Rubber Stamp Tips

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Here are some tips I picked up along the way

1. Try stamping on a lap tray I find you get a much clearer result, or you can just use a cutting board.  Don't rock the stamp or it will smudge.  Press firmly.

2. Store your ink pads upside down you get more ink out of them if you do

3. Try marvy le plume pens or marvy metallics markers they look great on stamps - you can use them directly onto stamp or to colour in the stamped image.

4. Stamp each stamp on a piece of paper or card and store in a photo album for easy viewing of your stamps, useful if you have a big collection like me!

5. Use empty jewel/CD cases for storing unmounted stamps if they have the cling on then they will just cling! Or try acetate sheets, you could put them in a folder or simply in a drawer

6. Store your stamps with rubber facing up or on their side, or you can damage the rubber

7. Do not wash rubber stamps with water use stamp cleaner and kitchen roll to clean, or you can use alcohol-free baby wipe.  For polymer stamps it is okay to wash them under water.

8. Do not leave in direct sunlight

9. Buy EZ mount for unmounted rubber stamps then you can mount them on acrylic blocks without using pritt stick.

10. Try swapping stamped images with friends saves on buying stamps that you might not use much, just stamp onto piece of white card.

11. Try stickles glitter glue for outlining or decorating stamped images, looks great

12. If your pigment ink pad dries up then simply add some liquid glycerine (available for £1.90 ish for a large bottle). This can also be used on coloured pigment ink pads. (not tried this personally)

13. Use a versamark tinted ink pad to stamp an outline to emboss, makes it easier to see the image.  Also you can leave it to dry and then outline the image yourself, you may find this easier if you are not a good stamper like me!

14. Try using a versamark ink pad on your stamp first before adding permanent ink to avoid staining the rubber






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