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Old 05-12-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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I recently got my first background stamp, and my friend got one as well. Well...I was SOOOOO excited to try it, inked that bad boy up, put it on the paper and pressed down for a moment or two, then lifted up only to find...

It only stamped part of the image. I know that stamping doesn't turn out perfect, but is there anything I need to do differently with background stamps in order to at least get the middle of the image to come out as well? I only got edges and a little titch of middle!!!

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Old 05-12-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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What I usually do and I have good results, is ink the bg stamp up, make sure you have ink all over, lay the stamp down on the table with the rubber up, place the CS on top of the stamp, now take a piece of scratch paper and lay it on top of the CS and rub all over. Lift off the CS and you should have a design on the whole sheet of CS.

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I would suggest, inking up your background stamp like you normally would, but then placing it rubber side up on your table. Now take you CS to be stamped and turn it upside down on the inked rubber. Hold down and rub the back side of the paper (I like to put a piece of copy paper over the CS and rub that). Carefully remove your CS and you should have a nicely stamped background image. HTH
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Yeah - what she said!
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What I usually do and I have good results, is ink the bg stamp up, make sure you have ink all over, lay the stamp down on the table with the rubber up, place the CS on top of the stamp, now take a piece of scratch paper and lay it on top of the CS and rub all over. Lift off the CS and you should have a design on the whole sheet of CS.

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Brayers are AWESOME for bg stamps! Use it to both ink up your stamp and to make sure the cs is even using the same technique mentioned above.
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A brayer is definitely the way to go... here is another thread about it with my comments about using a brayer.
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=133679
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Brayers don't work well with certain background stamps though. (IMHO) When I use one with my Fine Lace, I get a doubled image EVERYTIME. I do think they help on most bkgs, but not all. I think it's best to know a couple different ways to make your bkg stamps work for you
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Thanks for the advice, ya'll! I was starting to decide that I hated BG stamps...but I will get home and try this later on this evening and let ya'll know how it went!!!

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There is another post about this like 2 up from yours that you may want to check out also. My only addition is that I use my acrylic brayer to roll over the CS to transfer the image......much nicer and easier than using my fingers or a bone folder. I also use it to crease my CS put the ends together, starting where the two ends meet, roll the brayer up towards where the crease will be then roll across the crease a few times. Great crease and no more unevenly creased cards. Also, it doesn't make it kinda shiny like the bone folder can
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I use a brayer to stamp my image, too. To avoid that nasty double-imaging, lightly place your finger in the middle of your cs, then roll the brayer over half the image, move your finger slighly and roll the brayer over the other half.
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I haven't tried it yet (my butt is too big for my table to hold) but awhile back I read about butt stamping!
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Another thing to consider is the firmness of your stamping table -- those resin ones, while inexpensive and popular, are not good for getting a good, even image when working with large stamps. They're also problematic for eyelet setting.
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yes- check your table. Today, I tried my first BG stamp as well and the middle was not coming out good. My friend stopped by and she tried. Then she realized the table was also pushing down. We put scrap paper on the floor - then the cs- then the stamp and used our foot to push the pad down. It turned out perfect!
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Here is a thread discussing BG stamps. There is also an additional link for some good info in that thread.
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All these ideas are great and usually work. However, one time I did have a damaged stamp (Print Pattern) that part of the image was not hitting the paper no matter what. It was indented in the rubber. They replaced it for me, no problem. So make sure your stamp is ok. Which one is it?
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I have the best results when doing what was suggested already. Ink generously and place rubber side up. Place your cardstock on top and place scrap paper over that. Rub across surface. Viola! Beautiful BG.

I save my grid paper from workshops to use as scrap paper for this. It's perfect when folded in half. I use both sides, so I get lots of mileage out of them.
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Butt stamping! Its the only way to go!... you can do it on a chair too.
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I have the best results when doing what was suggested already. Ink generously and place rubber side up. Place your cardstock on top and place scrap paper over that. Rub across surface. Viola! Beautiful BG.

I save my grid paper from workshops to use as scrap paper for this. It's perfect when folded in half. I use both sides, so I get lots of mileage out of them.
DITTO -- This is exactly how I do it, too, down to recycling the grid paper! Great stamping minds . . .
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I put ink all over my BG stamp, place it on the cardstock and place another stamp of the same size over the BH stamp, upside down, and press firmly all over. It always works for me. Have not tried turning my BG stamp upside down, etc. as mentioned in the above responses.

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I agree with the Resin or plastic table issue! I have the same issue on my resin issue. I have an old cutting board that I use with my crafts, one side is all marked up and slashed and the other is nice and smooth. I use that side to do my BG stamping.

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Hi jessica,
if you used a crumpled up brown paper bag or smooth sanding block
and rub it across the rubber it will receive the ink alot better.
Also look and make sure when you're inking it that you've got it
covered and then on a totally flat surface...something hard...not
one of the plastic tables, I have had trouble with them! Hope that
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