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I AM NOT CARRYING THIS ANYMORE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT THOUGH AND LEAVING THE SAMPLES UP FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

Stampbord stamping surface is a kaolin clay coated wood surface that is ideal for stamping.  The Stampbord surface gives stampers a clean, pristine image every time.  You can also use the scratch tool and scratch back into the Stampbord surface to create incredible detail, textures and highlights, unlike any other stamping surface.  The wood backing is easy to drill into to create jewelry or to use in other applications such as altered books or scrapbooking.  Stampbord makes a great book cover for mini books.  Stampbord is a multi media surface, so combining water-based paints or inks with collage techniques is easy.  You can also use embossing nks and powders.  Stampbord is probably the nicest surface I have ever stamped on!  It is also acid-free.
 
What type of inks can I use?
The Stampbord accepts all traditional stamping colors including dye based and pigment inks.  The absorbency of the surface allows for color application without runs or bleeds.  No matter how saturated the surface becomes, the material will never buckle.  With the stiff backing, the Stampbord is perfect for combining stamping and layered collage.
 
What if I make a mistake or don't like the colors I chose?
Simple, use an oil free steel wool to completely erase the surface and start all over again.  No waste.
 
Do I need to seal it?
Sealing the Stampbord surface is important after you finish your work.  They recommend a clear acrylic varnish to add brilliance to your colors.  Clear gloss polyurethane spray gives a very nice luster to finshed pieces.
 
 

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1" x1 " MINIS

How safe is it to use for my treasured art piece or jewelry?
 
Very! The base of the Stampbord is made of masonite (or commonly called hardboard).  The process they create this hardboard is called the wet/dry method.  Many of the lignins and tannins that cause discoloration in paintings over time are removed via this process.  This hardboard is also manufactured from Aspen trees.  The Aspens have more uniform fibers and more neutral ph than that of other woods.  This tempered hardboard will resits warping and the edges won't fray.  Your end product will be safe for many years to come.

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Okay, so what did I think of it?
I really liked it.  After I got started I didn't want to stop.  I applied the ink color using a Color Box sponge tip.  I used Nick Bantock Dye Inks, Color Box Chalk Inks, Stampin Up Dye Inks; Adirondack Dye Inks, Staz-On Black and India Ink.  All worked very well and was quite pleased with how the colors blended.
The image truly was clear and crisp.  I inked the stamp and turned the stamp upside down and applied the Stampbord to the stamp. 
I drilled some of the Stampbord for embellishments and I was able to drill it quite easy and quickly.  There really wasn't anything I disliked about it.  The samples I have on the website  were not sealed at the time I scanned them.  I wanted to see what it would be like to erase an image and color after I stamped it.  I didn't have any steel wool around so I just used some sandpaper.  It was pretty easy to sand off.  I didn't use a fine grit paper, but even with the heavier sandpaper I used, I was still able to apply ink over it and stamp it again.  Unless you really look hard, you really can't see the sanding marks. 

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So-who else uses it?
If you have been a stamper for awhile, you might be familiar with the rubber stamp company Stampscapes.  Kevin Nakagawa is the owner and creator of the Stampscapes stamps.  They are wonderfull for stampers who like to put scenes together.  If you visit his stamp site, he has many wonderful images created with Stampbord.  There is a link below for a short tutorial on how Kevin uses Stampbord.  Stampbord is typically found in fine art supply stores like Dick Blick. 

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ATC Size Stampbord Sample

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New Stampbord 1"x1" Minis~ Same great kaolin clay surface but in a wonderful 1" x 1" size.  These are great to put together in a grouping or as tiles on a box lid or book cover.  Try them tip to tip as in triangles style- many possibilities!  Approx. 75 pieces in a bag.
$10.95

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Stampbord Assorted Squares Bag~This bag has 3 shapes in it it has a total of approx 47-48 pieces (they measure by weight not count) and approx. 12 of 1.5' x 1.5" size, 24 of 1" x 1" size  and 12 of the 2"x2" size.  Once you use Stampbord you will be addicted to the smooth surface, how it takes your inks and how creative you can be with it.
$10.95 OUT OF STOCK

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ATC SIZE STAMPBORD SAMPLE

I had to share.....I was sent a prototype of a new Stampbord product that measured 6"x6" and was asked to make something with it for their upcoming display at CHA 2007 and possible future marketing to show what you can do with the Stampbord.  So this little angel came fluttering into my head as shown below.
The true color doesn't come thru very well and I had
to make the picture smaller so it would load faster so you can't see a lot of the detail..but I was so excited to be asked and pleased as to how she came out.
I hope you like her too! 

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This was a class I took at CHA 2007 using the ATC size Stampbord and the small 1x1's.  To save time, they had already prepared the background on the ATC but it was stamped with an ornate A stamp and then carved out.  I also added some Aleene's paper glaze in the carved out part for an added zip.  They have some new inks to go with the STampbord that I will be adding shortly once my order comes in.  I really liked how they performed on the stampbord and left a more glossy type look after they were dried.  The color mix doesn't show thru very well ont he scan, but it is a nice marbled kind of look.  The shadow box is from Provo Craft.

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This was a pin I made at the Stampbord booth.  They had make it/take its each day and I just didn't want to leave.  I used a combination of the Stampbord  pink and yellow inks to get this color.  The mottled look comes from applying them with Ranger's Cut & Dry Foam.  You put a dab of the pink on one corner adn the yellow on another and just start dabbing it.  Those seemd to be a preferred method of applying inks at many different booths at CHA 2007.  I may have to order some of those in!  I don't know whose stamp it was but it says "She had all the royal makings of a queen".  I then carved all around the perimeter of the stampboard and a few choice places on the stamped image.

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This is a couple pictures, taken by one of the nice ladies at Stampbord, of the Stampbord display booth at CHA 2007.  The "Angel of Stampbord"  is displayed on the upper right side. 

Check out the Stampbord Gallery for more samples!

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Stampbord Painted Black & etched out


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