Stamps

Scrap FX foam stamps are mounted on a flexible clear acetate type backing so no need for an acrylic block.  This makes it easy to see where you are stamping the image, and is nice and flexible to go over thick, wonky pages.   Do not remove the foam image from the backing.

The stamps can be used with dye inkpads, pigment inkpads, archival inkpads, versamark for embossing powder, even acrylic paint (make sure you clean the stamp immediately after use before the paint dries).

  You can clean the stamps with Stazon type cleaners for archival or versamark inkpads.  Otherwise just clean the foam stamp under cool running water with a soft brush. Do not soak in water. You can also use baby wipes to clean them gently as well.  Leave to dry, or stamp foam onto paper towel until dry and no colour is left.

As with all stamps, there may be a discolouration of the foam, but will not affect their use.

To use the stamp, load the foam with colour, place in position and smooth over the backing with your thumb or fingers, this should give a clear image, but may take a little bit of practice.

For a more grungy look, load the stamp with colour, and pounce or smooth parts of the stamp backing with your fist or fingers, on the paper several times without reloading the colour.  This will give a lovely graded colouring effect.  This is also great for making background paper.

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These are the stamps used in the samples above:

Chevron background stamp Binary Code stampHatch Rectangles stamp

And a finished journal page:

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Where Scrap FX stamps are packed with multiple images on the one background, the easiest way to use them separately, is to cut the plastic backing………easy!!

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HINTS FOR USING BACKGROUND STAMPS:

Varying results can be made using dye ink, pigment inks, with or without gesso underneath.  Here are some results:

First stamping, no gesso

Second stamping, no gesso

Third stamping, spritzed with water, no gesso

Fourth stamping, no gesso, spritzed again

Fifth stamping, no gesso, spritzed again

First stamping on gesso card, colour is not as intense as on no gesso cardstock

Ink the stamp randomly with light colour, then a darker colour on top (no gesso) you get a lovely blending of colours.

Second stamping, spritzed with water, no gesso

As you can see, the results all vary, and spritzing gives a lovely watercolour effect.  Experiment with your stamps and see what you can do.

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