How to use clear and rubber stamps

Stamping is one of the most common techniques used in crafting, and with a little practise, 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, this is a must-try technique if you want to make a batch of cards for Christmas, weddings or thank yous. Use stamps to whip up DIY patterned backgrounds for your cards, add characters and pictures to card fronts, or if you’re feeling adventurous try heat embossing.

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. 

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.

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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.

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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 in place.

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