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« on: March 11, 2007 07:34:12 PM »

I have successfully resisted rubber stamps.  Until today.  I bought a background collage stamp that has writing, a clock, a butterfly and more writing on it.

I made about 6 cards with it tonight.  I stamped it in the background, then gessoed over that, then stamped again, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  It was cool (pictures coming soon).

But I'm a total noob when it comes to stamps.  I don't understand the difference between dye and pigment ink, I don't know how to line things up, and I'm sure there's other things that I don't even know that I don't know.  Can you suggest some resources for where I can learn more?

And do you have any special tips for using rubber stamps on ATCs?
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007 08:01:38 PM »

You're in my territory now Kat! Using rubber stamps in ATC's is marvelous. I like to switch up between my paper pics and my stamped images, but rubber stamping is my first love and what got me started on ATC's in the first place. Here are some sites to give you tips on how-to with your rubber stamps-
Trish B is a wonderful woman with great techniques she loves to share!!
http://www.trishbayley.com/
Most of my info came from RS groups I belong to on Yahoo Groups but there are some tips I will give you-
* If your stamp did not come with a guide (wooden ruler looking thing) as most don't try this trick for placement of repeat images-
Take a blank index card or piece of cardstock and trace the block shape on the card, stamp your image in the block shape where you want it, then cut out the inside of the block and use the "frame" for placement of future stampings.
* All inks are fine on paper, pigment and dye. If you are using a slick surface such as glossy card stock you want dye ink to adhere better. Actually "Staz-on" is a better ink to use for any slick surface.
Hereis the link to Ranger, Inc- they produce some of the best inks in the US- they have a good explanation for each
http://www.rangerink.com/index.html

Lastly, keep your stamps clean- if they are wood mounted remember the wood doesn't like water, so dry quickly if you submerge them. There are many ways to clean stamps- you can soap and water them, use baby wipes to clean them, use fancy store bought cleaners and scrubbers, or the good-old  leftover toothbrush and the soap routine. There are different ways to clean the different stamps so choose carefully. If you have wood mounted they all work, clear stamps should not be submerged as they lose some of their tackiness and may not adhere to your acrylic mounts as well, inmounted rubber can be relatively manhandled with little or no problems. Just remember- soap and water- no chemical cleaners or the rubber can begin to break down after awhile.

As for special tips for using them on atc's- just this- you don't always have to use the whole stamp on a card- I sometimes just use one element from a stamp at a time, or I just stamp randomly across one corner or down a side. To mask out parts of the design use those index cards or bits of cardstock you have laying around and place them over wherever you don't want the stamp to come through.
If you have any other ?? just ask. I'm not an expert- but I know a lot of them.

Here are links to some cards I made with stamps-
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k261/pjmclnj/000_0961.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k261/pjmclnj/000_1077_small.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k261/pjmclnj/000_1042.jpg

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007 08:13:48 PM »

Whoa.  Thanks for all your tips, and the Trish Bee link.  Some reading for my Sunday night insomnia!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007 08:38:53 PM »

I'm DEFINITELY no expert, but I do know that they make special ink markers for use with stamps. You can use different colors on the same stamp, or only color the parts you want on your surface. Just a thought. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007 06:06:44 AM »

Thanks Butterflie!  I look out for those. 

I couldn't sleep last night.  You know what that means -- late night cyber-shopping for rubber stamps.

This is why I tried to resist for so long!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007 09:18:54 AM »

I know what you mean- Ebay is my late night friend- I have gotten a lot there!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007 09:29:26 AM »

Oh, welcome to a whole new addiction.  I'm of the opinion that a woman can never have too many stamps.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007 03:40:30 PM »

I'm of the opinion that a woman can never have too many stamps.

I think there's a stamp that says that at RiverCityRubberWorks.com...lol.

I just started with rubber stamps too and I have to say I love 'em....plus I just got into embossing! *dies* My new favorite thing!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2007 04:33:18 PM »

yes embossing is wonderful!  I have a few stamps that I bought about 8 years ago when I was into scrapbooking, and I did a bit of embossing back then -- but just a little.  Then I moved 2000 miles away and got overwhelmed with a new job, new marriage, new town, new life.  I've been really inspired by all the creative ways people use stamps on their ATCs -- it's not just ink and stamp, it's much more than that.  I had no idea!
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2007 08:59:34 PM »

Thanks so much for the link to Trish Bayley's site pjmclnj, she's got some amazing techniques!
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