Judith Wibberley
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Rubber Stamping

HOW DO I START BASIC RUBBER STAMPING ON CARD?

 
1.          Use a dye-based ink pad, press stamp 2-3 times on the pad or apply ink by patting the ink pad onto the rubber image. Check to see that all raised edges of the rubber stamp are covered.
2.         Press the stamp onto the paper. Lift the stamp straight up, taking care not to 'rock' the stamp.
3.         After the image has been stamped, allow it to dry, approximately 30 seconds.
4.         The stamped image can be left as it is or coloured markers or pencils.
 
HOW DO I GET A RAISED EFFECT WITH MY IMAGE?
1st Method - HEAT EMBOSSING WITH HEAT TOOL, COLOURED PIGMENT INK & CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER
Stamped image will be the colour of the ink pad
 
1.          Stamp image onto paper.
2.         Sprinkle image with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder onto scrap paper and return it to the jar.
3.         Apply heat with embossing heat tool until the powder melts to create a shiny three dimensional effect. When the powder had melted the colour of the pigment ink pad will show through.
 
2nd Method- HEAT EMBOSSING WITH CLEAR/TINTED EMBOSSING INK & COLOURED EMBOSSING POWDER
Stamped image will be the colour of powder
 
1.          Stamp image onto paper using the embossing inkpad. The image should appear to have a slight tint, just enough colour to see where to add powder.
2.         Sprinkle image with coloured or metallic embossing powder. Tap off excess onto scrap paper and return it to jar.
3.         Apply heat to image with an embossing heat tool until the powder melts to create a shiny three dimensional effect.
HOW CAN I CREATE A DIFFERENT LOOK WHEN EMBOSSING?
 
 
Experiment with different coloured embossing powders, combine similar tones or try opposing colours in different ratios to custom mix your own designer colours. You are bound to discover an original look for your project.
 
WHY DO I HAVE MARKS/BITS OF EMBOSSING POWDER ON MY CARD?
 
Static 'cling' often causes stray flecks of embossing powder to stick to the surface of your stamped project causing flecking. To avoid this brush away stray flecks with paintbrush and ensure hands are clean before starting project. Anti-static bags are available to avoid this problem or improvise with a little talcum powder in a baby sock.
HOW DO I TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY RUBBER STAMPS?
 
 
When properly cared for rubber stamps will last indefinitely. Clean stamps with a stamp cleaner or water and paper towels after every use and when changing colours. Never immerse stamps in water or other liquids as they may loosen the adhesive bond between the rubber and the stamp handle. Do not store stamps in direct sunlight as the rubber will dry out and become brittle.
 
HOW CAN I AVOID STAINING MY RUBBER STAMPS WITH PERMANENT INKS?
 
To avoid staining your rubber stamps with permanent ink, first stamp your rubber stamp on a Versamark Pad to coat it and then ink it with the Permanent Ink Pad. You can still apply watercolours to the image without bleeding.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DYE BASED, PIGMENT & CRAFT INK PADS?
 
Dye Inks are water based, non toxic, washable and many are child safe. Dye inks are transparent and will blend easily and dry quickly on most matte and glossy papers, but will run if wet again. Dye inks do fade.
 
Pigment Inks are oil based, acid free, non-toxic and fade resistant and more opaque than dye inks. Pigments are not easily washed out of clothing. Pigments will not dry on glossy paper without embossing. Once embossed they are permanent and can be safely watercoloured. Their slow drying property makes pigments ideal for heat embossing. Pigment ink is available in pads and markers.
 
Craft Inks are acrylic based ink, acid free, non-solvent based, non-toxic and water soluble until completely dry or heat set. Once dry you can safely watercolor over them. You can use them on fabric, wood, paper mache, foam, leather and a variety of other surfaces.
 
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