Rubber stamps are highly revered by both business professionals and hobbyists because of their versatility. Rubber stamps can be combined with so many different materials, as well as crafting techniques. With professional rubber stamp use, most users would opt for techniques like heat embossing. But don’t let that stop you from experimenting with other different techniques in your spare time. If you are looking for new material to try out, then why not try combining wet paper casting and rubber stamps?
Here are some basic Dos and Don’ts to keep note of:
Do prepare all materials before beginning
Wet paper casting, also known as wet paper embossing, primarily makes use of wet paper that are pressed ro rubber stamps to create a cast-like image. Make sure you save up time in the crafting process by preparing all the necessary items first. You will need: rubber stamps (preferably with deep impressions), paper or tissue paper, water, a small saucer, cloth, chalk/pigment powders, other colouring mediums (if applicable) and embellishments (if applicable).
Do be meticulous
The primary focus of wet paper casting is that your paper has to be damp and malleable enough such that your rubber stamp can leave imprints on the material. You will be dealing with a considerable amount of water here so be sure that you are working on protective surfaces, like trays or newspapers layering below. Wet the paper material thoroughly and make sure to remove any air bubbles that may have surfaced. Once done, you can proceed to press the wet paper against your rubber stamp.
Don’t forget to exercise caution
When it comes to wet paper casting, your rubber stamp acts as a mold so that the wet paper can take the form of the image on your rubber stamp. The cloth is present so as to balance out and remove the moisture while simultaneously molding the paper into the impressions of your rubber stamp design. Make sure that the pressure exerted is gentle but consistent so that no rips on the paper will occur.
Allow the paper to dry without tampering with it. Make sure that the paper is entirely and completely molded to your rubber stamp image and check to see the impressions. If you are satisfied, you can leave the paper to dry and wait for it to dry completely. If you need to, you can make use of a heating tool to dry the paper faster but do take precautions not to put the heating tool too close to the paper so you can avoid accidentally burning it.
Don’t forget to trim
Once the paper is dry completely, you can take this moment to finish up the rest by trimming away the portions of paper you do not need. If necessary, you can also highlight the impressions on paper by making use of pigment powders or chalk powders so that there are colour tones. You can also use embellishments if you have any. If you are looking for a hard wearing finish, consider spraying acrylic varnish on the surface.
These are the simple dos and don’ts of wet paper casting with rubber stamps. As long as you keep these in mind as a guide, you will be able to successfully combine wet paper casting with your rubber stamps. Experiment with different embellishments, different stamps and explore the endless potential of creations you can bring to life.