Hey everyone! Kinsey here with a few insider tips on using Studio Calico wooden veneers as stamps...I used this technique on one of my January (County Fair) kit layouts with the wood veneer alphabet that came in the main kit:
I started out by measuring the height of the letters (just under 3/4 inch) and then made pencil marks on the edges of my cardstock. You could draw light lines if you'd prefer but they are kind of tough to erase after embossing so I opted to use a straight edge as a guide.
I arranged my alphas on my table to play around with the spacing and settled on 5 lines of text for the example card and drew my guide marks at 3/4 inch intervals down both the right and left sides of the card.
The stamping part is pretty straight forward- I just pressed the backside of each letter onto the versamark pad with my fingers and then stamped the letter onto my cardstock using my ruler/ pencil guidelines to keep things straight. If I'm trying to center things, I always start at the center point and work my way out- for this row, I started with the 'c'. In my layout (above) I right aligned the text so I worked from right to left. Also, I found that using a foam pad for a stamping surface helps a ton when stamping with veneers because the cushion allows for a better, more even impression.
After each row of letters, I used Zing embossing powder (and because I use my fingers to stamp, there were a few smudges of versamark around the letters so I just used a small dry paintbrush to dust the excess powder away) and then heat set- I'm always nervous that the versamark will dry up, ha!
Not only do I love how this technique looks, but I'm also pretty jazzed that I can still use the wood veneer letters on other projects...double duty yeah!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and hanging out with me for bit!