I thought that I would write a blog sharing my rubber stamping tips and talking about stamping and embossing in general as this is an area that I had problems with when I first started crafting. I wrote this blog to try and help some of you out there to overcome these issues that I struggled with. This blog will go through some of the issues that I faced and the tips, techniques and tools I used to get better with my stamping and embossing.
The Issues I Faced When Stamping
There were two main issues I had when I used to stamp in my earlier crafting days which would be:
- Missing parts of the design or words which would leave a gap in the design that had just been stamped.
- Ink fading in places as there was not enough pressure applied in that particular area.
The worst thing about ruining a stamp is that you can’t stamp over it again as it is near impossible to line it up perfectly and you end up with a really thick or smudged effect which isn’t a very nice effect. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything more annoying than making a mistake after all the hard work you put in to making your cards and photo albums.
How I Overcame These Issues
Firstly, I want to mention that I am in no way affiliated with this particular product. I am completely recommending it based on my experiences with it. I have talked this product in a previous blog, the Tim Holtz stamping platform, this really is great for overcoming all the problems discussed above and is perfect for getting your sentiments straight on first time. It allows you to apply even pressure to avoid faded areas and missing parts of the design.
Of course, with experience, you will get better as well. The more stamping that you do the easier you will find it and you will figure out what works best for you along the way. However, there is nothing better than getting a tool to fast track your learning and help you improve faster.
Stamping & Embossing Tips
Now embossing, this can be done with all kinds of ink though some are better than others for the purposes of embossing. The inks I have listed below are only what I have found works for me so don’t be scared to try any ink you like but please try it first on a scrap piece of card or paper to see what results you get before taking it to your next project. If you’re like me, you will have scrap paper and card in abundance so put it to good use and test some tricks out before throwing it away.
The inks I like to use for embossing are:
I will use the Memento ink pad if I am wanting a black colour embossed sentiment. The Tuxedo Black Memento is a black water-resistant ink pad, I add clear embossing powder to where I have stamped and that gives me a black, shiny, slightly raised impression.
If I want my stamp or sentiment to be a certain colour, then I stamp with the Tinted Emboss ink. This has a slight pink tint to allow you to see where you have stamped. I then add a coloured embossing powder to create an embossing in any colour. An alternative to colour embossing would be if you have a coloured ink pad then try stamping with that and add clear embossing powder and the result will be the colour you have stamped with.
Embossing Heat Guns
Note: please don’t use a hair dryer as a heat tool. This just blows the powder everywhere and definitely don’t use a paint stripper as you will probably set the house on fire
Therefore, you definitely will need a heat tool. Any heat tool is good, and I have tried quite a few different ones and they all work well. Currently I am using a Tim Holtz heat gun only because I craft a lot at late at night and his heat gun is quiet. My last recommendation would be that if you are thinking of starting to stamp and emboss then I recommend getting an embossing buddy or powder tool before you start stamping and embossing. You rub this on your card before you start and then the embossing powder won’t stick to the card where you have been holding it or anywhere else. The embossing powder will only stick to the area where you have stamped which gives it a much cleaner and neater finish.
I hope these rubber stamping tips and embossing tips have helped you so give it a go just have fun by experimenting (but always on scrap card). If you have any questions about stamping or embossing for me, or if you would like to share your rubber stamping tips and tricks, just drop a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you shortly.