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Rubber Stamping! Questions Asked and Answered.

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. There's More To It (way more)

    • 2. Mounted vs Unmounted (that is the question)

    • 3. Not All Stamp Pads Are Created Equal (smudges and smears suck)

    • 4. Stamp Blocker (bullet journal ideas)

    • 5. Cleaning and Storing (this is legit)

    • 6. No Ink Pad No Problem (inking alternatives)

    • 7. Just Add Texture (the stamps will thank you)

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About This Class

If you're new to stamping, need a refresher course, or want more ideas on how to use yours stamps and ink pads, you've come to the right place!

Rubber stamping goes back, like way back.  But times they are a- changin'. 

It's not just putting a stamp onto a piece of paper anymore.  There are all sorts of products and materials to select from based on what type of project you want to make. 

Some questions I'm often asked are:

1.  What's the differences between all these stamps?

2.  Why are my inks smearing and smudging?

3.  I didn't know I can add texture to my stamped images, how do I do that?

4.  How did you create that stamped effect in your bullet journal?

5.  Do I really need to buy every single color of ink pad out there?

6.  How important is it that I actually clean my stamps?

I answer those questions (and more) while sharing some easy and fun techniques you can do with your stamps and ink pads. 

Also, if you are interested in any of the supplies I used in these tutorials or use in general, check out my list of Must Haves on my website thediyday.         

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Renee Day


Hello! I'm Renee Day, creator of thediyday. Let me just share this...I love DIY. I grew up doing crafting and creating and I never really stopped, I incorporate into just about everything, really.

For instance, I was once a professional photographer. I photographed engagement sessions, weddings, boudoir, and landscapes. After about six years, I decided I needed to do something else, so I applied to grad school. Three years later, I received a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and started interning at an addiction rehabilitation facility. I started implementing art therapy into my sessions when clients couldn't use their words. It was then that I realized how therapeutic art really is. Art speaks volumes, it tells stories.

