Username Post: How to use clear stamps?        (Topic#1455511)
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Hi everyone!
I'm brand new to scrapbooking (as in - never made a single 'layout'), and I'm doing some online shopping to get started.
I found some beautiful swirly and alphabet clear stamps - but I can't tell how to use them.
Do you have to cut them apart?
Do I need to buy something to stick them on to use? - I've seen some clear blocks, but don't know what they're for. Will one block work for all the stamps?
And I guess another good question would be - is this a good purchase or should I look into something else (I've been reading up on the forums' lists of things people never use...)?
Any help and tips will be much appreciated - Jess


 
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  • jessa10 Said:
Hi everyone!
I'm brand new to scrapbooking (as in - never made a single 'layout'), and I'm doing some online shopping to get started.

Welcome!

I found some beautiful swirly and alphabet clear stamps - but I can't tell how to use them.
Do you have to cut them apart?

Nope! They come sandwiched between two clear sheets--you just peel them off, stick them on a block, and stamp away.

Do I need to buy something to stick them on to use? - I've seen some clear blocks, but don't know what they're for. Will one block work for all the stamps?

Yes, buy a clear block. You can get several sizes--I have one big one and a couple smaller ones. (If you're using a smaller stamp a smaller block will help you control it better.) They will stick over and over again--if they start losing stickiness (none of mine have yet) rinse them with water, let them dry, and then they'll stick to your block again. You can mix and match brands of stamps/blocks with no problem also.

And I guess another good question would be - is this a good purchase or should I look into something else (I've been reading up on the forums' lists of things people never use...)?

I LOVE clear stamps! I get so much use out of them--especially alphabets, flowers, swirls, etc.

Any help and tips will be much appreciated - Jess




 
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Welcome!! I love clear stamps too. I had some stamps, but I never really used them. That was until I discovered the clear acyrlic stamps. I use stamps on almost everything now.


 
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Love clear stamps too! I have to blocks. One larger and one smaller. Seems to work just fine. Especially, when you are just starting off and are accumulating supplies still.


 
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also, if you buy any that are too big for your blocks, you can use a clear cd case too!


 
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wow - thanks so much for all the tips - i can't wait to get started!


 
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You can check out my blog. Last Wednesday I did a video feature on Penguin Pants Rubber Stamps and show you how to use clear stamps.

www.scraptime.ca


 
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I have been scrapbooking for years, but just started using acrylic stamps. I love them! They are easier to use and store than wood block stamps, and they add so much to any layout. I think they are a great purchase, because they are something you can use over & over again! I just have one larger block for now, but will probably buy some smaller ones later when I quit spending money on stamp sets! The larger one works fine for now!


 
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  • mommo on 05-30-08 06:43 PM
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No one has mentioned using a Fiskar's product. Fiskars is known for their scissors and other products. The Fiskar's I have is a clear rectangle with 4 orange foam circles on each corner. You lay your clear stamp on it and then you can position the stamp over your paper before pressing it down. You can see exactly where your stamp is going. I love it. You local scrapbook store may demo one for you. Oh I guess I should also say that there is a clear rectangle in the middle that can pop out and can be used separately from the push down part.


 
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welcome...i LOVE my clear stamps...i have one block (4x6) and i use it for all my stamps


 
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In response to jessa10

Thanks for asking that question I have been wondering about clear stamps, for about 2 weeks. Now I know...


 
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I have played around with the clear stamps and love them, but haven't taken the plunge to buy any since finances are tight! If you could only buy one or two sets, what would you start with? Alphabet? Flourishes?


 
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Hmmm....for me it would be: alphabet, flourishes, or the journaling ones.


 
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Great thread! Thanks for starting it, I had been wondering about these, too!! I think they will be my next adventure in scrapbooking... lol like I need to buy more supplies...


 
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  • JoanE on 06-01-08 07:36 PM
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  • mommo Said:
No one has mentioned using a Fiskar's product. Fiskars is known for their scissors and other products. The Fiskar's I have is a clear rectangle with 4 orange foam circles on each corner. You lay your clear stamp on it and then you can position the stamp over your paper before pressing it down. You can see exactly where your stamp is going. I love it. You local scrapbook store may demo one for you. Oh I guess I should also say that there is a clear rectangle in the middle that can pop out and can be used separately from the push down part.



It is called the stamp press and comes in 2 sizes. I used one at my Fiskars training and finally found one today. Great tool to have if you are making cards. Position it once and stamp away. It has a grid to help line everything up.


