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Stamping Solid-ly with Solid Stamps

>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009

by Dawn Barrett/Amusing Musings

Could that be the latest stamp-inspired tongue twister? Just try to say that 5 times quickly.

DRS Designs has a stately Silhouette Grad Cap(W1092KU) that I chose to use this week. Since we are in the mist of graduation for highschool and college seniors, I thought I'd stamp some conGRADulatory cards.

Solid stamps give some people the fits but here are some ways to help you get a good color, especially when using large images.
1. Put a little texture on that stamp so it picks up the ink. Some people rub the new stamp on their jeans. For this stamp, I used my sanding block and lightly sanded the top surface.

2. Be sure that your ink pad is nice and juicy. Craft ink can help a lot too.
3. When you stamp your image, hold it down a little longer than you usually do.
4. Try adding cushioning. Either with EZmount or place a magazine underneath your paper.

Now on to the Graduation Card examples...

I love using acetate on cards! I stamped and embossed the Easy Swirl Background (688HU) in silver. The black card base is cut slightly smaller than the normal so that it fits inside the acetate "cover." I used black craft ink and clear embossing powder for the simply solid mortarboard. Then, silver cording is added on the spine of the card to create this elegant graduation card.

Solid stamps can be quite versitile! They don't have to stay solid, or one color! One idea is to mask an area and then color it in with daubers. For the Silhouette Grad Cap, I used post-it notes to mask the top area before daubering on a darker blue. This can give a bit of texture to your image.

I used a gold Sakura pen to add in the tassel detail.

If you want to change the look of a solid stamp, you can try the "rock n roll" technique. First, ink your stamp in a light color, then roll the edges in a darker hue. Also, markers may be used to color a section of the stamp a different color too. Be sure to look up DRS Designs' many graduation stamps and sentiments!


Jennifer E. said...

Thanks for the tips for using solid stamps. Both cards are great-I love the background on the first one & the gold accents on the second one!

Cathy Indelicato said...

Great tips and cool cards! TFS

Jessica G. said...

Great tips and awesome graduation cards! I never thought to use acetate as an overlay -- what an elegant touch!!

Deb said...

Fabulous, Dawn! Great tips for making a good impression with solid stamps! Both cards are wonderful! I really love the gold accents.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a great tip Dawn!! Never heard of that before! Beautiful grad cards and I LOVE the acetate!! Very clever dear!! :)

Samantha said...

Great ideas and beautiful cards!

Sue said...

WOW!!! What a great tutorial on solid stamps, and cool cards too. I love the blue one!

Kim P said...

Great tips Dawn!! Love the added gold tassel...makes that cap very special!

KOstvig said...

love the tips I'll have to try the magazine thing..heaven knows I have a lot of craft one collecting dust in my Space...

Connie said...

Very fun, Dawn! Like the different looks with the same image!!

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