Stamped Text and Titles

Use your word and letter stamps and cool stamping techniques to create unique titles and journaling on your scrapbook pages.

Stamp on Fabric

Design by Jennifer McGuire

To help her blue title letters stand out against her green background, Jennifer stamped them on white fabric. She also stamped a phrase on the ribbon that spans the bottom of her scrapbook page and added stamped motifs to a wide swath of fabric.

Editor's Tip: You can stamp on almost anything! Most dyes will work on any porous surface -- paper, fabric, wood -- and specialty inks can be used on slicker surfaces such as metal and plastic.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rubber stamps: JudiKins (flowers, border), Hero Arts (phrase, letters). Ink: Tsukineko.

Scan Stamped Letters to Digitally Alter

Design by Tracy Kyle

Tracy scanned her stamped letters and used her image-editing program to make them larger so they draw more attention on the scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Check with the company before you alter stamps. Some manufacturers don't allow scanning or photocopying of their stamp images.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (blue-and-cream script), 7Gypsies (black), Making Memories (folio). Rubber stamps: Autumn Leaves (title), Postmodern Design (diamonds), Hero Arts (dot circle), Savvy Stamps ("xoxo"). Ink: Tsukineko. Stickers: 7Gypsies (small label), Paper Source (large label). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (shapes).

Stamp Your Text Along a Shape Path

Design by Sande Krieger

Sande used several stamp sets to get the hodgepodge look of her curved journaling, stamping each letter and adjusting the spacing as she went to be sure she was following the curve.

Editor's Tip: Use clear stamps for perfect placement. Clear stamps make it easy to see just where each letter is going.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: K&Company (dots). Rings: Technique Tuesday. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters). Felt accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Stamps: FontWerks (lowercase letters), EK Success (typewriter style), PSX (circle letters), Hero Arts (dot letters). Ink: Ranger Industries, Clearsnap. Gems: Junkitz. Tag: Making Memories.

Use Spray-On Dye with Letter Stamps

Design by Erikia Ghumm

Erikia used blue and teal paper dyes on negative block letter stamps (the stamped image is the area around the letter rather than the letter itself) to create her artistic scrapbook page title.

Editor's Tip: Make a background to match your title. Erikia selected various spray dies to create her bold backdrop.


SOURCES: Watercolor paper: Canson. Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Marcella by Kay (on photo). Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary (title). Dye: Ranger Industries. Pen: Staedtler. Fibers, compass: Club Scrap. Spiral clips: Scrapworks. Ribbons: May Arts. Punch: EK Success. Ink-jet photo paper: Epson. Adhesive: Glue Dots International.

Journal around a Stamped Title

Design by Mou Saha

Mou wrapped her handwritten journaling around her stamped title to create the clustered design of this scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Pair opposites when mixing text styles. A serif font -- one with little flourishes on the ends of letters -- works nicely with a sans serif (no flourishes). Pairing two different fonts of the same type can look like a mistake.


SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Company. Stamps: K&Company. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Marvy Uchida. Metal accent: Heidi Swapp. Sequins: Darice. Floss: DMC

Stamp over Multiple Layers

Design by Genevieve Simmonds

The stamped letters in Genevieve's title overlap her main photo, torn patterned paper, and each other to create dimension and a unified feel for the scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: When stamping over layered elements, make sure the ink is reaching all the areas you want covered. Changes in surface height can cause gaps in coverage.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Melissa Frances (background), Making Memories (ledger under title). Stickers: 7Gypsies (word accents), Heidi Swapp (ledger). Rub-ons: BasicGrey, 7Gypsies. Stamps: FontWerks. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts.

Stamp with Bleach

Design by Nichol Magouirk

To make her text stand out against the dark cardstock strips on this scrapbook page, Nichol stamped with bleach instead of ink.

Editor's Tip: Use bleach in a well-ventilated area and protect your work surface. It's best to dampen a stack of paper towels with a bit of bleach and press your stamp into the stack to moisten it, then quickly apply it to the paper or cardstock.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, tab, brads: SEI. Printed transparency frame: Daisy D's Paper Co. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Canvas tags: Creative Imaginations. Ribbon: Making Memories (pink), SEI (green).

