This customised stamp and heat embossing tutorial has been created to show the steps involved in producing your own rubber stamp, how to heat emboss the stamped image, and then to show two examples of using that image on a card.
I have wanted to design my own rubber stamps for some time, and have a fabulous range – all in my head! Although I love crafting, I’m no artist and actually producing an image from your head to paper requires a skill I don’t seem to possess. However after being offered the opportunity to design my own stamp for review, I thought it was time to have a go. After many days of pencil drawings, rubbing out, and much sniggering from my husband, I abandoned my fabulous ideas and decided to try something simple instead. A Christmas Tree design that incorporated our initials to use to create cards to send to friends and family.
Once I had drawn the image, I went over it in black pen and scanned it into my computer at 300 dpi (the scanner provides the option for dots per inch) and saved it as a JPEG. I opened the file in Microsoft Paint and then set about editing my mistakes and evening out my pen strokes. This was actually much easier than rubbing out and drawing again with the pencil. I wanted the image to look neat but certainly not perfect, as I wanted to retain the handmade/ hand-drawn quality.
The company that has produced my rubber stamp is Speedy Stamps and they have a custom rubber stamp section where you can follow a tutorial to upload your image. You can upload a JPEG, GIF or PNG file. You can further customise your stamp by adding text or borders alongside your image if so desired, the size required, and the type of stamp (traditional, self-inking etc). It is a relatively easy process and you can always ask them for help if you have any technical difficulties or questions. Here is the finished product I received; as you can see the the rubber is cut, mounted, with the image stamped on the back and a handle added for ease of use.
They also supply ink pads and bottled inks – the ink pad shown is a violet dye ink pad that they sent however I needed a specialist embossing ink pad and prefer pigment ink for stamping so I haven’t used it for this tutorial. My children can happily use it for their own Christmas stamping! Click on any of the images for a closer look.
The products I have used here are:
- Chocolate pearlised card bought from GNPE craft show
- Tonic Studios Oval layering dies
- Woodware Anti-Static bag
- Emboss Ink Pad
- Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing powder
- lolly stick(!)
- Tidy tray.
The most exciting part of heat embossing an image is watching it spring to life! You do need to take care though as the heat gun gets extremely hot and you can easily burn your fingers, burn the paper or the embossing powder, or end up embossing your trousers (yes, I’ve done all four!). Always use an appropriate tool to hold the item you’re embossing, hold the heat gun away from you, and about 3 inches away from the item. I tend to start the heat gun UNDER the paper until it has started to melt and very carefully emboss from the top to finish off and ensure every fleck of powder is melted. This will generally take less than 60 seconds (or much quicker) depending on the size of image you are embossing and the paper/card gsm. Watch for the point when the powder is completely melted, as continuing after that may burn the melted powder and it can turn white.
The variations are endless when playing with card, inks and embossing powder. I’m also planning to try this stamp with white and silver powder on black card, and black on white.
My second version:
So there you go, thank you for reading if you’re still here, hope you enjoyed the post! Look out for one of these coming through your door this Christmas! Remember handmade means hard work and love!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog – Use Two Ribbons (I’ve used an organza and a satin)
Have a good weekend,