Stamping is a well-loved technique in card making and papercrafts and, more recently, the colouring craze has lifted it to new heights! Take a look at our top tips to find out how to stamp on cards like a pro, to create beautiful designs.
Here, you’ll discover…
- How to stamp on cards
- Layering stamped designs
- Different types of stamps to use
- Heat embossing stamped images
- Partial stamping
- How to create a reflection effect
- Step-by-step guides and video tutorials
Stamping is a relatively inexpensive way to craft, and it’s very versatile, plus you don’t need a special machine to create lovely effects.
On a basic level, card makers use stamps with ink pads to print a main design for their card, or to create backgrounds.
How to stamp on cards
Once you have added ink to a stamp, hold it with both hands, as level as you can, over a sheet of card or thick paper, then press down firmly.
You can choose to leave the stamped design as an outline, or colour it in, or add glitter accents.
You can print onto white, kraft or coloured card, although lighter shades are easier to use with stamps, as the image can be seen more clearly and will be easier to colour in.
Some stamps are specifically created for layering – using different shades of ink can make beautiful effects, particularly with flowers.
In the example above, the stamps have been used to add the ink in layers but also cut out and attached to the design with sticky foam pads, to create a raised, découpage effect.
Watch our handy tutorial to find out how to use layered stamps.
Different types of stamps
Stamps come in different types – a wood-backed stamp is the traditional style but, more recently, clear and unmounted stamps have become more popular with crafters, as these types of stamps take up less storage space.
A clear stamp needs to be mounted onto an acrylic block before inking and stamping. An unmounted rubber stamp will require a foam back and an acrylic block.
You can also try peg stamping, which can make it easier to stamp smaller designs.
Planning on colouring in a stamped design with a wet medium, such as alcohol markers or watercolour paints? Use an archival ink that will not smudge – such as Versamark.
Heat embossing stamped designs
Give your designs a shiny, raised finish by using the heat embossing technique – it’s recommended to use a slow-drying or pigment ink for this technique.
Partial stamping on cards
Only want to use part of a stamp design on your finished card? There are two simple ways to do this:
1. Use a marker pen to colour in the areas you want, or colour in a design with multiple colours. Use a watercolour marker if you want a watercolour finish, alcohol markers for a permanent print, or embossing pens if you are planning on heat embossing that part of the design afterwards.
Create a reflection effect with stamps
The reflection image on this gorgeous card has been created by stamping the image onto acetate, turning it upside down then applying it underneath the main image on the card.
More stamping projects
Keep reading Papercraft Inspirations magazine to see more stamping techniques in action.
Visit our YouTube channel for more handy stamping tutorials, too!
Plus, we’ve got a handy video tutorial to help you master the art of colouring in your stamped designs!