Anyway, I was born and raised in Orang... See full profile

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1. There's More To It (way more): Hi, everyone Renee here with the d I y Day. He followed me on Instagram Run Facebook. You'll notice that you stamping in many of the project's ideo, whether it's carved, making or stamping my bull journal. I'm frequently using stamps, and because of that I receive a lot of great questions regarding stamping. So I've decided to put this tutorial together to help answer all of your questions. I'll be going over mounted versus amounted stamps also be going over the different types of ink pads and the benefits to each one. I'll also talk about I'm stamp walking like you see in my bullet journals, as well as alternative methods to making your stamps. I'll also be going over in Boston with your stamps, as well as cleaning and storing them. So stick around and let's get started. 2. Mounted vs Unmounted (that is the question): Hi, everyone. Thank you for stopping by. If you're new to stamping or want to learn what supplies are needed to stamp, you've come to the right place. So what you're looking at here are mounted stamps, amounted stamps, an acrylic blocks. And in this tutorial, I'll share with you how each one works. The's stands right here are mounted stamps. Now, what that means is the stamp is permanently attached to this wooden block. Unless you rip it off or pry it off. It's not coming off now. What that means is thes stamps are ready to go. All you need is to, um, Inc your stamp in your ink pad or your stand pat. And then you could just start stamping it onto your paper or whatever you're looking to stamp. Mountain stamps do come in various shapes and sizes, as you can see here, they're small, medium and large and extra large. They come in scoring rectangular shapes. I've even seen circular stamps, so there's a whole variety with, um, the way mounted stamps come. One difference that I have found with mounted stamps is I find them to be a bit more expensive than the amounted stamps. And for that I'm guessing it's just because it's already ready to go. You don't need to buy anything else other than the ink. And you could start stamping now that you're a bit more familiar with the mounted stamps. Now the opposite is true. There are amounted stamps. So these and these are considered UNM outed stamps because, as you can see, they don't come on a block of any sort with Ian Mounted stamps, you do need to buy, um, an acrylic block or blocks to use you stand properly. Now, you can not use a, um, acrylic block at all, but I have found that without the acrylic block itself, the stamps don't come out clear, and they're kind of muddled in a bit. So I highly suggest if you're using UNM outed stamps to purchase the acrylic blocks. Now, these acrylic blocks right here come in various shapes and sizes similar to the mounted stamps. But what I'm showing you here is here's a small acrylic block, which is good for like the smaller stamps, of course. And then here's the medium size acrylic block, which works perfectly for like, you know, obviously the larger size images and this one right here. It's longer in length, but not as wide. And this works perfectly for stamps, say, like this one. So this stamp, because it's so long, would not work well with the smaller blocks. So you would need the longer shaped block to hold this stamp. What I found with the UNM mounted stamps is there a bit more affordable than the mounted stamps. And what's great about these is you get the bigger selection of stamps to play with. A great feature that I have found with Ian Mounted stamps is you could see directly where you're stamping your image. So, for instance, like with the mounted stamps, if I'm just placing this down, you have somewhat of an idea where it's going. You know, you you could guess tomate where the image will place. But with e amounted stamps, you can you get to see where your images going because your stamp is attached to this clear object. But clear acrylic block kind of gives you a better idea of where the stamp is gonna be placed when you're placing on your paper a question I often receive about the stamps with the acrylic blocks is what kind of glue or adhesive am I using to attach the stamp onto the acrylic block? And the answer to that is I'm not using anything. The majority of these UN mounted stamps automatically stick to these acrylic blocks. Now that you understand the difference between mounted and UNM outed stamps, I'm gonna show you these stamps in action. The type of paper used for most My projects will either be mixed media card stock or watercolor paper. But for this tutorial or for practice stamping, I like to use regular computer paper. So the first stamp will be sharing with you is the flower stamp. So I'm gonna take my stamp. So now that my stamp is all inked up, let me share that with you. I don't know if you could see that very well, but it's black, so let me stamp my sheet. Now, if you're interested in the inks I use with Stan Patz, I use that's on the next tutorial. So that's the image of a mounted stamp which is this one for the next image. I will stamp this tussle, so let me grab my acrylic block. Let me just stick this onto the block itself. I'm gonna press it down a little bit so it can stick to the block. You know, it's ready to go when you turn the block over and the stamp sticks to it. See, it's not falling off. So let me Inc the stamp and then let me