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New to stamping etc

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Hello Folks! I'm quite new to card making and I don't have a lot of money to spare. I have some stamps and some inks but I don't really know how to use them to much success...What hints and tips would you give a newbie stamper?

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Hi Dormouse, and welcome to the forum.

I'm just getting into stamping myself. I'm not very good at colouring in stamped images with Pro Markers or similar, which is what a lot of people do. So I tend to stamp an image/text and then heat emboss it, or sometimes colour in parts of it, using water based inks and a paint brush.

 

I also like the technique (paper piecing) where you stamp your image on plain paper and again on contrasting paper (patterned or plain), cut out bits of it and stick it over your first image.

 

I also like masking. Stamp an image then stamp it again on a post it. Cut out the post it image and stick it over the first one. Then stamp more images overlapping the post it. When you take the post it away, the images will appear as though they are behind the first one.

 

You can find loads of lessons on You Tube, just search 'craft stamping'

 

Happy stamping.

Looking forward to seeing what you make

Bcx

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You can get specialist stamping mags, but there are also free websites attached to different publications for advice. You will need other items eventually, but just build up a collection slowly after deciding exactly what you want. Alternatively, look out for sale items and goody boxes throughout the year where you can get some real bargains which are great for newbies. Remember to use household items too. You can make a stamp by winding string for instance in a pattern on the surface of a piece of wood which you've coated with PVA glue. Get some food colourings and use instead of coloured inks - use a plastic table cloth and rubber gloves though, as it stains. Packaging can make interesting home made stamps too, such as embossed card when glued onto wood, or something similar. You can also stamp onto some packaging. If you have clear stamps you'll need an acrylic block (buy a large one only if you have large stamps) and attach with pritt stick, which easily washes off. If you have oil based ink pads, you can use baby wipes to get the ink off as fast as possible after use to avoid staining the stamp. Look out for free stamps with magazines. If you get solid style stamps, you will not need to colour them in. If you do get the usual outline stamps, you will need to colour them in. Coloured pencils and watercolours give a soft look, but you will need something else for a stronger look. I think Spectrum pens are the cheapest I've seen at the moment, but Promarkers are popular and can be bought one at a time. Have fun and experiment on scrap first.

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HI and welcome to the forum.

 

I learnt to colour using youtube and watching create and craft, the rules are the same whatever type of alcohol pens you use, so don't be put off by tutorials being in different brands. I would recommend looking at the stamps you have and instead of just buying one of each colour, decide what colours would suit your stamps and buy a few shades of these colours so you can blend. This will give a much nicer effect than lots of different colours. Be careful not to flood your paper as this will lead to bleeding, but you'll get a feel for how much ink to use when you start playing.

 

I also like heat embossing and it can be quite cheap, to start buy a pot of clear or sparkly embossing powder as these are most versatile, a heat gun and clear embossing ink pad (or you can just use over your pigment inks, the colour will show through.) You'll get so much use out of them that cost per project is tiny. Then you can build up your collection of powders and you can use your heat guns for all sorts of other things.

 

If you have a lot of different sized stamps but can only afford one acrylic block then buy a big one, put your chosen stamp in the middle and ink, then put smaller stamps round the edge to stabalise it and prevent rocking (but as seaweed says if you don't have any big ones you might be better with a smaller size). When stamping, apply even pressure across the whole stamp and try not to rock it or you will get a blurry image. Also, some stamps vary in quality and may need extra pressure in a certain area so always stamp on scrap first to check, so you don't ruin nice card/paper.

 

You could also try making your own decoupage out of your stamped images.

 

Ebay is always worth a look, I got started with an amazing deal on someone's craftroom clearout.

 

Hope this helps.

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Hi and welcome to the Forum

My Main passion is Stamping and Digi image's

It depends on what you are going to do with the image after you have stamped it ?? are you going to colour it in ?? if yes you need to make sure you ink is the correct ink ?? i use Memento Tuxedo Black ink - this means i can colour it in with my pro marker's and water colour pencil's

 

As for Digi images these are computer stamps .. and all you need to do is print them of to the size you wish to !!!

small , large and extra large ...To practice with x - large is the best way to go ... you can get some water colour pencil's very cheap these day's ( i got mine from the pound shop) ... but its all trail and error

I hope i have helped a little

 

Erin xxx

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