For anyone who hasn’t used the Iron Orchid Designs Stamps, they are essentially what they sound like. They’re an oversized stamp. Similar to a stamp that you might’ve used as a child, but these are magical. IOD Stamps have the power to transform an item that you found on the side of the road into an item that will bring you joy for years to come. Yes, they’re that good!
And, the Iron Orchid Designs Stamps aren’t just for furniture and home décor…you can also use them to transform your food art! The stamps are made from a food-safe material (do not use the same sets for food and paint). But be warned–they are not for high heat applications. Do NOT put them in the dishwasher, as they will melt at extreme heat. Then you will be extremely heated, too.
PREPARATION IS KEY.
Before removing from the backing, condition your stamps with very fine sandpaper, by scuffing the surface in two directions. This helps the mediums stay put, and not bead, which some types (like ceramics glazes) tend to do.
Next, remove the stamps from the backing when you’re ready to use them. This may take some force, but don’t worry, the stamps are strong.
DIFFERENT MOUNTS FOR DIFFERENT SURFACES.
Large mounting block. This is recommended for surfaces that are perfectly flat, for example, if you are doing fabric on a perfectly flat work surface.
Freestyle stamping. This is what we call it when you use a flexible piece of plastic, such as the clear sheet that came with the stamps, as a mounting device. Simply position the stamp on the sheet and proceed. This is great for irregular surfaces such as walls or furniture. Surprisingly, many furniture surfaces that appear flat have dips–this method will conform nicely.
No mount. This is when you would use the stamp without mounting to anything, to really conform to a curved surface, or even stretch. For example, I stamped the front of my cowboy boots and was able to stretch the stamp and conform it cleanly to the surface even though the boot is very curved. When using the bare stamp make sure that your fingers don’t stick to it. This could cause the stamp to lift from the surface and create a smudge. Nobody likes an unintentional smudge.
Whichever mounting method you use, the stamp backs & mount must be perfectly clean, in order for the stamp to cling firmly to the mount.