Are you looking for a way to make unique textured
surfaces and images from your rubber stamps? We spent
some time working with these unique texture techniques
and were amazed at the versatility and creativity they
provided for our rubber stamps. Most of the items used
should be around the house or in the garage. Everything
can be found at your local department store. The most
enjoyable moments happen when you discover a new way to
use an old stamp. Let's get started!
Texture #1: Sandpaper Paradise
For this technique, you will need a small square of
sandpaper. One great idea is to save old scraps of
"used" sandpaper since they will each provide a unique
look to your stamped project. Heavy cardstock will work
best for this project since you will be "buffing" away
and don't want to tear a hole in the paper. Stamp your
image on the cardstock using a dye based ink. Highlight
the stamped image with chalks. Taking your sandpaper,
gently scrub the paper until the desired "distressed"
look appears. Once finished, it is usually best to cut
out the image from the sanded paper and affix the image
to the project. This simple technique can add a
pleasantly aged look when used with walnut or dark brown
Texture #2: Baby Wipe Blur
To get this unique texture you will need water based
markers or watercolor pencils and a package of baby
wipes or damp paper towels. Using your rubber stamps,
stamp your project with the desired image or lettering.
Taking your markers or watercolor pencils, fill in the
center and highlight the edges of the stamp image
accordingly. Allow the pigment to set without completely
drying. With your baby wipes, gently "dab" the image.
The moisture from the cloth will cause the coloring to
soften and blur resulting in a beautiful finished
texture. Allow to dry and place on remaining project!
Texture #3: Wax Mask
For this rubber stamping texture technique you will need
a white crayon or a piece of wax. Using your rubber
stamps, create the stamped image collage on the chosen
piece of paper. Using your wax, gently "color" the areas
where highlighting would occur. Taking a marker or stamp
pad, gently fill in the inner, unstamped area with the
color of choice. Allow the ink to dry. After the ink has
dried, gently rub the image in small circular strokes
over the "wax" covered area. The ink will rub off of the
wax and the highlights will remain.
These three simple rubber stamping texture techniques
are great ways to make unique cards and scrapbooking
pages. Using these tips, you will be able to make
special projects with all of your rubber stamps that
others will admire. For a truly unique textured project,
blend all three textures together in by utilizing
sandpaper, wax, and baby wipes!