Misty Buck.  Even though she denies it, there is one name that definitely has professional stamper attached to it.  When Melodee told me that we’d be featuring the American Crafts Stamping Markers and Stamp Sets I knew that she was the go to girl to give us a fantastic blog post on how to use the markers!

You all know how much I love stamping ;) ;), so I will turn you over to the pro herself!

Can I tell you how excited I am to be guesting on Scrapbook Steal’s blog!!!???

When Kristy asked me to stamp something up for you all I wholeheartedly accepted, but before we start you have to know that I am no expert. I have always loved art. I started scrapbooking back in 1993 when I was still a highschooler. I remember conserving every last bit of paper-before there were aisles of it! I went on to earn my BA in Architecture in 1999 and worked in the field for a few years before starting our family. Now I stay at home/work from home and use scrapping and stamping as my creative outlets

Without further ado here are a few projects I’ve whipped up using American Crafts clear stamps titled “Wishes”, “Laughter”, “Fun”, “Rascal”, and “Birthday” along with AC stamping markers. First, I’ll begin with a short tutorial on how to get started.

You’ll need an acrylic block to mount your clear stamps on. They cling to the block without any kind of adhesive. These American Crafts stamps hold AMAZINGLY well.

I like to ink up my clear stamps in Versamark watermark ink first. I think it helps the stamp grab the ink. Below is a picture of a stamp I colored without Versamark and then with. See the difference?


After inking up the image with Versamark color it directly with your markers…choosing colors as you go along that compliment each other.

When your image is all colored turn it over and press it onto your paper. I chose a heavier, watercolor, type paper because I knew I’d be using water on my images. Blend the marker inks by using a water brush or a small paintbrush.

Because these markers are water based they’re perfect for this technique. You can also go back in and add other colors as highlights and blend again. I added in a little yellow on the frosting. Using a heavier paper is key in getting good results.

I hope this helps you on your journey to finding joy in stamping and being able to use them on more of your projects.

Check out the other amazing projects that Misty made using stamps from Today’s Steal!

Rocket Card featuring Rascal Set

Deer Card featuring Laughter Set:

You Make Me Happy card featuring Fun Set:

Princess Layout featuring Wishes Set:

Misty, I truly cannot thank you enough for sharing your amazing talents with us!  You know, I may actually give stamping a second chance after reading your Versamark tip!  Definitely something to think about!

If you’ve enjoyed seeing today’s ‘how to’ by Misty, be sure to check in next week as I’d like to introduce my new ideas for the New Year and the blog!  Start your wheels turning if you think you have a ‘how to’ that you’d like to share with all of us.

I hope your weekend is fabulous!

As always!  Scrap Happy!