How to make 'pencil' stamps.

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Posted 1/10/2013 by looser in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:13:24 PM
The 'inspiration' for this thread is my desire to add pattern to some of my more solid stamps without losing the detail that they already contain.

I'm pretty sure I've shared much of this info on the 'pencil' stamps (PS) years ago, but they will definitely work for what I need this time so here goes...

What you need:
Pencils. Unsharpened--with or without erasers. Best if the eraser is also unused.

Craftfoam.

Handgrip punches (HGP).

Adhesive.

I have a great many different shapes in HGPs, but even an 1/8" circle will let you do lots of patterns. If I were to recommend other shapes, I would say rectangle, square, triangle & teardrop would be very handy-to-have. I also have heart, star, flower, butterfly & bell. Very useful.

To make the stamp:
1. Punch out a foam shape.

2. Glue it to the pencil.

3. Ink & stamp.

Yep! That's all there is to it!

Now here's where using it on solid stamps comes in. By using small shapes, I have pretty good control over where I'm stamping on the solid stamp & can avoid stamping over a 'detail line'. I may have to use a small bit of paper as a held mask, but that's easy.

For the most part, I put only one shape on a pencil, but... If I want to create a readymade pattern--say a 4 dot diamond--I glue all 4 foam shapes to the pencil or (in some cases) a larger dowel. That saves me from having to constantly stamp the shape over & over. I butt the shapes right up against one-another. When I stamp they will show up as separate shapes because of the crack.

I'll check to see if I have pieces I can share, but that's all there is for now.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:59:40 PM
Daniel--am I right in thinking you are attaching the foam stamp to the eraser end of a pencil? So if I an have a leftover piece of a wooden dowel rod that would work too..but harder to do with straws-huh rolleyes: Creative minds roll!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 2:21:00 PM
LOL, Jan! Actually I like attaching the CF punchout to the wood end of the pencil since it doesn't need a cushion. But I also attach to the eraser end.

For brave souls... You can carve the eraser end of the pencil to make unique images. You can either remove rubber or incise it.

Far as the straws? I've used plastic ones to stamp circles.

For some PS I've used 2 different punches to make dies.

A good pair of tweezers comes in very handy! I left that out of my list.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:38:36 PM
Clever, especially punching several shapes and attaching multiples so you don't have to stamp repeatedly. I bet you can get some nice flowers and patterns.

When you use the punched foam to stamp on a solid stamp ... is the solid stamp already inked? Are you overstamping with the foam in another ink color? Have you ever used the foam stamps to remove ink from the larger image?

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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:31:14 AM
The answer to your questions, Iring? Yes!

Any of these techniques work. 'Kissing' off ink is fun. Just have to remember to stamp off the PS each time.

Another fun thing? Start with a strong color & use the 2nd (or 3rd) generation of the image to make it lighter. Ink & stamp your PS with the same ink 'full strength.

About pre-arranging stamp patterns. I'm fortunate to have several small acrylic blocks (1" square). I use them to arrange the CF punchouts. I use gluestick so I can remove the foam shapes. I keep a bag of punchouts handy for this.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:33:15 PM
It would be fun to use these with water on a distress inked image of background too. Lots of ideas!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:46:19 PM
Heidi. How/What would using the PSs do with water & DI? Don't think I've tried that. Sounds interesting. TFS!


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