| Step 1 |
You will need metal stamps, a hammer, bench block, stamping blank, and alcohol ink. You will also need paper towel and masking tape.
| Step 2 |
Lay the stamping blank on a bench block. Use a piece of masking tape to hold the blank down and to use as a guide for the lettering. Choose the first metal stamp. Hold the stamp so that the impression will be right side up.
| Step 3 |
Line up the letter to be stamped using the reflection in the silver and the masking tape.
| Step 4 |
Hold the stamp straight up and down. Using a heavy brass hammer, hit the top of the letter stamp with one good hard blow.
| Step 5 |
This should leave a clean, deep impression of the letter or design.
| Step 6 |
Continue stamping the blank. Line up the next letter using the reflection.
| Step 7 |
Continue stamping until you have completed your saying or design. Remove the stamping blank from the bench block.
| Step 8 |
Drop a drop of alcohol ink onto the stamping blank.
| Step 9 |
Tilt the blank so the ink moves over the stamped area.
| Step 10 |
Make sure the ink covers the entire stamped area.
| Step 11 |
Wipe the excess ink off the blank using paper towel and let the recessed ink dry thoroughly.
| Step 12 |
Congratulations! You have added color to your stamping blank using alcohol ink.