How to use Rubber Stamp Tapestry Peg Stamps
Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps are a lot like paint brushes with images on the end. Unlike large images that are complete, our stamps enable the user to become part of the design process by combining several small images to create a larger design.
We call this process component stamping. Since these images are very small, we offer them mounted on the ends of wooden dowels so they are easy to locate and ready to stamp.
The dowels also keep your fingers away from the ink pads so there is less smudging and inky finger prints.
If you happen to make a mistake, you can easily stamp over the impressions in the second or third layer. I rarely throw away unfinished artwork because of an occasional stamped image that is not quite right.
One advantage of using small stamps is the the fact that you can use small ink pads which are very affordable and do not take up much space. My favorite inks are Versacolor cubes. Versacolor is pigment ink that stamps beautifully and allows for more than one impression before re-inking. This term is often referred to as "stamping off" and it gives depth and dimension to the finished artwork.
Peg Stamp Sets
The most popular way to get started with component stamping is with our Peg Stamp Sets. We currently have well over 120 sets to choose from. Combining our sets to make a completely different image combination is another great way to use our peg stamps. There are several advantages to getting our stamps as a set, and you can click here to learn more about our Peg Stamp Sets!
Peg Stamping Tips
Put a pad of paper, magazine, or a mouse pad underneath your stamping project. This gives a cushion-like base and makes better impressions.
If you see a circle or edge around your peg stamp image, it means that you are applying too much pressure on your stamp. Fine line drawings need only gentle pressure or it will distort the image and you will not see the detail. It is a good idea to test your stamp and your ink on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on your project. If you want a richer look, you may need to re-ink your pad.
To get a lighter shade of color with the second and third impressions, don't re-ink your stamp each time. Also, for a less mechanical look, rotate the stamp slightly in between impressions. These two tips will give your artwork a more natural look.
To re-ink a pad, just drop two or three drops of ink on the pad and rub it in with the nozzle of the refill bottle until you see the ink is absorbed.
To make a wreath shape, I start by stamping at the North, South, East and West points. Then just fill in between with the remaining images.
For borders, I normally start with the larger images, leaving space in between for the remaining images and fill in as needed.
The Placement Line
We manufacture our peg stamps with placement lines, which is a tool that I developed in 2002 to make component stamping easier. If you look at the base of the stamp, close to the rubber, you will see the vertical placement line. This line indicates the position of the image. In the case of a leaf, sprig or branch, the placement line is most often located at the stem. Just turn the line towards the other images, such as a flower, and you will get perfect placement every time. Our placement lines speed up the stamping process and aid in accuracy.
In the case of a leaf, sprig or branch, the placement line is most often located at the stem. Just turn the line toward the other images, such as a flower, and you will get perfect placement every time. Our placement lines speed up the stamping process and aid in accuracy.
Cleaning StampsA very good product to clean stamps is Ultra-Clean. You can clean any type of stamp with this cleanser. For a home made, quick substitute, try a few drops of mild detergent such as Joy dish washing liquid and about a cup of water. Use a sponge or cloth and the soapy water to clean the stamp ends. Rinse well and allow the stamps to dry completely before putting away. Do not soak wood mounted stamps in water. Sometimes I use wet wipes (baby wipes, etc.) to clean both the rubber and the wood. If you use the wrong type of detergent and the placement line starts to fade, just use a fine line sharpie pen or other marker to reapply the line. 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!
Our stamps are great for card making, scrapbook pages, fabric projects, ceramics, and so much more! With hundreds of stamp images available, the possibilities are endless!
Be sure to visit the sample section on the website for ideas. Also, check out our animations, and video demo sections to see our stamp line in action. If you haven't signed up for our newsletter, which shows our monthly special along with new card samples and our latest news, you can do so by entering your email address in the text box on the left sidebar of our site.