Have you ever had difficulty getting a good impression from a solid stamp, like the one above? You’re applying plenty of ink, but it seems to bead up on the rubber and then gives a spotty impression. Here are a few tips to ensure success:
- When assembling your stamps, rub the face of the stamp on a piece of paper or on your jeans to remove the “release agent” that is used in the manufacturing process. Don’t worry about overdoing it; I’ve heard of people actually using Stampin’ Up!’s sanding block on the rubber with no ill effects, so they say. Personally, I wouldn’t dare try that!
- Try using StazOn Cleaner on the rubber before stamping for the first time.
- Remember that a stamp with lots of rubber requires lots of ink and a certain amount of pressure when you stamp. (Conversely, a small stamp requires only a light inking and a light touch when stamping.) I recommend holding the stamp against the card stock for a second or two to give the ink plenty of time to “soak in” to the paper.