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Old 12-21-2011, 08:49 AM   #1  
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Hi all and Merry Christmas! I am wondering if anyone has information about preparing new stamps to get better coverage when stamping. I want that solid coverage and most of my stanps are new so I would like to know what to do to then to get the better coverage. Also some of my stamps do not want to stay on the clear blocks very well... any advice?? Thanks
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:47 AM   #2  
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Hi Diana and welcome from New Zealand! Generally solid clear stamps don't take dye inks as well as pigment inks, the dye inks tend to bead up, so it may be you need to stick with pigment inks if other things don't help. However some clear stamps have surface oils from the manufacturing process on them, and that needs to be removed.There are a couple if things you can do to make the stamp surface hold the ink better. One is to rub the stamps on a piece of denim, like your jeans. I have also successfully sanded my solid clear stamps gently with a sanding block actually designed for sanding sheets of shrink plastic. Try this with a less 'precious' stamp first.
Are the stamps that won't stay on the clear blocks unmounted rubber stamps or clear stamps? If clear, you can swish them in a dilute detergent solution, rinse and let air dry. That is supposed to restore their 'stickyness' although I haven't tried it. I don't know if this will work with unmounted rubber stamps
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:49 AM   #3  
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Hi Diana. Welcome to SplitCoastStampers!

You will likely get a better response to this question if you ask it on the General Stamping or Tools & Products forum.

I'm a novice with very little experience, but from what I've read:
  • Going over your acrylic stamp with a rubber eraser helps to "season" it so that it will hold ink better.
  • Gently washing your unmounted stamps in soap water will clean them and help them to stick better.
  • Stampin' Up ink doesn't work well with acrylic stamps.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:25 PM   #4  
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Thank you both Parkes and Melissa59 I will try both techniques and also try that forum! Have a great day!
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