Art stamps haven't been around forever...In fact, it
wasn't that long ago that just a few small companies
were the only "brave ones" producing rubber art stamps
for purposes other than business. The art designs varied
from company to company, some choosing to produce
vintage only rubberstamps while others opted to create
more whimsical designs for stamp collections. Stampers
started to pop up all over the world as the hobby began
to take shape. Today, you can buy almost any rubber
stamp with any style of design which can be used in
scrapbooking, papercrafts, cardmaking, wall decor, gift
bags, and even three-dimensional artwork.
Art stamps are most commonly referred to as simply
rubber stamps, yet the clarification exists to
differentiate between business style rubber stamps for
marking packages and invoices, and the style and designs
that are used in craft and hobby projects. Art rubber
stamps have been used on almost every material, from
card stock to stone. Most stampers generally think of
simply card making and scrapbooks when thinking about
the possible use of a rubber stamp. It's unfortunate
that they limit themselves to those two tasks. Why not
create your own bathroom design tiles using rubberstamps
and materials purchased at your local hardware store?
How about creating adorable stamped mailboxes? How about
creating adorable baby bibs using your baby stamps?
Truth is, rubber stamping is a great way to create
unique art and designs on almost any material and for
any "painting" project. To have total variety of
stamping projects, you'll want to make sure that you
select deep etch rubber stamps that can handle
everything from thick acrylic paint to thin tea dyes.
You can find many stamping galleries online showcasing
traditional stamped projects. What you usually will not
find in the gallery display is the many unique ways that
art stamps are used. Because you can find a stamp in
almost any style and design, you would be amazed at the
many wonderful ways that stampers are using their stamps
in many different arts and crafts projects and even as a
fabric stamp. Some folks go as far as framing their
stamp creation just like fine paintings and displaying
them on their walls. This certainly isn't the rubber
stamp hobby that your grandmother was involved in!
One small reason for the rise in popularity of the
stamping hobby is its simplicity, ease of use, and
inexpensive nature. You can get started as a stamping
artist for under $20 and can be turning ordinary sheets
of paper and cardstock into beautiful works of art. Most
art stamps come mounted on either maple or pine blocks.
Pink rubber backed with cushioning stamp foam makes for
an even impression. To clean your art stamps after
applying ink or paint to them, you can simply wipe them
clean with a damp cloth and soapy water. To get all of
the ink removed, you will want to pick up any of the
inexpensive commercial stamp cleaners available in your
local craft and art store.
Should your art stamp start to peel away from the
cushion foam, you can simply use rubber cement and the
craft foam and trim around the edges. Use the thickest
craft foam you can find for this purpose.
You'll want to store your stamps in a cool dry place.
Storage of mounted rubber stamps has led to a recent
rise in the popularity of unmounted rubber stamps since
they take up so little space and can be stored in
three-ring binders and notebooks. Unmounting a mounted
art rubber stamp is a simple task. The pink rubber is
very flexible and stretches, so simply pull the pink
rubber away from the cushion foam. If some stickiness
from the rubber adhesive remains on your unmounted
stamps, a commercial fume free gum remover can be used
to gently clean the back of the rubber art stamp. Many
choose to use acrylic blocks with their unmounted rubber
stamps, while others prefer to use magnet systems. You
may find that you enjoy the hobby much more with your
rubber stamps unmounted.
Artstamps were only being produced by a few select
stamping companies at one time, so finding these stamps
and purchasing them was quite difficult if you didn't
have a stamping store near your residence. With so many
new arts and craft stores and the internet, buying
almost any rubber stamp suitable to any artists taste
can be done with a few clicks of the mouse. Rubber
Stamping Fun makes purchasing rubber art stamps easy
with their free stamp shipping and fast checkout
process. Why not buy some art stamps today and begin
your next craft and hobby project. Who knows, maybe the
stamper in you will discover a whole new way to use all
of you art stamps!