Stamping techniques, hints and tips and ink types

Inking your stamp:

If you don’t have much stamping experience you may think when you are inking your stamp you take your stamp to your ink pad when actually, you will get a better result if you take your ink pad to your stamp. this will help create an even coverage over your stamp which in turn will improve the image when stamped.

The easiest way for you to do this is to place your stamp on table/desk with the rubber facing up and press your ink pad onto the stamp several times, moving your ink pad around to get even coverage and to reduce the amount of ink that ends up on your block.

Ink pads can be brought in numerous sizes, but most crafts will use a small ink pad so that they have more control over the ink and where it goes.

Stamping your image:

When stamping you need to make sure that you use a firm surface i.e. table or desk, but it can also help if you place something soft underneath your project when you stamp such as a mouse mat.

When you stamp onto your project make sure that you stamp straight down, you need to be steady and not rushed or you will end up with a shadow on your image. To apply pressure, push down with several fingers, don’t rock or move the stamp, when you have applied pressure lift the stamp straight up.

Hints and tips:

• If you struggle to stamp straight or to place your stamp, stand up when stamping to have clearer view from above the stamp.

• You may find that some stamps have excess rubber around the edges, this may also pick up the ink and leave a mark on your project. If this happens you can cut the rubber off with a pair of scissors.

• Before starting any project, you should practice with the stamp and ink pad you will be using especially if they are new or you do not have much experience stamping.

• If you are new to stamping, then the best type of ink for you to use would be a pigment ink.

• Cleaning your stamps – clean using water and soap and brush with a small brush such as a tooth brush, stamp cleaner is available.

• Unmounted stamps – If you have a stamp that is unmounted then you will need to buy some repositionable foam such as u-mount. To use this, you will need to peel off white backing sheet and attach your stamp close to the edge. Cut around your stamp so the foam is slightly bigger then trim the excess foam off from around the stamp. to attach it onto your black remove the clear backing and position it onto your block.

Types of inks:

Dye based inks

• Works on most surfaces

• Water soluble – Won’t work on slick or glossy surfaces

• Dries almost instantly

Chalk inks

• This is similar to dye-based inks

• Dries fast

• Does not work well on glossy or slick surfaces

Pigment inks

• Takes longer to dry

• Works well if you want to emboss the image after

• Works on glossy surfaces

• Recommended for beginners

The staz-on inks (permanent)

• This ink will stain your stamps unless they are cleaned straight away (cleaner is available)

Alcohol inks:

• Designed to work on glossy surfaces

• Works wells on glass and metals