How to Stamp

Stamping is easy—especially when you know a few basic tips. Take a look!

Your Work Surface

Stamp on a smooth, hard table or countertop. A 15"x18" Craft Sheet from Ranger will protect your table, since you can just wipe off or peel up spills. You can also place scrap paper underneath the paper you’re stamping on to protect your surface.

Applying Ink to Your Stamp

Press the stamp two or three times onto the pad. You don’t need to use extreme pressure—squashing the stamp into the ink pad will get way too much ink on the stamp. Turn the stamp over to make sure it’s completely inked.

If your stamp is larger than your ink pad, hold the stamp image-side up in one hand and tap the ink pad onto the stamp with the other hand. For very finely detailed stamps, slide the ink pad over the image instead of tapping it.

Stamping On Your Paper

Press the inked stamp straight down onto your paper. Press firmly around all corners and edges with your fingertips—not just in the middle of the stamp. Don’t rock or wiggle it. Lift the stamp straight up.

You might find you get better impressions if you stand while stamping! This is especially important for large designs, which seem to require more pressure.

Get to Know Your Stamps

Every stamp has its own personality, which you’ll discover when you stamp with them. Small stamps require less ink and less pressure. Large stamps may need a firmer hand. And you’ll probably find that some images need a little extra pressure on one particular area.

Always test out your new stamps before using them on a project. Just ink it up and stamp onto a piece of scrap paper. This way you can see exactly where you need to apply more pressure or less ink.