Beginner’s guide to stamping: how to use cling and rubber stamps

Here is our beginner's guide to using cling and rubber stamps. Follow our handy guide and you'll be stamping beautiful designs to colour, heat emboss and cut out in no time at all!

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Stamping has always been very popular with cardmakers and it’s easy to see why. Stamping isn’t just a neat way to add greetings,  it’s very versatile, too, with thousands of stamps out there to choose from.

Stamping supplies are inexpensive, and as the results are so instant. Use stamps to whip up your own patterned backgrounds for your cards, add characters and pictures to card fronts, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can give heat embossing a go.

Stamps come in two main types – clear (or cling stamps) and the more traditional rubber stamps. We’ll talk you through how to use both below. 

Once you’ve finished using your stamps, always give them a good clean to remove any ink residue. To clean your stamps, dampen a cloth with warm, soapy water and carefully remove all the ink from the stamps, making sure to remove it from all the detailed areas. Dry your stamps, then store them on their acetate sheet or in your storage solution.

Shopping List

  • Card or paper
  • Acrylic block
  • Ink pad
  • Stamps

Step 1

Peel your stamp away from its backing sheet. Clear stamps usually come with this sheet, and it’s best to keep it safe as it’s handy for storing your stamps, too.

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Step 2

Press the stamp on to an acrylic block – these make the stamp easier to handle. Take an ink pad and press it onto the stamp until it’s covered in colour. By pressing the ink pad onto the stamp, you can see if there are any areas you’ve missed.

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Step 3

Position your stamp onto your card or paper, and then press down firmly for a clean, sharp result. It’s that easy! For best results, practise on some scrap card first. Be careful not to rock your stamp when applying it to the card, as this will leave a blurred finish.

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Rubber stamps come mounted on a wooden block. They’re even quicker to use than clear stamps as all you have to do is add ink then press onto your chosen card.

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