Mix Stamps, Stickers, and Die Cuts

Design by Gillian Nelson

Gillian combined leftover sticker, die-cut, and rub-on letters with stamps to create the oversize quote title on this two-page scrapbook design.

Editor's Tip: Go through your stash of stickers, die cuts, and rub-ons before you add in your stamps. Figure out what letters you have and fill in the blanks with ever-ready stamps.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Imagination Project, Doodlebug Design, Marcella by Kay, Chatterbox, Pebbles Inc., Mrs. Grossman's, Mustard Moon, Colorbök, American Crafts, Sticker Studio, Sandylion Sticker Designs, SEI, Paperfever. Die cuts: BasicGrey, KI Memories. Rubber stamps: FontWerks, Ma Vinci's Reliquary, River City Rubber Works. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Chipboard flower: Heidi Swapp. Photo turn, brads: Making Memories. Metal frame: 7Gypsies. Paper flowers: Prima.

Stamp on Sticker Letters

Design by Susan Weinroth

Susan jazzed up simple white sticker letters by stamping a script-text pattern on them before applying them to her scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Stamp your stickers while they're still on the backing sheet. With repositionable tape, simply mask off stickers you don't want altered to keep them clean for your next project.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: American Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rubber stamps: Stampington & Co. (supplies), FontWerks (layout). Ink: Stazon. Brads, photo turns: Queen & Co.

Stamp over Acrylic Letters

Design by Jen Lessinger

Jen stamped the word "sitting" over large, acrylic letters for a subtle, translucent look to her title.

Editor's Tip: Stamping on nonporous items such as plastic requires special ink. Use a solvent ink that will dry quickly and won't smear on plastic, metal, or glass.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Lane Narrow off the Internet. Stickers: Scrapworks. Stamps: Magnetic Poetry. Acrylic accents: Autumn Leaves.

Cut out Stamped Letters

Design by Barb DeShaw

Barb stamped her title letters on a separate piece of dark cardstock before adding them to her scrapbook page in a curvy wave.

Editor's Tip: Get the light-on-dark stamped look of this title by stamping with opaque paints or inks that can deliver strong contrast.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Reflections. Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle. Font: Mom's Typewriter off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Junque (title). Ink: Nicole, Inc. Embossing powder: Rubber Stampede. Punch: EK Success.

Make Epoxy Letters with Stamps

Design by Pam Kopka

Pam created her own epoxy title by stamping letters onto partially cured liquid epoxy then cutting them out with scissors.

Editor's Tip: Incorporate repetition throughout your design. Pam used the outline of the same stamps she used in her title for the other letters on her layout.


SOURCES: Photopolymer stamps, ink: Technique Tuesday. Color pencils: Prismacolor. Epoxy products: Environmental Technology Inc. String: Making Memories.

Stamp Along Lines for Straight Text

Design by Christina Cole

Christina used a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters throughout her journaling to give it a whimsical feel, but kept it all grounded by adding guidelines to her scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Christina used a dotted-line rub-on to keep her journaling along a straight path, but you can also lightly pencil in lines you later erase for a more covert assist.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: Journaling dingbats by Two Peas in a Bucket. Sticker: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (flowers), FontWerks (dotted lines), Making Memories ("all yours"), KI Memories (green letters). Rubber stamps: FontWerks ("us"), PSX (journaling), Magenta (small flowers). Brad: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: Michaels.

Mix Stamp Sizes for Emphasis

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki stamped all the journaling on this page, highlighting her son's name and the first line by using larger stamps.

Editor's Tip: If stamping this much text is intimidating, use your word-processing program to type out most of the journaling and leave spots where you can stamp key words or phrases.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft, red), Chatterbox (green). Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard acents: Heidi Swapp. Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary ("Ritter," date). PSX (journaling). Ink: Tsukineko. Circle template: Berol.

Use Stamps to Connect Two Pages

Design by Gayle Hodgins

Stamped letters help anchor Gayle's two-page scrapbook design and unite the different sections.

Editor's Tip: Plan ahead to make sure your text spreads across the whole page without having to cramp it at the end.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, brads, fabric tabs: Scrapworks. Font: SBC Courtney's Journal off the Internet. Rubber stamps: MoBe' Stamps!. Ink: Tsukineko. Wood letters, rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Shaped ruler: Boxer Inc. Twill: Creek Bank Creations. Punches: Emagination Crafts.

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