large variety of papers await the adventurous stamper who
is willing to experiment and have some fun. Rubber stamps
can be used on anything from tissue paper to heavy cardboard.
Care must be taken to use the appropriate ink and techniques.
are some short descriptions of some of the basics:
120 lb. plain, non-coated cardstock, sturdy enough for
folded projects as well as greeting cards
coated, high gloss index weight cardstock, very smooth
o Matte: coated, dull finish index weight cardstock, ideal
for stamping, coloring and heat embossing techniques
comes in many different colors and textures
(also called drafting paper) this translucent paper is
excellent for stained glass techniques, and is suitable
for heat embossing, coloring from the back with markers,
and mounting behind a window opening in your card.
acetate, laser and copy machine compatible transparent
material) This material is able to withstand heat from
the embossing process without shrinking or buckling. Perfect
for many stained glass techniques and "window" cards.
Mulberry Paper: This
beautiful paper is made out of fibers from the bark of
a mulberry tree.
many more specialty papers! Visit our Accessory
experimenting, you will find your favorites. The most important
thing is to have fun!
T A M P I N ' T I P S
stamping on coated cardstock, pigment inks will not dry
because they cannot be absorbed into the paper. If you
use pigment ink, it must be heat embossed. If you do not
wish your coated cardstock project to be heat embossed,
stamp with Memories
ink. Either heat set it with your embossing heat tool,
or allow enough drying time to cure the ink so it won't
stamping, avoid porous papers such as construction paper
or lightweight typing paper. Most inks will bleed or feather
into the surrounding paper fibers.
papers such as deco film, metallic, mulberry paper, drafting
vellum, clear acetate, or sticker paper can be used to
add layers, textures, dimension and special effects to
your work. Most specialty papers can be stamped on, if
you are aware of which inks work best for coated and uncoated
papers. When using clear acetate (overhead transparency
sheets) be sure to choose one which is marked for laser
printer or copy machine, so that it will withstand the
heat needed for embossing.
finish coated paper is often the best choice for blending
and shading colors when using chalk, oilsticks or colored
can determine the color of your cardstock! When you can't
find the color you would like for your card, begin with
a white or light colored card. Glossy, matte or textured
papers will each produce a different look. Roll on ink
with a brayer. Choose a solid color or a multi-colored
pattern. Sponging techniques work well for background
colors as well. For very intense solid colors, choose
matte or glossy coated stock. Using MemoriesT ink, turn
over your pad and rub it directly onto the card surface.
Once it has dried, it can be used for any decorating techniques,
since the background ink will be permanent.
freezer paper for gift bags or gift wrap. Stamp and decorate
the paper side, leaving the wax-coated side for the inside.