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Getting a good Impression

Posted by Claire Brennan on October 25, 2011.

 This is taken from the post on plaid stamping, but I thought it might be useful as a post on its own

I used the wider plaid-maker stamp from Pic-nic patterns

Getting a good impression

So let's start at the start and make sure that everyone is getting a proper impression. Large stamps of any kind can be prone to less than perfect impressions. The first time I stamped with a border stamp I got a big 'hole' in the centre. I remember thinking that maybe the clear block I was using was perhaps bowed, so I stuck the stamp to the other side and tried again, same problem, maybe it was the table, I tried stamping on another surface but the result was not what I thought it should be. 

I went out and bought new blocks and tried many other surfaces and then I found a piece of advice somewhere, I don't remember where, but it was so simple and an instant cure. Use foam. Lightbulb moment.

A thin piece of foam, fun foam, upturned mouse mat, something with a little 'give' in it. Pop it under the card/paper you are stamping on and, hey presto, the problem disappears.

 Below, the top impression (plaid stamp in red) is how a border stamp might stamp on card which is laid onto a table surface, you can see bits have not stamped evenly, gaps are a disaster in a stamp such as this.

Below, a piece of fun foam set under the cardstock, the stamp is stamped again with an even pressure all over and the impression is perfect. These days I stamp nothing without the foam, not even a teeny tiny sentiment, it seems to improve the quality of every impression from every type of stamp I have, wood mounted red rubber, clear stamps, everything. Try it, you'll like it.

Hope it tickles! 


  1. Marta February 15, 2013

    I have had the same problem with my stamped impressions – a gap in the middle of a lovely pattern – yesterday I was stamping the Nordic Spring border stamps and it kept cropping up all the time. I tried laying a piece of card on a magazine – improved a bit but still no perfect. Today I’ll some funky foam for my stamping. I’m planning to make blanket plaid cards soon so I should really get it right this time.
    thanks for sharing this info.

  2. Sandy S. January 21, 2013

    I am new to stamping, die cutting and I appreciate any tips. I absolutely love your stamps and ideas.

  3. vonnie roche October 07, 2012

    I never use my stamps without my foam pad underneath. It’s unbelievable the difference it make’s to you stamping. Once tried and tested out, you never stop using it.

  4. Caryn S. August 27, 2012

    Claire I am so glad I decided to snoop around on your site, this is an ongoing problem for me and now I am itching to go downstairs to my craft area and experiment with all of my “problem” stamps! Thank you!

  5. Linda Le Brun March 19, 2012

    I had heard of this, then forgot it. There was not as much explanation as you have given. Thank you, I’m really going to try it now.

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