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Rubber Stamp Quick Tips

Are you a rubber stamper? Well, many of us still love our rubber stamps. Here are our favorite quick tips to help you get perfect images every time!

There are two types of red rubber stamps. The first is the traditional red rubber stamp that is mounted on a permanent wood block. The second is a red rubber cling stamp. This stamp is used on an acrylic block, a stamp press or a stamp platform.

Pros Of Rubber Stamps
  1. Always produces clean, clear crisp images
  2. Red rubber stamps can be very detailed
Cons Of Rubber Stamps
  1. Cannot easily restamp the image if you need to. Difficult to get the exact placement.
  2. Because of the wooden block, it is not always easy to see the stamp placement on the paper
Pros Of The Red Rubber Cling Stamp
  1. You get the crisp images of the traditional red rubber wood mounted stamps
  2. Much easier to see the placement of the stamp-no wood block in the way!
  3. Can be used in a stamp positioning tool so that it can be stamped more than once.
Cons Of The Red Rubber Cling Stamp
  1. Because of the foam pad, it is not always easy to see the stamp placement

Rubber Stamp Tips

  • Before you start stamping with your rubber stamps make sure that the ink pad that you are using is juicy. If it is dry, take the time to refill the ink
  • Never rock the stamp. Always put the stamp straight down on the ink pad and lift it straight up.
  • Put the stamp straight down onto the surface and lift it straight up
  • If you are using a stamp with a large flat surface, always look at the stamp to make sure that the surface is covered with ink. Re-ink the surface if necessary. You can try giving the surface stamp a single small twist to help spread the ink
  • Make sure that you have a flat solid surface to stamp on. A couple of pieces of paper or a magazine will help you add some padding and make for a more even-stamped image.

Background Stamps

  • For larger background stamps, place the stamp on the table with the stamping side up. The turn the pad over and ink the pad onto the stamp.
  • Make sure the surface that you stamp on with these larger stamps is a hard flat surface. If you stamp on a surface that has give, there will be uneven application of the ink
  • You could also use several pieces of craft foam, a piece of scrap cardstock and then the surface you want to ink.
  • To get an even and perfect coverage with a background stamp, stand and press the heal of your hand on the entire stamp

Cleaning Your Rubber Stamps

  • The best and most recommended cleaner is a rubber stamp cleaner. 
  • Certain inks will stain your stamps and that is ok once you clean them.
  • Do not soak your rubber stamps in water or anything else. It will loosen the adhesive that holds it on the wood.