stamping 101 video tutorial by Natalie Elphinstone | how to stamp and also about different types of stamp inks

Today’s post is for all the newbies out there! I forget sometimes that not everyone has been scrapping and crafting for years! Sorry!

But I love that Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith and Day Spring haven’t forgotten that fact and that when they put together their monthly kits you get everything you need to instantly start creating beautiful Bible-journaling and faith-journaling pages. However, if you’re new to this whole adventure you might still be wondering how to go about making the most out of the stamp set and ink pad that comes in the kit. If you’ve been asking yourself questions like “how do I use those stamps?”, “how do I clean my stamps?” and “are there any tricks to get crisp results?” then today’s video is for you.

stamping 101 video tutorial by Natalie Elphinstone | how to stamp and also about different types of stamp inks

I’m also going to take you through some basic stamping principles like the difference between ink varieties (did you know there’s a huge difference between pigment ink, dye ink and solvent ink?!) and which ones work best in your Bible. I’ll share some examples from my own journaling Bible and teach a quick and easy technique for shadow-stamping along the way.

stamping 101 video tutorial by Natalie Elphinstone | how to stamp and also about different types of stamp inks

If you have any questions about stamping and inks then I’d love to hear them! I’ll do my best to answer them, but if there’s lots then we can always make this sort of video a regular occurrence…. so ask me anything!

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  1. Dyan K. 5 years ago

    Hi Natalie,

    Your video was very helpful. I didn’t know about the different types of ink. Things are slowly starting to make sense to me on this journey! Thank you.


  2. Gayle Bond 5 years ago

    Hi Natalie! Love to see someone who stamps in their Bible as much as I do! I often use a black pigment ink in stars of a solvent ink before coloring. Have you tried that? and if so, have you had problems with it not being waterproof?

    Thank you,

    • Gayle Bond 5 years ago

      *instead of a solvent ink

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      Natalie Elphinstone 5 years ago

      Yes, you’ve got to be very careful with pigment ink if you’re going to use anything wet like watercolours or markers because they certainly can (and will) smudge and bleed. But you can always colour with dry mediums like pencils or chalks.

  3. Sandy Anderson 5 years ago

    Thank you for the video! I have avoided stamping because I tend to smudge but I’ll give it another try!
    What were the paint chips on the key ring you used to demonstrate water coloring over the StazOn? That was very cool and I’d love to know more about it.

    • Heather Greenwood 5 years ago

      They are watercolor papers by Peerless

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      Natalie Elphinstone 5 years ago

      They are super cool aren’t they? As Heather said, these are Peerless Transparent Watercolour papers and I find them one of the most convenient and fun ways to carry lots of different watercolours around. I love how mess-free they are, and my kids enjoy them too!

  4. Waldo 5 years ago

    Thanks fort he great tips! I like that you used your own bible as examples, I always find it inspirational to see how others use products and apply them in their journaling. I’d like to know what the paint card thing was that you used to paint over the Stayzon ink? Thanks! ~ Heather

    • Heather Greenwood 5 years ago

      they are watercolor papers by Peerless

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      Natalie Elphinstone 5 years ago

      Thank you!!!
      The paint colours are called Transparent Watercolour Papers by Peerless. They’re so fun, and one of my most favourite ways to watercolour!

      • Waldo 5 years ago

        I totally forgot to come back and check for your reply! LOL! Thanks so much! One more thing to add to my wish list! :)

  5. Amy Bruce 5 years ago

    great job!

  6. Lisa Burns 5 years ago

    This is all so new to me, I need so much help and love your examples! I don’t know what basic supplies to purchase first?!

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      Natalie Elphinstone 5 years ago

      All you really need to start is just a bible and a pen. Maybe something to add colour with like pencils or paint. Stamps are always great value because you can use them over and over, and then of course you’ll be needing some ink to use with them!
      To be honest, that’s why I love the Illustrated Faith kits because you get so much product, it’s all coordinated, and you can be creating whole pages with them without needing anything extra!

  7. Laurie Brigman 5 years ago

    Where can I find a water pen?

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      Natalie Elphinstone 5 years ago

      You can find waterpens in virtually all art and craft stores. I got mine from Studio Calico, but that’s because I was buying other stuff there at the same time. I’m sure you could find them at Amazon, Michaels or Joannes

  8. Monika Alston-Miller 5 years ago

    Agreed with all the above! Super helpful and I especially needed the info on the different between inks. I always here people talk about different brands but then I go to the store and see different types of the same brand and don’t know what to get! I have it straight now lol!!

  9. Laura Svee 5 years ago

    Hi Natalie. Thank you for a very informative video! I enjoy all your videos very much and love to see your beautiful journaling. I have a question about the supplies listed below the video. There are 3 different kits listed but I’ve only been able to find “lists by faith”. A couple weeks ago there were at least all three in the web site but not now. Any idea if the other kits will come back? I had my eye on two and of course they’re two that aren’t there anymore.
    Thanks for being an inspiration Natalie and also a wonderful teacher.

    • Heather Greenwood 5 years ago

      Hi Laura, it is my understanding that once the monthly kits are sold out, they are sold out for good and won’t be restocked. There are new ones coming out every month and the next one is coming out later this week.

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