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Old 11-08-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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I bought an image that I love. It's rubber with the cling. I cannot stamp this thing straight. Each image is crooked. I've wasted enough paper. Anyone have any clues as to what I can do to get the image stamped straight? This isn't the first time I have had trouble with this issue.
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I very seldom stamp directly on my card. I usually stamp my image on white cardstock, then use a shaped Nestability die, like circle, oval, etc. to cut it out. You can center the image perfectly in the die before you cut it.

Now, if you card style is only stamping directly onto your card, I don't have any tips, except maybe use a Stamp-a-ma-Jig.
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Do you have a stamp press? I love them as they have a grid on them and I can line them up straight on it. Also use the Tim Holtz Grid blocks and they do the same thing. I also have graph paper as my "scratch" paper on my desk, so I stamp on it before I put it on my project to see how it looks. Then I adjust it accordingly if it is crooked etc. I have discovered some rubber mounted stamps I have bought were mounted crooked. So now I check them all as I go along. Good luck!
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Try using a stamp-a-majig or other stamp positioner. I have a couple of stamps on cling - some that I've trimmed and some that were trimmed when I bought them - that look straight from the back, but aren't cut straight. If it's one with an image printed on the back, it's very possible that the rubber die doesn't line up exactly with the printed image. So it would look like you're stamping it correctly and it comes out crooked, even though you're doing nothing wrong.

With a stamp positioner, you're using an actual stamped image to figure out the spot on the card and you can tweak it until it's perfect. Just make sure you don't clean the stamp in between stamping it on the clear sheet of the stamp-a-majig and when you stamp your actual image. It's not an issue with a wood-mounted stamp, but with the cling stamps you need to make sure you don't move the stamp on the block at all in between.
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I don't know if this is the same issue I had, but one of the stamps I bought was mounted so crooked I couldn't ever get it straight! I just unmounted it and now it works beautifully!
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Another vote for using a stamp positioner. There are times (and stamps!) when it is the only absolutely surefire way to get a stamp exactly where you want it.

Some people find them a bother, but if you have yours always close to hand and use it regularly it just starts to be another part of your process. And it's a whole lot less of a bother than having to re-stamp an image over and over because it isn't aligned correctly!
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Another vote for using a stamp positioner. There are times (and stamps!) when it is the only absolutely surefire way to get a stamp exactly where you want it.

Some people find them a bother, but if you have yours always close to hand and use it regularly it just starts to be another part of your process. And it's a whole lot less of a bother than having to re-stamp an image over and over because it isn't aligned correctly!
I completely agree! I couldn't live without my SAMJ! I am a notoriously crooked stamper! What I do for all my wood mounted ones, is I stamp the image using my SAMJ on vellum and that way I have a pre-made positioner sheet done and ready for use. For my clearmount stamps, I just put them on their block and then stamp the image on the positioner sheet that came with the SAMJ and then I can go to work.
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I use my samj all the time I don't know why this evaded my mind today!!! I usually use it for mostly sentiments. Nothing worse than being done with a card and stamp the sentiment crooked. Thanks for your suggestions ladies.
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I don't know how I got along without my Stamp-a-ma-jig. Seriously. No more crooked images.
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you been drinking...lol.

I actually have a stamp that I purchased that is mounted upside down...I stamped a few cards with it forgetting it was upside down. I had to write in sharpie over the front that this stamp is mounted upside down. I sometimes have a devil of a time getting sentiments to stamp straight on the inside of cards myself.
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SAMJ all the way and another benfit of the SAMJ is that you can use it to test what color ink you want.
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Another vote for a Stamp a Ma Jig - couldn't live without mine.
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I don't know if this is the same issue I had, but one of the stamps I bought was mounted so crooked I couldn't ever get it straight! I just unmounted it and now it works beautifully!
The same thing happened to me. I tried a stamp-a-majig first and it didn't work and my eyes aren't that good. But DH said that there was an air bubble under my stamp. So I had to unmount it and place it onto cling mount. It works great now.

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stamp on a full sheet of paper - then cut it out
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I have a very crooked wood mount Happy Birthday sentiment. I can only use it with my Stamp-a-ma-jig. You set the clear acrylic piece on the table/desk, and line up your stamp-a-ma-jig to fit the corner. Then stamp your crooked stamp on the acrylic piece with black ink.
Take the acrylic stamped image on place it on your desired card, or design, and set your stamp-a ma-jig in the corner and keep it in place while you slide the acrylic out. Your stamp should go exactly where you placed it, and it should be perfectly straight! The stamp-a-ma-jib is a great tool to line up an image to stamp exactly where you want it! There is a You-tube video on how to do this exact thing!
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I very seldom stamp directly on my card. I usually stamp my image on white cardstock, then use a shaped Nestability die, like circle, oval, etc. to cut it out. You can center the image perfectly in the die before you cut it.

Now, if you card style is only stamping directly onto your card, I don't have any tips, except maybe use a Stamp-a-ma-Jig.
Exactly what she said! love my Stamp-a-ma-jig for my rubber stamps.
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There are some great videos on You Tube showing how to use the SAMJ. Just for your information
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I'm so glad that I found this thread because I have the same problem when I'm stamping. I just put the Stamp-a-ma-Jig in my shopping list!
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There is a MS Christmas stamp set out. The Merry Christmas stamp is crooked. The stamp-jig doesnt help. I need to remove the stamp and re glue. How should I go about doing that?
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You shouldn't have to reglue it. if it's on a wood block I just put mine in my microwave for maybe 10 seconds and voila !! the stamp comes right off and is still sticky so I cam readjust it on the wood block. Hope this helps.....
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I use my SAMJ almost every time I stamp and also for the new SU Wonderfall leaves set after I've die cut them. I put a bit of removable tape on the back of the leaf to keep it from shifting and it works perfectly!
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I sometimes get lazy and think I can stamp straight without the Stampamajig and get proved wrong most of the time! Practice using one until you are comfortable with using it and never go without. LOL
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I have even had complete success using the SAMG to re-stamp an image that didn't quite come out complete, for whatever reason, and you would never know that it had been stamped twice. I have also bought a cute stamp of a gift that actually had the bow on the index so the box sat horizontally rather than vertically as the stamp did. I found a wood block, stamped the image on it, put the original block in the microwave for 10 seconds, removed the rubber and repositioned it on my new block so that the index and image matched. Just so you know removing and repositioning rubber stamps can easily be done.
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I bought an image that I love. It's rubber with the cling. I cannot stamp this thing straight. Each image is crooked. I've wasted enough paper. Anyone have any clues as to what I can do to get the image stamped straight? This isn't the first time I have had trouble with this issue. TIA for your help.
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I use a grid block. If it is hard to align on the grid block straight, I mark the cling with a permanent marker an use that to align the stamp on the block. Especially with stamps that fool the eye like stamps with huge flourishes like WMS Say It Loud stamps. Or ones with a larger font on top and small text underneath. They can trick you into thinking they are straight when they are not.
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If you have a wood mounted stamp that is crooked or even upside down, just put it in your microwave for about 10-12 seconds. This will allow you to pull the stamp off the block and reposition it staight. I've done this several times over the years and it works great!
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You shouldn't have to reglue it. if it's on a wood block I just put mine in my microwave for maybe 10 seconds and voila !! the stamp comes right off and is still sticky so I cam readjust it on the wood block. Hope this helps.....
This sounded sort of crazy to me at first and I was skeptical, but it really does work! When everything cools down the rubber and cushion are stuck in their new, hopefully straight, position.
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I completely agree! I couldn't live without my SAMJ! I am a notoriously crooked stamper! What I do for all my wood mounted ones, is I stamp the image using my SAMJ on vellum and that way I have a pre-made positioner sheet done and ready for use. For my clearmount stamps, I just put them on their block and then stamp the image on the positioner sheet that came with the SAMJ and then I can go to work.
Shari, for my most used stamps, I use clear hard plastic packaging to create an permanent image sheet by stamping it with Stazon. I then store that clear plastic sheet in with the stamp set. I don't know how I could stamp without my SAMJ.
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