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Peg Stamping on Paper

Years ago, Rubber Stamp Tapestry coined the term component stamping to describe the process of combining small stamped images into larger, elaborate works of art – one peg stamp at a time.

Component stamping is easy and the results are stunning! The simplicity of component peg stamping makes it a breeze to create intricate borders, wreaths & layered art. Our stamps can be used for component stamping on paper, fabric, polymer clay, bisque, glass, & more.

At Rubber Stamp Tapestry, we love to see all the wonderful techniques our customers are using to create beautiful cards and designs. Below are some of the “best practice” tips we have compiled over the years. With these simple instructions, you will quickly be on your way to stamping your own one-of-a-kind crafting project.

1. Cushion Your Work

Put a pad of paper, a magazine, or a mouse pad underneath your stamping project, creating a cushioned base and makes for even better impressions. Our stamps are mounted with cushion so it extremely important.

2. Apply Ink

Lightly tap the stamp as you rotate it onto the ink pad. Apply ink only to the flat surface of the image and not deep within all the crevices. Too much ink will prevent your artwork from having crisp edges.

3. Test

It is a good idea to test your stamp and your ink on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on your project. In testing you can determine how much pressure you need and if you need to draw any additional placement  lines on your stamps to help you in stamping.

4. Vary the Pressure

If there is a circle or edge around your stamped image you are applying too much pressure when you stamp. Fine line drawings need only a gentle tap to keep the image clear and detailed. A solid stamp image, especially a large one (like a Jumbo stamp) will require more pressure.

5. Use Second Gen

Stamp two or three times before re-inking to introduce depth and dimension and wonderful shades and tones of the same ink color.

6. Rotate Often

Flowers in nature bend and turn, so to create a more natural look, rotate the stamp slightly in between impressions.

Component Stamp a Wreath on Paper

Choose the predominant (larger) image from your stamp set and start off by stamping the north, south, east and west points of your card. These marks will now become your guidelines for creating the circle for your wreath. You can continue filling in with the remaining stamps, or go back and stamp again with the first one in a different, or lighter (stamping off) color. Now, just fill in between with the remaining images, focusing on eliminating negative space and creating balance around the wreath. This technique is quick and easy and with the even number of impressions creates a symmetrical wreath.

To add variation or to create a more asymmetrical wreath, imagine your stamping surface is a clock. Start by stamping the predominant image at hour marks 1 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 5 o’clock, 8 o’clock, and 10 o’clock. Then, as before, fill in between with the remaining images. This technique takes a bit more practice and by using an odd number of impressions, it will create a more natural looking wreath.

Component Stamp a Border on Paper

To create a border, you can use a template, chalk, masking tape, or a fine pencil line to direct your path. Stamp the largest images first, leaving space in between for the remaining images and fill in as needed.