Tuesday’s Tip #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip and Technique Tuesday just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some of the different kinds of paper used for stamping on.

#1} Card Stock ~ this is by far the most popular paper used by stampers. It comes in different thicknesses/weights, smooth or textured and is available in a rainbow of colors. From experience, the smooth card stock produces reliable stamped images and I stamp mostly on white or cream as this allows flexibility with coloring the images {markers and pencil crayons color nicely on card stock}. The white or cream card stock also coordinates with practically any color that is used for card bases, mats, etc. But really, you can stamp on any color you choose.



#2} Vellum ~ is a translucent paper that comes plain, patterned or embossed and also in various thicknesses and colors. While you can stamp on vellum, you need to be very careful that the stamp doesn’t shift or slip when you’re stamping as this will smear the image ~ press the stamp to the paper and lift straight up taking care not to slide the stamp. Vellum is not absorbent like card stock so the ink stays wet on the surface instead of soaking into the paper. You can let the image air dry or use a heat tool to dry the ink. *But be sure the heat tool is very hot before bringing it to the vellum and hold the heat tool at least 6″ away for a short period of time as vellum tends to warp if it gets too hot.



#3} Glossy/Photo ~ glossy papers are coated with a finish that makes them shiny and slick. But they can work very well for getting nice crisp stamped images because the ink does not get absorbed into the paper. StazOn is the ultimate permanent ink and stamps great on non-pourous paper, like glossy/photo paper.  However, you may face many of the same challenges as with vellum. It is easy for the stamp to slide because of the glossy surface. Also, the ink stays on the papers surface. So you need to apply the stamp to the paper and lift it straight up to avoid shifting and smearing. Again, you can let the image air dry or use a heat tool to dry the ink.



#4} Handmade ~ these papers are not smooth. They have quite a nice texture to them but this can make stamping on them a bit tricky. The stamped image can be splotchy and is not always clear which is fine if a vintage or aged look is what you are going for. But if you are looking for a perfect crisp image, this is probably not the paper to choose.



#5} Watercolor ~ come in several thicknesses and weights just like other papers. As well as hot press {smooth surface}, cold press {light texture} and rough {textured surface}. Be sure to use a water proof dye or a permanent ink for stamping images that are to water colored.



#6} Plain ~ copy/typing paper is the thinnest of all the papers described here. You can stamp on this paper but it does not produce as nice a finish as card stock. However, using this type of paper for doing a test stamp before stamping on card stock can help save wasting the more expensive paper.



I have stamped an image onto a piece of each of the above papers for you to see how they look.


Top row {l to r}: card stock, vellum, glossy

Bottom row { l to r}: handmade, water color, copy


I invite you to join me for the next Tuesday’s Tip post where I will review the different kinds of ink used for stamping.


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Until next time,


The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net


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