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
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.
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.