(Closed) Embossing/Stamping issue…

posted 13 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just before you go to stamp the image, hold the inked stamp close to your mouth and breathe really slowly onto it, so your hot breath remoistens the ink.  Then stamp your image. 

Have you had this issue from the beginning, or is it new?  Did the stamp work okay before?  The acrylic stamps aren’t necessarily known for that nice, clean image that a rubber stamp can give you.  The cool thing about the acrylic stamp is so you can see where you’re placing your stamped image.

Post # 4
6 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

I am having the same problem with the clear stamps. It seems when I press down it squishes the image. I switched to wooden, but I may try Grey56’s tip! Good luck.

Post # 6
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Miss CB, I recently read this post from driftslikesmoke regarding clear vs. colored embossing powders.  She may be a helpful source in figuring out your stamp situation.

 Good luck!  :o)

Post # 8
40 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ahh!  I have a monogram stamp doing the same thing and it is driving me crazy!  I couldn’t stop thinking about it at work today 🙂  I read two tips online that I haven’t had a chance to try yet:

 1.) Use very fine grit sandpaper to take and extra silicone off the face of the stamp (sort of like the eraser trick)

2.) Use something called a "stamp mat" it has some give to it so the stamp can press in harder

 Also – try using one of those little powder embossing baggies that you rub over the paper before stamping.  It keeps powder from sticking to unintended places.  If that doesn’t work try using a tiny artist’s brush to get rid of extra "dots".  Good luck!

Post # 9
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Hi Miss Creme Brulee! Love your name!

I’d say that if you want a very clean image, switching to colored embossing powder might not be the way to go. Depending on how detailed your stamp is (what are you stamping? just curious!), brushing off all the excess powder in between can become VERY tedious and very difficult. 

I’d second the idea of roughing up your acrylic stamp a bit using fine grit sandpaper, since the problem you’re encountering tends to happen because the ink pools on the acrylic stamp between inking and pressing, then when you apply it to your paper, the pools of ink don’t spread back out properly. Roughing up your acrylic stamp can give the ink something to adhere to, resulting in less pooling and a cleaner final image.

This issue is why I personally tend toward rubber stamps, which tend to be naturally rougher, but I understand your problem, since the flourish I want to use for my  wedding invites is acrylic! 

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Post # 10
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If the acrylic stamp is new, sometimes it needs to be broken in.  For some reason, using it over and over again, actually helps the stamp to produce a better image.  Another reason might be the ink pad.  All pigment ink pads are not equal.  Even if it is new, if it seems like it is dry, it probably is.  I would recommend trying a different brand. I’ve always had good luck with the ColorBox and Versamagic brands.  Others, that tend to cost a little less, seem like they are not as well inked.  

Post # 11
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I totally just had the same issue today. I’ve been making thank you cards for my friend for her wedding and i noticed that pigment ink just doesn’t stick to the acrylic stamps as well as it does to the rubber stamps. I’ll have to try sanding the stamp a little just to give it more texture. But I did notices, as mandalynn17 stated, that the ColorBox pigment ink adheres to the stamp better than other brands I’ve used (Rubber Stampede and the Brilliance line by Tsukineko). I also came across the issue of my clear embossing powder not sticking to the ink even though I stamped the image just seconds before applying the powder. Again, only happens with the non-ColorBox inks.

Post # 12
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I agree, ColorBox is definitely my favorite for pigment inks, but that said, I still tend to get the pooling problem with their black pigment ink if I don’t treat the stamp. I just wish ColorBox had a wider variety of colors!

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