E C H N I Q U E
rubber art stamps to decorate wooden objects is a great
way to expand your stamping hobby into three dimensions.
Some wooden objects, which can be stamped, are pre-assembled,
unfinished boxes (sized for trinkets, recipes, jewelry,
etc.), plaques, frames or berry boxes. Visit a craft store
raw wood tends to cause your ink to "bleed", and some finished
wood is too slick to hold the ink.
sand the wood until smooth.
the wood with polyurethane stain or wipe on latex paint.
a natural look, with no stain or paint, seal the wood
with olive oil or tung oil.
acrylic spray can also be used to seal the wood.
T A M P I N ' T I P S
Use pigment based or black Memories ink. Most other water
based inks will bleed. Pigment ink can be heat embossed
or heat set (to speed drying time). Stamping Paint can
be applied to the rubber die with a sponge.
consider color choices. The color must be dark enough
to contrast with the natural or stained tones of the wood.
Black stamped images can be colored in once the ink is
dry, using suitable paints or pigmented markers,
which dry permanent. Care must be taken not to smear your
images as you add to your design.
the interior of your box by stamping it or by lining it
with decorative or handmade paper. Glue the lining in
place with a glue stick, which will not wet or buckle
the paper. Paint the open edges of your box with acrylic
paint if desired. o
your design with a light coat of clear acrylic spray after
waiting 4-8 hours for the ink to dry and cure.
this for beautiful ornaments using small wooden shapes:
Cover the surface completely with pigment ink. Immediately
apply one or two coats of clear embossing enamel. Prepare
a stamp for quick use by inking it with black Memories
ink. Heat the last coat of embossing enamel and immediately
press in the stamp. The image will be recessed into the
embossing enamel and will not stick to the surface once
it begins to cool.