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.
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.
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.