I have been having so much fun with it, and discovering it's versatility. But, before I go further, let me tell you how wonderful Hero Arts cling stamps are! They are etched very deeply, so the image stamps beautifully. They cling to the acrylic easily, and unlike many cling stamps, they have an index on the top, so you can see the design through the acrylic mount. If you have ever used cling stamps, you know how great that feature is!
For those who have never used, or heard of, cling stamps, I'll provide some information to help you understand what they are. Cling stamps are regular rubber stamps, except instead of being mounted to wood, the adhesive side of the foam mount is attached to a piece of cling vinyl. This allows your rubber image to be used with acrylic handle mounts, as you would with clear acrylic stamps. The image is sandwiched between the vinyl and the foam so that it cannot be washed, rubbed or worn off. You can use Cling Rubber stamps with any kind of ink you'd normally use with your wood- mounted stamps. They clean the same way, too. To use, simply press it to an acrylic mount, ink, and stamp!
Some advantages of cling stamps:
- Same quality as wood mounted rubber stamps, because they are rubber.
- Closely trimmed rubber and cushion allows you to see where you are stamping, allowing for precise positioning.
- Lightweight and easy to transport, taking up very little space.
- Storage - Simply attach onto a smooth surface, and file in a magazine holder or three ring binder.
- More cost efficient than wood mounted stamps.
The frame begs to be cut out, the flowers layered and mounted. The Thank You in the center can be eliminated by simply not inking it, or, cutting out the inside before mounting.In this 8" x 8" scrapbook layout, I stamped it in black ink onto white cardstock, three times. I cut out the entire image, and mounted it to scrapbook paper. I then cut out the flowers twice, the first time around the outside of the flower, and the second cut was the inside petals of the flower.
After coloring with colored pencils, I layered them onto the frame with foam tape. Some gem stones and Stardust clear gel pen added the finishing touches. The stamping along the bottom of the page was done with pink ink using another Hero stamp (K5232 Dot Flourish Border). Although this is a wood mounted stamp, I just had to have it. It is perfect for borders, but, oh, so much more!
I still need to add my journaling, and perhaps a picture, and then it will go into a special 8 x 8 album I'm making for my daughter, Faith, for her birthday in December.
Soon I will post the secret to blending the colored pencil I used on the frame and flowers. Check my next post later this week.