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Old 02-14-2008, 08:36 AM   #1
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I am having so much trouble inking one of the scallop stamps (from So Many Scallops)!!! I keep getting this puddling or pooling of ink look no matter what color I use. I am using classic ink because I want it to dry fast (plus, I don't have anything but white in craft). Could there be something wrong with this stamp or the rubber or something? I have cleaned it well and stamped a dozen or more images, but it keeps looking spotted and is driving me crazy! Please any suggestions?

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Old 02-14-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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When the stamp is clean, rub it on your jeans and it makes it so the ink doesn't pool as much.
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Thanks. I tried that and it worked a little better. Maybe this one is just a dud or something! haha! I am not having that problem with any of the others in that set. Weird.

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When Stampin' Up! makes their stamps, they coat the molds with a releasing agent to make the rubber release from the mold...when you get a bold stamped image where the ink pools like that, it means that some of the releasing agent is still on the stamp. Like the above poster mentioned, it really helps to lightly rub it on your jeans or textured canvas or use a white eraser to gently erase the rubber so that it removes the release agent.
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You can also very gently go over the stamp with a sanding block to give it a little more tooth for the ink to grab onto. I will do that, clean it and then stamp it in VersaMark, stamp off and clean it again and then it usually works much better.
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I've also noticed that just cleaning those types of stamps (when I first open them) on my scrubber a couple of times makes a big difference in the quality of the new image.
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for more solid stamps...

i always make sure to press it well into the ink pad to make sure it is inked well, but then i 'pat' it on the pad to remove excess ink. and be sure to hold the stamp in place on the CS to make sure the ink has plenty time to all transfer.

hope this makes sense and not just confuse you.

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Old 02-14-2008, 06:28 PM   #8
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You all are so helpful! It all makes sense and I am going to try all suggestions tomorrow when I get this set back out. Thanks so much! Surely some of this will work on this 'problem' stamp!

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