Hi, new to forum, have a question about stamping on cork coasters

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Posted 6/21/2013 by scrapulous in General Stamping

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Posted: 6/21/2013 9:13:34 PM

I usually post on the NSBR, but I have a stamping question.

I want to stamp cork coasters, but I think I bought the wrong ink. I know nothing about ink, so I chose the colors I want, and paid no attention to what type of ink it was. I got it at a big box store. I bought Studio G washable ink. It's been two days since I stamped the coasters, and I can still get some ink off with a kleenex if I push hard enough.

So, is there a way to save these coaster so they don't bleed when they get damp? Can I use a hair dryer to sort of heat emboss them? Or is that a stupid question? lol

I don't want to seal them with clear coat, because then the water beads from wet glasses will roll off onto my furniture.

So, what should I do? Scrap it all and use a paint pen on the next set?

Thanks for any help you can give me.


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Posted: 6/21/2013 11:04:17 PM
I would try Staz-On ink. It's a solvent ink that is permanent on many surfaces. It may be what you're looking for. It's readily available at most big box craft stores and I'm sure here in the store. Hope I helped!

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Posted: 6/22/2013 4:20:40 AM
I was going to say Staz On as well.


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Posted: 6/22/2013 7:22:42 AM
No stupid questions. I haven't tried stamping on cork, but...

Staz on or Archival should be waterproof. But that sounds expensive if you are using a lot of colors.

I think if you heat embossed over the entire coaster (versamark ink + clear embossing powder + heat gun) it might save your design, but it would be slippery then and not so useful as a coaster.

I don't have other ideas. Maybe someone else with more experience will...


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Posted: 6/22/2013 9:02:34 AM
Thank you all. I am only using one color. I'm just stamping them with a chevron stamp, nothing fancy.

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Posted: 6/22/2013 9:49:56 AM
As Heidi says--ain't no stupid questions on our forum. Welcome aboard!

Short answer to 'can I save?'. If you want to use the coasters & sealing is not an option, the answer is "probably not". Even if you heat set the dye ink, any moisture will most likely reactivate it. 'Sok. Consider it a lesson learned & use the coasters as art.

For this type project you definitely want a something waterproof. If you want ink it's probably going to be 'solvent-based'. StazOn is the best known brand, but comes in a limited range of colors. You could stamp with a StazOn & do any necessary coloring with (permanent) markers.

Option #2. Use craft paint* as your ink. Here's one way...

1. Put a small amount of paint on a piece of waxpaper.
2. Dampen a cosmetic sponge (wring out so it's not wet) & use the sponge to load the stamp by daubing on a thin coat of paint.
3. Stamp.
4. Rinse your stamp in water to remove any paint from your stamp.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each coaster. HTH

* when I say 'craft paint' I am refering to the waterbased ones that come in bottles--Folk Art, Ceramcoat & DecoArt are 3 popular brands. I do not recommend paint pens.

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