Stamp Tricks – Stamping on Photos

Welcome back to another Stamp Tricks post by Rachel! When you buy a stamp set do you intend to use it on cards or tags? What about scrapbook pages? I know I don’t immediately think of a traditional scrapbook layout when I’m purchasing stamps, but why not?! I was able to combine a variety of Sweet Stamps for one layout.
I’ve been working on finishing up our 5 year anniversary scrapbook pages, and this was my final one! I’m going to share with you how to stamp directly onto your photos and tips on layering behind your photos.
The Walt Disney quote from “Enjoy Calligraphy” was so fitting for these photos… this hiking trail was HARD! We both wanted to give up on multiple occasions, but we finished it (and the pups finished it!) and now we have fun memories to share. I stamped directly onto my photo to add emphasis to the quote.
Tips for stamping on photos:
* You need to use a permanent ink. I tested 3 different inks for this project and found that Ranger Archival in Jet Black worked the best. I also tested StazOn ink with poor results – the ink was so sticky it actually tore parts of the photo while I lifted up the stamp. My Versafine black ink falls in the middle – I found that the stamp ‘slid’ more with this ink (leaving you a slightly blurry image) and it took longer to dry.
* You need to use a very very very light touch when stamping. Place your stamp directly on the photo and lift it directly off. Don’t apply pressure or push on the stamp block – this will cause the stamp to slide and leave a blurred impression.
* Let it dry! Back away from the photo. Do not touch. I only had to wait about 5 minutes until I could handle the photo.
* Use stamps that enhance your photos, not take away from them. When you’re stamping directly on a beloved picture you want to make sure that image means something. Think about why you’re using that stamp and why you’re adding it to the photo.
* Test it out! You will need to do a few ‘practice runs’ to get a feel of how lightly you need to stamp. Practice different inks to see what you like best. Have fun!
In addition to the quote, I added some little hearts from “Alpha Tabs” to each photo. Next I wanted to share a quick tip on layering pattern papers on your layout…
You can see in this grid how the layers build up behind my photos. On scrapbook pages, a simple way to do this is to layer symmetrically. Meaning, if I add a blue wood grain paper to the top, I will also add blue wood grain paper to the bottom. Then I added some green paper to the top right, and another green piece to the bottom left. I built the papers in this way until I felt it was just right. * Be sure to save a space for journaling and a title!

Using stamps as an embellishment is another great way to accent your layout! Here I used the camper and the fire from “Campout“. I paper pieced these stamps using the same pattern papers in my layout. Using pattern papers from the same collection makes paper piecing so much easier because you know the papers will go well together!


Other stamps used in this layout include the heart from “Around Town“, Happy Anniversary from “Alpha Tabs“, and I like our Family from “Monster Mash“.
Thanks so much for joining me for this fun scrapbook filled post! I hope you have some new ideas for ways to include your Sweet Stamps in your layouts! You can always find more of me at 🙂 And you will always find more inspiration at the Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook page and on their Instagram account!
– Rachel





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