Last week my crafty colleague Jen did her review of the La Blanche Rubber stamps- but today I’m sharing my experiences. I’ll preface my review by saying that when I saw these stamps at the booth at CHA, I literally froze in my tracks! They are amazing art stamps- beautifully incised, vintage-y images that make you just want to sit down and get crafty!
Obviously, this style of stamp is really subjective- either you like the aesthetic, or you don’t. But for the purposes of this review, I’m focusing on how the stamps are made and their use/durability.
These stamps are also unlike any on the market right now- the are silicone stamps (stamping surface) mounted on a very firm foam. This allows for very, very detailed images and also a surface that’s heat resistant. The foam base has a little “give” to it that ensures that the stamping surface receives even pressure, and unlike a wood or acrylic block, it’s very lightweight.
My first playtime with the stamp involved stamping the image (using Archival Ink) and then adding some Twinkling H20’s. Since the stamping surface is white, it’s really easy to see that the stamp is evenly inked. Nice bonus!
With just a little watercolor paint, this stamped image becomes a work of art! So lovely, and I can’t wait to include some of these images in my mixed-media work.
So then I decided to try out the silicone surface by trying some techniques using heat. First, I used some heat-bonded films with the fish stamp. Please pardon the photos- if you’ve ever tried to photograph iridescent films, you know it’s a challenge. The technique is to ink the stamp, apply a few layers of film, cover with parchment, and then apply heat. (I used a mini craft iron.)
No damage to the stamp at all.
Next, I tried pouring UTEE (specifically Cloisonne) that I’d melting in a Ranger Melting Pot directly ON the stamp.
So, here’s an interesting tidbit: it took a long time for the UTEE to cool- the silicone absorbed some of the heat and took longer than expected to cool down.
Lastly, I used the stamp to make in impression on unbaked polymer clay. (Again, I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch to act as a resist- stay tuned for that review soon.)
Usually you need to have deeply-cut stamps to get good images on clay. Sadly, these are NOT deeply cut- but still, the detail transferred well. Here’s a pic of the same polymer clay piece after I highlighted it with some Pearl-Ex powders:
All in all, these stamps are winners. I’m already wondering if it will catch on and we’ll see a wider array of artwork. TheÂ price is reasonable, too- around $5.95-10.99, depending on the size of the stamp. I just found out that they are available at Jo-Ann.com and some are even on sale. Sweet.
I’d love to hear your opinions about La Blanche – do you have some? Pining for some? Weigh in below…
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