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Old 08-26-2006, 03:15 PM   #1  
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What is the best way to ink a BG stamp (brayer, etc) and what is the best way to stamp it on the paper, stamp down on the paper or put paper on the stmap that is face up? I seem to have trouble getting the middle of the stamp to come out evenly.

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I think everyone probably will have a different response to this question!

I know initially I was very intimidated by using background stamps. I had purchased some but never used them. Then one day I went to a friend's to stamp and realized that it wasn't as bad as I thought.

Here's what I do:

1. Ink up the stamp by putting it rubber side up on the table. Sometimes I will just use an inkpad but most of the time, I use the brayer.

2. Put the card down onto the stamp.

3. Cover the card with a piece of scrap paper.

4. Rub the scrap paper until I'm satisfied that I've rubbed every spot on the card.

5. Take off the scrap paper and then the card.

Works every time! And it really isn't that messy.
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I use the ink pad and just rub or pounce it and I turn the stamp over and put my cs on top and then rub but DD does it the other way and it works best like that for her so I think you just have to find your way.
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Make sure you use the corner of your ink pad to ink the middle of the background stamp. I haven't tried the brayer for that yet, it seems like too much work.

I've started using my background stamps like Anne does, turning them rubber side up and putting the paper on the stamp, particularly for those stamps that have a pattern that you're trying to get straight, like Canvas, Linen, or Print Pattern. It was too hard for me to get it straight the other way. Then, make sure you press down on all areas of paper. I've heard some people use a bone folder for that, but I haven't tried it.

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I have a problem with my wrists so I always stamp upside down with the stamp facing up and this usually works - good luck!
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1. Ink up the stamp by putting it rubber side up on the table. I ALWAYS USE A BRAYER to get the best coverage (well it works the best for me!)

2. Put the card down onto the stamp.

3. Cover the card with a piece of scrap paper.

4. Rub the scrap paper WITH ANOTHER BRAYER over that scrap paper. Seems to give it just enough pressure to take the ink well all over.

5. Take off the scrap paper and then the card.


I have one brayer for black and one brayer I use for colors. If I use black on the background or large stamp, then I use the other brayer to apply the pressure on the card. I keep them both clean so that is not a problem (anyway I am using 2nd to rub over scrap)....

Hope this helps! Know everyone does it differently... This is just the way it works BEST for me.

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I think everyone probably will have a different response to this question!

I know initially I was very intimidated by using background stamps. I had purchased some but never used them. Then one day I went to a friend's to stamp and realized that it wasn't as bad as I thought.

Here's what I do:

1. Ink up the stamp by putting it rubber side up on the table. Sometimes I will just use an inkpad but most of the time, I use the brayer.

2. Put the card down onto the stamp.

3. Cover the card with a piece of scrap paper.

4. Rub the scrap paper until I'm satisfied that I've rubbed every spot on the card.

5. Take off the scrap paper and then the card.

Works every time! And it really isn't that messy.
this is exactly what I do and the results are great every time!
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I also make sure I stamp the bg using a hard table. I have one of those white plastic tables that has some 'give' in it, so I don't get a great image. But if I stamp the bg using my desk, I get a much better image. HTH
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I also do it like Korillian (Anne) but I have to say that I usually use the stamp pad to ink the stamp. I am careful to get it fully inked. I just have a hard time with wasting (as I see it) all that ink on the brayer. I rub the pad over the rubber, then pat to even everything out. You can see how well your stamp is inked...it gets shiny.
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[QUOTE=Arlene Bridges]1. Ink up the stamp by putting it rubber side up on the table. I ALWAYS USE A BRAYER to get the best coverage (well it works the best for me!)

OK, sorry if this seems like a silly questions. Do you run the brayer over the ink pad then on the BG stamp? Is there a lot of clean up with the brayer and the stamp?
I have been wondering about this.

I have used my brayer with the scrap paper to press the ink on the card.
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The first brayer I used with ink from a stamp pad. I use it to completely cover the background stamp with it. Then I put my paper on the stamp pad. (Remember the rubber side is facing up). Then I place a piece of scrap over my paper. Then I take a clean brayer and just rub all over the background stamp. This gives me the best coverage for my paper.

I do not think it is much more clean up than without. This way is the only way I have successfully gotten good, clean images. I tried several other methods and I was always having a light spot or a spot that never took on my paper. Got tired of wasting paper, so I came up with this idea of using a 2nd brayer. Someone else suggested using a brayer to ink the stamp up to begin with.

Clear as mud, right? I hope it made sense and helped you.
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I also make sure I stamp the bg using a hard table. I have one of those white plastic tables that has some 'give' in it, so I don't get a great image. But if I stamp the bg using my desk, I get a much better image. HTH
I agree, the type of table or surface will make a difference in the result. I ahve used the floor when I am not stamping at home and we only have the soft plastic or card tables.
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I never liked the background stamps until I saw someone using it face up and putting the cardstock on top of it, then applying pressure everywhere with a bone folder. I've been using this method ever since and now, my pattern comes out perfect, with no pieces missing. When my cardstock is smaller than the rubber, I put a sheet of scrap paper over it so not to smear ink everywhere. The only thing you have to be careful about is to make sure the cardstock stays put and doesn't move, if you don't want the pattern to be blurry.

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