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Tips and Techniques





Our Suppliers at Pinkcat Studio have made this fabulous video on how to use EZ Mount.....

  Learn how to use EZ Mount foam and double-sided tape to adhere your unmounted rubber stamps to acrylic blocks

Acrylic Stitching...New and coming soon from Sunday International....

Direct To Rubber (or DTR) is the technique of applying colour on the surface of a rubber stamp with a paintbrush, a sponge tip applicator or whatever tool suits the application.

·         Fine Mist spray bottle 

·         Paintbrush or sponge tip applicator (Tsukineko)

Rubber stamp: The best type of stamp for this technique is a solid stamp versus an open “lined” stamp. There also many botanical style stamps that the lines are so tight if you were to emboss the image in black there would not be much room to colour in. Companies such as Sunday International, Stampabilities, Inkadinkado and House Mouse just to name a few have great stamps for this Direct To Rubber technique.

Solid Stamp: Would be the pear
Lined Stamp: A beautiful rose that one could be colour in the lines.


Begin waking up the colours by misting the jars with the fine mist spray bottle. Allow the water to soak in by letting the colours set for a few minutes. Mist the jars a second time wait a couple more minutes.

The paint should begin to soften and easily mix into a creamy texture with your paintbrush. (Consistency of a pigment in a re-inker bottle)

Start with a dry stamp and dry paintbrush. Dip your brush into the pot and roll the excess paint off brush. Paint the colour across the top of the stamp.

Too much paint can fill in the design and create a blob of colour when stamped. Note: Each time the colour is rinsed off the brush squeeze the excess water out keeping the brush dry and paint consistency on your stamp creamy.

Once the image is colored, it can now be stamped. Many times the first couple of colours applied will have dried. However, this is a good thing, so don't worry because this is where your fine mist bottle comes in handy. With the stamp image facing up, lightly mist from between 6 to 8 inches away, allowing the mist of water to gently rain on the rubber.

Now, turn the stamp over and stamp. Mist again and stamp, mist and stamp repeat for multiple stamping's until no more colour comes off.

The depth of the grooves of the rubber determines the amount of impressions achieved. For example a solid stamp has no grooves therefore might reap you 3-4 impressions. Versus a tightly lined stamp may stamp 8-16 impressions.


  • If you hold the stamp upright and mist directly on the surface of the image, gravity could make your colours run – not good
  • Watch your water as you stamp. Does the image have good detail? There are exceptions where we mist & stamp then maybe mist stamp, stamp.
  • Twinkling H2O’s clean easily with water, and wash right off your stamps.


So, you've purchased your first photo type stamps.  Now what do you do?  

These stamps require a little special attention.  Because of the detail you need to treat them a little differently.

First, stamps have a coating on them from the manufacturing process.  There is a release paper used in between the piece of rubber and the metal plate, to help removing the image.  You need to get this off.  You can stamp the image a few times and then clean it, you can wash with soap in the sink, you can use a light sandpaper.  You need to do this or you won't be happy with the results.

If you bought an unmounted image, you need to ensure you have some cushioning either under the image or stamp into something cushioned (such as a mousepad, kid's funfoam or a magazine).  Now your image is clean and you are ready to go; what to do?

A couple of key points:  Initially you want to use dye ink pads and glossy paper. Later on you may want to experiment with alternatives, but initially keep to these.  A black ink pad or brown (sepia or art print) are some favorites. I ink up my image using a brayer; this helps get an even coating of the ink.  I brayer in each direction and on an angle.  Take your image to the paper; walk around the stamp with your fingers to transfer all the ink (yes, it is possible to put too much pressure, this will come with practice).  I then pick up the image and the paper, and rub the back of the paper gently with my hand, again, to ensure all the ink transfers.  The next thing is important; normally you pick your image up off the paper.  With these images you want to peel the paper off, almost like a banana, to help again with the transfer of the ink.

Take a look at your results; see little lines or dots?  Check your image; do you have a cat?  Yep, cat hair will stick like glue.  So will glitter or any other sniglet in the air.  Use a piece of tape to ensure the stamp is clean before brayering.  Stamp clean but still having a problem?  You probably have stuff on your stamp pad or your brayer, and are transfering them onto the clean image.  Don't give up!  Once you get it you'll love the results!

And have fun!