Templates are available in a vast array of shapes and forms that are ideal for rubber stamping projects. Templates are sometimes referred to as 'printables' and allow rubber stampers to create and customize their own unique stamped objects. These are ideal for creating customized items for weddings and parties, unique gift bags, unusual calendars and greetings cards plus a wide variety of other projects.
Types of templates that are ideal for rubber stamping projects include:
- Greetings Cards.
Free Templates for Rubber Stamping ProjectsThere are many templates that are suitable or easily adapted for rubber stamping projects. Some examples are:
- Gallery of templates for rubber stamping
- 2010 Calendar template and calendar template library
- Box for rubber stamping
- Gift bag template and instructions
- Promise card template
- Templates for party stamping projects
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 free of charge 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 hight 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 saving and printing templates it is important to check any copyright information that is provided by the creator.