Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Stamps and inks aren't just card making tools. They can be used in planners, on scrapbook layouts, and even on photos! However, this process can be tricky due to photo paper's glossy nature. I've ruined my share of pretty photographs and knew there had to be a way to get a perfect impression every time. Over the years I've developed a system that WORKS. Read on to find out my top tips.

I periodically look through my stash of stamps to see if they can be used for any projects beyond card making. The sets above from Penny Black are some of my favorite winter themed sets. A few of the sentiments will pair perfectly with photos I just printed. Try to do the same with your own stash. 

As mentioned above, the glossy cardstock of photo paper is hard to stamp on. It's easy to move the stamp or smear the ink while pressing the image to paper. I find using a stamp positioner like the MISTI or Stamp Platform eliminates the problem. Keep the photo from moving around by adding the magnets included. 

  • Use a stamp positioner like the MISTI or Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
  • Practice stamping on the grid or scrap paper before stamping the photo. You can adjust the amount of ink or pressure needed for a great impression. 
  • Use an ink that dries on nonporous (glossy) surfaces. We love Staz-On, VersaFine, Brilliance, and Impression Obsession Hybrid Ink.
  • Make sure your ink pad is juicy, especially if you're working with Staz-On. We always have Staz-On refills on hand. When the ink pad is dry, the paper or photo will stick to the inked stamp more than it should and give a less than perfect impression. 
  • Allow the stamp to sit on the photo a few seconds before lifting up. This can help the ink dry some instead of having lots of wet ink moving around between the stamp and photo.

There are endless possibilities for your stamped photo. Use as a photo card, the start of a great scrapbook layout, or insert into a pocket scrapbooking page. We can't wait to see what you create! 


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