So I thought I’d talk about acrylic stamps for my tip today. A little picture show of how I use acrylic stamps (and a big tip for using larger than usual ones – like the huge Fancy Pants flourishes.)
C Plate for Cuttlebug
versamagic dew drop inks
acrylic stamp (large)
So, I never use the C Plate for my cuttlebug. It’s for using different brands of die cuts, etc. I don’t have any other dies right now. Julie told me she’d heard a suggestion to use that plate for your large acrylic mount. What a great idea! I already had it anyway – might as well use it!
Take the C Plate and mount your stamp of choice on it.
I have found it is best to use craft ink or versamagic inks on acrylic stamps. You just get better coverage with them. Someone suggested inking the stamp this way – by tapping the ink onto the stamp – and it seems to work well for me.
The cool thing about acrylics – you can see right where you are going to have your image end up!
This is how your coverage will look with versamagic dew drop inks. I used Night Sky on Kraft paper for this card.
To clean acrylic stamps, I’ve found it’s easiest to just remove the stamp from the block and then clean it. I just rub it around really good on my cleaner pad. I like my stamps REALLY clean, so I just keep rubbing them around til they are clear again. It seems to take longer with acrylics than rubber……but that is also because of the inks I used.
I repeated the inking step and used white versamagic as well. Then cleaned the stamp and put it away.
So this is my finished background for my card. And that’s all there is to using acrylic stamps! Pretty easy, huh?
And this is the finished card. It’s a Father’s Day card for Matthew. (Happy Father’s Day!!)
***ETA – even if you don’t have a cuttlebug – you can purchase the B Plates (same as C, just different thickness) in two packs for $10 or less (especially if you use a coupon!). That is still signifigantly cleaper that the $20 Fancy Pants block. Just thought I’d let y’all know that! ***