Inkadinkado Stamping Gear – Hip To Be Square (and a Rectangle).

August 3, 2013 — 27 Comments

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - The Square Cog

During previous demonstrations of the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear on Create and Craft TV I have mostly focused on the circular cogs and wheels so I thought that I would take a moment to give you some quick ideas for using the square and rectangular cogs and wheels.

What’s The Difference?

The first thing that struck me about the square set that was different to the circle set was that I was now going to be working with a straight sided object, (obviously there’s no revelations there, lol), the point though was that the sections were not like the uniformly spaced ‘wedges’ of the circular cog and wheel.

For a start, the corner notches sit further out than expected and there are more corner notches on the square wheel than on the square cog.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear Square Cog and Wheel

I would need to keep this in mind as some of the techniques that I have previously discussed, and that were developed using the circular set, such as the ‘closed basic’ technique and ‘open basic’ technique, may need to be adapted.

To help manage this difference (between the round and square systems) there are Inkadinkado stamp sets from EK Success designed for use with the Square cog and wheel that will have designs specifically suited to creating corners and edges.

You’ll be able to tell which are which as there is a picture of the cog on the package of stamps.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Stamp Packaging

Having said all of that I still felt that, from a design point of view, there was plenty of potential so I set about experimenting.

Positioning Ideas for Cogs

I began testing positioning ideas with the square cog.

The cog can of course be positioned with it’s edges aligned to the edges of your card. Here is a quick look at how that worked.

First, I positioned the cog in the centre of the card and then put the stamps on the card to make sure that they would fit and also that the design would work.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Straight Aligned - Stage 1

Picking up the stamp from where it sat on the paddle meant that it was ready in the position that I needed it to be to start stamping.

Then I stamped the North, South, East and West points. These points are marked on the cog with a small triangular outcrop.

Doing this gave me a starting point from which to build the design.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Straight Aligned - Stage 2

Next I stamped the corners. I used a different coloured ink for my first attempt.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Straight Aligned - Stage 3

Then I filled in the other areas. You may notice that I changed my mind part way through this and started over. I’m sure we’re all a bit like that. I changed the colour of the corners to match the centre impressions. This was to balance the design and also set these key points out from the ‘filler’ impressions.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Straight Aligned - Stage 4

Here’s a look at the design once the cog was removed.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Straight Aligned - Stage 5

So that worked nicely, but what about turning the cog 45 degrees so that it created a diamond effect on the card?

Starting in the same way, but having positioned the cog at the angle mentioned I tested the layout of the stamps.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted - Stage 1

I then stamped as before. I haven’t shown the stages this time but I should explain that I still stamped the North, South, East and West points which now lay pointing towards the corners, and then filled in the remaining spaces.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted - Stage 2

Whilst I had the cog in position I also went back in and stamped over the corners to fill out the pattern to all edges of the card as shown below.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted - Stage 3

Here is the final design minus the cog.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted - Stage 5

So I haven’t mentioned much about the rectangular wheels and cogs yet, but they can act in a similar fashion.

Here is a way of creating a band of interest across each corner using the rectangular cog.

As before, position the cog and then stamp. On this one I did stamp into every other notch on the cog and then made a much lighter impression in the spaces.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Diagonal Rectangle 1

And now, without the cog in place.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Diagonal Rectangle 2

A very simple idea, but I think that you’ll agree, one with plenty of possibilities. I personally really like it.

Anyway, next I moved away from square cards onto more rectangular cards.

This first one was approximately DL in size.

It’s the same process again though; position the cog and test the stamps.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted Square On Long Card - Stage 1

I changed the process here a little and stamped the design at each ‘end’ of the design first and then built the design around that.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted Square On Long Card - Stage 2

And now, without the cog.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted Square On Long Card - Stage 4

Perfect for a sentiment or topper, don’t you think?

Staying with the DL (elongated) card size, I then put the rectangle cog straight across the middle. The intention was to create a border at either end.

I stamped the central impression on either end first and then decided that I would space out the bolder impressions and then use a lighter tone of ink on the two impressions in between each of the bolder ones.

I left the cog in place on this one and photographed it from above so that you can see what I mean.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Horizontal Rectangle On Long Card - Stage 1

Now, without the cog in place.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Horizontal Rectangle On Long Card - Stage 3

This technique also works great for creating a border along the bottom of a tag.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Horizontal Rectangle On Tag - Stage 1

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Horizontal Rectangle On Tag - Stage 2

Right, so that’s the smaller scale cards done but I can only really achieve a maximum size of 8 inches square with the square cog. What about going large?

