|Posted: 3/1/2013 10:43:36 AM|hi, im a newbie in the scrapbooking world and i have a quick question on clear stamps. i just bought some clear stamps and tried it with my ink i have but the results i got was that the image wasnt clear as i want it to be, it sort of bleed out and doesnt have a straight line or clean crisp line. i have no idea what the problem is, is it my ink pad? or i have to do something first with the stamp, because i watched some videos on utube and some them said that i have to sand the stamp beforehand before use..
does anyone have this problem ? or maybe can help me out on this ?
i tried with archival ink and distress ink with my clear stamps, and also tried with just regular ink and it turns out the same.
really appreciate if anyone can help me on this.. thank you
|Posted: 3/1/2013 11:14:25 AM|
I don't know about the archival ink - I don't have any. Distress ink does not work well with clear stamps - it puddles on them and turns out smeary and splotchy looking, but sometimes I want that for a background image. If I want to color the image and need a crisp image, I use versafine or memento.
I wouldn't sand the stamps, to condition them I rub them with an eraser or ink and stamp onto some scrap paper a bunch of times.
|Posted: 3/1/2013 11:42:08 AM|Did you try using different cardstock? If that doesn't work then it really sounds like it's your stamps. What brand of stamps are you using? Sometimes people sand their clear stamps if there is a piece that is not smooth. I have never had that problem though I don't think I would ever sand my stamps as it would probably do more harm than good. If a stamp doesn't give a clean image I brush it with a stamp brush and that fixes it. There isn't much you can do for bad clear stamps except buy a different brand. Scrappy Moms Stamps are an excellent brand as is Close To My Heart.
|Posted: 3/1/2013 12:23:44 PM|
What brand are the clear stamps?
I have fairly good luck with archival ink with any of my clear stamps. There are two types of clear stamps, regular acrylic and photopolymer. Photopolymer are generally preferred because they work a lot more like rubber and work well with many types of ink.
I would NOT expect distress ink to give you a crisp image with any stamp. It is designed to look distressed.
I have also had luck with Hero Arts shadow inks with clear acrylic stamps and Versafine Onyx black is great.
Some people do things like sanding the stamp or rubbing an eraser on it. However, your issue may be a paper issue. For example, the cardstock I bought at AC Moore was awful and nothing stamped neatly on it. A nice smooth cardstock will work better, you could try a good one from an office supply store, or buy specialty stamping paper online.
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|Posted: 3/1/2013 10:03:14 PM|
Clear stamps that i have are from paislee press i think..and thanknyou for all the advices, i might try using it on different papers, oo and i have tried it with memento ink but still didnt turn out good, i wanted to try with staz on too, maybe it could help but it just got me really curious why this happening.. And it really bugs me hehehhe.. Anyway thank u for all the advices it really helps..
|Posted: 3/2/2013 3:11:12 PM|
I had a similar experience but with my CC Designs stamps and those are rubber. However, as thecurleyque suggested above, I simply stamped them a few times on scrap paper and they started working great. I use Momento ink
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 3/2/2013 5:06:39 PM|
I too will condition my clear stamps using a pink eraser. Just "erase" all over the entire stamp, and brush off/blow off as much eraser residue you can, then I take a piece of scotch tape and press it against the stamp to get any eraser pieces that fell into the stamp creases etc. Then I stamp away!
|Posted: 3/2/2013 9:26:47 PM|
Oh that must have been so frustrating! I have that sometimes, and will try different inks to get a better stamped image. I had this recently when using a new Memento ink pad with new clear stamps. I switched to my Stazon inks, and it stamped cleanly.
I know everyone has their own way to condition a new stamp so it will stamp cleanly. I just stamp the stamp a few times without ink onto paper. It seems to work. I have heard of sanding new stamps, and running an eraser over the stamp as well.
Hope your stamps stamp better for you.
Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 3/3/2013 11:56:10 AM|
One other thing about the clear stamps-if you push down too hard it literally flattens and distorts the plastic. If you are looking at thin lines, they really can thicken with hard pressure and then no longer look crisp. Try experimenting different amount of pressure. With a rubber stamp that is wood mounted I don't find I can ever give enough pressure to flatten out and distort the image. I also agree that the Distress ink gives a blotchy effect with clear stamps, and tends to bead up.