Basics of Stamping

What do I need to start stamping?
You can start stamping with very few supplies. Creative Rubber Stamping can be as simple as making a selection from each of these basic categories: Stamps, Papers (or other surfaces), Inks. The more stamp images you have to mix and match, the more the fun multiplies.  Glitters, punches, scissors, etc. is optional but offers a variety of ways to enhance your projects.

How can I get the best impression?

Choosing your stamps – The highest quality stamps will have carefully trimmed rubber and foam mounting that will eliminate many problems with stray ink. Choosing stamps which are deeply etched also helps to eliminate “edge marks”.

Inking your stamps – Ink your stamp lightly. Tapping lightly on the pad many times will ensure good ink coverage while avoiding the problem of inking the extra rubber or stamp mount. Pressing too firmly on the ink pad causes ink to puddle under the stamp and produce uneven coverage.

Check your stamp – Always check to see that your stamp is well inked as desired before stamping on to your paper or project.

Press firmly when stamping – Knowing that you have not inked the extra rubber or mount of your stamp, you will want to press firmly over the whole design of your stamp. If your image is very large, hold the stamp securely steady with one hand and press firmly over the whole design with the other hand. Perfectly Clear™ Stamps need less pressure than rubber stamps.

Don’t rock the stamp – The best impressions will be achieved when you stamp straight down,hold the paper down, and lift the stamp straight up. Rocking the stamp side to side can produce a blurred or double image.