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Old 04-15-2005, 02:00 PM   #1
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Exclamation 911!! Help! Stamping on raw wood.....

Ok... so I've read tons of posts from my search but didn't find my answer.

I hope somebody replies fast! I've got to do this tonight! It's for a birthday gift tomorrow! (i know, i know...)

This is what I want to know.... I want to stamp on wood but I want to leave the wood color natural. (no paint) I'm not sure of the type of wood. (it's a cigar box from JoAnn's) what do I need to do to prep. the wood? What is the best ink to use? I don't want the ink to bleed. Should I stain and then stamp? or should I stamp then stain? I'm using a very light colored stain as I want the natural wood like but I want to warm up the tone a bit. Also, what is the best sealer to use afterwards? and...If I do some heat embossing should I do it before sealing or after?

I know, I know lots of questions!! But it's a gift for a very special friend and I don't want to ruin it.

Oh.. and I hope she doesn't see this post! ;0

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Old 04-15-2005, 03:08 PM   #2
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you can actually SEAL the wool and it will keep its color as well as not sap out. you can get a small bottle of it at any craft store by the acrylic paints. I
I made a frame that I just used basic brown on... no prep. It was a few months ago and it still looks pretty good. I like my pine to age though. I will try to upload a pic since the gallery is down. I didn't seal it or anything..... just stamped.

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Old 04-15-2005, 03:52 PM   #3
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I haven't tried this myself, but was just reading about this in a file I printed. It sez:

For best results --

1. Sand wood lightly til smooth. Clean off sanding dust w/tack cloth.

2. Spray w/clear acrylic sealer or use polyurethane. Let dry.

3. Stamp.

It says also to emboss w/Colorbox inks but I'm not so sure about that. The first three items sound right, though.

Good luck!
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Carla, since time is of the essence, this is what I would do...


I imagine that the cigar box is balsa or another soft, lightweight wood. I personally would use either acrylic paints to stamp or craft ink. The classic ink will most likely bleed in the grain. I know you can seal over the acrylic ink, and it won't take that long to dry...1 or 2 hours, depending on how thick you put it on.
I would use a spray sealer since you don't have time to let a poly sealer dry.

When you use the acrylic, you may need to take a fine paintbrush and clean up the image a little, but the same thing can happen with craft ink if you smush too hard.

If you mess up, you can paint a coat of acrylic and stamp on top of it with another color of acrylic.
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Please let us know what you decide, and how it worked out for you.
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