Helpful Tips & Tricks - Self-Inker Stampers
Self-inker devices are hand stamped and not digitally printed, so human factors and other mistakes can cause a bad imprint result and inconsistencies. Below are some helpful information on getting a fresh start for your personalized address stamper. Helpful TIPS AND TRICKS from experience that should insure a better imprint result and to help you get the most from your new stamper.
All stampers are test imprinted for quality and legibility before shipping. But there are a number of factors that could be causing issues with your imprints. Some include; printing on a none-flat surface, printing on a too cushiony surface and not a hard surface, or mistakenly imprinting on a raised, embossed envelope or paper surface which will cause imbalanced imprint results. Imprinting on improper paper and envelope types such as glossy, coated, metallic or vellum types of papers or envelopes will also cause issues such as smearing and not dry correctly issues since the self-inker ink is water-based. Other factors such as putting too much pressure, not enough pressure or an imbalanced amount of pressure on the self-inker device when imprinting can also cause possible imprint result issues and inconsistencies in results. But the good news is that most of these possible issues can be remedied!
If the self-inker ink has touched the background of your engraved design rubber or is leaving unnecessary marks, other than the design, than it is most likely that your self-inker has been contaminated with ink due to pressing too hard on one side or overall. To get a fresh start, the ink will need to be cleaned off from these areas before beginning a new imprint session. Here is how to clean your self-inker.
Cleaning The Engraved Rubber
Take rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip. Wet the tip to use for cleaning. With both hands, flip the self-inker device upside down and with your thumbs, press down on the sides to expose the engraved design. Next, press the two knobs on both sides to lock the stamper in position exposing the design and engraved rubber for cleaning. Than take the wet Q-tip and clean the access ink off. Repeat until clean. You can also use a clean Q-Tip to help dry the rubber before unlocking it back to the ready-to-stamp position. Be sure there is NO RESIDUE from the Q-tip or dust particles on the engraved design before attempting to stamp again. Once done cleaning, SLOWLY release it by pressing the sides down again back to the ready position with both hands and thumbs. Now you are ready to stamp again!
NOTE: Remember to clean only the background of the engraved rubber portion. Try not to use the wet Q-tip on the engraved design, unless there is a build up of ink that needs to be cleaned off to get rid of heavy inked areas and blotches.
Additional Tips For A Better Imprint
1. Be sure to stamp on CLEAN, FLAT, solid surfaces only. Try to avoid imprinting on curved area. The amount of PRESSURE will also yield different ink coverage and imprint results. USE BOTH HANDS for a more EVEN pressure. But be sure to NOT press down on one side too much, instead, use an even BALANCED, straight downward pressure when imprinting. Experiment with the amount of pressure used, starting with lighter pressure to harder ones until the right amount is found. Than use this same amount of pressure for all your imprinting. If you have accidentally pressed too hard and unnecessary ink has contaminated the design or background of your engraved rubber, you will need to repeat the cleaning process above to reset your stamper before stamping again.
2. Again, experiment a few imprints on the side or on a disposable paper or envelope to be imprinted on - BEFORE imprinting on your final paper or envelopes to get the best possible, consistent impression and results. Once you find the right combinations that works best for your design and stamper, keep using that same method, if imprinting on many envelopes, to get the same constant imprint results.Try also pausing for a second when the design makes contact with your paper or envelope, instead of a quick hit to get more ink absorption. A quick hit, or imprint, maybe the cause for improper, lighter-than-usual, uneven imprint results or it may just work best, depending on your design. Again, you’ll need to experiment on the side to find the best results.
3. When stamping, be sure that there are NO textures obstructing beneath or on your area being stamped on. DO NOT stamp on embossed papers or seeded, textured types of papers. Stamp only on clean, flat paper for best results. Other mediums such as fabrics, wax, wood and metal will have different results depending on inks being used and other factors. Also check to see for obstructions such as creases or glued folds on the area BENEATH the area being imprinted on. If there are creases, such as a crease fold and/or glue from envelopes, insert a clean, flat hard cardboard paper directly in between, inside the envelope under the area being imprinted on to help keep the area flat, hard and creased free, before making your imprint. If printing on the flap portion of the envelope, a trick is to flip that up and lay that on a flat, hard surface before imprinting.
Again, experiment a few imprints on the side or on a disposable paper or envelope to be imprinted on - BEFORE imprinting on your final paper or envelopes to get the best possible, consistent impression and results. Once you find the right combinations that works best for your design and stamper, keep using that same method, if imprinting on many envelopes, to get the same constant imprint results.
4. IMPORTANT: DO NOT imprint on textured papers, glossy, coated, metallic or vellum type of papers. The ink for the self-inker is water-based and will not dry properly which will smear! If you still have questions, feel free send a convo or contact via email to 2impressShop@gmail.com.