Post # 1
I have bought the cutest stamp from Etsy for our invite return address. Its beautiful and matches our theme exactly–so whats the problem? I am a horrible stamper. Started practicing stamping on our dark envelopes with the white ink I also bought–and I suck!
Some of them are faded, others I am missing part of the stamp! My concern is I only bought 170 envelopes for my 150 invites I need to send out. I am messing up on like every other one! What is the trick? Should I find another way to do my return address. This is the main invite envelope–not the return one ( for that I used wrap around lebels) much easier!!!!
Post # 3
just make sure you are pressing in the middle and then each corner when you press down, youll get the hang of it 🙂
Post # 4
it takes some practice on scrap paper — not envelopes! you might want to try a different ink also.
Post # 5
For me, what works best is stamping on a solid, hard surface (like the dining table rather than on a laptop/tv table). I put the stamp down and then try to put equal pressure all over the stamp. If you’re noticing that you’re consistently missing ONE spot, add a little pressure there. The thing I always do that’s really annoying is I manage to get ink on the edges of the stamp and then get that on the envelope. Ugghhh frustrating.
Just keep in mind it’s only an envelope, it doesn’t have to be perfect, no one is going to notice and it’ll end up in the recycling bin pretty quickly anyways.
Post # 6
would a self inking stamp be a better option?
Post # 7
does the stamp have a handle? or is it flat? If it has a handle, try Rolling the stamped image on, very carefully… if its flat, tap the ink to the stamp mulitple times in multiple locations, to make sure you get thorough coverage of the ink.
what is the brand of ink you are using? Make sure you are using a “craft” pad ink. Stamin Up has the bst ones IMO. Also,it takes a while for white ink to dry, so do not touch it! put it in a place where it can dry.
I also agree with the poster… use a good solid hard surface like your dining room table. to stamp them on.
go to michaels and buy some black cardstock and practice practice practice. Do not waste your envelopes! make sure you are using dark cardstock to represent the color of the envelopes you are using.
I am an avid stamper/cardmaker, please feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I’m sure others on here are like me too and we will all be able to help in any way we can;)
Post # 8
My suspicion is that you aren’t the problem its the ink pad.
like @Ronneykay: said Stampin up is good, however I recently purchased a Fiskars stamp pad and it is the most marvelous thing EVER.
or perhaps one of your BM’s is a “professional” stamper and you don’t know it? hint hint
Post # 9
Kermie, what fiskars stamp pad is it????? do tell!!!! 🙂 >anxious clapping< LOL
Post # 10
I bought it at Michaels in Ontario Canada
Its Fiskars High Density Pigment Ink “2x more ink than most ink pads” -they aren’t lying
It is truly the only stamp pad that I have found to show up very black. Its much blacker than my Archival Ink & Stampn Up pad. I love it for embossing too.
It was really reasonably priced as well
Post # 11
Thanks Kermie, I will be looking for that:) Love embossing! **sigh**