6.27.2013

New Stamp Tip: This is going to make you CRINGE!! (but it works!)

     Have you ever bought a clear stamp, only to find that the image is grainy and not as you expected? I have seen so many ideas on how to fix this.....but not mine! It works everytime, I know, the thought of doing it this way is going to make you cringe, but trust me, no harm will come to your stamps!

     STEP ONE:  For example, I have a penny black set, allegro with a few unused stamps in it. I am using memento ink black, it is my must have basic black ink. I took the flower stamp from the set.
This is the grainy type image you get on that very first stamp with a clear stamp. If you are a avid stamper, you know what I am talking about. It bugs me everytime I buy a clear set of new stamps.
STEP TWO: Be prepared to cringe: Take a piece of sandpaper, or I have found a VERY fine nail file sponge to work as well. Rub it vigorously across the surface of your stamp until a light white film is visible. Yes, that is a light layer of your stamp coming off. But it removes the slippery layer on the surface of the stamp too. IT DOES NOT EFFECT the image.
                      
STEP THREE: Very important, clean off the surface of your stamp. Remove the "sand" you have removed from the stamp. Clean it well. Then stamp again. Take a look:
Here is another example: Again it is an unused stamp from Penny Black's Allegro set. I have not used it once. I stamped it with tuxedo black as is. The image is grainy and light.
 I sanded it with my yellow nail file, cleaned the stamp, and stamped it again with the same ink. See the difference? AMAZING! It still makes me cringe to know I am sanding my poor stamp, but I assure the image is not affected. This works on red rubber stamps as well.
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I wanted to share my two cents. I have no idea where I got the idea of sanding my new stamps, but it is better than some of the other crazy tips I have read on the internet to work with new stamps. Try this and leave a comment on what you think! It would make my day!  See you soon.

12 comments:

  1. Yes I have done this and it does work wonders,
    Only last week my sister had a problem with her stamp, and I told her to do this, and she was amazed, at how it helped.

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  2. you are right - it does make me cringe, especially as I have just spent twenty five pounds on my set of by the tide stamps...aarrgghh

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  3. Anonymous7/03/2013

    Yes, I have done it with both clean and red rubber stamps. I just use my sanding block.

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  4. Cindy, I have been using this same technique for years now (I use a fine nail file), and I have not noticed any harm to my stamps. It does make you cringe!

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  5. Great tip, thank you!

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  6. Thank you !! This is e excellent 😃

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  7. Excellent tip, thank you!

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  8. Anonymous7/27/2013

    I've used Pink Pearl erasers with good results, also an artist's eraser that is blue and white, with the blue side being somewhat gritty. It's a handy shape for holding.

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  9. Oh my word that is incredible! TFS this great tip!
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

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  10. What a great idea!. I have just started stamping and card making and I didn't know there was a way to improve the quality. Just assumed you get what you pay for. I will try it on some of my "lesser quality" stamps and see if works as well. Thanks for the tip.

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  11. I'm so glad you shared this tip! I'd resigned myself to throwing out the grainy stamps, which is much more cringe worthy than taking a sanding block to them!

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