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Yes, definitely does help. I have done it. And Penny Black clear stamps are infamous for being difficult to ink until they get some wear on them, at least in my experience. They are not photopolymer, I think that's why.
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I use an ultrafine sanding pad on my stamp the first time I use it. It does not scratch, just makes the surface more able to take ink. It also takes off the "fuzzies" when your cardstock doesn't cut cleanly.
Yep, I do this, too. I was told to use a white eraser on photopolymer, but it never worked. Someone here mentioned she used a sanding block on her photopolymers as well as rubber, so I tried it and now it's the first thing I do when I get new stamps, rubber or clear: sand, clean and stamp!
I just use stamp cleaner on my new stamps before I ink them for the first time. I may have to ink them a few times and stamp on scrap before I get a good image. If your afraid to sand your stamps this also works great
I sand all of my clear stamps with a sanding block before removing them from the plastic sheet they come on. They always seem to be reeeaally stuck on initially, so that makes the sanding easier, especially if some of them are small. I just sand the set like it's one giant stamp.
I've also sanded red rubber if it had a large solid area that just would not stamp completely for me.
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