In my last post about making two-step stamps, I showed you how I made stamps from simple shapes for accents and borders. This tutorial takes that idea a little further showing how you can make two, or even three, step stamps using stencils (HOORAY!) or by drawing free-hand. I'll also show you a few options for inking your stamps with Staz-On or paint. The homemade stamps shown below are the banner and the flowers.
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
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.
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.
* 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.
Other projects using these stamps:
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This tutorial was originally published on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog, Balzer Designs