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Posted 3/9/2013 by looser in General Stamping
 

looser
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Posted: 3/9/2013 12:40:09 PM
It's no secret that I consider my stamps to be craft tools. I use them to do more than transfer pigmented images to a surface.

There are no incorrect responses for this poll.

That said, however. I'd really appreciate it if your vote were accompanied with a post that expands on your vote. Feel free to write a volume!


Daniel R. Boone
Are you content with how you use your stamps?Results
Yes
No
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looser
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Posted: 3/9/2013 12:54:13 PM


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Posted: 3/9/2013 4:20:58 PM
Daniel, over the years I have read a bazillion times well at least several times your statement "I consider my stamps to be craft tools." I am always perplexed by your statement. I do not recall that you have elaborated on your definition.

I can only think of a few techniques where I don't use pigment but most of them involve making an impression (a common artist term) with the stamp which fits within my personal broader definition of creating an image impression with the stamp.

Non-pigment purposes I use my stamps for include:
• impressions/dry embossing on: velvet/material, metal, foam, clay, UTEE , paper, rubbings
• removing ink-water stamping, bleaching, solvent inks removing ink from acetate
• paper castings

Daniel-what other things do you do with a stamp beyond impressions?


...Jan
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Posted: 3/9/2013 5:58:55 PM
I voted yes because I have used my stamps in several ways (ink pads, markers, stamping on clay). I'm sure there are many other ways to use them also, such as stamping complicated scenes like Anna-Karin's.

I also am interested in what Daniel has to say for specificially what he means about stamps being tools.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/10/2013 9:51:09 AM
No idea why my first post doesn't show, but it included some of the info Jan & Heidi have requested. So I'll try again.

First off. When I use the word 'pigment', it's in the general sense--ink, paint, etc.

Now for the 'tool' aspect. Both Jan & Heidi are using their stamps as tools from my viewpoint. Not just inking & stamping the image on various materials, but also as molds for use with paper pulp, wax, clay, etc. That--for me--is part of the idea of stamps-as-tools.

Another part of the 'tool' concept? Adapting my stamps to accomplish whatever I'm doing. That means that I do not have qualms about altering them--surgery etc.--to suit my need. Even if adapting the stamp risks making it unusable.

I don't want to give the wrong impression (no pun). Altering my stamps is not what makes them tools. It's being willing to alter/adapt them. To not feel required to keep my stamps in mint condition as if they were museum pieces.

Please note. I am not suggesting that those who are happy using/keeping all their stamps intact & in mint condition are in any way incorrect. I certainly have some images that I would not put at risk, too.

I hope the above helps. Feel free to ask for more & discuss as you wish.

Looking forward to more 'voters'.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/10/2013 8:33:21 PM
My response when I voted was No. but it didn't show up on the results.

After this last Fest, I can see where I am still a beginner with stamping. There are so many more ways that I could use them with a little effort on my part.

I primarily ink and stamp sometimes coloring the image, sometimes stamping with black or other base colors, and sometime stamping in color.

I do some embossing, but not as much as I would like - I want to do more - the time issues is what holds me back.

I have in the past used the embossing paste and will be doing more of that with the stenciling.

I see that I have so many other ways to grow in using stamps. At least I know that I have a lot of options and the hope that I will expand. The Challenges really help me.

Soon I will be trying more masking - fearfully, but I will be trying.



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Posted: 3/10/2013 11:59:13 PM
It won't let me vote!

But I am content, though I mostly use my stamps for stamping ink on paper. Maybe it's boring but it's what I love the most! I love to read and learn new techniques but really I don't' want to make clay, jewelry, stamped fabric, glass, etc. It's just not my thing. I do like the thought that I COULD do those things and more with my stamps but I am content with simple stamping.

What I would like is more time and space to actually USE my stuff! In that respect I am not content at all. And lucky me, my DH is not demanding, I have no kids or any obligations that take up that much of my time. Just a 40--hr a week job and that takes up plenty, LOL!


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looser
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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:12:55 AM
Although I have the last poster on 'ignore' (not LiAnne), I don't want that post (whatever it was) to move this thread up. So...

Lickey! I like your post. I do find a certain amount of 'discontent' feeds my creativity. So long as it doesn't immobilize me by making me feel I have to be constantly exploring & innovating.

As Lianne says, It's nice to have contentment with some of our stamping uses. Far as 'content' with time & space to stamp, Lianne? LOL! Most of us share that 'discontent'.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/15/2013 5:15:18 PM
I voted "yes".
I have a good relationship with my stamps.
Sometimes I use them in a familiar straight-up stamp in black. And sometimes I use them in an adventurous, try-something-new way. Either way, I am content.

This might be a tad off-topic, but recently I pulled out a five or six year old stamp that used to be a favorite. I still got that warm fuzzy "this is fun" feeling when I used it. It was like an old friend.

To me, that is contentment.
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Posted: 3/16/2013 9:51:03 AM
I voted "yes"---though there is a catch to that answer----here it is: I feel my answer is "yes" I am content due to the current knowledge I possess! I guess one cannot be too discouraged then with the lack of using their stamps on their part right?

Thus what I mean is that I am happy right now with how I know to use the stamps---as I learn new techniques or ideas then I try those.



Melissa

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Posted: 3/16/2013 10:50:16 AM
LOL, Ruby! 'Happiness is a well-used stamp'! Like you, I have several stamps that are old friends. I may not be in constant touch with them, but it's nice to run into them every now & again = contentment, indeed!

Melissa. Yeah. I agree. I, too, find contentment in 'knowing' somethings about stamping. But I do enjoy keeping an eye open for new (or forgotten) ways to use them, as well.

As several of us have indicated, the more we learn; the more decisions we are (often) presented with. Can't say that it's always a 'good thing', but I'd rather have the option than not.

Enjoying all the posts!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 3/16/2013 12:01:50 PM
I voted yes, doing this from the app so I hope it shows.

Thanks to all you peas, I feel like I get so much use from my stamps and really enjoy exploring stamping on other surfaces and using my stamps for more than just cardmaking.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 12:19:16 PM
I'm very happy with the way I use my stamps. Besides using them to stamp on anything that doesn't move, I've also used them for paper molds and sticking unmounted stamps in the bottom of soap molds and pouring the melted soap over them to get the design.


Kathy
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Posted: 3/16/2013 5:09:54 PM
That soap idea is great, Beady! Do you think it would work with candles? (If you placed the stamps around the side of the mold) or would the wax melt the stamp? What about chocolate??


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Posted: 3/16/2013 5:35:07 PM
Christin I don't see why it wouldn't work with wax for candles. I don't know about chocolate. The chocolate wouldn't melt the stamp, but I'm not sure that vulcanized rubber is food safe. You'd have to ask a stamp manufacturer that question.


Kathy
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