03-28-2012, 03:07 PM
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3/28/12 Product Information Tip Of The Week - Stamp Pads
Originally designed to be used with rubber stamps, today’s stamp pads can be used in a number of different ways . Traditionally a rubber stamp would be pressed on the pad to pick up the ink and then pressed on to a piece of paper. Instead of making just one image, why not try making a page of several for a repeated design that could be used as a background?
Another option would be to use the stamp pad as an applicator, pressing it directly on the paper or surface to produce a large area of color. Water based and water soluble inks can be manipulated later with water to create distressing, mottling, or watercolor effects. You could also just try focusing on the edge of the paper for a darkened or aged appearance.
Since you can use the stamp pad like a brush or applicator, it is great to use with stencils. Because there are no individual hairs, like on a brush, a stamp pad stays within the boundaries of the stencil.
Try using a colorless blender marker to pick color up from the stamp pad for more control of color application to fill in smaller areas or write text in the same color as a stamped image. When you no longer want that color on the colorless blender, rub excess color off on a scrap piece of paper.
Partially dried out stamp pads should not be thrown away. The light impression that they produce can be great for adding a hint of color to an image, creating a ghosting effect with stamps or stencils, or you can add your own inks or liquid watercolors for personalized colors.
Q. Are all stamp pads pretty much the same?
A. Stamp pad ink can be dye or pigment based, water based or alcohol based, lightfast or not, waterproof or water soluble.
What type of ink is used in the stamp pad you choose will determine how you can use it and how it will act. Dye based inks tend to fade and are not necessarily water proof, and they can often be manipulated with water even after they have dried. Pigmented inks tend to be less likely to fade and can either be water base and water soluble or alcohol based and permanent. For archival quality results, look for pads that are pigmented and claim to be lightfast and permanent. Pigment based inks can also be either opaque or transparent. If you are planning on stamping on a smooth, non porous surface, it is best to use pigmented alcohol based inks. If you plan on painting over the stamp with water based paint, be sure to choose a permanent or alcohol based version unless you want the ink to smear when you apply the paint.
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