New to Peg Stamping?
Our Peg Stamping Tips
Cushion Your Work
Put a pad of paper, magazine, or a mouse pad underneath your stamping project. This gives a cushion-like base and makes better impressions.
Test Before Stamping
It is a good idea to test your stamp and your ink on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on your project.
If there is a circle or edge around your peg stamp image, it means that you are applying too much pressure when you stamp. Fine line drawings need only a gentle tap to keep the image clear and detailed. A solid stamp image, especially a large one (like a Jumbo stamp) will require more pressure.
Use Stamping Off
To add depth and dimension to your artwork, once you ink and stamp, don't re-ink but stamp again and a third time.
For a less mechanical look, rotate the stamp slightly in between impressions. This will give your artwork a more natural look.
Making a Wreath
We've developed an ingenious way of creating beautiful, natural-looking wreaths in seconds. First, start by stamping the same image at the north, south, east and west points. Then, just fill in between with the remaining images, focusing on eliminating negative space and creating balance around the wreath.
To create a border, you can use a template, chalk, or a fine pencil line to direct your path. Stamp the largest images first, leaving space in between for the remaining images and fill in as needed.
While your stamping, it's a good idea to clean your stamps between ink colors to keep your stamps from cross contaminating your inks.
When you're done with your project and before storing your stamps, you'll want to make sure to give them a final cleaning.
We recommend using a quality stamp cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Spray a bit of cleaner on the cloth, rotate the stamp until all the ink is gone and then rotate the stamp on a clean section of the cloth to dry it. That's all it takes to keep your stamps at optimal performance.
There are a variety of cleaners you can use, but we find this simple recipe to be an excellent cleaner for both red rubber and clear stamps and moisturizes the stamps, preventing them from cracking.
OUR STAMP CLEANER RECIPE
2 TBS glycerine
1 tsp eco dishwashing liquid
7 fl. oz. distilled water
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use.
If cleaning causes the Placement Line to fade, just redraw the line with a fine tipped Sharpie or other marker.
It is best to store your stamps out of direct sunlight and with a bit of care they should last for years and years.
Art Stamping has Never Been Easier!
That's it. With these tips in mind and just a little practice, anyone can create beautiful borders, frames and wreaths with Rubber Stamp Tapestry's Peg Stamps!
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