press it down on my paper. There you have it for the next image. I'm gonna use this long stamp right here. So let me get my acrylic block. Let me remove this stamp and let me apply the stamp onto the block. Like so saying the great thing. If it's if it appears crooked to you or whatever, all you gotta dio lift it up, lift up the stamp and reapply it down and then just press the stamp onto the block. So it's stuck on there, and then you think up the stamp. Now that the stamp is inked up, I'm gonna apply it onto my paper, usually to press firmly so the image gets transferred onto the paper and then you lift up the stamp and there's your image. And that's how I use my mounted and amounted stamps. Be sure to stick around. I have a lot more fun stuff to share with you. 3. Not All Stamp Pads Are Created Equal (smudges and smears suck): hi friends. I'm often asked what stand pastor impacts I use. So I figured I put this tutorial together to share with you the ones I like to use the most . If you're watching any of my videos on Instagram or Facebook and I'm stamping with the black ink pad, there's a 99.9% chance. This is the one I'm using now. This stamp out by Ranger Inc is my absolute favorite. It's acid free. It's permanent. It's waterproof. It drives really quick, and it doesn't smear. One of the reasons why I love the stamp at so much is because it is waterproof. Oftentimes I like to color in my stamped images with watercolor, and with this type of stamp had it doesn't bleed or run through or mixed with water colors . So if you're just starting out in stamping, I highly suggest this stamp had be your first stamp at to purchase. Now the, um, the stamp out itself. It's not the foam. It's more of like that linen stamp pad. I don't know if that makes a difference to you. It doesn't for me, but I just thought I'd share that. The the stamp had texture isn't like that foamy one. It's the linen type of stamp pad. Whenever I want stamped images and color always go for either my Prima Marketing Inc. Stan Patz or my Ranger Ink stand pets. Whenever I stamp images and color, both of these brands are my go to just because of colors were so bright and vibrant. Another reason why I, like both of these brands, is because they dry quickly, so there's not a lot of dry time involved in either one of these in pets. Let me show you what it looks like to so this one is color philosophy by a prima marketing . It's called hot Lips. And so this is what the public's like again, it's It's not that foam type of pad. It's It's more of that linen type of look or felt type of look. And then this one by ranger again. It's that felt look rather than like that foam type of ink pad may get a lighter when it might be easier to see well, if you can see that, but it's a raised ink pad, so it makes it easier to get certain areas on your stamp, which is always nice. The lasting pet that I have here is the pigmented ink pad. The only time I use pigmented inks is when im m bossing a stamped image. If you're not familiar with them bossing, I do have another skill share video regarding in bossing. So check that out. But I won't go into too much depth about it here. But with the pigmented inks, these take forever to dry. So I don't use them for anything other than m bossing. Now the pigment in ink pads do come in a variety of colors. And unlike these other Stan Patz here, this pigmented ink pad is ah foam type of impact. So it's not the linen one like you saw in these other types of inks. So stick around. I'm going to share with you a little technique I like to do with my inc Pat. I'm gonna use this Ranger Inc. I'm gonna use, uh, uh, this color philosophy green. And I'm gonna use this fossilized amber by ranger for this tutorial. You'll also need some water, A brush. You also need your acrylic block that used for the stamps. Or you could use like a plate our, um, painter's palette. You also need some watercolor paper and a stamp. So with my mounted pineapple stamp, which you see her, I'm gonna Inc up my steel and stand my image onto my watercolor paper. Like so then what I'm gonna do next is I'm gonna take my distressing and I'm going to smear it onto my krolik block. So if you could see that, you could see, like, the yellow from the from the ink itself. And then what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my brush and a dip it in the water, and then I'm gonna activate the Distress Inc and make it a watercolor just by adding some water. Now, the ink needs to be water based in order to activate it like this. Not all impact are water based. So as you can see, I've made by my ink watercolor. Yeah, What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my brush, and I'm gonna paint my pineapple this golden yellow color pretty cool, right? Would ever thought you could use your ink pad as a paint. So now that I've made my pineapple the golden yellow, it is I'm going to make the leaves green. So I'm gonna take my prima marketing color philosophy in pad. I'm gonna rub some of this. Stamp the stamp pad onto the acrylic block. Now it's green. Close it back up. I'm gonna activate the screen like I did with the yellow, just by adding some water with my paintbrush. There we go. See, now it's a now it's a watercolor. And then I'm gonna paint the leaves on the pineapple green. So the purpose of the sartorial was to share with you how the black ink didn't smear in with the greener, the yellow but as well as how to utilize your stamp pads and other forms