After attending the Wonderful Crafting Live event at Doncasteryesterday I needed to keep my activities down to a minimum today, as any readers who also have Fibromyalgia know it is all about pacing yourself and yesterday I pushed my luck. I have a feeling I may be paying the price physically for a few days, anyway, I digress. This morning I decided to have a play around with some of my purchases and I started by stamping out some of the lovely Dreamees Poinsettias. I will confess at this point that I own an awful lot of stamps, I have 12 sets of Dreamees stamps, to begin with, and plenty more from other designers as well as a very healthy collection of ink pads and markers, and yet I do not use them anywhere near as much as I could, often turning to ready made toppers like those from Hunkydory and CD crafting.
One of the reasons for this is that I often have problems getting clean impressions and this is what I want to discuss today. When I first stamped the Poinsettia I used my Rocker Blockers which are very highly rated and have produced great impressions from Crafter’s Companion stamps and yet my Poinsettia came out with missing leaves.
Knowing that it wouldn’t be a problem with the stamps I decided to try using my thin stamping blocks I got from Inkylicious and as you can see the results speak for themselves.
So the thing I have learnt today and the message I want to share with you is if you are getting frustrated with repeatedly stamping images, first of all, try using a different type of stamping block.
If a change of block does not make a difference then consider the stamp and how old it is and what it is made of.
Modern stamps are often made of Polymer, Photopolymer if clear or pink rubber. These stamps are made to a high quality and with the correct tools will produce perfect results. However, other cheaper stamps can be made of products like silicone. Although these can be assisted to stamp well if primed (for instance going over the top with an eraser or gently with a nail file) you can not always guarantee a perfect result, especially with dye based inks.
However, other cheaper stamps can be made of products like silicone. Although these can be assisted to stamp well if primed (for instance going over the top with an eraser or gently with a nail file) you can not always guarantee a perfect result, especially with dye based inks.
Similarly, older stamps can age with time and become unusable. A couple of years or so ago I had to go through and get rid of all my See D’s stamps for this reason.
So, happy stamping and if like me you have stamps you have not been getting the best use out of think about having another go and consider investing in a couple of different types of stamping blocks.