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Basic stamp techniques

Die cut based on  Build-A-Bear Workshop mascot Bearamy and his furry friends.
Die cut based on Build-A-Bear Workshop mascot Bearamy and his furry friends.

MASKING

1. Stamp image on card stock.

2. Stamp it again on a piece of scratch paper.

3. Cut carefully around the scratch paper image, cutting just inside the lines. This will be your mask.

4. Place the mask on top of the cardstock image.

5. Stamp another image over a portion of the mask to create layered, interacting images.

6. Another way to create a partial image is to use tape to cover the part of the stamp you don't want to appear, ink the stamp, remove the tape and stamp the image.

ROCK & ROLL

1. Tap stamp on light-colored ink pad.

2. Press edges of stamp in a rolling motion on darker ink pad, being careful not to ink the center of the stamp.

3. Stamp image to get a multi-color effect.

4. Always use the lightest colored ink first to avoid getting dark ink on your light ink pad.

REPETITION

1. Ink a stamp.

2. Stamp the image.

3. Restamp the image one or more times without re-inking it. This technique is a great way to get several shades of color from a single ink pad.

MARKERS

1. Use a marker to apply ink only to the desired parts of the image.

2. Add other colors to other parts, if desired.

3. Breathe on the inked stamp to remoisten the ink with your breath before stamping onto paper.

For more techiques and craft project ideas, visit www.stampinup.com.