by swisslady45

Stamping basics

Wood stamps

To ink, place your stamp on the table, rubber side up.

Dab an ink pad over the design, covering the raised design completely.

Hold the stamp, rubber side down and stamp firmly on paper.

Try not to wiggle or tilt the stamp as you press down firmly.

Carefully lift the stamp up, holding the paper with one hand so the stamp releases the paper.

Clean your stamp as directed with water, or use a stamp cleaner.

Cling Stamps

Red rubber stamp without the wood block! You just need to pull it off and place on a clear block, then just ink and stamp! Read more about cling stamps

 Clings, are the perfect mix of clear and wood. The high quality, handmade craftsmanship of wood, combined with the ease of use, ease of storage, and “perfect placement” indexing of clear.

Here are some easy tips on stamping with and cleaning Clings:

  • Remove the gray and red rubber image from the backing acetate.
  • Place the red etched design side on a table.
  • Place a clear acrylic block over the gray rubber side, with the design showing through the clear acrylic block. Press firmly to adhere the block to the rubber.
  • Dab ink over the raised design.
  • Hold the acrylic block, image side toward the paper, and stamp in the desired area.
  • Try not to wiggle or tilt the stamp as you press down firmly.
  • Carefully lift the stamp up, holding the paper with one hand so the stamp releases the paper.
  • Clean your stamp with water or with stamp cleaner.
  • Replace the image on the backing acetate.

TIPS:
Cling stamp not clinging? No problem! Just clean both the smooth surface of the block and the cling stamp (as oils and dust will weaken the cling), and off you go! You can even give your block a little huff (like you would on glasses to clean them) to get a nice clingy surface.

Clear Stamps

Here are some easy tips on stamping with and cleaning Poly Clear™ Stamps:

• Carefully pull the clear image off of the backing acetate.
• Adhere the flat surface of the image to an acrylic block big enough to hold the entire image.
• Dab ink over the raised design.
• To see if the ink has transferred to the design, hold the stamp up to the light, tilting back and forth slightly. The inked areas will shine in the light.
• Hold the acrylic block, image side toward the paper, and stamp in the desired area.
• Try not to wiggle or tilt the stamp as you press down firmly.
• Carefully lift the stamp up, holding the paper with one hand so the stamp releases the paper.
• Clean your stamp with water or with stamp cleaner.
• Replace the image on the backing acetate.

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