Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homemade Two-Step Stamps: Using a Stencil or Drawing

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.

The idea to make simple foam stamps with matching acrylic style doodle outlines came to me while I was drooling over Claudine Hellmuth’s Creative Layers stamps ( gorgeous!) and shortly afterwards I saw a great tutorial on the Craftzine blog for ‘no carve acrylic style stamps’ .

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)

Take your plexiglass, decide on the size of base you want to cut and then score it several times with an craft blade. Next, hold the scored-line against the edge of your table and WHACK IT really hard. For my second batch I bought thinner plexiglass then suggested and it snapped with ease while still being rigid enough to stamp with.

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.

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.

For the silicone step, trace your stenciled image onto scrap paper and place the matching-size base over top. Trace the pattern in silicone. Let dry over night. The type of silicone I use says, “shower ready in three hours” but I let it dry longer.

Tip: If you’ve tested your foam stamp on paper, don't lay your plexiglass over your stamped image for the silicone step as it'll come out backwards because your outlining the mirror image. I did... not good.

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 how it all comes together in my ‘Out of the Journal’ finished piece:

Tips and Trouble Shooting:

* 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:

Our cash envelope system... we're Dave Ramsey people :-)

Thanks so much for visiting today.

This tutorial was originally published on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog, Balzer Designs


Jane Wetzel said...

thank you for this FREE tutorial :)

Bonita Rose said...

your stamps are so lovely.. OMG I love the flowers... u shud sell them i would so buy some.. I would love some of your flower and stem stamps.. they are beautiful!!!!!!!

Lesley said...

Great ideas and tutorial. Pinned this!!

I have stamps in my studio that I made out of cardboard and Elmer's glue in he same way you do the caulk. I love them. I actually use them to add texture to acrylic paintings.

Di McDonald said...

Hi again Nicole,
Thanks so much for leaving such nice messages at my blog. Yes I love your stamp ideas too and I had never heard of 2 step stamps so you have taught me something too:-)