PL Tuesday: Stamping on Photos – Part 1

PL_Tuesdays copyStamping is one of the techniques we demonstrate and allow participants to try at our workshops. It’s a fun technique that most of us know to use on paper, not on photos.

Today, Yam shows us which inks work on certain types of paper by way of a simple experiment.

PL Tue - Nov 25 StampsSTAMP FROM THE BEST DAYS KIT (only a few kits left in the shop!)

 

In my experience, it took a combination of endless stamp supply purchases + trial and error + the occasional tutorial via YouTube or from seasoned stampers before I learned which brands, colors, and types of ink I liked. I was (ha. still am) really a bit stubborn and wanted to try things myself.

I didn’t want to bombard most of you with all sorts of ink information, so o make it easy for most,  I just pulled out several ink pads for this simple experiment.

PIGMENT INK, DYE INK, SOLVENT-BASED INK, EVEN CHALK INK!

 

Ink pads used: Color Theory – Deja Blue (from Studio Calico), Cup o’ Joe (from Hero Arts), StazOn – Jet Black (from Tsukineko), Chalk Edger – Black Coal (from by Prima, designed by Ingvild Bolme), Memento Dew Drop – Tuxedo Black (from Tsukineko), VersaFine – Onyx Black (from Tsukineko)

I used one photo, printed on four different types of paper. I switched from having photos printed at a photo lab to printing at home some time this year, so I chose these four kinds of paper that I can easily buy and use with my printers.

PL Tue - Nov 25 photos

 

Before I did the actual stamping, I realized that my StazOn ink pad was dried out. I didn’t have a re-inker prepared, so I just excluded it from the experiment. I replaced it with a small cube of VersaColor ink in Charcoal.

VersaColor

MATTE PHOTO PAPER
I like using matte photo paper because it gives a different effect on photos, but photos can sometimes look dull and flat. If it’s not the effect you’re going for, it might be better to print on other types of paper. I do like it for stamping, because the paper will take the ink, and there will be no smudges.

Canon Matte

THE WORDS STAMPED USING COLOR THEORY AND HERO ARTS INKS LOOK SPLOTCHY, NO?

 

After trying the six ink pads on matte photo paper, I decided not to use the Chalk Edger on the succeeding photos since I knew it would just give the same, if not even a fainter effect than the one above.

For photos printed on matte paper + stamping on regular paper, patterned paper, and cardstock, I prefer to use Versafine. I find that gives me the best impressions especially when using stamps with more detailed and intricate designs.

SATIN PHOTO PAPER
I really like this brand of photo paper because I can easily purchase it at National BookStore. The texture of the paper is not too glossy and not too matte, and colors of the photo are vibrant when printed even at Standard setting.

Orions Satin

THE DYE INKS GAVE CLEAR IMPRESSIONS

 

CANON PHOTO PAPER PLUS GLOSSY II (GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER #1)
This pack of 4×6 photo paper is available at local stores, and it’s convenient to have a pack of this on hand when you need to print photos right away.

Canon Glossy

 

Since my StazOn ink pad dried out, I asked Pinky to test it on a photo printed using the same Canon Glossy II paper.

“I stamped using StazOn, which is supposed to be the most “fail-safe” ink when stamping on photo paper. It came out great! The ink dried right away and didn’t smudge at all. I’m planning to write a little caption on top of the good idea stamp.”

 

For stamping on photos printed on satin photo paper, or glossy photo paper, I prefer to use Memento ink. I bought the small size Memento Dew Drops for easy storage & transport, but I may upgrade to a full size ink pad for Tuxedo Black.

 

CANON SELPHY (GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER #2)
The Canon Selphy series of printers may only be used with paper + ink cartridges specified for the Selphy series. There is only one type of paper: glossy with perforated tabs on the side. To me, it seems that the Selphy paper is more glossy than the Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II featured above.

Canon Selphy 1

 EH. I DO NOT recommended these inks FOR STAMPING on selphy-printed photos.

 

Here’s what it looked like 24 hours later:

Canon Selphy 2The Versafine looks like it dried, but it’s sticky to the touch and it smudges. The Color Theory ink dissolved (!?!), and the Memento is in between dissolved and faded.

I’m aware that there are other methods (such as embossing) that may be used in stamping, but to keep it simple, I excluded advanced techniques.

 

In the next installment of this experiment, I’ll include photos printed at photo labs (matte + glossy).

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Want to try stamping? We carry several stamping supplies in the shop, including the Versafine Ink Pad – Onyx Black,  a stamp block, and a small variety of stamp sets.

We’re also opening registration to the January workshop this week, so look out for that if you want to join and learn + try techniques like stamping firsthand.

 

 

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