 
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Clear stamps are so easy to use.
If I had to choose only 1 set to start with it would be an alphabet set, then you have titles you can make over and over again.
My favorite stamps to use are the journaling stamps, then I never have to worry about writing in a straight line.
If you start with a larger block it should fit most of your stamps, just center the smaller stamps and lay your block stamp side up on your work surface and ink into your stamp, rather than pressing your stamp into your ink, you will have more control.
Hope this helps?


 
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In response to scraprabbit

I'm new to the clear stamps too. Which side of the blocks do you use, the etched side or the flat smoother side of the block? Thanks!


 
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All 3 of my blocks are smooth on both sides. I love my clear stamps. Right here on sb.com they have a lot of clear stamps for under 1.00 each. They are really cute. Should check them out.


 
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Check out the video here about using clear stamps:

http://www.scrapbook.com/videos/529.html


I have no idea what Charlotte is talking about. My blocks are all smooth on both sides. And, it wouldn't matter which side of the block, unless the stamp wouldn't stick to the 'etched' side.


 
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i don't even use the blocks... i don't feel like they are incredibley necessary? my stamps come out just fine. its not "perfect" but i kinda like a little rugged look


 
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In response to charlotte237

  • charlotte237 Said:
I'm new to the clear stamps too. Which side of the blocks do you use, the etched side or the flat smoother side of the block? Thanks!


I've never heard of a clear block with an etched side. I think you may be mistaking the grids for etch marks. Some blocks have a grid on them so you can line the stamps up - like if you're using letters. it's still smooth though like the blocks with no grid.


Edited by Here Kitty on 05-10-10 05:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I found three different sized blocks in the dollar bin at J as well as all of the stamps I own. A buddy of mine on here told me she used an ash tray (or coaster) as a block..as long as the bottom is flat.....


 
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  • New2thisgame Said:
I found three different sized blocks in the dollar bin at J as well as all of the stamps I own. A buddy of mine on here told me she used an ash tray (or coaster) as a block..as long as the bottom is flat.....




Anything will 'work,' but if it's not clear, it sort of defeats the purpose of using clear stamps.


 
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
  • New2thisgame Said:
I found three different sized blocks in the dollar bin at J as well as all of the stamps I own. A buddy of mine on here told me she used an ash tray (or coaster) as a block..as long as the bottom is flat.....




Anything will 'work,' but if it's not clear, it sort of defeats the purpose of using clear stamps.


I guess I should have mentioned the ashtray/coaster was glass LOL


 
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  • scraprabbit Said:
  • jessa10 Said:
Hi everyone!
I'm brand new to scrapbooking (as in - never made a single 'layout'), and I'm doing some online shopping to get started.

Welcome!

I found some beautiful swirly and alphabet clear stamps - but I can't tell how to use them.
Do you have to cut them apart?

Nope! They come sandwiched between two clear sheets--you just peel them off, stick them on a block, and stamp away.

Do I need to buy something to stick them on to use? - I've seen some clear blocks, but don't know what they're for. Will one block work for all the stamps?

Yes, buy a clear block. You can get several sizes--I have one big one and a couple smaller ones. (If you're using a smaller stamp a smaller block will help you control it better.) They will stick over and over again--if they start losing stickiness (none of mine have yet) rinse them with water, let them dry, and then they'll stick to your block again. You can mix and match brands of stamps/blocks with no problem also.

And I guess another good question would be - is this a good purchase or should I look into something else (I've been reading up on the forums' lists of things people never use...)?

I LOVE clear stamps! I get so much use out of them--especially alphabets, flowers, swirls, etc.

Any help and tips will be much appreciated - Jess






thank you so much for explaining this. i had been wondering the same thing!


 
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Thanks so much- I was just looking at clear stamps and I could not figure them out- THANKS!


 
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In response to Linda Haulsee

I really need to explore the best inking techniques and inks for stamps. I have a few but never use them because I don't think I have the right ink for them.


 
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  • sunrenay Said:
I really need to explore the best inking techniques and inks for stamps. I have a few but never use them because I don't think I have the right ink for them.



I have the same problem, its all so confusing to me. The other thing is that on smaller stamps or stamps with a lot of detail, the stamped image doesn’t come out to clear, what am I doing wrong?


 
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You need a clear acryllic block to put them on to use for stamping as a backing and I use colorbox inks and tim holtz inks.


