I 'm thrilled to be able to share with you a second tutorial for Two-Step Stamps that I made for Balzer Designs. This one shows you how you can use stencils for your image as well as free-hand drawings. Click here for the first two-step stamp post, the original tutorial has different images and ideas.
I combined the two ideas and came up with my own DIY Two-Step Stamps.
What you’ll need is plexiglass, silicone caulking, basic craft tools and a stencil (optional)
You'll need two plexiglass bases for each layered stamp set; one for the foam stamp, one for the silicone.
To Make a Stamp Set Using a Stencil:
Choose a stencil with an image that fits your base. I got this set at the Dollar Store as it has great stamp-style images
Trace the stencil onto your sticky back foam and cut out. Trim as close to the image as you like, I prefer to leave a little space around the edges. “5: Trace and Cut Out:”
Attach foam to base. If using sticky-backed foam, peel the paper backing off and stick it on the plexiglass. If you’re using the thicker foam, glue it to the plexiglass with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and let it dry overnight.
Now have fun stamping. Brush paint on the foam stamps and then once it's dry use paint or ink on the outline stamp. I love using Staz-On ink with the silicone stamps.
To Make a Stamp Set Using Your Own Hand Drawn Image:
The method for hand-drawn layered stamps is basically the same but instead of copying the stencil you draw your own image and transfer it to the paper side of your sticky-backed foam.
And here is another project I made with the banner stamp:
(click HERE for more pics of this project)
* Ink goes on to the silicone better if you rub fine sand paper over it very gently.
* Wash these carefully - they aren’t as durable as manufactured stamps.
* I’ve had a few silicone pieces come loose when rinsing. It seems to occur where my line of silicone was too narrow. But, when I’ve let them air dry they reattached.
* Repairs or additions to your image can be made at any time, just add more silicone.
* To make three-step stamps create your foam background layer and silicone outline. Then make a third layer of designs to fill the outline. For example, with the banner I could make a layer to add stripes or polka dots to each pennant.
* Choose versatile shapes and make multiple silicone toppers. A rectangle could have a matching high rise layer but also serve as a text block (remember to mirror your writing so it’ll be oriented correctly when stamped), bricks, a border design, presents etc.
Hope you try making these, they're a lot of fun and the possibilities really are endless.
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