Here at Crafted In Joy one of our goals is to inspire crafters and crafters-in-training to uplift others using the crafts they make. Part of that inspiration is going back to the basics and getting rid of any intimidation that can stop us from using our supplies and talents.
That’s what today’s blog post is all about – getting to the basics of card making. In recent years we’ve seen a shift away from wood mounted stamps to clear stamp sets. If you’ve stepped away from the craft or are new to it, you may be wondering just how to use them.
Clear stamps, along with rubber cling stamps, will come on a plastic backing sheet. It’s easy to see there isn’t a handle on the individual stamps or a block of wood to hold onto. This makes them more affordable and easier to store. Now that’s a reason to get behind this shift in the industry.
Peel a stamp from the backing to use. Clear stamps stick to acrylic blocks and can be used multiple times. The acrylic block steps in for any handle or wood piece you would see on older stamps. We recommend having a few sizes on hand. A larger block for background stamps, a medium block for everyday use, and a smaller block for those itty bitty images.
There’s two sides to every clear stamp. You’ll notice the raised edge of the image on one side and a flat, smooth surface on the other side. The flat side is what will cling to the acrylic block.
Tip Time | Place the stamp onto the table in front of you with the flat side facing up. Grab the acrylic block and position it over the stamp with the stamp in the very middle of the block. Push the block down onto the stamp to pick it up. This will ensure the clear stamp isn’t stretched or distorted.
Now you’re ready to get stamping. The stamp and block are used the same way you brought them together. Gently tap the stamp onto your ink pad, and press down on cardstock to transfer the image.
Our favorite feature of clear stamps? They’re CLEAR. This simple feature allows for straight and perfect placement – A quality we especially appreciate with interactive stamps like these from Peachy Keen Stamps. How cute is this kitty now that we’ve added those big eyes and whiskers?!
Once you’re finished with a stamp, simply remove it from the block and replace it onto the backing sheet. It really is that simple and hope you’re able to look at these products in a new way.