Tips to Stamp the People in Family & Friends

When I first saw the Family & Friends stamp set, I knew I had to get it! Stampin’ Up! used to have a similar stamp set, but with this one being photopolymer, it is sooooo much easier to line up!  See my five tips and video below!  The stamp set is adorable and has lots of images to build your perfect family, or friend group or co-workers.  There are different bodies, faces and hairstyles.  And there is even a cat and  dog and some cute sayings!

Five Tips for Creating the Perfect Stamped People

  1.  Mount the image on a block that is large enough for you to see around and through the image.  So for example, if you would normally put the little face shape on an “A” block, go one size bigger to a “B” block.  For most of the people I used a “D” block.  And in a couple of instances, I put the images together on one block. You can see that in my video of this card.
  2. Practice stamping the images on your scrap paper first so you can see how they go together. There is nothing worse than stamping five images only to mess up the 6th one!
  3. These are photopolymer stamps, so they need even pressure to stamp well.  Consider adding a foam mat under your workspace to get the perfect cushion.  Give the ink time to transfer from the stamp to the paper.  I always say let it “sit and seep”.
  4. Use Memento ink to stamp the images, so that you can use the Blends markers to colour them in (love that  Stampin’ Up! has skin tones!).   See more about Blends markers here.
  5. Add a little shadow highlight (using a Smoky Slate Blends and the colour lifter) at the people’s feet so they don’t look like they are floating in air.  You can see this in my video.

See the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  You can save a copy of my instructions.  Please check out my video to see some other tips for stamping the Family & Friends stamp set!  You can click at the bottom of the screen to watch it full screen on YouTube.

Here’s a different placement of the Designer Paper for a slightly different look. I can’t wait to play more with this stamp set.

You can save a copy of a handout that I made for this card here.  The handout includes the supply list, cutting measurements and directions.  Just click on the handout image to get your handout.If you like Idea Sheets like this, I offer, my clients 10 Project Sheets each month they order $50.  New ideas every month! See how to get 10 Idea Sheets this month!

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial. It helped me a lot!