Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tarheel Stamper Tuesday Tips

Hi Stampin' Friends!

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend if you are in the USA and if you are elsewhere I hope you had a great weekend too!

Tarheel Stamper's Tuesday Tip for this week is:

Conditioning your stamps.  I have two examples of stamped tags for you to see.  You can click on the photos to get a larger view.  The one on the left is before I conditioned the stamp.  Usually the bolder stamps are the ones I need to condition.  The detailed ones don't need it.  I start by mounting my stamp.  Then I ink it up and try it on scrap paper.  If the stamped image looks like the one on the left, I sand lightly on the rubber with my sanding block.  I repeat the inking and stamping process and see if it is ok.  If not, I sand lightly again.  I have heard you can use Stazon cleaner or an eraser.  Some people say to rub them on your jeans.  The manufacturing process leaves a residue on the stamp and when it is removed the ink adheres better to the stamp resulting in cleanly stamped images. 

Happy Stampin'!
Tammy Q Howell aka Tarheel Stamper

Closer view of the tags.


Cherie said...

That is a great tip! I have been conditioning my stamps with a very fine sand paper. Works great and it makes such a difference in the quality of stamping that you get!

Loni said...

You can even be as simple as using your Stampin's Scrub and Mist being sure to go in different directions, circle, up and down, side to side, circle again.. yada yada... on both the wet and dry sides of your scrub :)