Stamp Shifting

by Dina Kowal

Use a stamp positioner for some fun effects with repeated images.

Supplies

  • Stamp positioner (MISTI by My Sweet Petunia used here)

  • Border or outline stamps, background stamps with an open design (please see individual card samples for products used)

  • Inks (ColorBox® Dyestress Inkpads used here)

  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project



Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    For a repeated border background:
    With your cardstock in place, position the border stamp toward the top of the panel and attach the stamp to the positioner’s lid.

  2. Step 2

    Lay a sheet of acetate over the cardstock panel, positioned into the same corner. Ink up the stamp and stamp it onto the acetate.

    As well as ensuring that the stamp is straight, this stamped image will be a template for consecutive impressions.

  3. Step 3

    Remove the acetate guide and stamp the image onto the cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Replace the acetate guide over the panel, positioned into the corner. Move the cardstock panel up until the stamped area on the acetate is correctly aligned with the stamped cardstock.

  5. Remove the acetate, and stamp the cardstock. Anchor the panel with a magnet if needed.

  6. Step 5

    Continue this process until the background is full. Wipe the stamp clean before switching inks, but do not move it or remove it from the positioner.

    NOTE:
    When you get to the bottom of the panel, the top of it may be extending outside of the positioner. This is fine. Use a magnet to keep the panel in place if you think it might shift.

  7. Step 6

    Complete the background.

  8. Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

    Impression Obsession products used:
    D18060 Triple Dot
    DIE788 Frog
    A13572 What's Up

  9. Step 7

    For an open line image:
    With your cardstock in place, position the stamp toward the top of the panel and attach the stamp to the positioner’s lid.

  10. Step 8

    As before, lay a sheet of acetate over the cardstock panel, positioned into the same corner. Ink up the stamp and stamp it onto the acetate. As well as ensuring that the stamp is straight, this stamped image will be the guide for consecutive impressions.

    Stamp the image onto the cardstock. (For the sample, the image was stamped to the cardstock first because position wasn't a big concern.)

  11. Step 9

    Using the acetate as a guide, determine what increment the cardstock needs to be shifted up for each consecutive stamping. For the sample, the cardstock will be moved up 1/8” each time.

  12. Step 10

    Move the cardstock up the determined increment, and secure it with a magnet. Stamp again.

  13. Step 11

    Continue stamping the panel, moving the cardstock up the same increment each time.

  14. Use the acetate template periodically if needed to check your position (especially if you’re forgetful and aren’t sure if you moved the cardstock up yet or not!).

  15. Step 12

    Complete the background.

  16. Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

    Impression Obsession products used:
    L17057 Squiggles
    C13766 Gentle Hugs

  17. Step 13

    For an open background stamp:
    Use the same technique above. Make an acetate guide for the first impression, to determine how far the panel needs to be moved each time. For this stamp’s dotted design, it’s 1/16”.

  18. Continue moving, inking, and stamping until you’re satisfied with the design.

    TIP:
    With a full background, you can move the panel up or to the side.

  19. Step 14

    Complete the background.

  20. Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

    Whimsy Stamps products used:
    Lattice Background
    Background Buddies clear set (disc.)
    Adopt Don't Shop DOGS clear set

  21. Step 15

    Try it with a twist!

    With cardstock aligned in the corner, center an open outline stamp on the panel. Close the positioner to attach the stamp to the lid.

  22. Angle the cardstock so that the corner is 1/2" from the corner of the positioner, and the opposite corner is touching the positioner’s edge.

  23. Step 16

    Stamp an outlined image or fine-lined sentiment in a light colored ink.

  24. Keeping the bottom corner against the edge of the positioner, move the angled corner down 1/16” or 1/8”. Stamp again, using the same color or another light color ink.

  25. Step 17

    Repeat the process until the cardstock is back in its original position. Stamp the last impression in a dark color that will contrast the other layers.

  26. Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

    Impression Obsession products used:
    G20693 Happy Birthday Beautiful

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stamp Shifting. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Well, those are just really fun, Dini! I think my favorite is the squiggle...although the bargello effect comes in close. I also really like the birthday sentiment. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Joni  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 3:49 AM
Brilliant! Love this! I agree about stamp positioners. I love mine so much! Thanks for the great ideas!
Jeanne  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 5:50 AM
What a bunch of fun, creative techinques! The insteuctions and photos are so clear and helpful. Thanks, Dini!!
bzzzeee  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 5:58 AM
Thank you for this great tutorial Dini! What a brilliant idea to use acetate as a positioning tool in the Misti. I will use this often.
Doodledop  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 5:58 AM
super cool!
Ana Reese  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 7:22 AM
Thank you for the tip on using the acetate. Loved how the cards turned out. You are very creative.
Carole Mitchell  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 7:43 AM
Wow. This gave me a lot to think about -like that first 6 x 6 with the dots...I would not have thought of how that would turn out if you did a repeat pattern. So cool looking. I have to look mine with different eyes now.

Thanks!
Wavejumper  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM
Forgot to say I like how you layered the dogs...and how it framed the stamping sections visually
Wavejumper  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 10:48 AM
What great techniques! Definitely, something I would never have imagined on my own! Thank you!
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 6:58 PM
Great video. Thanks for sharing how to use the stamp positioner like that, the acetate is a great idea & it gives lovely effects. I wou'dn't have though of using acetate like that. I will have to try that soon. Thanks again.
Barbra Mills  |  Thu Apr 25, 2019 at 3:46 AM
I absolutely love this technique, Dina. Can it be done without a stamp positioner like you used? Would a stamp-a-majig work? If not, I will have to figure a way to smuggle a positioner past my hubby! smile
Momsie  |  Sat May 4, 2019 at 5:43 PM

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