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.)

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Supplies:

C Plate for Cuttlebug

versamagic dew drop inks

acrylic stamp (large)

cardstock

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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.

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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.

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The cool thing about acrylics – you can see right where you are going to have your image end up!

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This is how your coverage will look with versamagic dew drop inks. I used Night Sky on Kraft paper for this card.

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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.

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I repeated the inking step and used white versamagic as well. Then cleaned the stamp and put it away.

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So this is my finished background for my card. And that’s all there is to using acrylic stamps! Pretty easy, huh?

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And this is the finished card. It’s a Father’s Day card for Matthew. (Happy Father’s Day!!)

Supplies: Fancy Pants Pollen Dust; kraft and night of navy cardstock; pewter hardware; dimensionals; A Muse sentiment; white and night sky versamagic dew drop inks; Heidi Swapp distressor.

***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! ***