5 Important Tips To Heed When Combining Rubber Stamps and Acetate


Acetate is another out of ordinary material that can be combined with rubber stamps during the stamping process. However, some precautions and knowledge has to be understood before doing so. Here are 5 important tips you are going to have to know and listen to when it comes to combining these two materials:

  1. Safety precautions

When using rubber stamps and acetate, always make sure to ask what finishing options the particular brand of acetate is suitable for. For example, not all acetate are compatible with heat embossing and it could be risky to do so while others are built for heat resistance. Clear acetate folders are an example of material that are suitable for stamping but not embossing.

  1. Compatible ink material

Acetate material can be tricky when it comes to being compatible with materials so check to make sure that they are before you use them. It’s good to have an expectation on what you want to do before you use acetate with rubber stamps. For example, if you intend to use foiling as a finishing option then sticky back acetate or regular acetate and dry pearl powder will be a good mix. Acetate surface is a lot more slippery compared to normal paper or card stock so a lot of inks may be unsuitable. Acetate surfaces also happen to be more static compared to other material so you may have to use anti-static pads first to get rid of the static nature. Types of inks you can try are: Pigment inks, archival dye, and fluid chalk dye.

  1. Compatible colouring material

Colouring material can be used on larger surface areas on acetate and rubber stamps. Suitable material for colouring are- Solvent based glass paint water, acrylic paint, pigment ink and reinkers, pigment or acrylic paint mixed primers, fabric paints, and nail varnish. Take note that you have to leave some material to dry since acetate does not absorb things as quickly as normal cardstock does so leave it to dry in order to prevent smudging.

  1. Technique

Using your rubber stamps, gently stamp the acetate surface to avoid blurring or smudging. Make sure the inkpad of your rubber stamps are drier when you need to use more pressure. Keep your fingers away from acetate as much as possible since oil is easily transferred and can potentially ruin your rubber stamped images. You can however, flick or tap your material to get rid of excess powder materials.

  1. Additional advice

If your stamped/coloured image does not turn out as well as you hope it to be (discoloured portions etc), you can actually turn that into a good thing by overlaying with the same stamped image. Metallic effects like gold or silver embossing can turn the imperfection into something more beautiful and hide away undesirable portions.

Posted on: June 1, 2017

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