Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tips with Clear Stamps

Hi Sharon here, the middle Flourish. I have a few tips that I have found helpful in using polymer stamps and I would like to share them. I have switched to using clear stamps for a little over a year now and I must confess it did take me a little while to become accustom to the fact that clear stamps do darken when used with dye inks. The fact that I can SEE where I am stamping has more than made up for a inky looking stamp. No matter what it looks like "It still stamps" and the image will come out clear and sharp with a few changes to the way I stamp.
As you can see in the first picture I have placed a cushion under my paper, that cushion is a small piece of foam. The foam gives your surface a little "give" while stamping and allows full coverage for detailed images.

Another tip is to apply "full even" pressure in the middle of your acrylic block.
I have moved my hands back and forth, carefully, with heavy pressure, I have not had any problem with my stamp block slipping or moving on the paper while moving my hands. That is a different matter if you are stamping on clear card stock or acetate, you don't want to move your hands, just apply even pressure.

Another tip is to have a well inked pad and apply the pad to the stamp rather than the stamp to the ink pad. That way I am assured of full coverage on my image.
It you look at the picture on the right you will see that the image
on the right is lighter in shade. I used my reinker on the Palette Hybrid ink pad, then reapplied the color. As you can see the image came out much more clear and sharp with out any "holidays". That is what it is called when I paint my walls and do not get full coverage, but unlike a stamped image you can put a second coat on a wall. When making a card you want to get it right the first time.

Here is the finished card using a stamp that was exchanged when a customer could not get a clear, even image with it.

Stamp set; Flourished Christmas, Holiday Greetings
Ink; Landscape by Palette
Paper; white card stock from Office Depot & Red Metallic
Misc; red rhinestones


StampinCathy said...

Thanks for the great tips. I'm going to have to try the foam pad. I have the stamp set and just love it. Thanks for sharing your creative tips.

Julie Koerber said...

Beautiful and easy card Sharon! Thanks for the tips!

Carol Southern said...

I've never had any trouble with any of the stamps, but will try the tip too. Nice quick and easy card. Thanks.

retiredheather said...

Thanks for all the great tips. I also love the card. that is such a stunning stamp.
Happy Holidays

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

SO pretty and I like the jewels. Great tutorial!

Anita said...

Great tips! Beautiful card!