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Old 06-29-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Patchy solid stamps -- what do you do??

I think I've read something about using sand paper on stamps. Is that what you do for say "Gently Falling" so when you stamp it it's not kind of splotchy? I'd appreciate any feedback you have.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:37 PM   #2
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Rub it with an eraser, that should take off any excess that was left from manufacturing! Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:01 PM   #3
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In order to avoid (most of the time) that splotchiness I "huff" on my stamp after inking it up. My warm breath seems to sort of "melt" the ink a bit more and makes the image stamp better.
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Stamp it on a Versamark pad first, then stamp off, then ink with your ink. It makes the ink stick better.
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someone told me once that if you let the stamp sit on the ink pad a bit longer than usual that helps ---- and sure enough... it does!
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OK.. I had this problem with some of my sell a brations stamps.. and my upline posted on splitcoast.. someone answered that you should run the stamp back and forth on a pair of jeans (real jeans.. not the spandex enhanced ones).. we were thinking sandpaper at the time too.. Anyway.. that seems to take the 'gloss' off the stamp.. and it really helps.. so does the versamark thing and leaving it on the pad a bit longer or re-stamping on the pad .. Do the jeans thing first though.. it really helps when combining with the other methods!
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I also that if I stamped off once and then re-inked and stamped my image, the coverage was much better. HTH!
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Old 07-04-2006, 06:59 PM   #8
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I use an nail file to sand them down a little and seems to work great.
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Old 07-04-2006, 07:31 PM   #9
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To help remove the completed stamp image, the molds are coated with a release agent. Residue often remains on the surface of the rubber, and this is what causes problems with ink adhering later to a brand-new stamp. The problem tends to be the most pronounced with bold, solid images -- naturally because there is a wider expanse of flat rubber and this makes any inking problems more obvious.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:50 AM   #10
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I clean mine using the stampin scrub before I use them. It takes the "shine" off so they hold ink better.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:23 AM   #11
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I do all above (except the jeans, that's a new one for me). If there is still a problem I use the SU sanding block. I like it because it is a long flat surface so I don't do too much damage. I have always been very hesitant to tell my clients that though. Although I had a client return a stamp set to me because of the residue issue. She wouldn't believe me that it could be fixed. So I took it for a couple of days and did the SU sanding block fix and she has been one of my best customers for the last two years.

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Old 07-05-2006, 05:16 PM   #12
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I've done the jeans thing, and I also use very fine sand paper on mine. I find that the sand paper works best. )
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:22 AM   #13
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I use the clear packing tape and just go over the stamp with that a few times. Tends to take the shiny residue away.
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:44 AM   #14
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I buff mine with a fine nail buffer. If that does not work I ink and use about a dozen times and then clean and coat well with Versamark. Leave that on overnight and then clean and by morning all of mine were fixed.
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Old 07-07-2006, 07:10 AM   #15
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Once you get it cleaned off and if you still have a problem, put your stamp positioner to work and stamp more than once. Sometimes it just a matter of not getting enough pressure all over the stamp, so true if you have any muscle problems.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:29 PM   #16
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I also have this problem and was not sure how to fix it. it is so great to have such knowledgeable people here.
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thanks for all the helpful suggestions.
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All of these suggestions should help. If you still find that your images are patchy you might also look at the quality of the cardstock you're stamping on. I used to use some white cardstock that I got at Michael's and found that the solid images just didn't look very good. The SU Whisper White cardstock takes the ink so much better and my images are always great (unless I don't get the pressure or still have some residue) HTH!
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:43 AM   #19
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I have tried everything, but my favorite tip is to go over my stamps with a SU sanding block. It works great! Makes my stamps work like a charm!
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Thanks for the tips. So far I have not had this issue but now I'll know what to do should it occur.
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Rubbing alcohol with a q-tip or a cotton ball has done for me.
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Ooo I'm so excited to have read this. I often don't like the way a solid stamp looks when I get it and use it because it doesn't look good on paper. I really hope this is what the problem is! I'm so excited! Thanks for bringing this up, finlgh!
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I am also going to try some of these. I saw so many cards with the Christmas Rose's and so I went ahead and bought them and I can not get the ink to totally cover the rose. I tried the eraser it didn't work, so now it's off to the sanding block. Thanks again for more ideas.
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I had to stop what I was doing just to come tell you this. I don't often use Stampin Up white because we get so much white donated for the charity work. But I just used SU white cardstock with StazOn black using this image and it was perfect the first time, the second time and I'm going for a third when I finish this. Then I think I'll order a case of SU white cardstock!
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I resisted buying good paper when I first started stamping. I was sure I could use the bargain stuff from Michael's or Joann's and it would look just as good.....until I tried some good quality paper ......WOW! What a difference it makes!!

Also, it makes a difference to have something underneath you besides just the hard table top. I use a piece of thick fun foam. They sell these as "rubber stamping pads" but you can buy them cheaper in the craft/fun foam section. Just be sure to get the thick one. If you don't want to do that, put several magazines underneath for a stamping surface. I find all my images stamp more evenly this way.
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I just got Mostly Flowers and was mostly disappointed with the way it stamped out. Logged on here to find tips & hints...Then I got to thinkin'...what about using my ColorBox Chalk pads, VersaMagic, VersaColor or my other "pigment" ink pads! Oh My! Rich colors! Splendid coverage! I didn't have to sweat over inking & inking, huffing & puffing! Got it on the first go! I always heat set my chalks/pigments afterward.
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great tips!! I usually go over any new stamps with sellotape (that's what it is called in UK) the clear sticking tape. I go over it a couple of times and it tends to take the shiny layer off.

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I just rub mine hard with my finger. It rubs the shiney off but doesnt damage the rubber at all.
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