Tips & Videos on IOD Stamps

Tips & Videos on IOD Stamps

The first time you open your pack,  you will need to pull the top plastic sheet with a bit of force, including the stamps from their mounting board - do not fear - they will not tear.

Condition your stamps for first use – take a 180 grit sandpaper and lightly sand over the top of the stamps – this helps the ink and paints stick to the stamps.

Practice your technic a few times on spare or throw away piece, each medium and type of ink and paint will stamp differently.  
We recommend applying paint to the stamps with a brayer or a small foam rolling brush .

Ink will give you greater detail compared with paint. Often paint can be watered down for a better result. Thick paint will make detailed stamping difficult.

Wash stamps in very hot (not boiling – hot tap water) water with dish liquid and scrub clean, allow to dry with back facing up and return back face of stamp to the plastic sheet for storage.

Thin mounts are recommended for keeping your stamps straight, especially when using letters and creating words

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The back of the stamps become less sticky over time, a light spray of low tack adhesive glue will help stamps stick to a mounting board again.

Stamping 101

  • Hover the stamp over your project surface to line up where you want to stamp before stamping.
  • Once you're ready to stamp, COMMIT and don’t shift. That means, once your stamp makes contact with the surface, keep it there otherwise you might unintentionally smudge or create a double image.
  • Use one hand to hold the stamp, then use your other hand to run your fingers over all the details of the stamp - apply even pressure and ensure good contact.
  • Lift the stamp straight up off the project surface when done stamping, again being careful not to shift.
  • Wipe your stamp clean with wet wipes or the like, immediately after use to prevent the medium from drying on the stamp.
  • Stamping isn’t hard, but it does take a little practice to get it just right - especially as you try new medium and different surfaces to get it just right. 

Masking (included with your stamp)

The purpose of masking is to create visual layers on your project without disrupting or muddying the original stamped image. The mask covers and protects the stamped image so that no impression is made on top of it with overlapping stamps. This keeps your designs crisp and clear.

Masking creates the impression of a foreground and a background on your projects.

You can make you own masks by stamping a piece of paper with the stamp you want to use and then cutting it out along the edge of the design. Or you can use the pre-cut reusable plastic masks included with our 2020 stamps releases. You just need to separate each mask from the sheet by gently separating along the perforated lines.

Before masking, you want to make sure your initial stamped image is dry otherwise you will smudge it when you lay the mask down. Unsealed surfaces are porous and will have a relatively quick drying time. But if you’re stamping on a sealed surface, you’ll want to wait longer to allow for adequate drying before masking.

To mask, simply line up the mask with the stamped design, laying it on top to protect the image. Then you can continue stamping the next layer.

When planning a project that uses masking, you need to think in reverse order. This means stamping what you want to be in ‘front,’ or in the foreground, first. Background, or images that appear in the under layers, are stamped last when you mask.

Other advanced techniques that you can use with stamps are the Batik technique, wet-on-wet flooding, dip pens and more. We show you how to do each one in detail in this tutorial. 

This is a great video with Mask use as well:

For a visual of all of the above watch this great video on stamping.

Use stamps to make patterns in clay and finish with a paint wash over the top to bring out the pattern


Tammy Cowlishaw