|Posted: 3/4/2014 7:59:50 AM|
I tried to use a stamp last night and it wouldn't stamp cleanly.
I think I remember someone giving instructions on how to prepare a stamp before it's first use. Anyone know what I am talking about?
|Posted: 3/4/2014 8:01:21 AM|
I rub mine with a soft white eraser - that usually helps the ink adhere better!
Loc: london, england
|Posted: 3/4/2014 8:05:17 AM|Yep, I do the same if a stamp gives me any trouble - rub with a white eraser and then clean. Ink and stamp again and often it makes all the difference.
If that doesn't do the trick, then I try a different ink type. But usually the eraser does the job.
|Posted: 3/4/2014 9:26:54 AM|
A tip I learned from the knowledgeable posters on the General Stamping board several years ago was to rub the stamping surface of all rubber &/or clear stamps with a white art eraser prior to use. This removes residue left from the manufacturing process, so the stamp can receive ink. Even if you've already used the stamp with poor results, you can still erase it once dry. I've found this simple task produces consistent ink coverage & a better stamped image. HTH, & happy stamping!
|Posted: 3/4/2014 10:15:46 AM|
I have stamped for years and always "season" my stamps with a white eraser. For the random times when the eraser doesn't do the trick (usually with the cheaper stamps), then I have used a VERY fine sandpaper (like a nail sanding block) and lightly rubbed it over the surface and that works also.
|Posted: 3/4/2014 10:24:07 AM|
I sand all my stamps clear rubber whatever. Even when the stamp looks nice the first time it's always better after sanding
Loc: Salem, NJ
|Posted: 3/4/2014 11:27:33 AM|
I don't think you gals know how helpful this thread has just become for me! As a CTMH rep I get a lot of their stamps. I really do love some of them, but get frustrated because I can't get great images from some of them. I had no idea about seasoning a stamp! Thank you so much! I can't wait to share this with some other ladies that have always stayed away from stamps for this reason!!!
Loc: So CA
|Posted: 3/4/2014 9:37:42 PM|
CTMH consultant here. Just rub the stamp on your forearm. It works great and you always have your arm with vs remembering a white eraser. The oils on your skin and the friction seem to season the stamps easily. I actually learned this at convention a few years ago.
|Posted: 3/4/2014 10:12:45 PM|
I ink it up with Versamark ink and then add colored ink right on top of the Versamark "base" layer.
|Posted: 3/5/2014 8:06:06 AM|
thank you, thank you.
I will put that white eraser in my stamp drawer so I remember to use it.