Useful TIPS for successful stamping!


HEY #plannerbabes! It's me, Hannah! I wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine, the QUEEN of stamping, Jennie McGarvey (aka @ajmcgarvey on IG!) Jennie is a past MAMBI Design Team member, and her creative ideas and SUPER CUTE handwriting have been SUCH an inspiration to our Happy Planner® community! I am so excited because TODAY she is taking over the BLOG as our SECOND guest blog post-er! ENJOY all the HAPPY below. ;) 


I absolutely love stamping in my Happy Planner® and I am excited to get to share that with you.  I have a few tips and tricks that should get you started on your stamping journey, so let's get started.



First, it's important to know that stamping takes a bit of time to master.  You don't just open the package and become an expert.  It's definitely an exercise in practice makes better.  So, if you are a new stamper, practice when you can.  Soon, you'll find it gets easier and easier.



You'll need a clear block.  There are many sizes available, but you'll want to choose one that matches the size of your stamp.  You'll also need ink.  There are a few different types of inks available, but you'll notice that people talk mostly about pigment ink, dye ink and chalk ink when discussing planner stamping.  Pigment ink is a bit slower drying and sits on top of the paper.  Dye ink soaks right into the paper and dyes the paper - it dries quickly.  Chalk ink is a type of pigment ink that has a slightly different texture and dries pretty quickly.  My most favorite ink is a pigment ink called VersaFine.  It's formulated to capture small details on stamps and to dry fairly quickly.  I have used it for many years and high recommend it for beginners.



In some way, you'll want to clean left over ink off of your stamp.  There are a few different ways, but three common ones are as follows:


  1. Alcohol free baby wipes.  Alcohol free is important to not hurt the stamps. Just be careful when you use these that you do not wipe too vigorously and tear the stamps.
  2. A bowl of warm water with a drop of dish soap and another bowl of warm water.  Swish/rub the stamps in the bowl with soap, then rinse in the clean bowl and let the stamps air dry.  This also helps when the stamps lose their "stickiness" to the block.
  3. You can simply stamp the excess ink off onto scratch paper until you no longer see any remaining ink.



When stamping there are a few key things to remember. You will remove the stamp from the backing and stick it to your clear block.  You will then add enough ink to cover the stamp, but do not add too much ink.  This can cause your impression to come out less than clear and crisp.  Press the stamp down straight onto the paper and do not rock it.  Apply firm and even pressure over the stamp but do not press too hard.  Pressing too hard can also cause the impression to come out less than crisp.  Once you have your stamped image on your paper, give the ink a bit of time to dry if using a pigment or chalk ink, otherwise you may smear the ink.



Stamping can be an economical way to plan, as well as a creative one.  Once you purchase the stamps, there is very little cost in the future, as the stamps can be used over and over again.  You can use any color ink to change the color palette of your layout based on theme or even your mood.

However, it's important to remember what I mentioned at the beginning, stamping requires practice.  If stamping seems too hard at first, maybe take a little break and then practice more later.  You'll get the hang of it and see why so many people have so much fun with it!


Would you like to see how I put this layout together and pick up a few more stamping tips or thoughts?  Then check out my video for this layout and more, right here [link to video]

Have a QUESTION for Jennie?! Comment below!