How To Do Rubber Stamp Printing
To do this Rubber Stamp Printing you use a rubber stamp to print out a leaf design and it is a clean and quick alternative to the more traditional method of printing from real leaves.
If you want to draw up your own designs, there are companies who make stamps from black and white drawings. Alternatively, you could send them a copyright-free illustration, such as an old woodcut or engraving, from which to make a stamp.
Ready-made rubber stamps can also be purchased, with all kinds of different motifs available to choose from.
You could use one stamp and print it in different colors, or you could use themed motifs using a selection of stamps sharing a common subject, such as a combination of flowers, leaves and butterflies.
We used just one color for our rubber stamp printing mount, but had three different stamps, each with a different leaf shape.
Rubber stamps of your chosen designs
Green stamp pad
Card picture mount
Scraps of paper
Practicing the technique
To protect your work surface, first cover it with newspaper. With an even amount of ink on your stamp, practice printing the leaf designs onto spare paper before you begin. This will help you judge the amount of ink on the stamp while you are doing your rubber stamp printing.
Printing the mount
Place the picture mount on the covered surface, with the right side facing.
Load the stamp with ink and print the leaf design all over the frame, reloading with ink as required.
Change the stamps over to vary the design.
Print some of the leaves so that they overhang the edge of the frame, and leave an adequate gap between each one. Leave to dry.
This craft is all about having fun so just have fun doing your rubber stamp printing.
All About Rubber Stamp Printing
Rubber stamping, also called stamping, is a craft in which some type of ink made of dye or pigment is applied to an image or pattern that has been carved, molded, laser engraved or vulcanized, onto a sheet of rubber.
The rubber is often mounted onto a more stable object such as a wood, brick or an acrylic block. Increasingly the vulcanized rubber image with an adhesive foam backing is attached to a cling vinyl sheet which allows it to be used with an acrylic handle for support.
These cling rubber stamps can be stored in a smaller amount of space and typically cost less than the wood mounted versions. They can also be positioned with a greater amount of accuracy due to the stamper’s ability to see through the handle being used.
Temporary stamps with simple designs can be carved from a potato. The ink-coated rubber stamp is pressed onto any type of medium such that the colored image is transferred to the medium. The medium is generally some type of fabric or paper. Other media used are wood, metal, glass, plastic, and rock. High-volume batik uses liquid wax instead of ink on a metal stamp.
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts