In the Forums

Register

Today's Posts

Search

Get the Weekly
Inkling
newsletter





Previous Issues

Splitcoaststampers's privacy policy

Get Social

Splitcoaststampers on InstagramLike Splitcoaststampers on FacebookFollow Splitcoaststampers on TwitterPit Splitcoaststampers on Pinterest

Sponsored Ads


 
Splitcoaststampers.com - the world's #1 papercrafting community
You're currently viewing Splitcoaststampers as a GUEST. We pride ourselves on being great hosts, but guests have limited access to some of our incredible artwork, our lively forums and other super cool features of the site! You can join our incredible papercrafting community at NO COST. So what are you waiting for?

Join the party at Splitcoaststampers today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-26-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
Cardstock Collector
 
falalacrafts's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: The Evergreen State, WA.
Posts: 8
How can I tell if my stamp is bad?

I just bought a stamp yesterday, it's Hero Arts brand and it's 4"x3". It's not stamping evenly. At first I thought it was my uneven ink pad, but then I tried another, smaller pad and got it inked evenly, but the impression didn't stamp evenly (some areas are lighter than the rest). I stamp at my kitchen table where it is hard wood and flat. I have been stamping for many years now and have run into this problem with much larger stamps, but not with something this size. So I wonder if I got a bad stamp. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Laura
falalacrafts is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
Stazon Splitcoast
 
bb&kk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ohio, trying to get Scarlet out of the dryer
Posts: 11,136
Default

Try putting something under your paper, a magazine perhaps. I had this problem with a Clear Stamp and having a little give underneath seemed to do the trick.
__________________
Barbara
SU! Demo with a Blog
Procrastinators of the world unite... tomorrow!
bb&kk is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
SCS RAK Coordinator
 
purpleflowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Somewhere under the rainbow
Posts: 2,045
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by falalacraftsView Post
I just bought a stamp yesterday, it's Hero Arts brand and it's 4"x3". It's not stamping evenly. At first I thought it was my uneven ink pad, but then I tried another, smaller pad and got it inked evenly, but the impression didn't stamp evenly (some areas are lighter than the rest). I stamp at my kitchen table where it is hard wood and flat. I have been stamping for many years now and have run into this problem with much larger stamps, but not with something this size. So I wonder if I got a bad stamp. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Laura

Try putting a foam mouse pad (not one of the super thin plastic ones but the thicker ones) or similar product under your paper to see if that helps. InqueBoutique sold what I am trying to describe as their "secret weapon" and also included small pieces with each of their stamp sets. Although Inque has been sold to Darice, some LSS's might still have some of the secret weapons available. I know one of the stands (can't remember which now) at a recent stamp convention had some.
__________________
_______________________________________
Kerry

4 out of 3 people have problems with fractions.


My Gallery
purpleflowers is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 03:56 AM   #4
Stazon Splitcoast
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: a faraway place - Wausau, Wisconsin
Posts: 12,579
Default

Joannes sells large stamping mats. They are burgundy color on the bottom shelf by the inkpads for only $4.99. I have one and love it.
meluvstampin is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 04:04 AM   #5
Pearl-ExPert
 
LateBlossom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Still out on a whim...
Posts: 2,988
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by meluvstampinView Post
Joannes sells large stamping mats. They are burgundy color on the bottom shelf by the inkpads for only $4.99. I have one and love it.
What she says! Which stamp is it? Is it an old one? Sometimes, I think stores don't store the stamps properly and if it sits too long with something pressing on it, it might get warped.

BTW, I did get a bad stamp from Hero Arts once...it was one in a quatro set that had a divet out of the rubber. I called Hero Arts directly and they FED-EXed a whole new set to me the next day. Awesome! That was five years ago, and I've been a loyal customer since.
LateBlossom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2008, 04:13 AM   #6
Crimping Master
 
craftsrlb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 1,001
Default bad stamp?

When you ink it up, flip it over and see if there is even ink coating...if it looks a little odd, then try to clean the stamp first, if it is still not stamping properly, try some very fine sand paper and very lightly sand the surface...I have had to do this with some new su sets and the justrite stamps.
craftsrlb is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 06:45 PM   #7
Cardstock Collector
 
falalacrafts's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: The Evergreen State, WA.
Posts: 8
Default

Interesting ideas! I have always had it in my head to stamp on a flat, HARD surface. I will try your ideas.

Stamp is "Card Art Thoughts" from 2007.

