When I first saw the Inkadinkado StampingGear at the Craft & Hobby Association Show, I thought the idea was cool — creating designs by stamping around a tool that had slots in it. It reminded me of my old Spirograph. But the gear seemed too large for me, suitable for 12×12 scrapbook pages, but not applicable to my card marking. Even when I saw the smaller version, it didn’t immediately wow me.
Until I started to play. And then I found it addictive. There is a Zen-like quality of just stamping randomly, changing colors, switching out the images… Don’t think, just stamp! You never know what you are going to get. And that is part of the charm.
Take a look. Here’s the starter kit:
The green cling-mounted stamps go on the paddle handle. Put them on any way you like. Then insert either end of the paddle into one of the slots on the “gear” and stamp around the knob!
I started playing around using the gear on boring old manila file folders. Here’s a close-up of how it works:
And some finished folders:
I used ColorBox Stephanie Barnard dye ink for the fast drying, vibrant colors.
I can hear you wondering … “but these are such big, bold designs. How can we use them on cards?” Take a look at some of these backgrounds: