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Stamping - Creating an impression

Stamping is quite straightforward - Choose your stamp, ink it evenly. Apply even pressure firmly onto stamping surface without rocking,then lift straight up.

However lets take it step by step:-

  • First prepare your work area- place a large stamp mat or cutting mat on a flat surface.  I always place some white copy paper or large piece of scrap paper on top. (You can use this to check the imprint prior to stamping onto your card or project)
  • Place the stamp, image side up, on the flat surface, bring the inkpad to the stamp and tap it firmly and evenly over the surface of the stamp, until covered.  Pressing the inkpad too firmly will result in an over-inked image, particulary if it is a new inkpad.  Do not rub the inkpad over the image or use a twisting motion.  This is not good for either the stamp or the inkpad.
  • Should you have a little excess ink around the edge of the image, clean with the tip of your finger, a cotton bud or some tissue., leaving a clean image.
  • If using Brush Markers colour in the stamp surface and again use an appropriate tool to remove any excess ink around the image.  'Huff' (breathe heavily) onto the stamp to re-moisten the ink and then stamp....
  • Press image straight down on paper or card.  Holding the stamp firmly with one hand, use the other to apply an even pressure all over the top of stamp - do not rock the stamp as this will result in a blurred image.
  • Lift the stamp straight upward in a quick even movement and wow! you have your lovely image. (If using brush markers give the stamp another 'huff' and stamp again revealing a lighter image.)
  • Clean your stamp immediately.

A Few Tips:-

  • Select the correct ink for the paper or card you are using - e.g. Permanent inkpad to make waterproof for colouring in image
  • Smudges or lines around your stamped image - clean away excess ink from around image before stamping (it takes only a second to check)
  • Smudged Image? - Perhaps you rocked or moved the stamp (Try again)
  • Only part of the image stamped out? - Was the work surface uneven? Was the stamp inked sufficiently?  Did you 'huff' when using brush markers? Was the inkpad dried out?  Did you clean your new stamp prior to using? (there is a film on a new stamp surface from the factory which should be removed before using)
  • Practice makes perfect .. as a new stamper, sit down with a couple of inkpads, some brush markers  and stamps some plain paper and play around.  Get the feel of using the stamp and inks.  Your confidence will grow with each image.  Your impressions will just get better and better.  Don't expect to be picture perfect at first.  Don't be disheartened if you start off with some ropey results - even experienced stampers have off days.  As your confidence grows try using different types of paper, card vellum, acetate etc.  Keep a sample of each technique and results. 
  • Make a little tag book with the idea stamped on front and the inks/pens/colour on back.  Use some fibers or a ring to keep together.  You can refer to this time and time again.

Most of all enjoy......


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