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Stamp Tips

Stamp Tips: Tuesday

Love stamping? Whether youre a newbie or experienced stamper, take a look at a few stamping tips from our design team!

Re-inking an inkpad: I take a square piece of white glossy cardstock (scraps left over from cropping photos are great for this!) about as wide as the inkpad. Add a couple of drops of re-inking fluid to the edge of the cardstock, near the bottomit will form an edge of ink across the bottom of the square. Then immediately pull the edge of ink across the inkpad, pushing it against the surface as you pull the cardstock along the inkpad. This spreads the ink evenly over the entire surface of the inkpad, using only a couple of drops of ink. Susan

Storing inkpads: Always store your inkpads upside down to keep the ink at the surface of the pad. You dont have to do this with pigment inks, which are so juicy that storing them upside down can result in an inky mess. If the manufacturer hasnt printed the color on the bottom of the inkpad, I write it on with a Sharpie marker so its easy to find the right color. Sara

Masking: Store your stamped masking image with the stamp. This way you won't have to make another and cut it out the next time you want to mask that image. Also, when cutting out a mask image, be sure to cut just inside the stamped image. This will eliminate the "halo effect" that you can get and insure a clean stamped image. LeNae

Cleaning acrylic stamps: After washing clear acrylic stamps with soap and water or a stamp cleaner, blot them well with a paper towel. This helps them attach easier to the plastic sheet in the package for storage, and also to the acrylic block the next time you use them. Susan

Fitting stamps on a project: Before stamping on a card or scrapbook page, I place my un-inked stamps on the project to make sure it will fit, and to get an idea of what the image will look like before I stamp it. Laura

Cleaning inkpads: If an inkpad becomes muddied with another color, tap it off with a paper towel. Still not clean? Spritz lightly with ammonia-free window cleaner, let sit for a few seconds and wipe clean. Sara