other than just using it as a stamp pad. Thank you for watching my video on Stan Patz. Stick around. I have more fun tips, tricks and techniques to share with you. Thank you. 4. Stamp Blocker (bullet journal ideas): earlier this month. I did this calendar for February 2018 and I received a lot of questions on it. The most popular question I received was how I stand my bullet journal without getting the stamp into the calendar itself. So in this tutorial, I'm gonna go over how I stand by images in my bowl, a journal without getting it into my calendar. For this tutorial, I'll be using the same Inc pat that I use for the hearts as well as the same heart step. I also have a white piece of scratch paper. Any color will do. It doesn't have to be white. And I also have a pretend layout that I drew on a white piece of computer paper. So let's get started here. I have my drawing Myeik pad and my heart stamp. I also have my scratch piece of paper. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my heart stamp, and I'm gonna stamp the image closest to this vertical line without getting any of the stamped image on the inside of the rectangle. I call this method blocking and the reason why I called blocking is because you're using the scratch piece of paper to block the stamp from coming onto the inside of this rectangle . Let me share with you what? I mean, so here I have my scratch piece of paper. I'm gonna stand my image. Stay right there. So what happened is I have the entire heart image stamped. However, it's not on the inside of the rectangle. So I'm gonna continue this process until I get to the corner right here. So, as you can see, I pressed the entire stamp onto this piece of scratch paper, and it's only appearing on the outside of the rectangle. But when you get to the corners, you use a little bit different of a method than what you did right here. When you get to the corners, you want to be sure to put your scratch piece of paper at the angle. You don't want this scratch newspaper Toby overlapping the vertical line or the horizontal line. And if it overlaps, you get a go a different design than you would want when you're using your stamp. And what I mean by that is if you work this scratch newspaper just all the way down, passing this horizontal line What happens is when you stamp this image at the corner, the entire image doesn't show up. So what stamp Right here. So what happens is only a portion of the stamp showed up, but you want the entire heart to show up. But because this piece of paper was overlapping the horrors on the line the stamped and have the ability to stamp over on the site. So when you're using your scratch piece of paper, what you want to do when you get to the angles is have the your scratch piece of paper right at the corner of your design. So don't have your scratch piece of paper overlapping the vertical line and don't have it overlapping the horizontal line. And when you stamp your image, you'll get a continuation of the heart on both sides. So when you move your paper, you still get the entire heart image without getting any of it on the inside of a rectangle . Whereas down here when you continued stamping, just moving your paper down portion of the heart didn't continue on this path. So let's continue doing the same design all the way around the rectangle, so I'm gonna get my scratch piece of paper and then I'm just gonna stamp as I please. Let's put it that way. Let's move one a little lower. That's there. Let's put this next stamp on its side like So, let's move this one right about here. And now you're at that angle again. So what we're gonna do, we're just gonna get our scratch piece of paper, put it in the corner where it's not overlapping the vertical or the or the horizontal line . And let's just stamp it. And again, you get the full heart image on your beeper. So I'm gonna continue this method one more time until we get down here. Okay, there we go. Get to that quarter line up. Our paper stamped the image. So again the whole heart was stamped, but only a portion you're showing you could even continue this method on the outside of the paper using the same thing. So here's your piece of paper Stamp on the outside, stamp on the edges, like so. So you could have a continuation of the heart stamp all the way around. It's kind of cool, right? In case you want to see this whole thing filled with hearts. I will do a sped up version of that right now. There you have it. This is my method of stent blocking. Just like in my bullet journal. None of the hearts are interfering with the calendar portion. And just like in what we just did, none of these hearts are interfering inside the rectangle. Thank you again for watching this tutorial. I have more tips, tricks, ideas to share, So please stick around. 5. Cleaning and Storing (this is legit): So my least favorite part of the stamping process is cleaning the stamp. But to preserve the life of the stamp, it's absolutely necessary to clean them after each use. In this tutorial, I'll go over the two ways I usually clean my stamps. One way I like to clean my stamps is with this Jimmy. Now with the Shammy, it's currently dried out, So in order to use it, we need to rehydrate it. So I have a bowl of water, just plain tap water from the faucet. And what I do is put the shammy in the bowl. We get it wet and will change its structure. So let me just let it sit there for a little bit. Not sure if you could see that, but it's already changing its shape. It's becoming a cloth again, so the shammy is no longer stiff. