Fabulous Finds Friday — Cling Cling Cling

To paraphrase an old song…. cling cling cling go my heartstrings when I look at the new cling stamps! Cling stamps combine the best of two worlds — they have the depth and cushion of a nicely mounted rubber stamp but because they are not mounted on wood, they have a similar low-storage profile as an unmounted rubber die. 

But wait! There’s more! (Again, stealing from the late Billie Mays. I am obviously not feeling very original today.) Because cling stamps are rubber, they don’t have the see-through property of clear stamps. Two companies have made cling even better by printing the image ON THE BACK OF THE DIE! So when you stick that die onto your acrylic mount, you can see the image. This makes stamping placement and orientation a breeze!

Stampendous! first introduced their indexed cling stamps in January 2009. Images range from cute animals to whimsical flowers. Take a look:

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I love the crispness of the image — it shows through the acrylic block quite nicely.

Hero Arts also has come out with cling stamps that have the indexing on the back. Here are a few of their offerings:

cling hero stamps

Take a look at this fast — and I mean fast — card I made using the Stampendous! images:

cling stmpdous bloom

You can’t tell from the photo, but I also added Ranger’s Stickles (diamond) to the wings of the ruffled butterfly and the stamins of the bloom. The butterfly was colored with a red watercolor pencil, then blended.  Not fancy, but very quick and easy!

The following card uses Hero Arts’ Floral Garden CG117. I brayered the stamp using a Tsukineko Kaleidecolor pastel rainbow pad (love these pads!) on glossy paper.

 hero cling flower brayered

I also played around with Hero Arts’ Antique Brocade image.  In the card below,  I used the same rainbow inkpad and brayer to apply color to the image, then stamped  all over the front of the card. I wasn’t sure I could line up the image properly — even with the indexing showing through! — so I deliberately over-stamped the brocade square. But I wasn’t that crazy about it, so I decided to cover most of it with a larger piece.

hero cling magenta tree on brayered

I inked the Special Wishes stamp (an old Hero Arts image), and stamped that on scrap paper. And since I still had color on my brayer, I misted the brayer with water and rolled it over a piece of scrap cardstock. Then I stamped the Magenta tree in Ancient Page black and used that as my focal point.  

Please come back Sunday to see the rest of the cards!

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2 Responses

  1. Nice cards. You have more patience than I do. I can see where it would be helpful to have the stamp picture printed on the back of the stamp. I like how you fixed your smudge too.

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