a page. Always clean foam stamps after use - they can be cleaned with warm water or a baby wipe.
- Embossing - Heat embossing stamps is another great way to add texture to your page. Simply stamp your stamp with embossing ink, add embossing powder, remove extra powder and heat with a heat gun.
Our Step by Step this week will walk you through using the Sassfras Lass nester stamps. What you will require to use the nesters in a good ink (we recommend stazon) and an acrylic block.
Nic has used the Mini Mockingbird stamps in this project but the steps are the same for all of the nester stamps. You will notice with the mini mockingbird nester stamps, that there are 2 stamps for each letter and each of the stamp "pairs" has a different combination of shapes. For example the "O" has lines on one stamp and on the other "O" it is full. You may use each of the two letter "O" stamps on their own, or layer them on top of each other for a nested effect. When you nest the stamps it is best, but not mandatory, to choose a lighter colour ink for the background and a darker colour ink for the foreground texture.
- Attach your stamp to the acrylic block. NOTE: this requires No glue, No tape, No anything - they just stick. The great thing about Nesters is that they are already sticky, and will stick straight to any acrylic surface. If you don't have an acrylic stamping block on hand but must use your nester right now, stick them to a clear ruler, an old cassette tape cover or a CD case.
- Choose the background version of your letter and once you have your stamp on the acrylic block, place it into the ink, and then stamp it to your page. Next attach the foreground version of the same letter to your block, ink it up with a different coloured ink and then line it up with the background stamp image you just stamped and stamp straight over the top of it. This will result in a muliti-coloured multi-dimensional look.
- Clean your stamps with a good stamp cleaner after you have used them. If you have used Stazon, clean the stamps immediately (particularly if you have used the white Stazon).
Be sure to check back next week to see what the Design Team have come up.