How To Use Your Rubber Stamp 101 For The Best Imprints Every Time

No matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned stamper, the following steps will guide you through the basics of do’s and don’ts of using your rubber stamps correctly. It is most important to keep your stamp clean and in good shape as it is essential for the longevity of your stamp and for the best stamping results.

Here are a few easy steps to follow to get the best results!

How To Use Your Rubber Stamp

- Make sure the surface underneath your paper is hard and even with no texture

- The paper you are stamping on needs to be flat without texture for best results

- Make sure your ink pad is fresh and stored away from any heat source or direct sunlight since this will cause the ink pad to dry out and result in uneven imprints

- Do not push the stamp too hard into the ink pad - this will lead to ink pooling in the small details and can add ink to the wooden mount

- Do not rock the stamp back and forth on the ink pad or the paper. It's best to lightly dip the stamp on the ink pad straight on and then use the same movement to print it on the paper while applying firm pressure. There should only be ink on the surface of the rubber die so that the design is covered evenly with ink, not on the rest of the rubber mount or wooden mount.

- For large stamps used with smaller ink pads: Turn the stamp upside down then move the ink pad all over the stamp to cover it evenly with ink

- Do not stamp on a whole stack of envelopes - should be one envelope at a time, not with a stack of other envelopes underneath the one being stamped

- If the envelope paper is very thick then you might need to open the flap before stamping

- Glossy papers, perlescent card stock, wooden surfaces etc require a special permanent ink pad to avoid ‘bleeding’ or smudging

- Store your stamp in a cool area away from direct heat or sunlight since this will dry out and damage your stamp

Cleaning Your Stamp

Promptly clean your stamp after each use and do not let the ink dry for best results. If you don't clean your stamp after each use, you will notice that the fine details in your stamp design start to get filled with dried ink and the imprint becomes unclear. Also, if you use your stamp with different ink colors without cleaning in between then the colors will mix and result in contaminated ink pads and muddy colors. In order to avoid this you will need to clean your stamp using one of the following methods:

- Baby Wipes: Any alcohol free, aloe free and oil free baby wipes are a handy product to quickly wipe excess ink off of your stamp during or after stamping. Try to stack the wipe so that you can push the stamp down on the wipe in order to get most of the ink off of the tiny details in between.

- Wet paper towels: These can be just moist with water or moist with a soapy solution such as with dishwashing detergent. Blot the stamp on the moist paper towel until the stamp is free of ink then blot dry with a dry paper towel

- Old soft toothbrush: This is the best way to remove ink from tiny in-between details on your stamp. Moisten the toothbrush with water or with a soapy dishwashing liquid solution then carefully remove the ink. Blot with a dry paper towel when finished.

- let the ink dry on the stamp since it will get harder to clean off the ink
- use any cleaning products containing alcohol as the alcohol will cause the rubber to dry out and damage the stamp
- hold your stamp under running water or soak it since this will eventually cause the glue between your wooden mount and the rubber die/foam base to dissolve and detach