Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo Stamps - Tutorial

I spent some fun time playing with the photo stamps from Scrollworks and learning some techniques and tricks as well as making a few mistakes along the way. :)

There are samples in this post of various types of inks and paper to share with you to give you insight into how a photo stamp will appear depending on how you ink it, stamp it, type of ink and paper.

The first examples use everyday white cardstock. Georgia Pacific Image Plus

The image used for all the examples is the lovely Emily from Scrollworks. 

All images were stamped using the unmounted images on an acrylic block with tack and peel. Using with an EZmount or padding can make it easier to get sharper images.

First Row:

Image 1 was stamped by using a brayer to apply Versafine Black Onyx Pigment ink onto the stamp. Hold stamp on angle to verify enough ink has been applied. Stamp on cardstock. 

Image 2 was stamped directly onto the cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx pigment ink.

Image 3 was stamped by applying Versafine Black Onyx pigment ink to the stamp directly and then laying  the paper over the inked image. Brayer top of paper to apply ink to paper. 

The second row of images on the top all were inked up by applying the ink pad to the stamp and stamping directly on the paper.
Images in the order displayed left to right used the following inks Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Memento Black Tuxedo Dye Ink, and StazOn Jet Black ink.

StazOn and Ranger Archival Inks provided the sharpest images.

Matte Finish Paper from Marco's

The exact same inks, application of ink and stamping techniques are the same in this sample. The inks took to the matte finish paper beautifully.  The paper helped produce a much clearer and more beautiful image of the stamp. 

The too inky image was a mistake which can happen when inking multiple times without cleaning the stamps and also brayering too much ink onto the image.

Inking up notes: 
Applying excessive ink or an over juicy inkpad will get a very dark image when stamped. 
Clean the stamps after using.
For juicy inkpads - apply ink with the brayer to control the ink application on the stamp.

The images also looked lovely on a pattern paper background. 

Glossy cardstock with StazOn ink:

Now onto  bloopers and blunders...

I had a few failures along the way.  This lovely image is June and here are a few of my mistakes:

You can see if you don't ink the image properly or provide enough pressure while stamping  you are not going to get a great image. A touch of glitter on your stamp will also show up as black dots. (Don't ask how that happened. :)

Depending on the type of effect you want to achieve with your stamps you can select your paper and inks to fit the project. I had so many lovely Emily's laying on my desk that I decided to create something user her and share.

This image was stamped using StaZon and the matte finish paper. The image is also  lightly colored using watercolor pencils and a little water. She is framed by a Tattered Angels chipboard  Framed Font. The black die cuts are Spellbinders Medallion Fleur De Lis.

Hope the photo stamps tutorial is useful.

Have a Fab Friday!



  1. Great post today, Sue, thanks! I haven't tried any of these photo stamps yet - they are lovely.
    I also like your new blog header!

  2. Love the new blog header, Suzz! Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing not only the good ones, but the mistakes too. Great learning experience. The end result sure is a gorgeous card!

  3. Beautiful end result after your inking adventures! I have to add that I love your blog header too!
    Thinking of you Sue - have a lovely weekend!

  4. Fabulous tutorial! I have avoided photo type stamps, but maybe will give this a go now! Thanks for sharing all the tips! Have a great day!

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  6. AWESOME tutorial! It's VERY helpful! Your card is just perfect in everey way! Love your new blog header,too! Have a sweet weekend, my friend!

  7. Great tutorial Suzz...Oh I Love this card..It is absolutely stunning!!

  8. fantastic tutorial Suzz. I have been looking at Scrollworks site and thinking of getting some. So this will be very handy. Your Emily card is lovely

  9. Great tutorial! It's helpful!Just what I need.Thanks for sharing the tips.
    And the Emily card is lovely.

  10. Thank you so so much!! This is awesome!!!

  11. OH! What a fab post--never think about inks and papers and the way stamps turn out! Bookmarking this! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the finished image and the card--oh my! Sue--you really are a talented and amazing crafter! LOVE that I know you:) Just need some of your creativity magic!

  12. boy, did I need this! I have some of these stamps that have just frustrated me. I have confidence that with your tips I'll be stamping with them with no problems...thanks so much, Sue!
    gorgeous card by the are such an amazing card designer!

  13. Great tut GF, you did all the work, and just made my life so easy. Amazing how inks and papers create whathaveyou's! Luv your image, and the finished project!

  14. thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Sue. no wonder you do magic with your stamps and inks because you know them so well! LOVE your gorgeous card with Emily, too! have a beautiful Sunday! =)

  15. Stunning use of the photo stamps, beautiful card, love how you've frames out sweet Emily! Great tutorial on the use of different inks with the Photo stamps.

  16. What a wonderful tutorial. A lot of work went into it and a lot of questions were answered.

  17. Fabulous post Sue and full of very useful information. Your card at the end is breathtaking!

    I can't believe how far behind I am with my comments ...... 10 whole days!!!

    Lesley Xx


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