Rubber Stamper's Studio With Rebecca Peck

Materials

  • HAPPILY EVER AFTER CARD:
  • Cardstock: white; salmon
  • Inkssentials Gloss Paper (Ranger)
  • “Happy Ever After” acrylic sentiment
  • Vintage trims
  • Metal spiral clip
  • SMILE CARD:
  • Cardstock: white; light green; dark green
  • Vintage velvet flowers
  • Vintage bias tape
  • White miniature picket fence
  • “Smile” framed pebble
  • VICTORIAN LADY CARD:
  • Cardstock: white; light purple; dark purple
  • Hot-Fix Crystal AB Crystalina Gems, 4mm (Kandi Corp.)
  • Pewter flower sticker or charm

Tools

  • HAPPILY EVER AFTER:
  • Stamps: deco background; couple from Won’t You Be My Honey plate (Stampsmith Art Stamps)
  • Ink pads (Ranger): Sepia Archival; Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink; Adirondack Earthtones Pigment pads in Terra Cotta and Cranberry
  • Inkssentials Heat it Craft Tool (Ranger)
  • Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foam (Ranger)
  • Nail file or other distressing tool
  • SMILE CARD:
  • Stamps: lady from At The Theater plate (Stampsmith Art Stamps); Paisley Backgrounder and Kim Hughes Collection Silhouette Blooms I set (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Ink pads: Jet Black Archival and Cloudy Blue Adirondack Lights Pigment (Ranger); Brilliance Victorian Violet and Pearlescent Ivy (Tsukineko)
  • Decorator chalks
  • Inkssentials Heat it Craft Tool (Ranger)
  • Inkssentials White Opaque Pen (Ranger)
  • VICTORIAN LADY CARD:
  • Stamps: lady from “At the Theater” plate (Stampsmith Art Stamps); Textured Harlequin and French Script Backgrounders (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Adirondack Earthtones Eggplant Pigment Inkpad (Ranger)
  • Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue (Ranger)
  • Inkssentials Heat it Craft Tool (Ranger)
  • Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foam (Ranger)
  • Hot-Fix Professional Applicator (Kandi Corp.)
  • Nail file or other distressing tool
  • Foam adhesive dots

Directions

Tip #1

  • 1. Start with a good-quality stamp. Red rubber, deeply-etched stamps work best, in my opinion, because they hold fine details better than photo stamps made from acrylic or photopolymer. These clear stamps often have too much “give” to achieve detailed impressions and may not hold the ink as consistently. Unmounted or mounted photo stamps work equally well.

Tip #2

  • 1. Use the proper ink type for the application. Anything too thick or too wet will result in loss of some detail in the image and, let’s face it, that’s the most appealing quality of these unique stamps. I’ve had success using Brilliance and VersaFine inks from Tsukineko, as well as Archival Inks from Ranger. If you’ll be coloring the image after stamping, be sure to use a waterproof ink; heat set ink to speed drying.

Tip #3

  • 1. Use good-quality, smooth cardstock. For a true “photo” look, stamp on glossy cardstock using either Archival or VersaFine inks.

Tip #4

  • 1. Keep a brayer, or two, on hand at all times. Use one brayer to apply ink evenly to stamp and the other to transfer the image to the paper.

Tip #5

  • 1. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of coloring mediums. Try watercolor pencils or paints, chalks, COPIC markers or dye inks applied with a watercolor brush. Personally, I love the soft look chalks provide. Again, remember to stamp the image using waterproof ink if you’ll be using a “wet” technique to add color later.

The Basics

  • 1. Cut a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the stamp image. Place stamp image-side up on work surface; secure with double-stick tape to prevent stamp from shifting.
  • 2. Roll brayer across ink pad, then roll an even layer across stamp. Repeat a few times to ensure full coverage. Quickly clean brayer.
  • 3. Place cardstock facedown on top of stamp, then run brayer firmly and evenly across paper. Be sure paper doesn’t shift. Carefully lift paper from stamp; heat set ink.

Happily Ever After

  • 1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/4” side-fold salmon card.
  • 2. Ink background stamp with Terra Cotta and Cranberry inks; stamp white cardstock and heat set. Trim to 3-3/4”x4-3/4” and adhere to card.
  • 3. Using brayer technique, stamp Sepia couple image on gloss paper; heat set. Using ink blending tool, lightly rub Tea Dye ink around edges of couple. Trim to 3-1/4”x3-3/4”.
  • 4. Use nail file to distress photo edges and to add a few scratches to surface for an authentic, aged look. Ink edges Sepia. Adhere photo to card.
  • 5. Tie trims to metal clip; adhere clip and sentiment to card.

Smile

  • 1. Make 5”x6-1/4” side-fold dark green card.
  • 2. Ink paisley background stamp with Pearlescent Ivy and stamp light green cardstock; heat set. Trim to 4-1/4”x5-1/2” and ink edges ivy; heat set. Highlight stamped image here and there with white gel pen. Adhere to card.
  • 3. Cut a 3”x4-1/2” piece of white cardstock. Ink front Cloudy Blue; dry with heat tool. Stamp various flowers on panel using ivy and violet inks; heat set. Embellish images with white gel pen. Adhere to card.
  • 4. Using brayer technique, stamp Jet Black lady image on white cardstock; heat set. Trim image and color with chalks. Ink edges black and adhere to card.
  • 5. Tie trim around flowers. Adhere fence, flowers and sentiment to card.

Victorian Lady

  • 1. Make 4-1/4”x5” side-fold dark purple card.
  • 2. Stamp Harlequin background image onto white cardstock; heat set. Trim to 3-3/4”x4-1/2”. Using ink blending tool, lightly rub ink around edges; adhere to card.
  • 3. Using brayer technique, stamp lady image on white cardstock; heat set. Trim image and distress edges using nail file; ink edges and heat set. Highlight background with glitter glue; let dry
  • 4. Stamp script background on light purple cardstock; tear to approximately 2”x4-1/2” and ink edges. Adhere to card.
  • 5. Adhere lady image and pewter sticker to card with adhesive dots. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply crystals to harlequin background.
by Rebecca Peck
Happily Ever After Card
Happily Ever After Card Smile Card
Smile Card Victorian Lady Card
Victorian Lady Card