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-Stamping tips & Craft Ideas
If you love stamping you will love this tehcnique! You can now expand your stamping craft ideas to include glass items! Clear hobby stamps or cling rubber stamps are ideal for decorating glass art projects.
On this page you will learn the do's and don'ts of stamping on glass so you can achieve beautiful and satisfying results. Techniques you will learn include heat embossing on glass, staz-on ink images on glass and coloring techniques to accompany them.
Heat Embossing on Glass
Heat embossing on glass can be a little tricky since glass is extremely sensitive to sudden temperature changes. If your glass is too thin you will have difficulty heating the embossing crystals sufficiently without the glass shattering in your hands. It is recommended that you wear eye protection when heating your glass so as to avoid serious injury in the event that the glass breaks. With that in mind, let's learn how to decorate our glass stamping projects!
NOTE: Embossing can be rubbed off of glass if it is scratched so treat your design carefully and if it needs washed, wash it very gently in lukewarm water.
Stamps Used in the Above Craft Project
Stamping on Clear Glass with Staz-On Inks
Stamping on Glass and Coloring the Design
Coloring with Ink
PERMANENT INK MARKERS: To color an image stamped on glass, simply color in the image as you would a coloring book page. Ensure that you are coloring on the back of the glass piece or the crisp lines of the image will bleed and disappear on you.
ALCOHOL INKS: Alcohol inks can create lovely marbled textures on the back side of glass pieces. The light also looks lovely shining through the colors.
Glass, Ink and Paint
Coloring with Paint
When selecting paint to use for this technique ensure that you have a stained glass or enamel paint. Stained glass has a wonderful transparent feature. Enamel paint gives you more of a solid color behind your stamped design.
To paint the image in a solid color simply paint as evenly as possible from edge to edge. For a color filled image allow the colors to touch where they meet so you don't have patches of colorless glass.
When you use the enamel paints to paint in a solid color behind an image made with clear hobby rubber stamps, you get a delightful shadow from the image on the top of the glass as they rest on top of the paint layer at the back of the glass making this technique not only easy but wonderfully classic as well.
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