THANKS!
Laura
falalacrafts is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 07:11 PM   #8
Creative Crew SU Design Team Alumni
 
prchvs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,635
Default

or, try stamping it like you would one of SU's large background stamps ... face up and put the paper to the rubber rather than the other way around. That way, you'd be able to make sure you've put an even pressure on all portions of the image.
__________________
renée
prchvs is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 07:56 PM   #9
Mad Swapper
 
KayInFL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: In Florida!
Posts: 1,556
Default

Sometimes it's just the stamp that's got a flaw and nothing you do will make it right. I had that happen to me with a Stampedous stamp I got from Hobby Lobby. Took it back and exchanged it and the new one stamped perfectly
__________________
Bloom With Kay blog
KayInFL is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 08:42 PM   #10
Pearl-ExPert
 
Tracy-Stamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,313
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by LateBlossomView Post
What she says! Which stamp is it? Is it an old one? Sometimes, I think stores don't store the stamps properly and if it sits too long with something pressing on it, it might get warped. BTW, I did get a bad stamp from Hero Arts once...it was one in a quatro set that had a divet out of the rubber. I called Hero Arts directly and they FED-EXed a whole new set to me the next day. Awesome! That was five years ago, and I've been a loyal customer since.
I've had this happen with a Hero Arts box set. I was thinking I might need to tear it off and redo the cling foam.
__________________
Visit me here ----> Durcan Designs
Tracy-Stamper is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 09:47 PM   #11
Crimping Master
 
edie3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,113
Default

I hada defective stamp from HA too, and they sent me a replacement. Great customer service.
edie3 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2008, 08:24 AM   #12
Forum Fanatic
 
stamphappy1650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Folsom, CA
Posts: 9,007
Default

Perhpaps your bad stamp needs an intervention - is it on drugs, drinks too much, or is giving you sass?? Sorry, I think I've had too much Halloween candy.
__________________
My Gallery
stamphappy1650 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2008, 08:36 AM   #13
Splitcoast Hall of Fame
 
JulieHRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Posts: 17,869
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by LateBlossomView Post
What she says! Which stamp is it? Is it an old one? Sometimes, I think stores don't store the stamps properly and if it sits too long with something pressing on it, it might get warped.

BTW, I did get a bad stamp from Hero Arts once...it was one in a quatro set that had a divet out of the rubber. I called Hero Arts directly and they FED-EXed a whole new set to me the next day. Awesome! That was five years ago, and I've been a loyal customer since.
Highly possible. The times I have not been careful to store my stamps wood down and rubber up, or on the wood block "end", the rubber and the cushion can become depressed by something else and cause this problem. I hate when that happens.

I almost have a heart attack now, when I see people dump stamps into a box or bucket and leave 'em like that!
__________________
JulieHRR
papertrufflez.com
"So shines a good deed in a weary world." -Willy Wonka
JulieHRR is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2008, 08:37 AM   #14
Splitcoast Hall of Fame
 
JulieHRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Posts: 17,869
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by stamphappy1650View Post
Perhpaps your bad stamp needs an intervention - is it on drugs, drinks too much, or is giving you sass?? Sorry, I think I've had too much Halloween candy.

Girl, what you been smokin' today?




Teasing! I am TEASING YOU!!! I hope you know.
__________________
JulieHRR
papertrufflez.com
"So shines a good deed in a weary world." -Willy Wonka
JulieHRR is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #15
Mad Swapper
 
cardsbyjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: where the desert meets the mountains
Posts: 1,654
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by stamphappy1650View Post
Perhpaps your bad stamp needs an intervention - is it on drugs, drinks too much, or is giving you sass?? Sorry, I think I've had too much Halloween candy.
Thanks for the laugh today, I needed that.
__________________
Forget Reality, I want a Fairy Godmother!
Fan Club Member...are you?
I need my stamping fix!
cardsbyjo is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 10:58 AM   #16
Polyshrink Goddess
 
elizgmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 615
Default

When I have this problem, I lightly run a pencil eraser across the stamp and then clean it before stamping. This usually works for me even better than the sand paper trick some one else mentioned. Good luck!
elizgmom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 11:32 AM   #17
Inking Addict
 
patko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: the beautiful blue mountains, sydney australia
Posts: 97
Default

MY demo showed us with large stamps, to put them on their back, then place the paper and rub all over with the wooden side of a smaller stamp. You get a much better, even image doing this.
patko is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 11:34 AM   #18
Embossing Fanatic
 
cdnoption's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 57
Default

I have had this problem a few times, but only with smaller Hero Arts stamps. I have returned some for replacements but not all stores are willing to refund stamps. In each case, I noticed that the foam backing had been undercut (angled in toward the centre of the stamp.) I had to remount the rubber on new foam and cut evenly.
If the foam is even, try laying the stamp wood side down, ink with a brayer, and position card stock face down on the inked image and run evenly over with your fingers Hope this helps.
cdnoption is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 11:48 AM   #19
Polyshrink Goddess
 
ShariW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Laguna Woods, CA
Posts: 661
Default

Quite a while ago I had a bad shadow stamp that I'd had quite a while and it went bad. I called HA told them about it and was hoping they would tell me how to fix the problem or exchange my old stamp . . . the didn't . . . they sent me an ENTIRE SET! That's a company that cares. I actually tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn't listen!
__________________
ShariW
Trust in the Lord with all thine Heart-Prov.3:5a
ShariW is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 02:07 PM   #20
Cardstock Collector
 
lgs37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4
Default

Hey... just a thought... if it's the mounting foam that's gotten "crushed" a bit, what about putting it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or so? Might that smooth it back out?
lgs37 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 05:22 AM   #21
Embossing Fanatic
 
PebbleKraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Torn between the garden and the stamps
Posts: 64
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by LateBlossomView Post
What she says! Which stamp is it? Is it an old one? Sometimes, I think stores don't store the stamps properly and if it sits too long with something pressing on it, it might get warped.

BTW, I did get a bad stamp from Hero Arts once...it was one in a quatro set that had a divet out of the rubber. I called Hero Arts directly and they FED-EXed a whole new set to me the next day. Awesome! That was five years ago, and I've been a loyal customer since.
Hero's customer service is the best. They will take care of you if you contact them. It might even be a problem that they didn't know about, but most likely, the stamp was stored with uneven pressure on it. Try heating it in the microwave for a couple (really, just a couple) of seconds to see if that helps it even out.
PebbleKraft is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 05:39 AM   #22
Die Cut Diva
 
MWDStamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlanta suburbs
Posts: 3,343
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by JulieHRRView Post
Highly possible. The times I have not been careful to store my stamps wood down and rubber up, or on the wood block "end", the rubber and the cushion can become depressed by something else and cause this problem. I hate when that happens.

I almost have a heart attack now, when I see people dump stamps into a box or bucket and leave 'em like that!
Ok, I had no idea that I should be putting my stamps rubber up. You would die if you saw my stamps. All my SU stamps are in their cases, but all the others are just put in a drawer - wood up. I guess I need to go flip them all over. But how the heck do you find anything? With rubber up I would be hunting for stuff constantly.
__________________
Martha
"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life." Jean Shinoda Bolen
MWDStamp is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 05:05 PM   #23
Cardstock Collector
 
LaVerne Ann's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio
Posts: 1
Smile

Quote:

Originally Posted by MWDStampView Post
Ok, I had no idea that I should be putting my stamps rubber up. You would die if you saw my stamps. All my SU stamps are in their cases, but all the others are just put in a drawer - wood up. I guess I need to go flip them all over. But how the heck do you find anything? With rubber up I would be hunting for stuff constantly.
I would number the drawers and all the stamps in that drawer I would stamp them on paper and mark on the top of the paper, Drawer 1. Do the same for drawer 2 and so forth. I keep the paper with the drawer and the stamps that are in that drawer in a notebook. When I want to look for a stamp I look in the notebook, and find that it is going to be in drawer 3. I hope this makes sense.
LaVerne Ann is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 05:11 PM   #24
Vintage Vixen
 
missiowa81's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: GPS Headquarters
Posts: 38,787
Default

I had a Christmas stamp in a set that was mounted on a piece of wood with a knot in it, so the wood block wasn't level. I just unmounted the stamp and I use it on my acrylic block instead.
__________________
Grand Goddess of GPS of America - BCBW Chapter
missiowa81 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 05:40 PM   #25
Forum Fanatic
 
stamphappy1650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Folsom, CA
Posts: 9,007
Default

I store my stamps wood up and have never had one problem. I could see if the surface that touches the rubber is uneven, but otherwise, nope, why should a flat surface make an indentation? I been storing my stamps this way for years and years and no problems. Myabe I just been lucky, but Ihave no plans to change my storage system.
__________________
My Gallery
stamphappy1650 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2008, 05:06 PM   #26
Inking Addict
 
toniballesteros's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sunny FL
Posts: 90
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by stamphappy1650View Post
Perhpaps your bad stamp needs an intervention - is it on drugs, drinks too much, or is giving you sass?? Sorry, I think I've had too much Halloween candy.

ROTHFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your sense of humor!
__________________
Toni
My Eeny Weenie Gallereeny
toniballesteros is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2008, 06:25 PM   #27
Forum Fanatic
 
stamphappy1650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Folsom, CA
Posts: 9,007
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by JulieHRRView Post
Girl, what you been smokin' today?




Teasing! I am TEASING YOU!!! I hope you know.
Shoot, if that was my excuse I could explain my sense of humor, but, no, it' just the way I see things, perhaps "I" need the intervention.... *snort*
__________________
My Gallery
stamphappy1650 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2008, 12:49 PM   #28
Cardstock Collector
 
Barbara J. Allen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4
Default

I have found that sometimes a rubber stamp needs a little sanding. I use one of the rectanglular sponge type sanders that are available in the nail/manicure section of a store. Sand it a little, then clean and see if that works. Be gentle while sanding. Sometimes there is a coating that needs to be removed. Good luck. I hope this works for you.
Barbara J. Allen is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 10:01 PM   #29
Kookie Creator
 
Simon Says Stamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 409
Default

Have you ever seen the video on youtube that Hero Arts has of the process of making stamps? Hero makes their OWN stamps here in the USA and the video is pretty cool. They have a link to it from their website too. We just LOVE Hero, their Customer Service is awesome, and the stamps are to *die for
smiles!
-Heidi
Simon Says Stamp is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off