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Old 06-09-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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When I use SU stamp pads, many times the image I stamp comes out really grainy looking. How can I make it look more smooth?

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I have heard that rubbing a pink eraser on your stamps will help them "get" the ink better. I usually twist my stamp a little on the inkpad and check it to make sure it is really inked well before putting it to paper.
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Old 06-09-2006, 03:00 PM   #3
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It seems as though it is transferring the weave from the stamp pad itself. I just hoped that someone had a good solution to this problem. Thanks!
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If it is the pad, it may well be that you need to reink. A dry pad will show weave.
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also tapping your stamp on the ink pad a few times helps to not get the weave of the pad -I agree that a good re-inking might be needed too tho!
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Shoot - I wondered if that is what it was. Unfortunately, all my stamp pads are new within the last year. I guess I'll have to invest in the re-inkers too.

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Just another suggestion - sometimes I will stamp on the inkpad, stamp off on a piece of scratch paper and then stamp on the inkpad again. I get more ink on the stamp and a better image this way.

There are threads about using a product called Ranger Inkpad Refresher. I think this is what it's called, but I couldn't find it when I did a search. Hopefully someone in the 'know' will see this post and help out.

I've never used it, but people swear by it, getting more use out of their ink pads before needing to re-ink them.

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Shoot - I wondered if that is what it was. Unfortunately, all my stamp pads are new within the last year. I guess I'll have to invest in the re-inkers too.

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The reinkers are well worth the investment. Depending on where you live the weather can play a role in how your inkpads do. I am in the center of the universe, freakishly hot Texas, and I had been having to ink my pads up more often--it WILL make a difference! Besides, you can do other techiques with them. Do a search on here and you will find quite a bit of info.
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I've used the Ranger Perfect Ink Refresher just as Kathy said-- to hold off on having to re-ink. I'm still builiding up my reinker collection. The Ranger stuff does moisten the pad and help to get rid of that weave look. I'm not sure where else they sell it, but a friend got me a 4 oz. bottle for $4.99 at Archiver's.

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I would strongly recommend to everyone to invest in the reinkers. Having a nice, juicy ink pad really does make a big difference in your stamping and, like Jackie G wrote, they are well worth the investment. They last quite a while, are only $2.50 each, and you can even save a couple of bucks if you buy a set of them by the color family. And there are all the great ways to use them, even if you don't own all of the stamp pad colors. Also, you can now use them to reink the wheel cartridges, too, and the cartridges do need to be reinked often.
The reinkers are great for watercoloring, too, if you want a different look than the crayons. I bought a small plastic palette that has little wells. I just put a couple of drops of the reinker in a well and use my aqua painter for watercoloring.
By the way, when you are inking up a stamp, if you twist the stamp on the pad to ink it up well, be sure to tap it on the pad a couple of times to even out the ink. If you don't you may have streaks on your image.
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I have found if I clean the stamp first, so that it is damp, it will take the ink better. Definitely dab the stamp around on the ink pad to avoid getting that fabric weave look, and then also hold the stamp down on the paper long enough to give the ink time to absorb into the paper rather than staying on your stamp.
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Shoot - I wondered if that is what it was. Unfortunately, all my stamp pads are new within the last year. I guess I'll have to invest in the re-inkers too.

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Even if your ink pads are only a couple of months old, if you're using them a lot you will have lifted enough ink out of the pad to require a reinking.
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