Hey everyone! I have another post on stamping for you all today. If you’re brand new to stamping, I recommend you check out this post first. It has everything you need to know to get started with clear stamps. For those of you who already have a little bit of stamping experience under your belt, I have a few fun techniques for you to try out today!
There are so many things you can do with stamps beyond the very basic. There are lots of fun techniques that will really take your stamping projects to the next level. Whether you’re a Project Lifer or a planner stamper, these simple techniques can be used in any sort of crafty project. For the purposes of this post I illustrated each stamping technique on a Project Life card, but I also use many of these techniques regularly in my planner.
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1. DIY Embellishment
One of my favorite way to mix things up with stamping is making my own embellishments. Simply take any stamp you want (in this case I used a paw print stamp) and stamp it onto cardstock (I used plain white, but ou can also used colors paper, or even patterned!). Once your ink dries, cut around your image and you have your very own custom embellishment!
I love using this technique in my Project Life layouts when I have a stamp I want to use with a card, but I also want to add a little dimension, or I want to layer the image on top of a photo. I also love to make these embellishments 3D by attaching them to my project with foam adhesive to lift them off the page, which is what I did with the paw prints in the picture above.
2. DIY Patterned Paper
This is another favorite technique of mine (don’t mind me while I say this about every technique I list here… I’m a big stamping fan haha!). Stamp your own custom patterned paper to work perfectly with whatever project you’ve got going on. You can do this by repeatedly stamping the same image across plain paper, or you can mix it up and use multiple different images. The sky is truly the limit with this technique, and changing colors and stamps and patterns will give you endless custom papers!
3. Layering Designs & Colors
You can also combine stamps to make custom designs by layering the images. Studio L2E does a great job designing stamps that can be layered (the circle stamps in the above picture are from Studio L2E), and I’ve also seen a few I love at Studio Calico. To get this technique, simply stamp an image right on top of another stamped image (after the first is dry of course). Easy peasy!
While some stamps are made specifically to layer well together, you can also think outside the box when layering stamps, and make up your own designs! While the circle stamps I used in my project above were designed to layer well together, I have also used the dotted circle layered over a banner to mark an event in my planner. I also use layering to highlight important plans in my planner, by layering a solid shape stamp under a text stamp. It’s a fun way to make things pop, and make it a bit more exciting!
4. Repeated Stamping Without Re-inking
Next up, add a little artistic interest to your stamped images by re-stamping without re-inking. This will give an ombre effect to the ink, as your design gets lighter the more times you stamp without inking. It’s just a nice way to add a little bit of interest to your project, while still staying super simple.
You can mix things up with this technique by varying how close together or spread apart your repeated stamped images are, as well as how they are aligned. In the project above, I have my images all staggered and spread fairly far apart. However, I also like re-stamping very tightly together, to give the main stamped image a sort of border. Finally, you can align your stamps for different effects, my favorite being vertical aligning, to give a true ombre appearance.
5. Two Toned Design
The last technique I wanted to share with you guys is two toned layering. This technique is similar to the third one I listed, but instead of using different colored inks, use two tones of the same color. For the banner in the above image, I used a light green for the solid center, and a dark green for the border outline. This technique works especially well with fill and border coordinating stamps, and really gives an excellent finished feel to the design.
That finishes up my five favorite simple stamping techniques! What do you guys think, have you tried any of these before? Did you find a new technique you can’t wait to try yourself? If you do end up using any of the fun stamping techniques I shared here, make sure to tag me @labelmemerrit so I can see! Happy stamping everyone!