How to Make Your Own Stamps and Make a Background with Oxide Inks

I wanted to make stamps and show you that you don’t need to have a lot of supplies to be able to make an interesting background. I took a container of foam shapes with adhesive backs that I bought at a garage sale and a piece of foam board or maybe it’s called foam core. I attached five of each of the shapes to themselves then laid then beside each other in a row on the foam board. You need to have enough of these in a stack that you can easily ink them and that the backing doesn’t end up making a mark on your project. You can use any type of ink for this project, but the more colorful, the better. You don’t need to add vellum to the top, but I liked the look of it, so added it. My stamped paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the purple card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ . The vellum is 4″ wide and 6 1/4″ tall and scored at 1/2″ from the top of the 6 1/4″length and at 5 3/4″. I had a circle from a paper punch that was 1 1/2″ and I dropped it onto the Distress Fired Brick oxide ink color and pressed it into the pad to ensure it was coated with color. I made sure it was dry with my heat tool then stamped a sentiment from TAC called Trendy Greetings on it in Versafine Onyx Black, then put clear Ranger embossing powder over it and heat set it. (I used the bag of corn starch and rubbed it on my surface before stamping, to ensure that no embossing powder ended up where I didn’t want it.)
I used tear tape on the ends of my vellum and cut the edges on an angle to the score line so that they didn’t show behind the card front when I glued it down. I also put some tear tape behind the sentiment and under the vellum to make the vellum more see through on the front and so the vellum is well adhered, even though I put tear tape on the back of the card to attach the vellum. I had a black long sticker that I attached to the top and bottom of the vellum. I found the long stickers at AC Moore and Michaels.


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