As you may remember, when I was out at my mom’s a while back I purchased another of the I.O.D. stamps called Kindest Regards.
At the time I mentioned that I don’t know why I let myself get sucked in by these stamps. I’ve never been happy with the way stamps look on anything other than paper or fabric, so I don’t do a lot of stamping.
I do love the results on paper …
I used the I.O.D. Crockery stamp on those packages.
I also think stamps work great for fabric (as long as you can lay it flat on a hard surface to apply the stamp). I used stamps from two different sets of IOD Décor Stamps on a pair of chairs; the letters and no 2 are from the Alpha II set and the wreath and the crown are from the Grain Wreath set.
Sidebar note: although I used Ranger Archival Ink on those chairs, I would not recommend that brand for fabric. It fades quite a bit over time. Instead, use a permanent fabric ink.
Well, I got sucked in again while at my mom’s house the 2nd time and I purchased the I.O.D. Queen Bee stamp.
What is wrong with me?!
The thing is, I was hoping that I could figure out how to make the stamps look good on painted items. Because I can’t keep buying the re.design with prima Classic Vintage Labels just for the two small bee transfers that come with it. Or their Lovely Ledger transfer just for the crown. No matter how much I love them!
If I can get a stamp to look this good, I can add bees and crowns to everything!
So I decided to do a little experimenting with various products to try and find a combination that would work.
First up, I’ve already learned that stamping on unsealed chalk paint or milk paint is no good. I tried that on a pair of nightstands and met with disaster. I did have luck stamping over Fusion paint (with its built in top coat), so I felt sure I could get the same result over Dixie Belle’s Silk Paint (this product also has a built in top coat).
So I pulled out a sample board that already had Silk Paint on it, and I pulled out various stamping mediums to test out.
I tested that same Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can that I used on the nightstands, the I.O.D. Décor Ink in Stone Gray, Momenta permanent fabric ink in Black, and Dixie Belle Silk paint in Anchor.
And here are the results.
OK, so once again I achieved the best, most crisp, result with the Ranger Archival Ink …
The color I used, Watering Can, is a medium gray. Perhaps I need to purchase this ink in black and see how I like it.
I applied the DB Silk Paint with a brayer, and I got mediocre results with that …
If you’re kind of a picky perfectionist (um, I might have to admit this often applies to me), this look isn’t going to cut it for you. I find that I always get a slightly sloppy look when stamping with paint, it’s difficult to keep the stamp from slipping around. I like the idea of using a paint with a built in top coat for durability, but I think it’s always a gamble whether or not you’ll achieve a clean result.
Hmmmm. Clearly (pardon the pun) something went very wrong with the I.O.D. ink …
I had high hopes for their ink since they’ve designed it specifically for this sort of use. The I.O.D. content creators that I watch on YouTube seem to use it with good results. Was it user error? Did I not shake the bottle enough before applying? The ink seemed really watery to me. I used a brayer to apply the ink to the stamp, maybe I need to invest in an ink pad to use with it? If any of you use the I.O.D. ink please share some tips with me.
Last up is the Momenta fabric ink …
This one gave me a fairly good result at first glance. However, after giving all of the inks about an hour to dry, I gave them all a smear test by dragging my finger over it.
Yep, clearly this ink is not intended for use on anything other than fabric. This is the only one that smeared.
I also then let all of the inks dry for 24 hours and added a coat of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat over them. Once again, the fabric ink smeared all over the place. The other three mediums were all good with the top coat though.
Since the Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can gave the best result of the four options I had on hand, I decided to move on to phase II of my experiment using it.
Stamping over a hard, completely flat surface is all well and good, but most of the time I would be stamping on potentially lumpy surfaces and working around things like hardware and such. So I decided to experiment on a toolbox.
Since I’d already painted the toolbox using Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, which is a chalk style paint, I had to start by sealing that with their flat clear coat. Once that was dry, I started playing around with my I.O.D. stamps.
I started out with the Kindest Regards stamp on the sides of the toolbox.
As you can see, I ended up with some smudging, especially in the upper section where there are ridges in the toolbox. But even the completely flat area ended up a bit smudgy in spots.
I thought maybe that I could better control a smaller sized stamp, so I attempted a few of varying sizes on the top of the toolbox …
and again on the front of the toolbox …
Unfortunately, in the end, stamping on toolboxes isn’t going to work for me. If you’re OK with the possibility of smudging, and you don’t mind how that looks, maybe it’s workable for you though.
I ended up painting back over this one and turning it into this …
So for me personally, I’ll probably stick to mainly using my stamps on paper. Just look how pretty this one is stamped in pink on some tissue paper.
So, leave me a comment and let me know, have you had better success stamping over painted items? If so, do you have any tips that you’d like to share with the rest of us? We’re all ears!