Stamping with Acrylic Blocks | 7 Variations!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! In this post, you’ll learn 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Now one thing I’ve learned about myself over the years, is that when I create, I almost never start with the simplest option. I pretty much always gravitate toward stamping that is multi-step and multi-dimensional. By doing that, I sometimes forget that some of the simplest options can be really beautiful too! This is definitely the case when stamping with acrylic blocks!

So for today’s creations, I started with four variations on some of the simplest options for stamping with acrylic blocks.

For these first four methods I’ve stamped on Whisper White card stock.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #1

This option couldn’t be more basic. You just ink up your block and stamp!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #2

There are two or more options for Method #2. For these two you’ll simply be inking your block to create shapes with the ink. On this first one I’ve used a circular motion when inking.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

For this second version of method #2, I simply rubbed my block along the ink pad, in an effort to get streaks of ink on the block. As you can see here the streaks don’t always look linear but they do create an interesting texture on the card stock nonetheless.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #3

For this next approach to stamping with acrylic blocks I’ve introduced the use of a spritzer with water. Now the ultra smooth white and vanilla card stock on not really meant to use with water but you can get away with using just a bit.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

So for this card, I simply applied ink to my block, spritzed it with just one spray of water and then stamped the block on my piece of Whisper White card stock.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

As I’m sure you can see here, the water changes the look and texture of the ink on the paper and blends the ink just a bit. The foliage was stamped with Early Espresso ink. The bottom of the inked rectangle was masked when I stamped my image, so the stem would not extend beyond the edge of the rectangle.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Last but not least, I used a Clear Wink of Stella brush to add some shimmer to the foliage.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #4

This next method is really a variation on method #3. Simply ink up the block, stamp off onto your scrap paper, spritz with water and stamp on the card stock. As you can see, this just gives you a lighter color of ink for the stamped rectangle.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

The next three methods for stamping with acrylic blocks involve more steps and therefore add more complexity and depth to the projects.

Method #5

For this next method, I’ve created two variations. The first one is done with Very Vanilla card stock and the second one is made with Water Color paper.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

This next focal piece is made using water color paper with a spritzer.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

For the most part, the stamped rectangles on this second version have ink that’s more blended than on the first version.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #6

For these two cards I’ve used two different sizes of blocks in a pattern to create my focal elements. The version on the left is made with ultra smooth vanilla card stock and the one on the right is made with water color paper plus two additional details.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

For this second variation, I’ve used two coordinating colors on each block!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

In this photo you might be able to see the dark and light portions of each stamped rectangle.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

On the green rectangle, the darker green edge is the Granny Apple Green ink and the lighter portion is Soft Sea Foam.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

On the yellow rectangle, the color difference is a bit less noticeable but in fact I used Bumblebee toward the bottom and Daffodil Delight at the top.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

The last rectangle on the bottom is a blend of Cinnamon Cider ink at the bottom and Mango Melody at the top.

Can you also see the little white specks on the colored rectangles? These are created by flicking water on the focal piece and letting it sit for a few seconds. Then you’ll dab up the excess water with a paper towel which also removes just a bit of the color in those spots.

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Method #7

For this last and final method, I simply used a larger block which gave me more surface area to apply ink and see the lovely affects of the colors blending. I also sprinkled some water on this dry focal piece to create the white specks here and there. This one definitely needs to be made into a card!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Can you tell I had a blast playing with all these variations of stamping with acrylic blocks?

What other variations can you think of? I hope you’ll play and share what you create!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks is so simple and fun! Check out these 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Blocks in your stamping with the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today! For additional details and tips be sure to watch my facebook live video which you’ll find at the end of this post. In the video I also showed some more beautiful projects made with these methods, in a different color scheme.

You’ll find dimensions and a complete supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for spending some time with me today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


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Project Dimensions:

Simple “D” Block Card – Variations #1, #2 , #3 & #4

  • Bumblebee Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Whisper White Focal Piece: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Bumblebee Sentiment Piece: 7/16″ x 1-1/2″
  • Whisper White Inside Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″

Three “B” Blocks Cards – Variation #5

  • Whisper White Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Whisper White Dry Embossed Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Bumblebee Layer: 3″ x 5-1/4″
  • Whisper White Focal: 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Whisper White Inside Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″

Mixed Blocks Card (“B” & “C” Blocks) – Variation #6

  • Whisper White Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla or Water Color Paper Focal Layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Granny Apple Green Strip: 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Cinnamon Cider Strip: 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White Inside Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″

“E” Block Focal Piece – (For Card or Folio Focal) Variation #7

  • Water Color Paper Focal Layer: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″

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  1. Anne Matasci says

    Melissa, this is SO WELL DONE! Thank you for the effort you made to experiment with the different technique options and to describe them all so clearly. Love it!

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