I hope you find this information useful.
So far I've read:
- For solid image stamps use your jeans or a pencil eraser to get the release agent off the rubber.
- Don't just dab the stamp on the ink but do a combo dab and smoosh to get a good inking.
- Lastly count to 10 before you lift up your stamp.
Here's a couple more tried and tested stamping tips:
- If your stamp is bigger than your ink - take your ink to your stamp rather than the other way around.
- If your stamp is big(like a background stamp) lay your paper on top of your stamp and rub rather than pressing your stamp down on your paper.
- I actually like to use this last method even with smaller stamps when stamping on vellum. I can see the vellum getting inked as I press that way ensuring a clear crisp image.
Here's my TIP:
Use a fun foam mat for stamping. Sometimes your table surface doesn't give the stamp enough "cushion" to give you a good image.
I don't have a stamp studio so I stamp in my dining room or in my kitchen. My dining table is travertine (crumbled marble) and my kitchen table is oak (deep grooves) so when I stamp I lay a piece of scratch paper (Stampin' Up! makes a grid pad that's perfect for this!) on top of a BLACK fun foam and stamp on that. It works perfect for me everytime! I used to have a pink fun foam mat but it got all stained and so I switched to black and it looks new even after months of use. I got mine at Michaels and I think it was 89 cents a sheet. Of course I bought 10 for my classes!