Stamping 101: A New Blog Series

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

April 14, 2011

You might have heard that Two Peas in a Bucket recently expanded their business model to include a more direct focus on the stamping and card-making sectors of the industry. If you’re already a scrapper and a stamper, this is likely exciting news. If you’ve never done much with stamps beyond a few holiday cards, then this series is for you.

In Stamping 101, we’ll take you through the basics of using rubber and acrylic stamps in your memory keeping projects. You’ll learn not only the how but the why’s of choosing products and when to use them. In this first post, we’ll cover a few foundational facts about the different types of stamps on the market.

Types of Stamps for Scrapbooking

Rubber Stamps
These are the stamps that most likely come to mind first. Red rubber stamps these day, however, come in two formats: wood-mounted and cling. Cling-mounted stamps offer the benefit of using a clear acrylic block for ease of placement plus the reduced weight for ease of storage. Many find rubber stamps to offer greater degrees of detail, longer useful life and overall better handling.
Acrylic Stamps
The relative newcomer to the industry, clear acrylic stamps offer the storage ease of being mountable as well as a lower price-point. Seeing through the mount and the stamp allows for the most accurate stamp placement. Clear acrylic stamps generally need priming first to produce a crisp image and require special cleaning and storage for the best long-term wear.
Foam Stamps
These stamps are lightweight, hold ink very well and generally wash up with soap and water. They are more commonly found in the decorative arts section of the store vs. the scrapbooking section, but can offer fun effects for pages and projects. Alphabets and simple shapes are the most common designs in foam stamps.

Beginner Resources

We’re eager to share more and help stamping beginners learn the ropes. What would you like to learn?

Photo Credits: Rubber Stamps, Acrylic Stamps, Foam Stamps

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  1. Michelle M.

    Thanks for this series! Its good to know the fundamentals of stamping. I’ve been stamping for years but i love reading about new and different techniques. I look forward to more!!!

  2. Christie

    Woo hoo, I am just starting to get into stamping. My questions are:
    1) How do you prime clear stamps?
    2) How do you store stamps?
    3) What are the best inks for different surfaces?
    4) What are the best ways to store stamps?

  3. Julie Ann Shahin

    I don’t know where to start with stamping. Do you have to use different inks with the different kinds of stamps? I have a bunch of all kinds of stamps and inks, I just don’t use them.



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