What are

iod stamps?

For anyone who hasn’t used IOD stamps before, they’re essentially what they sound like:  A clear stamp - but it doesn’t stop there! 

While similar in function to stamps you've used before -- IOD stamps have the power to transform a piece of junk found on the side of the road to a show-stopping piece that you will be proud to display in your home for generations to come.

And DIY home decor is just the tip of the creative iceberg. IOD stamps can be used in food art ( they're food safe! )crafts, DIY lifestyle projects and more!



Did you just get your very first set of IOD stamps - beyond exciting, right?!? But
before you can get your hands dirty, you need to condition your stamps. You
only need to do this once and then your stamps will be set for life.

Start by removing the acrylic sheet attached to the stamping side of the design,
while leaving the stamps attached to their backing sheet. Using a fine grit
sand block scuff or rough up the stamping surface. Lightly sand in one
direction and then rotate the craft stamp 90 degrees and sand lightly in a
different direction. 

This helps the mediums stay put, and not bead (which some types, like ceramics
glazes, tend to do). It also will give a cleaner impression.


Some of our stamps work best if you pull the stamp off the backing and use a thin
mount when stamping. Others work best if you leave the backing on and then
there are some that we keep the backing on, but cut each stamp out
separately.  Let’s break down what you should do with which types of


Any letter or alpha stamp set such as Typesetting, Farmhand, Retro and Swoosh:
Remove the stamp from the backing when ready to use (this takes some force, but
don’t worry, the stamps are strong). Arrange the stamps design side down on
your project, then lay an acrylic thin mount on top. Press to adhere the stamps
to the thin mount and then apply your medium. When you’re done using your
letter stamps, clean them and stick them to the backing for storage.


Any stamp that comes as a sheet such as Carrara Marble, Craquelure, Distressed,
Chippy Paint, Kindest Regards and Cubano: Leave the stamp in one piece on the
backing and the backing will work as your mounting surface. 


The majority of our stamps fall into this category. Examples are Painterly Rose,
Pavo, Fronds, and Crockery: Leave the stamps on the backing. Cut each design
out separately making sure to round the edges of the backing when you cut. The
backing will work as your mounting surface. 



This is recommended for surfaces that are perfectly flat, for example, if you are
doing word art on a wood sign. Use the grid or curved lines as guides for the
lettering layout and for centering your stamps on the project surface.



This is what we call it when you use a flexible piece of plastic, such as the
backing sheet that came with the stamps, as a mounting device.. 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).



This is when you use the stamp without mounting it to anything. There are two common
scenarios that call for no mount. When you’re stamping a very curved surface,
such as on a flower pot or around the corner of a dresser.

When you need the stamps to have a little 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 an unintentional smudge. 



This specialty mount is in a class of its own. It’s a mount with a rigid edge for
gripping but a flexible area for mounting your stamp. Then, when you stamp, it
assists with applying even pressure on curved surfaces to give a clear


Whichever mounting method you use, the backside of the stamps and the mount must be
perfectly clean in order for the stamp to cling firmly to the surface. If you
find that your stamp isn’t sticking to your mount, wash it in warm soapy water
or, for a quick fix, you can wipe it clean with a baby wipe.



Paint works wonderfully with IOD Stamps. When using paint we recommend creating a
small puddle to roll an IOD Brayer in. Make sure you get an even load and roll
onto the design side of the mounted (or if using unmounted, proceed
accordingly) stamp. This part takes a little practice to get the feel of the load
so that it’s enough to give you the impression you want without being sloppy.
Also keep in mind variables such as the surface you are stamping, the medium
you are using, as well as the look you are trying to achieve. 



IOD Décor Inks work best with IOD stamps, however most other craft inks will work
as well (depending on the project surface). Ink gives finer detail and tends to
be a little more translucent than paint.



Stamping cookies and cakes couldn’t be easier. Using the same techniques as you do for
paint, roll the gel paste onto the stamp with a brayer and stamp all the sweet
treats. (Just make sure not to use the same set of stamps for food and non-food
projects.) Click
here for a tutorial on stamping cookies.



Perfect for if you’re looking to personalize some cheap dishes or just love the look of
embossed images. Click
here for a tutorial on embossing plain white dishes with IOD stamps.


Step 1: Shake your ink bottle well before filling your ink pad. This ensures that any pigment that may have settled is fully mixed. We recommend using the blank
stamp pads to apply the ink (one for each color), then pat the surface of the
stamp with it.

Step 2: Starting along the outer edge, squeeze a line of ink going along the
perimeter of the pad. Repeat this process, going in ever smaller rectangles
until the entire pad is covered with ink.

Step 3: Stop squeezing the ink bottle and use the tip to work the ink into the pad
until it’s absorbed into the surface.

Store your ink pads upside down so the ink stays on the surface. Also, if it’s been
awhile since you last used an ink pad, add additional ink to refresh the



Both painted and stained furniture can be stamped. In fact, this is one of the most
common uses for our stamps. You can use ink or paint, but generally we like the
look of paint for furniture.



