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Using our stamps (both cling and clear stamps)

Photo of Wild Rose Studio Clear Stamps
Our clear stamps in their packaging

Video showing how to use our clear stamps

Taking care of your stamps

Photo of Wild Rose Studio clear and cling stamps on acrylic blocks
Here you can see a cling rubber stamp (left) and a clear stamp (right), mounted onto acrylic blocks, ready to be inked up.

What are the differences between clear stamps and cling rubber stamps?

Our clear stamps and cling stamps are both great choices - they both give good clear images. Both types need to be used with a clear acrylic block. They both attach to a clear block on their own and peel off again easily afterwards. However, there are some differences.

With clear stamps:

Photo of Wild Rose Studio cling stamps in their packaging
Our cling rubber stamps in their packaging

With cling rubber stamps:

For most cardmaking purposes the choice between cling or clear is a personal one.

Photo of a Wild Rose Studio cling stamp.
What our cling rubber stamps look like out of the packaging
Photo of the reverse of a Wild Rose Studio cling stamp.
Our cling rubber stamps have a yellow backing that needs to be peeled off before attaching to an acrylic block. It's best to keep this and replace it afterwards to keep it dust-free.

Video showing how to use our cling stamps

Deciding which inks to use with your stamps

Wild Rose Studio stamps work with a wide range of inks. For best results, we recommend using dye-based or pigment-based inks, which are widely available from local craft shops.

If you want to watercolour your images, look for an ink that is labelled as water-resistant or permanent as the ink won't run afterwards. In our experience Versafine is a very good waterproof ink, it gives a beautiful fine image (not so good with Copics though, as the ink can run a little bit).

If you want to use alcohol-based marker pens like ProMarkers or Copic pens, then Memento branded ink is the best choice in our experience. We don't sell these inks, they're just what we use personally when crafting.

Photo of inks suitable for use with Wild Rose Studio stamps
Our favourite inks from personal experience of doing a lot of stamping and colouring...

Most cardmakers use black ink for stamping their outlines as it gives a good bold look, and this works well if you want to use bold colouring techniques afterwards (like Copics) but you can of course experiment with different looks, like grey or brown, for example.

Solvent-based inks

Solvent-based inks (for example Staz-On ink) are not compatible with our clear stamps, because the solvent attacks and affects the stamp. You will not usually get a good image and the stamp may seem 'sticky' on the card. For this reason, we recommend you avoid these inks. However, you can use them with our cling rubber stamps.

If you do choose to use StazOn inks with our clear stamps, it will help extend their lifetime/minimise the damage if you avoid using StazOn cleaner afterwards (clean with soapy water as recommended above). StazOn will stain your stamps, but staining on its own will not affect its ability to stamp.

What next? How do I colour my stamps?

Ah, this is where the real fun begins! Many cardmakers find that colouring in an image is the most fun and relaxing part.

You can use watercolour pencils, markers or paints, alcohol based markers (like Copics or Promarkers), Distress Inks to name just a few. There are many tutorials on the web, and on this website. Click here to browse our card ideas and projects.

See this demonstration of how to colour using Copic markers

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