June 25, 2010

A DIFFERENT TYPE OF STAMPING - BUT WAY COOL!


Hi all!! I have been merrily stamping away but I can't share anything yet since the classes are today and tomorrow and I like it to be a surprise for my customers :-) BUT, I do have some really fun stamping pictures to show you - a little bit different than what we normally do, but pretty cool!!! We are having our patio put in and we decided we wanted stamped concrete so I thought I would share some of the pics!  This first one is the fresh concrete after it has been smoothed and the lines put in - amazing to watch! They have these cool little knee skates that they skate all over with and they were having fun....I wanted some for me, lol!! 
 The next one show them putting down the stamping powder - kind of like embossing powder since it is what makes the image of the stamps visible. Although they use a lot more and it is a HUGE mess of powder!!  And, it does not come in cute little jars but huge 5 gallon drums, heehee!!!  I had to shut the door quickly because there were huge clouds of powder dust in the air and I did not want them coating my entire house - I just got it all clean *wink*
So, this third pic shows them laying down the giant stamps that create the textured impressions in the wet concrete - I am amazed at how big these stamps are and how each one is different but they all somehow work together to make one beautiful patio!  And, then they use this huge stamping tool to add pressure to the actual stamp plates and get a nice crisp "image" in the concrete. I have GOT to get me one of these, LOL!!!!
This last picture gives you an idea of the stamped images left behind - it really is cool to see IRL.  It is not dry and they still need to "cure" and stain it, but I just thought this was so stinkin' cool that I just had to share.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend - I will be back with some fun stamping projects tomorrow so until then - HAPPY STAMPING!!!!

12 comments:

Melissa said...

Very cool, it looks like tile. When I started reading I thought OMG she is going to put little images in it - LOL!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Your such a smarty pants aren't you! Lol! Cool idea while we wait your creations.!Lol!

Rose Ann said...

Looks awesome, Alex!! I'm sure you and the family will enjoy the space as well!!

Crystal said...

WOW Alex this looks AWESOME!! Enjoy gf!

Chris said...

very cool, i would love to do this with my driveway! but first i must rob a bank...lol

Deb said...

oh wow, that is amazing, must have been fabulous to watch the process irl, have a fabulous weekend, hugs Debx

Marisa said...

Lucky you to get a lovely patio to enjoy! I was wondering if you stamped a few small images in the concrete before it set LOL :D I love watching things like this - every one has talents in an area and it is fun to see them using it.

Tammy Clarke said...

What a fun post, thanks.

Joan said...

A stamped patio for a stamper - so absolutely perfect!!!! Thanks for sharing the process - too cool.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh I can't wait to see it all finished!

kay said...

This is just soo ingenious of you to share! I like the way you integrated and described the stamping techniques of SU! with the concrete scaping. So funny! TFS!!!
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