Edited by Just G on 11-18-10 05:39 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • sunrenay Said:
I really need to explore the best inking techniques and inks for stamps. I have a few but never use them because I don't think I have the right ink for them.



I have the same problem. With my clear stamps, I can't get them clean afterwards.


 
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Thanks so much for this thread, it's really helpful! I got a lot of info I needed from it.


 
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In response to Lamoo12

I have a question on clear stamps that I am trying to use on polymer clay. some of the small ones i have include several stamps on one "sheet". How do I isolate one from the other designs in order to just stamp that one. For example, g studio ones i have are 2" by 3" yet have 8 tiny stamps on them. But if i only want to impress on the clay, how can i isolate it? thanks for any suggestions.


 
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In response to psyched

You peel it off the clear backing and put the individual stamp on an acrylic block.


 
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  • aquabunny Said:
You peel it off the clear backing and put the individual stamp on an acrylic block.


yep
The backing sheet they come on is NOT used to stamp them. It's just how they're displayed. You have to take the stamps OFF to actually stamp with them.


 
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Thank you guys sooo much for this crash course tutorial! I was wondering myself how to use them. I saw a really cute one I wanted to buy, but it was floppy and flopped all over the place and I didn't see how I could possible get it to stamp good with it being like that. I will go sometime this week and pick that up along with a block. Woohoo! Thak you.


 
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Yes, I know u have take the sheet off the back. my problem is that they are 8 words on this 2 by 3" space and I only one to use one of them. how can i only get the one word in the middle to stamp and not the others around it on polymer clay? I get that if stamping, u only ink the one word but to impress it on clay, is there any way to only get one word to print? Do i have to cut them all into individual stamps in order to do so on polymer clay? any suggestions are appreciated. thank you.


 
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I suppose you can cut them apart. If you don't wish to though, you can take something and cab the ink on your stamp so it's localized to only that word. If you aren't planning on ever using all of those words together, then it would be easiest to cut them apart.


 
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Post it notes make great masks to block off part of an image if you only want to print a portion. Not sure that would work so well on polymer clay, though - you'd probably have to cut the images apart.


 
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Great ideas! I want to try some of them.


 
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  • KDQ on 10-16-12 06:10 PM
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You can do really fun thigs with stamps. Try stamping your image in glue and sprinkling glitter on it. you can also colour in your stamped images with chalks, inks or even pencil crayons. Stamped images are also great for cutting out and using on cards. It is important to clean your stamps off well after using them or between colours. Baby wipes are awesome for cleaning them and getting all the ink off.


Edited by KDQ on 10-16-12 06:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Baby wipes are great for cleaning clear stamps....just be sure to get the ones that do not have alcohol as they dry out the stamps.

Try not to apply too much pressure and don't rock the stamp when using clear stamps so you don't distort the image. Stamping on an old mouse pad or proper stamping pad seems to help image come out better.

I often don't stamp directly on my layout/card because I'm afraid the image won't come out clean. I stamp on a piece of cardstock and fussy cut it out (cut close around an image) and glue it to my page. Also, if you use a stamping frame when stamping, the chance of being able to re-align your stamp to restamp an image if it didn't come out fully stamped is better.


 
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I hated stamping until I found Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps. I almost always get a clean image, if I don't I am able to stamp again by looking through the stamp.

I store 15 sets in a small storage container from Target and they are so versitle and easy to keep clean!

www.kristinholm.ctmh.com
www.kristinclosetomyheart.blogspot.com


 
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  • ScrapbookingJunkie Said:
I hated stamping until I found Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps. I almost always get a clean image, if I don't I am able to stamp again by looking through the stamp.

I store 15 sets in a small storage container from Target and they are so versitle and easy to keep clean!

www.kristinholm.ctmh.com
www.kristinclosetomyheart.blogspot.com



I too am a Close to My Heart addict! They are so easy to clean and I never have to worry about my images not coming out clear and crisp.


 
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I almost got some the other day but had no idea how they worked. They seem like a pretty frugal purchase though, thanks for this thread!!


 
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I bought my first clear stamps yesterday and I wouldn't have known how to get them off of the back without this thread. Running them under water helped a lot.


 
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I'm new to clear stamps (and everything, really!) and I bought some small sets + a clear block for $0.97 each at Walmart. The stamps work really well and clear stamping is so easy!!! I think I prefer these to regular stamps on wooden blocks


 
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I also hate stamping.


 
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