Stamping-Off
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Friday, 01 January 2010 13:06

Stamping off is a really easy technique that can be achieved using rubber stamps, acrylic stamps and even foam stamps. All you need is a bit of imagination. Stamping off really means that you ink up a stamp, then stamp the image for a clear solid print, and then repeatedly stamp the same image without re-inking the stamp to get a faint image.

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Joyous ATC by Jowilna Nolte

This technique works well with stamp images that have solid lines. Images like numbers, flowers, flourishes and words are perfect for this technique.

What you will need
  • Rubber stamp
  • Ink pad
  • Cardstock
  • Craft sheet

I find that pigment inks sometimes work better than dye inks. Because pigment inks are wetter they will give you four to five stamped images as opposed to three or four images.

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Step 1
Ink up your stamp. Hold the stamp in your one hand, and the ink pad in your other hand. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the stamp repeatedly until fully inked.
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Step 2
Stamp the image onto your cardstock. Do not rock your stamp otherwise your image will smudge and create a halo effect around the edges.
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Step 3
Stamp the same image on the same piece of cardstock, but on a different spot until there is hardly any ink left. Do not re-ink your stamp. The image will become lighter and lighter as you continue stamping.

Step 1
Ink up your stamp. Hold the stamp in your one hand, and the ink pad in your other hand. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the stamp repeatedly until fully inked.

Step 2
Stamp the image onto your cardstock. Do not rock your stamp otherwise your image will smudge and create a halo effect around the edges.

Step 3
Stamp the same image on the same piece of cardstock, but on a different spot until there is hardly any ink left. Do not re-ink your stamp. The image will become lighter and lighter as you continue stamping.

Tips & Tricks
  • Don't try this technique with stamp images that are full of fine details. Images with solid lines work much better.
  • Test your stamp on a piece of scrap paper before using it on your actual art work.