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August is stamping month at DIY Bride. I’ll be taking you through the basics to get you started and offer some tips and techniques for more advanced stampers. Today, I’m sharing a list of surfaces and objects you can rubber stamp on. They’re not just for cardstock!

  • Cardstock
  • Chipboard/cardboard
  • Label sheets
  • Wood and veneer
  • Metal
  • Fabric (natural fibers work best)
  • Polymer Clay
  • Glass
  • Mirrors
  • Leather
  • Walls
  • Painted surfaces
  • Tile (ceramic and stone)
  • Concrete
  • Ceramics
  • Rocks (smooth ones)
  • Leaves
  • Ribbon
  • Overhead transparencies
  • Vellum
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper and cloth napkins
  • Balloons
  • Fondant and royal icing
  • Shrink plastic
  • Plastic and acrylic
  • Photographs

While that’s not a complete list, I hope it give you an idea of how cool rubber stamps are. For me, rubber stamps are one of the most versatile craft tools because they allow you to apply your graphics to thousands of items in any placement you’d like.

6 replies to this post
  1. Quick question – what about chocolate? With like the gel food coloring? Just wondering, because I saw on Martha Stewart this really neat graphically printed chocolate bark, and it was so cool – would stamping be a possibility for DIYing it?

  2. J: You can indeed stamp on chocolate! There are a couple of ways to go about it. If it’s a white chocolate, you can stamp with gel food coloring in any color. If it’s a milk or dark chocolate, there’s a 2-step process that involves stamping with a clear gel food coloring (or glycerine) and then sprinkling powdered food-grade glitter on top. Stamping color directly to milk chocolate doesn’t really work because most of the colors aren’t concentrated enough to show up on dark backgrounds.

    I’ve also heard you can mix melted cocoa butter with food coloring and stamp with that mixture. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t leave a clear impression at all.

    Some of the fancy graphic chocolates are screen printed or done with transfer sheets (an edible graphic is screened onto a flexible plastic sheet and then lightly pressed onto the chocolate).

    More info and resources for Xfer sheets:
    http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/candies/transfersheets.htm
    http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/mini.aspx?T=2&SubCatId=1544
    http://www.americanchocolatedesigns.com/ (my fave)
    http://www.fancyflours.com/site/chocolate-transfer-sheets.html

  3. I’m so glad I found this post! Will you be doing examples of each of those things on the list? I’d love to see one for the chocolate, ribbon, and leaves. Thanks for everything you do!

  4. Thank you! I had seen the transfer sheets, but I was looking for purple tulips – which isn’t easy to find! I’ll look up the glitter – thanks again!

  5. I was wondering if you could tell me what to use (type of stamps and ink and the process) that would work well for stamping a name on a disposable diaper that wouldn’t look like a cheap stamp (would be heavy ink).

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