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Re: Rubber Stamps/Response

Hello Andy:

I, too, am new to the list and do quite a bit of rubber stamping.
The largest size stamp I have seen and used is the size to fit one quarter
of a typical sheet of copy paper,  approx 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. This measurement
is the size of the wood mount and is considered greeting card size. Even at
this size it is a little hard to manage and most would place the paper to
be stamped on top of an inked rubber stamp. A brayer may be used to first
ink the stamp evenly and another clean one could be rolled on top. Some
artists would use hand pressure instead.

I know of an artist who used an offset copy machine borrowed from a school
to enlarge an even smaller stamp and was able to have it reproduced on a
skirt made of denim. Naturally, the quality
could not be compared between folders and textiles.

Be aware there are watercolor black inks for rubber stamping  for use on
paper that dry instantly  and can be colored without smearing.

Use of embossing sounds fancy and may take you away from the hand-made

I'm sure there are others with comments for you. Good luck.

> From: Andy Davidson <andrew.davidson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Rubber Stamps
> Date: Saturday, August 01, 1998 10:17 PM
> Hello,
> This is my first post here, so please forgive me if I get some
> of the terminology wrong!
> I'm making 50 folders for an artist/illustrator, for her to use
> as a 'mini-portfolio' - to hold examples of her artwork etc.
> Initially, these folders were going to be rubber stamped with a
> small logo and illustration, with the stamp being no larger
> than approx. 100mm x 75mm. I've tried it with a stamp of this
> size, and it's working great - I'm very happy with the results.
> However, they would now like the illustration (lineart) to
> cover most of the entire front of the folder, and this would be
> approx. 220mm x 305mm - would it be possible to use a rubber
> stamp that size or would it become to unwieldy?
> What is the largest size rubber stamp anyone here has
> successfully used?
> I'm looking into other ideas for this too - possibly a lino cut
> or a letterpress relief pate?
> The effect of the illustration is more important than the
> actual print quality, and the variation between prints will add
> to the 'hand-made' feel of the folders.
> It's going to be a single ink - most likely black - rubber
> stamped onto 350gsm Harvest (light tan/brown) ColourPlan Card
> (G F Smith).
> A further possibly is the use of embossing metallic stamping -
> rubber stamp the glue, sprinkle on the metallic embossing
> powder, remove the excess, then finish & seal it with a heat
> gun.
> I'm now wondering if a rubber stamping an image of the size
> above is just not possible?
> Any comments and advice are most appreciated and many thanks
> for your time.
> Best regards,
> Andy.

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