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Guest Post: Stamping Rubber Stamps into Stencils with Deb

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you're eating too much food and spending time with your family today!  I know that I am!  

And now, on to our guest post!

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Submitted by Deb Versluis

Using rubber stamps with your stencils creates pattern, colour and shape, all at the same time. When considering what stencil and stamp combination to use, it is best to keep in mind how large the open portion of the stencil is, and how large the pattern or image on the rubber stamp is. I tend to use very “open” stencils, with large areas of space available to stamp into.

I have 2 pages to share with you today.

Page #1: “BEAUTY”, I used the Crafter's Workshop “Layered Butterflies” stencil TCW291, designed by Julie. I also used the Tim Holtz stamp from the Stampers Anonymous set called “Wallpaper and Wood” #CMS126. I used the stamp directly in hand, and not with an acrylic block. I find that this allows me the best control of the image created.

Butterfly Spray Stamp
The final product necessary to create the page is some kind of ink to stamp with. I sprayed Dylusions Spray Inks directly onto the rubber stamp, and then lightly misted with water (I wanted the ink to drip and blend once it was stamped onto the page.) If it does not drip or blend enough for my liking, I will then spray the stamped image on the page too, and slightly elevate the top of my page, so the ink can run and be a bit messy! Alternately, you could also use ink pads, or acrylic paints for your stamping. Once dry, use a permanent black marker to trace the outline of the butterfly.

Butterfly Closeup
The page was completed by tracing 2 more butterfly images from the stencil, again using permanent black marker and using Distress Ink Pads to stamp a small border image stamp at the top right, and bottom left corners of the page. (My Minds Eye, Follow Your Heart: “Be Amazing” Stamps #FYH118)

Butterfly Corner
Butterfly Corner
was created with another Balzer Designs 12x12 stencil called Triangle Mosaic # TCW222. I used stamping in 2 ways with this stencil.

First, I stamped with 3 different colours of Distress Ink, thru the triangles in the stencil, right onto the scrapbook page. I used a very small star print background stamp from My Minds Eye, Follow Your Heart: “Be Amazing” Stamps #FYH118

Triangle with Stars
Then, I turned the stencil 180 degrees, so that I could sponge ink into the open triangle areas that were left, filling in more of the page with the same 3 colours of ink.

Triangle Closeup
The page was completed with a collection of paper scraps layered under the photo, and a title cut using the Silhouette Cameo.

Triangle Sweet Memories Complete
: Sponge Ink, or Faber Castell Gelatos thru the stencil and let dry. Then, use a co-ordinating ink pad, or black ink, to stamp a design over the sponged ink. This adds pattern over top of colour.

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Deb VersluisI am a long-time crafter, and have been scrapbooking for more than 15 years, and art-journaling for the past 2 years. I can't remember a time where I haven't been creating something...right now knitting takes up the rest of my spare time. I have a keen interest in art, music, and the issues surrounding local food and sustainability. I own a scrapbook store called Prairie Scrapbooking located in Beausejour Manitoba, and enjoy sharing this passion with others. My store website is www.prairiescrapbooking.com