Embellishing Stamps


When it comes to easy scrapbook embellishments it doesn’t get much simpler than stamps. The inked rubber tools can be used on a variety of layout elements, from frames to journaling blocks. You can even create an entire page border from a set of small stamps or use letter stamps to craft a bold page title.

These days the variety of rubber stamps on the market is virtually endless. There are hundreds of thousands of archival quality stamps available to scrapbookers looking to spice up their layouts with elaborate and whimsical designs that range from animal shapes to pre-printed phrases, quotes or words, such as “love,” “friendship,” and “family.” In addition to standard size stamps, some scrapbookers also value extra-large stamps that imprint background images. Large block stamps can also be used to infuse color on a layout. Typically, these types of stamps come in basic shapes, such as circles, squares, and rectangles. They can be used as journaling blocks or frames for photos.

There are benefits to all types of stamps, though the bigger varieties lend themselves to additional embellishing a bit easier than teeny-tiny ones. Lately, I’ve been using special inks and embossing powder to jazz up some of my older stamps. Since I scrapbook on a budget and don’t have the opportunity to purchase new stamps on a whim, I simply make do with my limited collection. However, I don’t let my lack of funds stifle my creativity. Rather, I use different color flocking powder to add new life to my old stamps.

Fortunately, the process is a breeze, though it can get messy if you don’t plan accordingly. I generally cover my work area with paper before using a glue pen to outline my stamped image. If you want to color in the stamp, you need to do so prior to adding the adhesive. Once the adhesive is applied, carefully sprinkle an even layer of flocking powder on your image. Allow the first layer to dry before adding a second coat. When the glue is dry and the powder is situated in the areas you want it to, pour the excess flocking powder back in the jar. Finally, place a fresh piece of scratch paper on your flocked design and roll a brayer over it to seal the powder to your stamped design.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.