Types of Paper

Paper is one of the basic supplies you need for stamping, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular kinds you’ll find.

Stamping on glossy paper
Glossy Paper is otherwise known as “coated” paper. It looks somewhat shiny and comes in various weights, from lightweight to stiff, and in all kinds of colors. White glossy paper is a staple in any stamping stash. It creates crisp, clean impressions because the ink colors look their brightest and most vivid.

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stamping project
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Glossy paper is not absorbent, so while dye inks will air-dry, pigment inks will not. If you stamp with pigment ink on glossy cardstock, you’ll need to heat-emboss the image.

Glossy paper is slick—which means your stamp can slip easily! Place your stamp straight down and press gently to prevent slipping and smearing the image. Lift the stamp straight up from the paper.

Stamping on cardstock
Cardstock doesn’t have the coating that glossy paper does, making it highly absorbent and perfect for stamping with any kind of ink pad. You can find cardstock in a variety of colors, textures and weights. Some cardstock is smooth; some is textured. You can stamp on both kinds, with different effects. Textured cardstock will affect the stamped image—which you might like! Some cardstock is one solid color, while others have a marbled effect.

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Stamping on patterned paper
Stamping on patterned paper is a great way to get a personalized look. Use word or quote stamps on patterned paper; swirls and other geometrics are also great. Because patterned paper is printed with rich, colorful ink, always stamp with a juicy inkpad to get the best impression.

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stamping project

Stamping on vellum
Vellum is a transparent “paper” that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. You can stamp on vellum, but because it’s not porous, be sure to use a dye-based ink. Let the stamped image sit until it’s completely dry. To speed drying time, heat briefly with an embossing tool. Because vellum is transparent, you can stamp and color on the reverse side with chalk and colored pencils for a muted effect—or use colored markers for a stained-glass look. You can also stamp and color on the same side.

You can emboss on vellum. Vellum often curls a bit after being heated with an embossing gun. Let the paper cool down, then place it under a heavy book to smooth out. Take care not to over-emboss.

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Stamping on tags & labels
Tags & labels are great for all kinds of stamping. Use them as a card focal or an accent on a scrapbook page—or stamp one and tie in on a gift package!

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Stamping on plain paper
Plain paper—everyday, ordinary computer paper—is fine to stamp on. Since it’s usually a lighter weight than patterned paper or cardstock, be aware that whatever you put beneath the paper (like a patterned design) will show through. I always keep a stack of computer paper on hand to test out my stamps before using them on my project.


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