Common Mistakes In Using Rubber Stamps & How To Avoid It

Using rubber stamps may seem like a simple task, but there are common mistakes that people often make. These mistakes can lead to smudged or uneven impressions, wasted materials, and frustration. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common mistakes in using rubber stamps and provide you with tips on how to avoid them. So, let's dive in!

1. Using the wrong ink

One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong type of ink for your rubber stamp. Different surfaces require different types of ink. For example, if you are stamping on glossy paper or semi-porous surfaces, you will need to use a solvent-based ink stamp such as AE Gel Stamp. Using the wrong ink can result in smudging and fading of the stamped image and even worse, it can also permanently damage your rubber stamp! Always check the ink specifications and choose the right one for your rubber stamp.

2. Applying too much or too little pressure

Another mistake is applying inconsistent pressure when stamping. If you apply too much pressure especially on pre-inked stamps such as AE Gel Stamp and AE Flash Stamp, the image may bleed or distort. On the other hand, if you apply too little pressure, the image may appear faint or incomplete. The key is to find the right balance. Practice stamping on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for the right amount of pressure needed.

3. Not storing the stamp properly

Failure to store your rubber stamp properly can lead to dust residue build up on the stamp resulting in a poor image quality such as smudging and blurred lines. To avoid this, prepare a proper enclosed space for your rubber stamps to be stored into. Learn more on how to store your rubber stamp to make it pristine all the time here

4. Not using a stamping pad

Using a stamping pad is essential for achieving a clear and even impression especially with a traditional rubber stamp. Without a stamp pad, the rubber textplate may not make full contact with the surface, resulting in a patchy image. Make sure to use a high quality stamp pad specifically designed for stamping such as the COLOP Micro Pad to ensure optimal impression results.

5. Rushing the drying process

Allowing the stamped image to dry properly is crucial for preventing smudging. Many people make the mistake of touching or moving the stamped surface before it is fully dry. Depending on the type of ink used, drying times may vary. It's better to wait a little longer for the ink to dry completely than to ruin your hard work.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can achieve professional-looking stamped images every time. Remember to choose the right ink, apply consistent pressure, store your stamps properly, use a stamping pad, and allow sufficient drying time. With a little practice and attention to detail, you'll be creating beautiful stamped projects in no time!

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