How to Prepare Stamps for Best Use

Jan 15, 2018 | Paper Party Videos, Tutorials & Videos

How to Prepare Stamps for Best Use

Jan 15, 2018 | Paper Party Videos, Tutorials & Videos

Did you know that both rubber and photopolymer stamps should be prepared for first use?

We call the process of preparing stamps for first use “priming”. It is a very easy, but important process! Priming stamps removes all of the oil and residue from stamp manufacturing. If not properly primed, ink will bead up on the stamp and the image won’t stamp as fully and cleanly. Here’s how you do it!

Rubber stamps

  1. Adhere stamp to wood block, or prepare stamp for use on a clear acrylic block.
  2. Spray Stampin’ Mist on a Stampin’ Scrub.
  3. Clean and dry the stamp on the Stampin’ Scrub.
  4. If you don’t have Stampin’ Mist or a Stampin’ Scrub, you can use a drop of dish soap in warm water. Wash & dry.
  5. Stamp away!

For photopolymer and acrylic stamps, here’s an additional step you can take to keep ink from staining the stamp too much.

  1. After cleaning the stamp as above, use ink up the stamp with VersaMark. This will penetrate into the semi-porous stamp first.
  2. You can optionally clean the stamp again, or go right into your preferred ink color.
  3. After inking, clean stamp immediately. You will most likely notice some staining, but not nearly as much as without using VersaMark.

This is a part of my Paper Party video series – an introduction to stamping basics. Enjoy, the video! Supplies used are listed afterwards.

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