Positioning Ideas for the Wheels

When I tested the square wheel I wanted to try it on a 12 inch square piece of cardstock. Working at this size is in essence no different to using the cogs on smaller projects. There were inevitably be more notches to play with and therefore more potential for variation in pattern but I found that the positioning and stamping processes are all the same.

So, here’s a series of images showing the process I went through to build a straight aligned design.

Position the wheel and begin stamping. I spread these out evenly so that I would have the opportunity to use a different colour in between each impression.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 1

I then went back in with a different colour and completed another circuit.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 2

Here’s a closer look at the pattern.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 3

With the wheel I had the opportunity to stamp on the inside of it’s circumference so I thought that I’d test this out within this same project to see what differences there where.

The internal corners clearly need to be at a 45 degree angle and therefore the paddle that has been developed for the square system has three notches at one end. This is to help achieve that perfect angle so I found it a good idea to make sure that my stamp was aligned to that end of the paddle.

As before I stamped a circuit using one colour. There was space for two impressions on each internal edge given the spacing that I wanted. This time you may notice that the impressions almost overlap – these could be photo corners maybe?

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 4

I then filled in the gaps with the second colour and it created quite an enclosed design.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 5

Here is a closer look without the wheel.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 7

As before, the wheel can be rotated 45 degrees before beginning the stamping. Here is how that came out.

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Working With Squares and Rectangles - Twisted Square Wheel on 12x12 Scrapbook Page - Stage 1

Don’t forget, you can of course shadow stamp, use alternate colours or even use the ombre style of stamping to create your designs.

Here a few extra suggestions and ideas:

  • The wheel or cog does not always have to be positioned in the centre of the card. Try positioning them so that the design spills over the edge.
  • Try creating more than one design on a project. ‘Link’ the designs with colour and/or the design style of the stamps.
  • The design can be the focal point or the background – it’s totally versatile.
  • By using the centre of the wheel you can join the design up in the centre, perhaps to create a floral design.
  • Projects of varying size from about 3.5 inches all the way up to 12 inches in width can be achieved.

So that’s just a few tips and ideas that I have for using the square and rectangle cogs/wheels. If you have any more, please feel free to share them with other post readers by commenting below.

I guess that it would be easy to say that the possibilities are endless, but when you consider the various combinations of achieveable patterns, and the fact that you can combine it with a vast array of stamps then I am sure that you can see that this statement isn’t far wrong.

Finally, here are a few ideas of things that I have made using the square or rectangle stamping gear.

Anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little more about the square Inkadinkado Stamping Gear system in this blog post. I certainly had fun playing with the system in order to create it.

Have you used yours yet?

If you have any more questions or comments, please feel free to list them below and I will endeavour to reply as soon as I can.

As ever, if you would like to share this post with your friends then there are appropriate links below also.

Many thanks for reading.

J :0

27 responses to Inkadinkado Stamping Gear – Hip To Be Square (and a Rectangle).

  1. 

    Simply amazing! With your advices finally I could do something nice with my stamping gear. Grettings from Mexico :)

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  2. 

    Just read, but you absolutely rock

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  3. 

    After seeing your demo last week I headed for the Craft Festival at Stonleigh specifically to buy some gear! I am awaiting a cardiac procedure (Friday) & have had great fun experimenting with it – it has really taken my mind off the inevitable! Love it!

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  4. 

    I have just had an operation and my set of squares came when I came out of hospital. For the first week I had no energy but could not wait to give it ago. I then lost confidence and went and looked on your blog and now want to start playing with the stamping system while I am in recovery. Thanks so much for your inspiration. I also love how natural and down to earth you are on Create and Craft which I watch a great deal. Mind you when I am broke I dare not switch it on.
    God bless
    Jacqui pexton.

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  5. 

    Your enthusiasm is wonderful John and I order the square and rectangles this time but have still not had a play but will do so know

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    Katie-Louise sweetlove August 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hi John,
    This is a great tutorial on the rectangle and square variations of the inkadinkado system. I am more drawn to these shapes so I’m so very glad you’ve do e this tutorial on them.
    Is it much more difficult to use this system sitting down?
    I can’t stand for at all long so i do all my crafting sitting and I do find i have difficulty stamping (without my recent purchase of the flexi press from craft dragon).
    I love the look of this inkadinkado system but now I’m wondering if I will be able to use it properly.

