PeaNut 486,616 October 2010 Posts: 122 Layouts: 150 Loc: Indiana
Posted: 1/20/2013 8:46:36 AM
Hi! I am not much of a stamper normally, but have really been drawn to all the little roller stamps and the stamp sets from American Crafts that go with the lines, like the Dear Lizzy sets. I am finding though that when I stamp them, I can't get a clear image, especially the little sayings. Can anyone give me some tips on what I might be doing wrong..perhaps my ink choices? I usually use Jenni Bowlin inks. I'm not really sure what I am doing, but I notice that most use them and have clear images, so any help would be greatly appreciated!!
PeaNut 540,243 January 2012 Posts: 5,817 Layouts: 272 Loc: PA
Posted: 1/20/2013 9:03:25 AM
I think the the American Crafts stamps are clear acrylic (not clear photopolymer). I would suggest versafine ink (which is now sold in the two peas store Versafine Ink in store) or Chalk ink.
I'm not familiar with Jenni Bowlin inks, but many dye inks don't work well with clear acrylic stamps.
Other than that, I would just practice a not-too-hard, even touch, so the stamp doesn't slide, but all of the stamp has contact with the paper. I find it easier to use small sentiment stamps with a smaller stamp block also. Some people love the Fiskars stamp press too.
PeaNut 168,993 September 2004 Posts: 395 Layouts: 16 Loc: CA
Posted: 1/21/2013 4:02:31 AM
Totally agree with Heidi and she is right about the AC clear stamps, they are acrylic and not photopolymer. And I second the Versafine suggestion - the Onyx black is my favorite black inkpad and they last forever. The two negatives for me with Versafine are that the color range is pretty limited and they don't work when coloring with Copics.
I have a couple of the Jenni Bowlin inks but never use them, I didn't find they worked that well for me. Color box chalk inks also work well with all types of stamps but the image is softer and not as crisp but there are lots more colors to choose from.
I always do a couple test stamp impressions on scrap paper too - just to see how the image will come out and if I need to adjust pressure or ink coverage. Good luck and have fun!