For those of you who stamp, I have a question. I recently purchased a couple of clear stamps at Michaels and then I bought a marker that's supposed to be used for stamping. I used the marker directly on the stamp and then transferred it to the paper. It doesn't look uniform - it looks like water spots. Is that supposed to happen?? How do I get it to look smooth? Maybe I just need to buy a regular old stamping pad....
I've never used the markers on the acrylic stamps. when I use them on rubber stamps, it looks good. I can see where it would bead up on acrylic though, it's a different stamping surface.
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"beading up" is a great way to describe what's happening! There has to be a way for it not to do that, otherwise people wouldn't use them! (I like it because you can see where you're putting it on the page).. maybe there's a special marker or something... I don't know.. maybe if i google it, something will pop up!
This is what i've dug up so far...
*It is important that you condition clear stamps before your first use. Some people suggest using a fine grit sand paper but I find that using a standard pink eraser to scuff the surface is the best way to help your clear stamp hold ink. In their new state, clear stamps to want to repell ink and you can actually see it pooling into little drops on the surface when you ink them. I've shown an example to the left to show the difference between an image stamped with a rubber stamp, an image stamped with a new polymer stamp and an image stamped with a polymer stamp that had been conditioned with a pink eraser."
So i guess i'll try that and see if it works!
wow, I didn't know that Linda! Thanks for sharing. I was making greeting cards yesterday with my new stamps and noticed the ink pooling a bit. I'll give that a try.
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I didn't know that either! TFS!
Please let me know how that works! I hope to try the eraser technique tonight.. we'll see!
Well, i tried the eraser thing last night.. it helped, but it's still not quite smooth... i will try the sandpaper this weekend... or i'll just forget about the whole stamping thing.
I have clear stamps, I just use an ink pad--works fine for me