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Tips and Troubleshooting

Cleaning and storing

After use, wash the stamp with warm water and mild dish soap using a soft toothbrush to remove ink from all the crevices.  Certain types of ink will stain the stamp, so do not be concerned if the color remains as this will not affect the quality of the stamp. Allow the stamp to air dry before storing.

Proper storage of your stamps will help preserve the its surface and ensure a long life of producing quality images.  It is best to store the stamp clean and unmounted in the original storage case. 

Bringing back the cling

Over time, the stamp may lose some of its ability to cling to the acrylic block mount.  Simply wash the stamp in water to remove the dust and dirt that prevents it from sticking, allow it to air dry, and it will be good as new.

Getting solid ink coverage

New ink pads are “juicy” so always use a light touch at first. In time, the ink pad will become a bit drier so you’ll need to use more pressure. Dab your stamp around on the ink pad, making sure to catch different parts of the pad on different parts of the stamp. 

A standard size inkpad (usually about 3.25"x2.25") with a raised pad can technically work with any size stamp. Because the pad is raised higher than the sides of the case, it will not get in the way as you dab the stamp around on it.  If you are working with a larger stamp, you might want to try a jumbo size inkpad (4"x6")  to potentially get better ink coverage.  A brayer can also be used to apply ink or paint to a large stamp or to provide the heavy even pressure needed by rolling it along the surface of the paper and the stamp.

Printing with very small or large stamps

Small stamps typically require a lighter and swifter touch to print, whereas large stamps and designs with a lot of solid areas require more ink and more pressure.

Medium size stamps will likely require a technique somewhere in the middle.  This will be influenced by the amount of thin lines or thick solid areas in the design.  

With any technique, after the print you will want to lift the stamp straight up off your paper. Any sideways movement can blur your image.   

Small stamps require a light touch

Small stamps require a light touch

Large stamps require more pressure 

Large stamps require more pressure 


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