Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Secrets to Perfect Stamped Images

Secrets to Perfect Stamped Images      
Use the tips below and get perfect stamped images. 

1. Use the right kind of ink for the job: 
Knowing what kind of ink will work well on the surface you're stamping on is the first step to clear, crisp images that won't smear. Stazon is for images that you are going to watercolor or for slick surfaces- like the name implies- it stays on. Stampin' Up! Classic Inks are dye based inks for general usage on paper. 

2. Make sure you have fully inked your stamp: 

verify your stamp is fully inked before stamping your image. Use of a brayer to help you ink large surfaces, or turn your stamp rubber side up on the table and use the pad to stamp. 

3. Use your tools:
I cannot stress enough the importance of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig.  Buy it, use it, love it! 

4. Positioning:

Stand up, stamp straight down; and lift straight up- do not rock stamps when we place them on our cardstock or lift them up. I like stamping on a piece of fun foam, it gives a little bit of cushion to your stamping surface.  I bought mine at Michaels in large 14 x 10 sheets. 

5. Clean your stamps
Clean your stamps immediately after use-  they'll last longer, accept ink more readily, and stamp cleaner images.

6. Condition your stamps

If you aren't happy with the quality of your stamped images, try going over the surface of your stamp with a large eraser, or rubbing on your jeans.  It removes residues and allows the stamp to accept the ink. Clean with Stampin' Mist and a Stampin Scrub and you are good to go! 

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