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    • 

      I’ve had a couple of questions like this.

      You should be fine. I’ve stamped with it standing and sitting.

      I have two bits of advice.

      1. If sitting, find a position that gives you the best view while stamping.
      2. Experiment. Only you will know what position to hold the paddle and stamp an image to get the best impression in your location/position. Once you’ve found that, make sure to rotate your project as you work so that each time you make another impression you will (hopefully) get the same result.

      Hope this helps :)

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        Katie-Louise sweetlove August 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

        Thank you John that’s really helpful to me and I will definitely give this system a go now.

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        Katie-Louise sweetlove August 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

        Hi John
        Just to let you know that I’ve taken a dip I to the inkadinkado system and ordered the circle cog starter set and the oval cog and some stamps to go with them. I decided on the circle and oval set in the end as it seems more beginner friendly ( less working out on the corners) I have only just ordered so I await already impatiently for them to arrive! Thank you for allaying my worries about not being able to do this sitting I will take your words of wisdom of how to use it to greater effect, sitting down especially, in my stead. Thank you for your shows this weekend I’ve really enjoyed them and have watched them back incase I missed anything the first time around.

        Best wishes from Katie-Louise

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  7. 

    Have to say I bought my first set after seeing you demo them last week and will need to get more :)

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  8. 

    What a brilliant and I formative blog post/tutorial. The system is genius, and would be amazing for both new and experienced stampers.
    The cards you made are beautiful and very professional, very jealous!

    I just wanted to say hello from a fellow local crafter. I used to work at Ideal World before Creat and Craft came along, gutted :-(

    Hugs Lisa xxxxx

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  9. 

    Hi John
    Didn’t really think that these were for me but I may change my mind after seeing this. Great stuff John. Thanks. x

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  10. 

    Thank you John, your blog is so well written and easy to follow and I really enjoy reading and trying out your ideas. I do have a question regarding the cogs and using other stamps with it. I am finding that they do not stamp so well as some are not ‘thick’ enough. What is your advice regarding using other brands of stamps? Kind regards, Shelley

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    • 

      Hi Shelley, this is a common question and I am going to be doing a blog post about it in the future but for now if say this –

      If they are grey/red/blue or otherwise opaque (non see through) you can simply mount on U-Mount or Kling-On which is a self adhesive cling foam.

      If they are clear stamps you can do the same as above, or if you want to keep them as clear stamps you can stick something to the paddle to act as padding to raise the stamp.

      I believe that others have written guides ahead of me but if you can give me a couple of weeks I should have various solutions in this blog.

      J :)

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  11. 

    Thank you John, a fantastic tutorial, has given me so much inspiration for my square and rectangle wheels and cogs. Must try and get the Christmas stamp set now because I love your Folk Christmas cards.

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  12. 

    Hi John this is a fantastic tutorial,so easy to follow, and a lot of different ideas on use of the Inkadinkado stamping gear,I am only learning stamping,and I think this would be a great help to ,e.Thank you for the inspiration.
    Smiles
    Ita

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  13. 

    Given me loads to think about and try out. Thanks

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  14. 

    Thanks for these ideas, John. I bought both the square and the round gears and must admit I’ve been struggling to get nice results. However I’ll persevere, because it’s a large purchase to leave in a cupboard. My main problem is that I stamp sitting down and I find the cogs go out of line very easily. I need to practice more and I can always come back to your blog for inspiration. Thank you very much.

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      You are always welcome back and as you say, practice makes perfect :)

      If stamping by hand sitting down you might like to try turning your work more often so that you have your hand in the same position each time you stamp – this might help a little.

      Can I ask, do you stamp sitting down because of necessity or are you able to stand?

      J:)

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  15. 

    Hi John, I like the way you describe each step.and the results are stunning. I really love Inkadinkado Stamping Gear. My daughter treated me to the square cog. ( already have the circle and oblongs).I have managed to make an 8×8 Chistmas card using a small lattice bauble stamp. I must admit I try out the pattern first on to copier paper..sometimes I like it other times I don;t!

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    • 

      Likewise Beryl. All patterns will be down to personal preferences. Some like it busy, others like it simple.

      Glad to hear that your using it!

      J :)

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  16. 

    Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas John, they really are helpful, and you’ve made some fab projects. I have used mine, sometimes successfully, and sometimes a total disaster! Hey ho will carry on having fun regardless, have a fab weekend

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