How To: Stamp Through Stencils

How To: Stamp Through Stencils

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Stamping through stencils can be trickier than you think. If you haven’t selected a stencil with open enough spaces, or if you aren’t familiar with just how thick a stencil is to a stamp, then you might not get the results you expect. Fortunately, I’ve got some tips to help you out!

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supplies for stamping through stencils

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steps to stamp through a stencil

  1. For background stamps, it’s best to use a stamp positioning tool. Set up positioner with paper and the stamp.
  2. Add the stencil over the paper, securing both with the magnet if possible.
  3. Ink up background stamp and stamp as normal. Apply firm pressure to help the stamp meet up with the paper.
  4. Check progress and re-ink as necessary to achieve desired results.
  5. For smaller stamped images, it’s better to use an acrylic block, so secure paper and stencil to a firm surface.
  6. Stamp images wherever desired over the stencil. Provide firm pressure to ensure the image hits the paper as much as possible.
  7. For either technique, add a light layer of ink blending over the stencil to provide more definition of the stencil shape.


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