Post # 1
I am using clear acrylic stamps to emboss a few images on stationary, and I’m running into an issue. I’m using a pigment ink and it’s not stamping as solidly as I would like it to. Meaning the image looks like the ink pad is drying out and there wasn’t enough ink on it. I want a cleaner image, which I know is possible with wooden stamps.
The ink pad is new, and I’m not sure if it’s related to the ink or the stamps. It doesn’t seem as if the stamp is getting enough ink on it to stamp clearly. I already tried "texturizing" the stamp by rubbing it with a pink eraser.
I’m embossing these images, but I want the image to look cleaner. Any insight into what I’m doing wrong or how to fix this?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks for the info! I was hoping to get cleaner images, but it seems difficult with the clear stamps.
I’m using clear embossing powder, so I might just switch to a colored powder and carefully get rid of the extra powder to prevent "dots"
Post # 6
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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 # 7
Thanks craftypants! I read that one too, which is why I bought clear powder first. I guess I’m really anal about getting really clean images, so I think I have to go with colored embossing powder. I was tracing the stamped images with a sharpie for awhile, but that got old pretty quickly…
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for your input! I’m making notecards for my BMs with cute stamps of heels, dresses, simple flowers, and their initials. The images are not very detailed, but because there are large sections of color on some stamps, it is VERY noticeable with the uneven/faded color. I just bought a pigment ink from Michaels (Craft Smart) so I’ll try one of the other brands you guys suggested!
Thank you again!!