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Old 06-22-2009, 07:46 AM   #1  
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I recently bought an All night Media Wood grain backgrounder stamp, I absolutley love it! The problem is I ink it up nicely making sure not to miss any spots and when I stamp my image it skips the middle portion of the stamp. I have tried applying different amounts of pressure and nothing seems to work except when I turn the stamp upside down and use the paper ontop and use my hand to smooth over the image. which can be tricky and smear..
I am a new stamper, what am I doing wrong? this is my first backgrounder I have purchased are they all like this??
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use a magazine or mouse pad under your cardstock to get good pressure...this helps. Large stamps are harder to get a good image from. also...make sure you have good ink coverage on your stamp...turn the stamp rubber side up and ink it by patting the ink pad over your stamp in a circular motion. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Lisa Strahl explains a good technique for using large background stamps, up to 6" x 6". Here's a link to her blog post: http://www.monalisamoments.com/mona_...big-dream
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I used to have this same problem. Now after I ink my stamp, I lay it rubber side up on my table, place my cardstock on top and then a piece of scrap paper over that. Then I use my brayer and go over it a couple of times. Comes out perfect every time. HTH
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In addition to the above suggestions, make sure that the surface you are stamping on is level. Sometimes a table or desktop appears to be level, but it actually has a slight slant or dip in it.
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Ink up youe brayer real good and roll it across the stamp. seems to give it a smoother look. good luck, you will come to love them a lot.
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There was also a good tip in another thread about this very problem. Make sure your surface is good and sturdy. If your surface gives a little when you're stamping, you may not get a full image. I don't often use a background stamp, but this one made a difference for me.
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Genius! I always wondered when a brayer would come in handy. I'm still new to this all. Thanks for posting this, this sounds like something I will be doing allot of
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Stamping on a thick telephone book.
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I used to have this problem too. Now I use the brayer technique, and it's great. If my brayer is not handy, I usually stand to stamp and keep even pressure on the stamp all over, especially in the middle. When I stand, I have more oomph to press on the stamp, but I just have to be careful not to move the stamp while I'm pressing on it. I usually hold with one hand and press all over with the other.
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I use a piece of foam scrap from shipping boxes I have received to stamp on.
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turn it upside down and put your cs on it then cover it with a piece of paper and rub. You will get the coverage you want and it works better than any other way I have found.
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place on floor and stand on it, (carefully) works great!
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...except when I turn the stamp upside down and use the paper ontop and use my hand to smooth over the image. which can be tricky and smear.
I think the sheet of scrap paper over the top is the critical trick here! I use all my BGer and Scrapblocks face up on the desk and smooth over with my hand but that piece of scrap paper seems to be worth more than its weight in gold to keep the impression clear and sharp and stop you jittering the paper across the surface of the stamp. Same goes if you're using the brayer - put the scrap paper down first and you're good to go!

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i turn the stamp upside down, put my cardstock on top then use the back of a smaller stamp to rub over it. I also stand when doing this. Works every time.
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Ditto on "place on floor and stand on it". I can't put enough pressure on the stamp with my hands and sometimes get blank spots. My friend told me to stand on it and it works great!
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If getting a "perfect image" from your BG is vital (sometimes I just want some background filler and am not so particular, other times I am) then use a brayer to ink your stamp and do the stamping on a mouse pad.

Another thing to check is, if your backgrounds are stacked horizontally together, you may be dealing with temporary dents in your images. I store mine out of their boxes (to save room LOL) and vertically, because stacking them can cause the rubber to dent or flatten out the details. On a few occaissions, I have had several out at once, and part of the stack leaned into an image, and I had a major dent until it eventually went back to normal. a few hours or so. Hope this helps.
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here are some good tips for working with larger stamps:

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Something else that helps a lot is using Fluid Chalk ink by Colorbox. It works so much better for those big stamps.
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I want some of the scrapblocks, cannot wait to order some. Anyone have some examples in the gallery?
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Another thing to check is, if your backgrounds are stacked horizontally together, you may be dealing with temporary dents in your images. I store mine out of their boxes (to save room LOL) and vertically, because stacking them can cause the rubber to dent or flatten out the details. On a few occaissions, I have had several out at once, and part of the stack leaned into an image, and I had a major dent until it eventually went back to normal. a few hours or so. Hope this helps.
This is good to know. Thanks for sharing. Gotta go reposition my BGs now!
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This may have been said already, but shame on me...too lazy to read them all. I use that foam packing stuff that you get at an office supply or in packages that someone mails to you. Not the super thin flimsy stuff, but the one that's at least 1/8" thick and doesn't flop when you hold it sideways. And depending on the type of ink (dye or pigment) I apply different pressure. Dye ink usually requires more pressure because it doesn't go on as thick. Whereas pigment inks sometimes tend to fill in the gutters of a stamp and with too much pressure, that ends up on your image. Hope this helped.
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Here's a great way to do it and it may be easier for you to visualize when you can see it done:
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I've done this reverse process before and it does work very well. My only problem is that, my hands sometimes shake and I have a hard time lifting the cardstock off of the stamp without moving it. But I'm the exception. If you have a steady hand, this technique is fantastic.
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I think I will try this one two. I like the standing on it, works well on hard surface like the floor. But I think the key is being very steady. and not rocking whatsoever!
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Be on the lookout for a new type of acrylic block for large stamps from Impression Obsession - it's a slightly curved block with a large handle on the top, called the Mega Mount, and will be revealed at CHA. Here's a description:

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very good ideas, thanks for the video gina it is easier to do once actually seen. I am kinda clumbsy so I know standing on the stamp would not be a good thing for me to try. LOL
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I like the idea of the acrylic block.
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I ink the stamp upside down but stamp it ink side down and sit on it. Gets a great image and you don't have to put it on the floor to step on it.
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Like a backgrounder stamp but bigger Scrapblocks are 6" x 6" so if you get frustrated with not being able to stamp your 5" square cards or you want to be able to stamp your A2 in landscape orientation without worrying about which way round the design on the stamp goes, a Scrapblock might be your answer!
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Sometimes I use thick craft foam under my paper since its soft it helps the paper reach all the details on a stamp.
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Like a backgrounder stamp but bigger Scrapblocks are 6" x 6" so if you get frustrated with not being able to stamp your 5" square cards or you want to be able to stamp your A2 in landscape orientation without worrying about which way round the design on the stamp goes, a Scrapblock might be your answer!
So where do I get these? I gotta have a couple....or three...
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They're made by Cornish Heritage Farms - brainchild of the Art Director, Lisa Strahl!
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BTW, if you do have a background image that doesn't stamp completely, remember to keep it--if the center is not stamping, then put another layer over the center (which you would probably do anyway). If it's an edge, then cut and use the OK parts as trim on cards.

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