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Old 08-14-2005, 01:55 PM   #1  
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Default Potential solution to background stamping problems...

I was flipping through my Dick Blick catalog drooling over all the art supplies when I came across a tool that would be great for those enormous background stamps. The only drawback is that it's $57.99. I wonder how I could justify that? The Speedball Baren (pic below the press) looks like it would be a step up from using the back of a spoon to get a good impression from the stamp. Has anyone ever tried either of these?
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Old 08-14-2005, 03:07 PM   #2  
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I just put a piece of fun foam under the CS then stamp. It is spongy enought to get a good image without being too soft. I have 10 backgrounds and use them often with no problems.
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Old 08-14-2005, 03:38 PM   #3  
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I go even simpler than the fun foam solution. I lay my bkdg stamp on it's back, ink it up, lay my cardstock on the ink'd rubber, place a piece if scrap paper on top and rub all over with my hand. Great impression, no blank spots (unless I want there to be).
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I go even simpler than the fun foam solution. I lay my bkdg stamp on it's back, ink it up, lay my cardstock on the ink'd rubber, place a piece if scrap paper on top and rub all over with my hand. Great impression, no blank spots (unless I want there to be).
I use this method as well. Works great!
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I go even simpler than the fun foam solution. I lay my bkdg stamp on it's back, ink it up, lay my cardstock on the ink'd rubber, place a piece if scrap paper on top and rub all over with my hand. Great impression, no blank spots (unless I want there to be).
This is what I do also.
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:10 PM   #7  
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Old 08-14-2005, 06:25 PM   #8  
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Why in the world would you buy that...practice what these other stampers are doing (I use a few of the same tricks with no problems) and then buy the watercolor crayons or more stamping stuff from SU! That is my recommendation!
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I for one think it's an interesting idea although I've never tried it. I've done some of the other techniques before and it can be frustrating to get a consistant image even with those techniques.
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I actually think this device looks cool. I've always been frustrated by background stamps (although I still love em). I do think it is a bit pricey to justify (so many stamps to buy). I've tried "butt" stamping (mine is considerable and it still didn't work) I usually use the 'flip it over' method. I do like the flip it over way but I still get "holes"... grrr. Maybe I'll try a combo, you know, flip it over, ink it then use a piece of fun foam to press down. Hmmm. I'd try it but I'm away from home. Anyhoo, it'll be cheaper than the cool press.
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At Convention, they (I think it was Linda Hansen actually - that cutie!) showed us how to use the bone folder with a background stamp. You ink up the background stamp, put it on it's "back", then lay your cardstock on top and run the bone folder lightly over it. I'm terrified of background stamps, but I tried this the other day and it worked fer me!
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Oh, I like the bone folder idea. I will have to try that. I do the upsidedown stamp trick, cover it with paper, then brayer it. That usually works pretty well. I think the only background stamp that looks good even if you don't get all of the impression on the card is the canvas stamp. One of my favorites.
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I use the laying the BG stamp on it's back, put CS on top of it, cover w/ scrap paper and rub method too, but I also apply the ink with a brayer. I found that I got much more even coverage, especially with Canvas.

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I also tried the bone folder method after convention. It works just as well as butt stamping - just not as funny. I also use a brayer to apply the ink if I am not getting good coverage with the inkpad alone.
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I go even simpler than the fun foam solution. I lay my bkdg stamp on it's back, ink it up, lay my cardstock on the ink'd rubber, place a piece if scrap paper on top and rub all over with my hand. Great impression, no blank spots (unless I want there to be).
Instead of my hand, I use a clean brayer.
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I'm with Redapron (Liz) I use my clean brayer to push my paper against an inked bkgrnd stamp. I tryed the push with hand thing and I kept missing spots, but with my brayer it applies even pressure all over, so no missed spots!!

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Me too. I apply the ink to the stamp with a brayer, clean it, and then use the brayer to rub the image on to the paper. Works great!
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