When stamping fabric the load of medium should be generous in order to penetrate the
fibers. This means make sure your ink pad or brayer is extra juicy with ink or
paint when loading the stamp.

You’ll also want to spend a little extra time with the stamp pressed on the fabric
surface to give the fibers time to absorb the medium.

The look will be different with different levels of fabric texture. For example,
stamping a high thread count pillow will look different from stamping burlap.
Décor Ink, chalk paint and other fabric suitable mediums work well.

The ideal material for permanent washables is 100 percent cotton. However, blends
and some other natural fibers can sometimes work as well.

Do a small test to be sure. Allow your newly stamped fabric to dry/cure for a
minimum of 24 hours, then heat set with an iron on high heat before washing.

here for more inspiration on using IOD products on fabric.



Walls are a fabulous surface opportunity for stamping. Create all over patterns that
are a level up from wallpaper, and completely custom, or use the IOD stamps to
create an old world border. We love using paint for wall applications!



Using a soft gel paste, you can stamp royal icing and fondant to take your desserts
from dull to delectable! This technique uses a brayer to apply the gel paste to
the stamp.



You can use stamps to decorate pottery with glazes before firing or with embossing
powder after. Or you can stamp wet clay to create beautiful impressions. 


We find that the easiest way to care for and clean stamps is to keep wet wipes
nearby, and avoid letting the medium dry all the way on the stamp surface.

Then, when you have time, wash them with mild soap and warm water. For some mediums you may find that you need a stamp cleaner. Use one that is safe for clear
stamps. After thoroughly cleaned, place them back on the clear backing for

DO NOT use your stamps in high heat applications. This means puh-lease do NOT put
them in the dishwasher or leave them in a hot car otherwise they will be more
like shrinky-dinks than stamps. (Yikes!) 



  • Hover the stamp over your project surface to line up where you want to stamp before stamping.
  • Once you're ready to stamp, COMMIT and don’t shift. That means, once your stamp makes contact with the surface, keep it there otherwise
    you might unintentionally smudge or create a double image.
  • Use one hand to hold the stamp, then use your other
    hand to run your fingers over all the details of the stamp - apply even
    pressure and ensure good contact.
  • Lift the stamp straight up off the project surface
    when done stamping, again being careful not to shift.
  • Wipe your stamp clean with wipes immediately after
    use to prevent the medium from drying on the stamp.
  • Last, and most important: Practice makes
     Stamping isn’t hard, but it does take a little practice to
    get it just right - especially as you try new medium and different surfaces to
    get it just right.



After you’ve gotten a feel for stamping (remember - “commit, don’t shift” and PRACTICE) and you’re ready to take it to the next level - learn how to mask.

The purpose of masking is to create visual layers on your project without disrupting or muddying the original stamped image. The mask covers and protects the stamped image so that no impression is made on top of it with overlapping stamps. This keeps your designs crisp and clear.

Masking creates the impression of a foreground and a background on your projects.

You can make you own masks by stamping a piece of paper with the stamp you want to
use and then cutting it out along the edge of the design. Or you can use the pre-cut reusable plastic masks included with our 2020 stamps releases. You just need to separate each mask from the sheet by gently separating along the perforated lines.

Before masking, you want to make sure your initial stamped image is dry otherwise you
will smudge it when you lay the mask down. Unsealed surfaces are porous and will have a relatively quick drying time. But if you’re stamping on a sealed surface, you’ll want to wait longer to allow for adequate drying before

To mask, simply line up the mask with the stamped design, laying it on top to protect the image. Then you can continue stamping the next layer.

When planning a project that uses masking, you need to think in reverse order. This
means stamping what you want to be in ‘front,’ or in the foreground, first. Background, or images that appear in the under layers, are stamped last when you mask.

Other advanced techniques that you can use with stamps are the Batik technique, wet-on-wet flooding, dip pens and more. We show you how to do each one in detail in this tutorial. 


This technique creates a plastered finish. In addition to an IOD stamp, you’ll also
need chalk or mineral-type paint and a rubber spatula or spreader.

Spread an even, thick layer of paint on the surface of your project. Then allow the
paint to set up just enough to maintain some structure, but not fully dry. When
stamping, use a bit more pressure than you normally would to stamp to create an

Once dry, you can color wash or even layer on and scrape off a different color paint
to accent the stamp impression.


Roll out an even slab of IOD Air Dry Clay to your desired thickness. Press the stamp
design into the surface, again applying more pressure than usual to make sure all the stamp details are pushed into the clay. Remove the stamp. 

To make the impression look less puffed up and pillow-y, lay a thin mount on top
of the impression and gently apply even pressure to smooth the surface of the clay.

Let dry and apply a color wash to make the impression pop!

To see this technique in action, check out this tutorial. 


Reach out to your local stockist as they’re happy to help and show you, hand-over-hand, all the techniques shared here. 

To find the stockist near you, use our store locator by clicking here. Or, if you prefer to shop online, you can find an online stockists by clicking here. You can also use our customer service contact form and we’ll get back to you lickity-split.