Craft Tip: Using Clear Stamps

Clear stamps are the cool kid on the block when it comes to stamps (at least in my book).

The two reasons I love them:
1) You make fewer mistakes because you can see through them and
2) They are much easier to store than woodblock stamps

In the March Mercantile Mail kit, there was a faboo set of clear stamps designed by Christine Herrin.  Designed with a planner in mind but these stamps can be used by card-makers,  art journalers, and scrapbookers alike.

Here is a peek of how I use the coffee one in my planner. Keep reading for three easy steps to using clear stamps.

1) Remove the stamp of your choice from the backer sheet and position them on a clear acrylic block. The stamps will cling to the block. Don't have a clear block?  You can also use:  bottom of a clear bowl or water glass (flat surface) or top of the ink pad .  When I have been stamping on the go I have even used my finger with these little stamps - works great!

Hint:  There will be a block in an upcoming Mercantile Mail box :)

THE NEXT box is open for new subscribers AND THERE ARE JUST 25 SPOTS!  DON'T MISS OUT RESERVE YOUR BOX HERE!!

2) Apply the ink of your choice.  With smaller stamps I tend to take the ink to the stamps and gently apply.  You don't want to smoosh the stamp into the pad.  In this example I am using a water based ink.  There are lots of inks and you can find them at your local craft store.

3) Line up your image where you want it and firmly and evenly stamp down.  Don't put all of your weight into it.  Just firm even pressure does the trick.  Then lift the stamp straight up and you are all done.

Enjoy your creation!

Looking for some great ideas on stamping?  One of my favorite stampers is Jennifer McGuire...Her blog is full of inspiration and ideas.

p.s.:  Next month's Mercantile Mail box will have a fun clear stamp from Lawn fawn!  Join the club here...Last day to sign up i

p.p.s.:  To keep you stamps in good condition be sure to clean them off after each use.  You can use a stamp cleaner, a baby wipe (without alcohol) or rag with a gentle soap.