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna ring out the water. You could already see all the marks from my previous stamping. These marks don't go away, but it doesn't affect the cleaning process. But I'm gonna grab my stamp, and then I'm gonna rub the stamp against the shammy and remove the pink the stamp. Now the ink may be already stained on the stamp and that won't come off, but we're just taking off whatever residue is left over from the stand path just so doesn't affect any future stamping. You could get into the crevices of the stamp and then I'm gonna test the stamp out to make sure it's clean. So what I'm gonna dio is I'm gonna get a fresh piece of paper like so And then I'm going to see if there's any residue coming off of the stamp and there's a little bit left, so I'm gonna clean it a little bit more. I'm not sure if you could see that, but you could still see the outline of the cactus a bit to me, so it still needs some cleaning. So I'm gonna wet my shammy a little bit more now there's no soap or anything in this water . It's just plain old water. And then I'm gonna scrub the shammy. I mean, that's very scrapped. The stamp a bit more. Let me grab a paper towel and then let me test the cleanliness of the stamp Now. So here's my paper. Tell me, Grab my stamp Gonna dry it off a bit and then I'm gonna do my my paper test. Here's my white piece of paper. Let me take my dry stamp and it's coming out clean. So now that we showed you the shammy method of cleaning my stamps, I'm gonna show you this other method I have. The other method I used to clean my stamps is with this stamp cleaner and this scrubber pad . At one point, this scrubber pad was actually like a white gray color. But because I clean my stamps so much, it's now been stained. But this won't affect the cleaning of your stamp. So when I clean myself with this method, what I like to dio is I take my cleaner now have like a lemony smell, so it's not very chemically smelling, but what I like to dio, it'll take my my cleaner sprayed on the scrubbing pad and then we'll do next. It will take my stamp, and then I'll I'll take my stamp. That's still on the acrylic block and I'll rub it into the the cleaner. Okay, so we're gonna do our little test, so I'm gonna grab my paper towel and dry off the stamp because it's it's wet from the cleaner stamp cleaner. Okay, so it's looking a lot cleaner than when we started. So I'm gonna stick this back on the block and I'm gonna do the paper test. I'm gonna grab my white paper and let's see what it looks like when I pressed down on my clean stamp. Well, there's nothing there. Just nice. So as you can see here, this stamp does have a pink stain to it. But it doesn't affect the quality of your stamping. You could still use this animal store. Well, something else I'd like to mention about cleaning your stamps. Sometimes the clear stamps will stop sticking to your krolik block. It doesn't mean the stamp is trash. All you need to do is clean the back of the stamp. All you need is some water and a cloth, and then just clean it off a little bit and then it'll spree. Stick back to your krolik block. If you're curious about which cleaning method I prefer, Um, I actually prefer both of these methods. And let me tell you why, if the stamp isn't too dirty and it just needs like a light wiping. I'll use the shammy method. But if the stamp is like, kind of caked on or you notice that the Shammy method isn't working, then I'll use this cleaner and scrubber method. Let me show you what this looks like. Close up. Oops, I'm sorry. It is really dirty. But you could see this lighter part right here. So it just looks like carpet. Really? But the's little fibres gets into the stamp a bit more. So I believe that this one probably cleans it a little bit better. It gives it a deeper cleaning. And then the last thing I'm gonna talk about is storing your stamps. Um, I keep my stamps out of the direct sunlight because it can discolor the stamp, but also because the sunken drought, the rubber and make it hard and brittle, causing a stamped image to look distorted or the stamp unusable altogether. I also keep the stamps on the sheet that they come on as well as in the plastic paps that they're in its for convenience. But it also helps me keep things organized. And it's better than having a whole bunch of stamps all over the place. As for my mounted stamps, I keep them in photo boxes. I have a box for my small stamps, one for my medium and one for my large stamps. Just be sure not to stack too many stamps on top of each other because the weight of it can damage the stamps that are on the bottom of the pile. One other thing I forgot to mention. Be sure not to rest your stamps on uneven surface because it can actually dent the rubber portion of the stamp. Thank you for watching this tutorial on how I clean and store my stamps. I have more ideas, tips and tricks to share, so be sure to stick around. 6. No Ink Pad No Problem (inking alternatives): Sometimes when im stamping, I come across a little problem. Sometimes I wish I had a ThinkPad color that I don't have. So instead of going off to the hobby store, what I'll use is my water based markers. Now, the reason why I say I'm using my water based markers versus alcohol based is because alcohol based seems to be a bit heavy and it tends to bleed through the other side of the paper. So if I need, say, this blue color, all you do is grab it from my supply paint. My stamp? I think so. I do a couple layers just because you don't want the stamp to dry or the ink on the stamp to dry. I should say that should be good. And then I stand my image on my paper and there's my blue. There's my blue stamped image coloring your own mounted stamps with your brush pens also works on mounted stamps. So for this, think you mounted stamp. