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ajpelser 07-27-2004 07:07 PM

Stamping on Wooden Trays
I want to stamp on small wooden trays for Christmas presents for my 3 sisters-in-law. I found a few threads on stamping on wood and other materials, but none really thoroughly answered my questions. I plan to use the little unfinished wooden trays that Michael's has on sale this week.

What is the best way to prep the wood? Should anything be painted or sprayed on before stamping?

What is the best ink for stamping? Are craft pads ok? Would it be better to use paint? How well does Versamark and chalk work?

What is the best method for sealing? I have some Krylon spray that I have used on tiles. Will this work?


Jenmouer 07-28-2004 06:04 AM

I have done some experimenting with painted wood as I am making little painted and stamped jewelry boxes for my nieces for Christmas...

I used Stazon to stamp my image with and filled in using classic ink and a blender pen - I then heat set my images with my embossing gun...

Here comes the tricky part - I went to go and apply a sealer coat on them - I used Krylon...

and it ran...horribly if the image was not flat (i.e. I would spray and the images on the sides would run from gravity and I would spray it using a light hand)

I came here and got some suggestions - one suggestion was Krylon fixif - which I got and I had the same problem - only it didn't run as bad.

Some ideas I got but haven't tried yet
- use acrylic paint to stamp with and then use a polyurathane to seal
- use a water-based sealer - some said you can find this at Wal-mart for about $7-8
-someone else suggested useing Patrica Nimrock (sp????) to seal tiles - maybe this would work on stamped wood

hchibnik 07-28-2004 06:45 AM

Stamping on Wooden Trays
I had the same problem with the running ink. I stamped in staz on and then used sharpie permanent markers on top and they didn't run. I also sealed the wood before i started with a primer spray.

cathcraft 07-30-2004 05:50 AM

I have done many wood trays with acrylic paint with great success.
I usually paint my tray first, either white, or some other light color as a background. Sometimes 2 coats are necessary for darker colors.

Then get a little makeup sponge - like the little wedge kind, something with nice dense foam. Then dip that into your acrylic paint in any color you want. (Do not dip the stamp in the paint directly or it will get too goopy.) Then lightly pat the sponge on your stamp. Apply very firm pressure when stamping onto the wood. Even though the tray looks flat, it is not totally flat, so you need to press firmly and evenly on it.

If you need to touch up something that did not come out you can use a little paintbrush.

Then just keep stamping away until your design is complete. My favorite way to write on them is with the metallic paint pens. It looks great and the finish is pretty with the paint. Remember to stamp something on the sides of the tray around the handle part so it looks "professional" and complete and tied-together from every angle you see it.

I usually seal it when I am done and it is completely dry. I use Anita's brand acrylic sealer. Any water soluable acrylic sealer will work fine. I brush it on with a foam brush, but I am sure you could get a spray. I get better control by brushing 2 or 3 light coats instead of spraying one goopy coat. It dries very quicky between coats.

Hope that helps. I have not done much with ink, except for one frame, but the ink really soaked into the wood and the design was very pale. I would follow others' directions on how they primed first to use with inks. But the paints work great!

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