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4 Stamping Tips for Perfectly Stamped Images

by Brandy Burke
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Wasting supplies happens to the best of us – I’ve had many crafting days when I started off with the best of intentions only to end my time with a full trash can of wasted supplies and ink all the way up my forearm. There are two main reasons that I have to trash a project – the first being the Halo effect on a stamped image and the second being an incomplete impression.

Before I grabbed my Misti Stamping Tool there was no way to fix a partially stamped image. Even with the steadiest hand I couldn’t line up the stamp to re-stamp so that was a lot of beautiful thick card stock down the barrel.

While I couldn’t fix a partially stamped image, I did learn how to limit the occurrence which reduced waste and made me feel better about crafting – these quick and easy tips help me to have perfectly stamped images every time.

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4 Tips for Perfectly Stamped Images

Pad your Project

You don’t need a fancy stamping mat – but you do need a mouse pad. Using an old mouse pad cushions your stamp and allows an even pressure and a perfect impression nearly all of the time. While you can opt for the inexpensive Sizzix Stampers Secret Weapon stamping mat, you could also use any large mouse pad that you already have laying around the house.

Test Once

Always test your stamps on scrap card stock the first time you use them each session. While stamps can arrive defective from the manufacturer, they can also get damaged from regular use or improper storage. Giving them a quick stamp on a scrap will alert you to any issues (and ensure you’re using the right size block) before you stamp on your work area.


Stock the Blocks

You really do need a variety of acrylic blocks for your clear/cling stamps – using a stamp block closest in size to your stamp will allow proper pressure, alignment and lead to a better impression every time.


Tap, Tap, Tap and Check

Stamps are meant to be tapped lightly on to your ink pad to fill the space with ink. Pressing and mashing your stamp in to your pad not only causes unnecessary damage to your ink pad but it also cakes ink on to the edges of the stamp and the stamping block causing a much higher chance of having a halo or smudges around your stamped image.

Bonus Tip: If you haven’t already, grab a Misti Stamping Tool for clean lines and perfect impressions every single time you stamp.


Stamping tips for perfectly stamped images from @goodstuffmama - good tips!

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Crystal Carder September 18, 2017 - 2:33 pm

I love how crafty that looks! I have never stamped anything before, but it looks like something I would love to try, thanks for sharing the great tips.

Tara pittman September 18, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Stamping projects are so pretty. I need to try this craft.

Jade September 18, 2017 - 6:21 pm

Really lovely items thank you for taking the time to write this fab blog post!

lhourdes mercadero September 18, 2017 - 6:37 pm

I never did this before but it looks really cool and nice to do. Will try to do this next weekend and see if can make it pretty and cool like yours

Claudia Krusch September 18, 2017 - 11:28 pm

This is something I have been wanting to try. There are so many cute projects I would love to do.

Heather Johnson September 19, 2017 - 12:37 am

Testing at least once before you start stamping is a great tip! Practice also makes (near) perfect).

Shannon Gurnee September 19, 2017 - 2:17 am

I used to love stamping and making cards and stuff. These are some great tips!

ramon September 19, 2017 - 11:41 am

I really like the mouse pad suggestion. May as well go for perfect every time, and that’s a great tip, thanks!

Cynthia Nicoletti September 19, 2017 - 4:51 pm

I do not do stamping but it looks really fun. Great ideas.

Miljana September 19, 2017 - 7:02 pm

This is funny, amazing, adorable… 🙂

Michael September 19, 2017 - 8:33 pm

Great post I have a few DIY friends who will love this — forwarding on!

Blair villanueva September 20, 2017 - 1:26 am

I love stamping projects and crafts back in high school. I miss doing it now 🙂
Maybe I can make some stamp cards again for this holidays.

Kelly Hutchinson September 20, 2017 - 3:01 pm

I have a stamping kit but have been afraid to try it! I love that you offered these tips. I am going to dig it out and give it a go!

Nicole September 20, 2017 - 8:08 pm

I remember when I was younger, my mom, my sister, and I would do all kinds of projects with stamps! I wish we would have known this trick then! Maybe I’ll have to get us back into it and try this out, thanks for sharing!

Katy {ashadeofteal} September 21, 2017 - 2:25 am

I love using stamps and making invites. These are all great stamp tips!

Dhemz September 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

oh, that’s really neat. It’s been awhile since I did this kind of crafts. Thanks for sharing!

Garf September 22, 2017 - 3:08 pm

Thanks for these tips. I haven’t done stamping before but this is something I would like to give a try.


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