Templates are available in a vast array of shapes and forms and are perfect for rubber stamping projects. Templates (sometimes referred to as 'printables') allow rubber stampers to create and customize their own unique stamped objects. These are ideal for creating customized items for gifts or decorations, weddings and parties, unique gift bags, unusual calendars and greetings cards plus a wide variety of other projects.
The best templates for rubber stamping are generally printed out onto plain paper and then decorated, cut out and finished as required. The type of paper that they are printed on will help to determine the finished look of the project. Any paper that is suitable for rubber stamping will be ideal for use with templates. If the project calls for the use a sheet of cardstock or paper that is too thick to go through a normal printer, then simply print the template out onto plain paper and trace it onto the cardstock. Most printable templates come complete with instructions making them simple and easy to use, this often includes information about the best paper type to use.
Free Templates for Rubber Stamping Projects
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Why Use Templates?
Templates are a great alternative to buying blank items for stamping and by scaling the template up or down they are extremely adaptable in size.
There are a vast array of different template designs available on the Internet which are freely available and these are ideal projects for practicing with.
Uses For Templates
There are many uses available for rubber stamped items made with templates, these include making gift or favor bags for parties and special occasions such as weddings, for customizing items for match a decorative theme or perhaps simply to customize an item to an occasion (for instance a baby themed gift bag to celebrate a new arrival).
Tips for Using Templates
Templates are simple to use, however here are some handy tips to help create great rubber stamped projects.
- Look for plain templates, some come complete with designs that are printed out. If using a template that has a ready made design, simply print it off onto plain paper and trace the template onto blank paper or cardstock.
- Practice on scratch or waste paper. This is an ideal way to see how the finished design will look and provide the opportunity for adapting or varying the template to better meet the needs of the project – for instance it might be useful to increase the depth of height of a card box.
- When practicing on scratch paper, make and undo the finished item to get a better idea for how the different elements of the design work. This is useful for determining how to place the rubber stamps. This is also useful when working out an overall design as it is possible to decide which way up the rubber stamps are to go. This can be marked on the sample in pen or pencil and referred to when the finished project is being complete.
- Use the scaling feature on a printer's operating system to make the template bigger or smaller. This is a useful way to customize the finished size of a project.
Saving Templates for Future Use
It is useful to save templates by either saving the template onto the hard drive of a computer or by printing it out. This is a handy way of being able to find templates at a later date as websites can sometimes change content. Laminating the template will help to protect it and make it longer lasting.
Another way of saving templates is to copy them onto thick cardstock and keep them together in a file. This makes a handy reference source and the card templates can simply be traced onto paper or cardstock as required.
Note: Before using a template to make a product to sell (commercial use) it is important to check any copyright information that is provided by the creator.