Sunday, 26 April 2015

What Material to Use for Cutting your Own Stamps - updated research.

I have been playing around with various possible stamp making materials and have  now come to understand what I can do and with what, so I thought I'd share.

Until yesterday, I did not have an acrylic stamp block to use, so I was using a piece of polycarbonate. The problem with it is that it is still slightly bendable, not the best thing to use. So, if you are looking at saving money on stamping, I suggest you buy the blocks in sizes you need and save the money on the stamps instead!

Having a Silver Bullet, I am fortunate to be able to cut most fun foam that I find. If you have a Cameo, you will be stuck with only the thinnest, sorry, but true.

The thin fun foam is ok for sentiments - as long as you are careful with it as it is fairly fragile but you are not going to be talking  extra fine here. To make stamps where the letters are not joined, stick them onto a piece of acetate  with permanent spray glue and use that to adhere to the block with temp adhesive. That leaf doesn't belong here, it's the thicker foam!

The thicker fun foam is great for the not so delicate stuff. Items that have thick lines or solid patches do well with this.

Window Cling  - Cheap, this is great to cut.  It is designed to put on windows - make sure you find a non textured one, as even a texture on the reverse will show up in a stamped image. You can go as fine as you are capable of weeding. The only problem with this is that it is thin - so you must not leave too much paint on the block itself; and that it can have a tendency to bead up. That will depend largely on the inks you are using. I use acrylic paints, thinned down a bit and applied with a cosmetic sponge.  A bit of glycerine helps too.

Just incase you thought the image was big - here is the scale! This stuff is best suited to fine detail, not large areas to cover.

This is a thicker window film, it seems to be made of two layers. They are prone to separating.

There is a knack to cutting this. A sticky mat and only use a piece a bit larger than the design so it can be kept secure. Try to get it done in a single pass, which you can if the setting is correct. Don't  cut it too lightly though as it will be hard to weed especially if the design is intricate. It probably compares to the Silhouette stamp material. 

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