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Old 05-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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Default Tips for using/inking photo stamps

I purchased some stamps that were originally photos. I am not getting a very good/clear image. Any hints on inking them up or ink to use for the best image????

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:14 PM
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Try using a brayer...
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:37 AM
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It may need the residue from the making removed, gently scrub with on old toothbrush and stamp cleaner or use an eraser on it. Also Cheryl of OnyxXpressions recommends that you use Chalk ink on them first time or two. Not necessarily for the impression you will get but somehow it helps coat the stamps or something. That's what I did with the Tiger stamps I got from her and it really helped, they stamp great now.

Also using a cushion underneath your project can really make a difference, I purchased one from Stamp La Jolla years ago, they aren't very expensive. You could also use a piece of fun foam but make sure it isn't too soft. You want some give but not too much.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:59 AM
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I use a mouse pad. Works great for solids too.
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:00 PM
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My first photo stamp was the jeans pocket from JudiKins. I tried everything to make a good impression and found the best for me is glossy card stock and dye ink. Don't emboss it as the lines are usually too close for even detail ep to catch cleanly.

Just my opinion and what works for me.
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:33 PM
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I agree with Claudia! Dye ink on glossy cardstock is your best bet for a clean image.

If you just have to emboss your photo image stamp, try Versafine pigment ink & clear detail ep. You'll have to move a bit faster than you do with regular pigment ink as the hybrid Versafine dries faster, but I've gotten good results so far with fine details images using these products.

p.s. Don't stamp on cardstock with any kind of texture unless you're looking for a worn vinatge look! You want as smooth a surface to stamp on as possible so you capture every detail.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:03 PM
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Gracias! Will try the suggestions.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:09 PM
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I love Versafine and always get great detail when I use it. Best of luck and keep us posted!
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:11 AM
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I forgot to add, use a brayer to ink up your stamp. It can make a big difference also.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:03 PM
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I forgot to add, use a brayer to ink up your stamp. It can make a big difference also.
Recommendations on a brayer brand??? I don't have one, so will have to purchase one. I hate to go buy one w/ out a recommendation.
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