Stamping on Mugs!
Morning! Happy Tuesday!
I’ve entitled the blog post Stamping on Mugs- and by that I wasn’t implying you should crush someone idiotic! Stamping on a different surface and using this lovely CAS-ual Fridays set
Now- the tag is fairly straightforward- I’ve hacked away (or trimmed!) at these lovely dies
If you look closely- I’ve just trimmed away the outer 4 ‘petals’ to leave the smaller shape
The stamping on the cup? A little more tricky- I thought I’d show you quickly….
Stazon inks are crucial- anything else simply won’t dry on the surface. You can create this look using any of the Stazon colours and certainly any crockery.
1.First, clean it – really well- grease and fluff will stop the ink transferring and drying.
2. Use a block or if you prefer, use the stamp unmounted. Clear stamps make it easy to see exact placement.
Before you start getting twitchy about using Stazon on your clear stamps; here’s the info. The ingredient which will damage the stamps evaporates off so quickly that you’re unlikely to do any damage. Ironically, it’s the cleaner that will do more damage.
The Stazon cleaner is a MUST. Unless you’re lucky and manage to stamp perfectly first time- you’ll end up needing to remove the image (or partial image in my case 😉 ). It’s really important that you DON’T leave the Stazon cleaner soaking on your photopolymer stamps. This is the stuff that will cause damage. If you’re using red rubber stamps- it’s not an issue at all. Just make sure you wipe the cleaner off pretty quickly and wipe the stamp with kitchen towel or a wipe to make sure it’s not remaining on the stamp.
3. It works (unless your item is super flat) by rocking from left to right/up and down. Ordinarily you wouldn’t want to stamp this way, but for stamping on ceramics, it helps disperse the ink evenly. Just try and keep a steady hand whilst you’re doing it (or wipe off with cleaner and begin again!!).
4. The beauty of Stazon is that you can heat set it on crockery. Granted, you need to make sure that your dish/mug is oven safe- but about 350F for about 30 minutes should ensure its wash safe (& most likely dishwasher proof- although I need to wash it a few more times to give that guarantee).
It’s a fun way of getting stampy on a different surface and is great to pepping up plain mugs. I decided to stamp the back of mine too.
Hope you’ve enjoyed something a little different- go and get stamping! These stamps are in the Make The Day Special Store
I’m also linking this to the CAS-ual Friday’s stamps ‘blue challenge’
I’m not going to tell you any stories today..I think the post has been quite long enough. Just to say that the cool mug is from Matalan & at £2.50 is pretty good for a designer looking container for your non-designer brews!
See you when I’ve finished waiting in for the loft insulation guys. I can just feel a story coming on! xx