Thursday, 3 November 2016

Throwback Thursday!

Welcome to the Craft Stamper Throwback Thursday! Every Thursday we showcase a tutorial from a vintage Craft Stamper... sharing wonderful inspiration from one of our back issues. Something new for our recent readers, and a nice reminder for those who have been with us a while!
This week we are showcasing a project by our Editor Trish! This first appeared in the November 2014 issue. Enjoy! 


Trish says:

Paint is my go-to product each time I craft, and I enjoy stamping with it as well as using it for backgrounds! I love the texture that is created as well as the design, something you just don’t get with ink!


Paint, obviously, has different properties to ink, and it makes sense that paint stamped images will look different to ink stamped ones! Paint is thicker, so it is tricky to get the very fine detail in a stamped image. Bear this in mind, and steer away from any tiny text or photographic-type images when using the paint for stamping.

Because of its thickness, paint will leave a texture when stamped as the paint ‘pulls up’ slightly when you lift off the stamp. I love this, and it is more noticeable if you are using stamped designs with a larger solid area. Paint can also be more opaque than ink. This will depend on the brand or colour of paint you use, but I find with some colours a paint stamped design is much bolder and gives deeper coverage than an ink stamped one. White is the perfect example of this, I have yet to find a white ink that stamps as beautifully as white paint. Even if I have stamped black details on a background using ink, I will ALWAYS get out the paint for the white bits!  



MATERIALS

Stamps Trish used...
IndigoBlu: Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds
Bo Bunny: Jazmyne Clear Stamps
Technique Tuesday: Polka Dots


Other materials...
Artemio wood plaque
Book pages
Acrylic paint: red; brown; white; turquoise
Gel medium
Wire
Wooden chopstick
Black alphabet stickers

 How to stamp with paint:
1 Prepare your paint. I squeeze a tiny amount onto a bit of acetate that I can then use as a palette. 






2 Gently sponge on the paint. Try to make sure you have a fairly thin, even layer. 





3 Stamp. As this is an unmounted stamp, I can bend the design and just stamp parts of it.





4 This step is very important! Clean the paint from the stamp immediately after using it!





5 A brayer can also be used to get a thin, even layer of paint on your stamp. In this case, it is easier to use the stamp on an acrylic block to stop it moving when you brayer.





6 Stamp, using the acrylic block. You can clearly see the texture of the image through the block.





To Create the 'Wish' Plaque:
Cover the wooden plaque with book pages, using gel medium. Once dry, smear on some red paint, along with a little white. Stamp background imagery using brown and white paint. Stamp the flower head using white paint. Print some lines using red, white and turquoise paints. Add a wire ‘stem’ to the flower, then stick on letters to form the word. To create the hanger, cover a wooden chopstick with book pages. Twist wire around the chopstick to secure, then glue the wire to the back of the plaque.      




Thanks Trish!
See you next week for another Throwback blast from the past!
 

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