Using Rubber Stamps & Light Ink- Dos and Don’ts

Using Rubber Stamps Light Ink Dos Donts

When we talk about rubber stamps, we usually picture applying dark coloured stamped images on white or pale parchment. But the inverse of that is a direction just as creative and explorable as the first! Have you ever thought about combining rubber stamps with light ink against dark parchment? So have we- and there are some things you should know!

DO Plan

Before you begin stamping away, it’s prudent to have a plan on what you wish to achieve with your rubber stamp design and materials. Know that the effect of rubber stamps and light ink on dark coloured material can vary based on the type of rubber stamps you are using as well as the ink you are using so come up with a vague idea and try to recreate it as a test product first instead of using it on your actual product.

DO Prepare

What you need to accomplish this would be: Rubber stamps (as many as you want), card stock material, ink (preferably dye ink or pigment ink), and dark coloured paper. These are all you will need for now. But if you wish to add finishing options like embossing and the like at a later stage, you can consider getting bright embossing powder as well.

DO Experiment

When it comes to darker colour and bright ink, the rubber stamps you are using have different effects. For example, if you have rubber stamps focusing more on outlines or are intricate in detailing, they usually give off a more subtle effect and you may have to layer your stamped images on top of them to brighten them up more. This is because they do not highlight the effect of bright ink as much. Rubber stamps with bold images however, would make a bolder brighter statement.

As for Ink, pigment ink would be the ideal choice since pigment ink are more opaque in general and can stand out against the page more. Dye ink works as well, but they hold a muted type of effect, an almost faded looking finish.

DON’T neglect ink distribution

You need to ensure that the ink you are using is bright enough to show itself against coloured paper. Sometimes ink distribution can play a part on how the final output looks like. Let your stamped images try and see if they are bright enough against the card stock. If they aren’t, then perhaps experiment with a different ink or try out overlay effects to see if it makes things better.

DON’T skimp on preparation

Overall, the cost of ink and also card stock material may be a little bit more expensive but you pay for the quality of the materials you are receiving. If you buy through formal channels like printing stores or even rubber stamp making stores, you can get advice on alternatives as well. You may be surprised to hear that maybe there are better and newer alternative materials out there for you!

Posted on: December 22, 2016

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