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"Jack In The Pulpit"

Great Stampbord Project!
Just a few simple steps...


One of the best things about Stampbord™ is that you can use any of the inks and rubber stamps on the market. In this project, we used an alphabet stamp from Serendipity, ClearSnap® tools, Marvy® Ink Pads, silver embossing powder, a heat gun and Ampersand’s Stampbord and Scratch Knife. In order to create depth and dimension, select at least three colors with a varying range of tonality. In this project, we used a range from light yellow to red. Varying hues of blues or greens will also work.


Step 1: Using the Color Tool Box Stylus, add the lightest color ink to the Stampbord as evenly as possible. Begin at the edge of your piece and start patting the ink pad on the surface while turning the Stampbord in a circular direction. Gradually move toward the center.

Step 2: Add the next darkest color using the Color Tool Box Stylus. Start at the edge of your Stampbord and tap on the color evenly as you move toward the center of the board, leaving the center lighter. This step is easier if you turn the Stampbord while adding color. Continue to the next darkest color and repeat the same steps until there is a dark border surrounding a gradation of color toward the white in the center of the Stampbord. This technique will make what would normally be a flat stamp scene appear more natural and three-dimensional. You will want to make the colors dark enough to show the scratching (Step 5), but not so dark that the stamped image does not show up.

Step 3: Ink the rubber stamp using a patting motion with the ink pad, as shown in the Step 3 photo. Make sure that the whole area of the rubber stamp you are using is covered with ink.

Step 4: If your rubber stamp is larger than the Stampbord, pick your favorite part of the image to make your composition and press the Stampbord into place. Use medium pressure to ensure good ink coverage. If you press too hard, the image can blur, but if you press too softly, the image will not print. Carefully lift the Stampbord away from the stamp to see what you’ve just created!

Step 5: One of the greatest aspects of Stampbord is that you can scratch back into the surface to create highlights and detail. Once the surface is completely dry, use the scratch knife with short strokes to lightly scratch in the highlights. Using the stamped image to guide you, select lines and lighter areas to add accents. For example, scratch out the outlines of the letter and the flowers.

  Step 6: Next, emboss the edges with embossing powder. You may use any color that you like. For this how-to, we used silver. Place one edge on the VersaMark ink pad and give it a good coating. Dip the edge into the embossing powder and heat set with a heat gun. Embossing one edge at a time is easiest. A magnet or pin back attached on the back of the finished piece will complete the project.

  Supply List
•2˝x2˝ Stampbord™    
•Ampersand Scratch Knife
•ClearSnap® Color Tool Box Stylus and tip
•Marvy® Embossing Heat Tool
•Tsukineko® VersaMark® Ink Pad
•Serendipity “Jack in the Pulpit” Stamp
•Marvy® Matchables™ Dye-based Ink pads
•Memory Depot Silver Dollar Embossing Powder