Helpful Tips & Tricks - Wood Mounted Stampers
Wood mounted stampers 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 from possible issues and helpful TIPS AND TRICKS that should insure a better imprint result and to 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, obstructions from debris or the wrong type of paper and envelopes such as coated and nonabsorbent types of papers. Not having enough ink coverage can result in a bad imprint. Stamping with too much pressure, not enough pressure, or an imbalanced amount of pressure on the stamper can also cause possible issues. But the good news is that most of these possible issues can be remedied! Read on to learn more.
A Fresh Start
Lets start over by cleaning your inked rubber portion of your stamper to clear any clogged and built up dry ink before starting a new stamping session. Below is a listing of methods you can use to clean the rubber portion of your stamper. Be sure to clean only the rubber portion and NOT run the entire stamper under water. This may damage the wood backing portion and drying time will be longer. Be sure to pat dry with a paper towel and let it completely air dry for several hours or overnight before starting a new stamping session.
1. Use a stamper cleaning fluid. You can buy a stamp cleaning fluid at most hobby stores where stamps and ink pads are sold or online. This is the best method. Simply spray a rag or folded up paper towels and simply clean the rubber portion and let dry before starting another imprinting session. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL. This will dry out the rubber and may damage your stamper.
2. Use wet nap wipes. Be sure to completely let the rubber dry before stamping.
3. Warm water and mild soap will also do the trick. You can also use a used toothbrush to help remove built up ink. Be sure to be gentle when cleaning the rubber.
4. If there are built up, dry ink or dust particles in between your designs or on the background, you can use Q-tips to help clean and remove the debris or stain. Using scotch tape to help lift the dust particles or caked on ink is also a helpful cleaning trick.
Most imprinting issues usually begin with the type of colored ink pads used. The quick and easy solution may simply be buying the appropriate colored ink pad to work best with your new wood mounted stamper. See below for recommended types and information.
Recommended Colored Ink Pads
Ink pad brands that work best are ones that are NOT TOO CUSHIONY. Be sure to check yours. When inking, these types of stamp pads will flood the engraved detailed portion and pick up unnecessary background details when imprinting. Clogging of the engraved details could also occur. Ink pad brands that seem to work best, are by "BRILLIANCE" and/or "MEMENTOS" brand colored ink pads. They are not cushiony but provide ample ink contact for the stamper. They also offer a variety of colors, including metallic colors for your creative stamping. They are non-toxic and is water-based inks for easy cleaning. They work well with most paper and envelope types, including metallic papers and vellum type of envelopes! Air dry time may vary so be sure to let the imprints properly dry before handling. Test or experiment on the side for best imprint results before stamping on your final medium. 2impress now do offer some basic ink pad colors by Memento(TM) ink pad brands. Visit this link for details.
Additional Tips For A Better Imprint
1. Be sure to stamp on CLEAN, FLAT, SOLID SURFACES. Try to avoid imprinting on curved areas and avoid any debris underneath the envelopes or imprinted paper. 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 more than the other. Use EVEN PRESSURE when imprinting. If flat surfaces do not yield a good result. Try imprinting with some stacked papers underneath to give it a bit of cushion. This will help your envelope or paper receive more ink leaving a clearer, darker imprint. Again, be sure to clean after several imprinting sessions to ensure no build up of ink occurs and to help keep the designed portion of your rubber clean for the best imprint results. If you have accidentally pressed too hard, flooded the design with too much ink and unnecessary ink has contaminated the design or background of your engraved rubber, you will need to repeat the cleaning process mentioned above.
2. EXPERIMENT. Test experiment a few imprints on the side 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. Try also pausing for a second or two when the inked rubber design makes contact with your paper or envelope, instead of a quick hit to get more ink absorption and darker results. 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 and project. 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, seeded, textured envelopes or type of papers. Stamp only on clean, flat, even surfaced paper types for best results. Other mediums such as fabrics, wax, wood and metal will have different results depending on inks being used and other factors. Be aware of glue folds and other factors before imprinting to get the best imprint. Any questions, feel free to contact. Happy stamping!