So it’s been a busy first show launching the Stamping Gear System from Inkadinkadoo and we have covered a range of techniques on air. In the first show I highlighted some basic techniques for using with this system so I thought that I would create a quick post to show you them again in case you missed them.
For all these examples I used the circular cog and chose a random stamp design.
The open basic is performed by stamping into each alternative space in the cog or wheel.
This is a simple repeat pattern and can be used in a variety of ways but is particularly suitable for larger stamps that would look too congested if every space was used, as in the Closed Basic.
The closed basic is a follow on to the Open Basic technique and creates a fuller pattern by stamping into every single space of the cog or wheel.
This is a great technique if you have small stamps or would like your larger stamps to overlap.
This uses the Closed Basic technique but instead of inking your stamp each time you make an impression you stamp once, then again and then re-ink. This will give you a lighter version of the image on every other impression as you can see below.
With the previous technique you were using only one colour. With this next technique you use two alternate colours.
As you will usually only have one of a stamp, it is obviously easier to do a complete circuit of one colour using the Open Basic technique and then fill in the spaces with the second colour.
The ombre style is a technique that uses two colours on the stamp each time you make an impression.
Depending on how and where you apply the colour to the stamp will also change the overall look of the pattern.
Tip: Always apply the lighter colour first, this avoids you’re lighter coloured inkpads becoming dis-coloured with the darker colours.
In all of the previous techniques we have positioned the stamp centrally on the paddle however by offsetting the stamp you can achieve a totally different look as you can see in the image below.
For this I still had the stamp centrally on the paddle but turned it 45 degrees.
This technique was achieved by positioning the stamp in two different places on the paddle.
On the first circuit I positioned the stamp at the bottom of the paddle and on the second circuit I placed it at the top.
I could have completed another circuit in the middle to really build out the design.
This technique is achieved by completing one circuit using the Open Basic technique with one stamp and then a second circuit filling in the spaces with an alternate stamp.
With the previous technique I used one stamp at a time however if you add two or more stamps to the paddle before you begin stamping then you will again get a totally different look as you can see below.
Closed Basic with a Large Design
As mentioned earlier, using larger stamps with a Closed Basic technique will result in overlapping of the designs as you can see below. This can look good with many designs.
You can always combine this technique with the Alternate Colours technique or Alternate Stamps technique to create all sorts of patterns.
Closed Basic with a Large Stamp and Masking
With the previous technique the impressions overlapped each other however you can mask certain areas to prevent this happening if you wished.
To do the style seen below, complete one circuit using the Open Basic technique and then complete a second circuit but apply a mask (made from a sticky note or something similar) to the two impressions either side of the area in which you are going to stamp. You can of course mask the lot before you start if you wanted – it’s up to you.
With the knowledge that you can use any of your unmounted rubber stamps with the Inkadinkado system you can combine any of the techniques above to achieve lots of different results.
The design below was achieved by completing one circuit using a dark colour and the Open Basic technique. These impressions were then masked and an alternate colour was used to fill in the spaces and create a Closed Basic design using alternate colours. The stamp was from a set offered by Tonic Studios.
The possibilities are really endless with this system and I hope that you will give it a go; I will certainly continue making cards with this system and upload the designs for you all to see.
If in the meantime you have any more questions, please feel free to leave a message in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to respond.
Ta for now.