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use this purple color right here. Number 665 I'm gonna do the same exact technique he's gonna color in the top of the stamp I'm gonna do a couple layers just so it doesn't dry. It does drive fairly quickly. So you want to be quick to stamp it once you finish coloring it and then I'm gonna stamp it . And there's the color of this brush pen as ink pad format. Now, the great thing about these Tom Bo brush pens right here that I'm using is that they come in 96 different colors. So if I'm ever in need of a certain impact that I don't have, these are my go twos. I have 96 different colors of of these pen, so I am sure I could find the color. I'm looking for one other thing. Let me show you the backside of this papers just so you know that these brush pens don't bleed through. So there's no bleed through from using brush pens as your stand pat again. The brush pens I'm using to stand my images are these Tom Bo dual brush pens on. They have a brush tip on one side, an appointed tip on the other. The brush inside, however, is a side that I use to color in my stamps, and they make a wonderful alternative. If you're looking for a certain stand pet color that you don't have, thank you for watching this tutorial on how to use your brush pens or your water based markers as an ink for your stamps. For more ideas, tips and tricks about stamping, be sure to check out my other tutorials. Thank you. 7. Just Add Texture (the stamps will thank you): Hello again. I recently created this postcard posted on my INSTAGRAM account, and I had a lot of questions about how I created it. So in this tutorial, I'll go over this technique. The technique I used to create this card is called he and bossing. I do have another skill. Sure Video. All about heating bossing. So I'm not gonna go too in depth about it here. But I will show you how I created this card. The supplies will be using to make this card are my floral mounted stamp, my pigmented Inc. My white in Boston powder, my brush pens to color in the flower as well as a brush. I also have my water as well as my acrylic block that I like to color on. My watercolor paper has already been prepped for heating, bossing and for more about the prepping portion of M Boston police. Check out my other sculpture video. But anyway, my papers are you been prepped? So let's get started. What I'll be doing first is stamping my image onto my watercolor paper. So I'm gonna get my pigmented inc. And I'm gonna place the ink onto the stamp. Then I'm going to stand my image onto my paper. I just want to put some pressure on to the stamps of the transfers onto the paper because I stamped in white. You won't be able to see the image, but let me see. You can kind of get a hint of it. Might be able to see that a little bit, but anyway, the stamp has been pressed onto the paper. So now we're gonna Sprinkle some in Boston powder on it. So here's my in Boston powder, and it's It's white in color. And I'm just gonna Sprinkle that on top of the stamped image. So now I'm gonna take off the excess and Boston powder. I'm gonna poured into this onto this piece of paper right here. Next. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna get my heat gun, and I'm gonna set the image. So which means I'm gonna be melting the embossing powder. Let me bring this after meeting. You might be able to see it melt. Okay. So you could see that flower on the paper. Right? So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna grab my heat gun, and I'm going to set the Boston powder. Let me show you what the in Boston image looks like. It's kind of hard to see because it's white on white. But the powder is no longer potter form, and it has. It's been melted. So let's start painting that really quick. So I'm gonna turn my brush pens thes air Water based brush Pens by Tom Bo. This is number 7 55 and this one is number 703 And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna turn these brush pens into a watercolor. As long as you have markers that are water based, you could turn them into, um, a watercolor. So what I like to dio is I'm gonna take my brush pen and I'm gonna just color onto this acrylic lock you don't need to use in a crook block. He can use like a ceramic plate. If you have. It's only grand my water and my brush. And what I'm gonna do to activate that as a watercolor, I'm gonna get some water onto my brush and then just painted onto the area that I colored in on my acrylic book. So again, as long as you have water based markers you could turn it into a watercolor just by adding water to it. Now I'm gonna paint the embossed flower. - Then I'm gonna add some darker color with my Tom Bo 7 55 I forgot all about the stem. So I'm gonna use my Tom Bo 1 58 to make the stem and leaf. - So again, the technique I used to make this postcard was really easy. All that's needed is in Boston Powder Pigmented Inc and my rubber stamp. Thank you so much for watching my tutorial on a bossing with stamps. For more ideas, tips and tricks. Be sure to stick around.