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Do This Before You Use Your New Stamp Set

Calling all creatives! Discover the ease of prepping your new stamp sets with a simple white eraser. Learn this quick and easy technique to achieve beautiful, vibrant stamped images for all your stamping projects. Don’t miss out on this essential tip!
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My First Stamping Experience

Hello, creative friends! As a small business owner and Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your stamping projects. Today, I want to share a simple but essential step you should take before using your new stamp set. Trust me, this quick tip can make a world of difference in the quality of your stamped images.

I remember the excitement of getting my first stamp set in the No Matter the Weather Kit; I love that my kit came with everything I needed, including pre-cut pieces, coordinating embellishments, and step-by-step instructions. Dreaming up all the creative possibilities, I was eager to get stamping. To my confusion, when I inked up my stamp and pressed it onto the paper, the image was blotchy and uneven.

I tried again and again, attempting to improve my technique to no avail. It wasn’t until I spoke with a seasoned stamper who shared a simple tip with me: prep your stamp. She explained that some stamps, particularly photopolymer stamps, can stamp unevenly at first and reassured me that it wasn’t user error. Photopolymer stamps are simply really smooth. I followed her advice, and the difference was amazing! My stamped images improved, just as I had originally anticipated.

This experience taught me the importance of prepping my stamps before their first use. It set me on a mission to research the best prepping techniques and understand the ‘why’ behind the process. The tip I learned after my first stamping mishap is one that I now use and share with all my fellow stampers, especially those just starting. It’s a small step that can save time and simplify your stamping journey.

Prepping your stamps with a white eraser is a quick and easy step that can significantly improve your stamping results. It's a small investment of time that pays off with every impression.

—Stephanie Richmond

The Magic of the White Eraser

One of the easiest and most effective ways to prep your new stamps is by using a white eraser. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Gather Your Supplies:

  • Your new stamp set
  • A clean, white eraser
  • Scrap paper for testing

2. Rub the Stamp:

  • Take your white eraser and gently rub it over the entire surface of the stamp. Make sure to cover all the raised areas where the design is. This process removes any potential manufacturing residue and slightly roughens the surface, allowing the ink to adhere more effectively.

3. Clean Off Residue:

  • After rubbing the stamp with the eraser, use a soft cloth or a stamp Shammy to wipe off any eraser residue. This will leave your stamp clean and ready for inking.

4. Test the Stamp:

  • Ink up your newly prepped stamp and test it on a piece of scrap paper. You should notice a much crisper and more even image. This test run will confirm that your stamp is ready for your actual project, saving you from potential mishaps.

5. Optional: Color the Stamped Image

  • For a more customized look, consider coloring your stamped image after you’ve stamped it. You can use markers, colored pencils, or watercolors to add vibrant details and bring your stamped designs to life. This optional step allows for creative expression and adds a personal touch to your projects.

Stay creative!

—Stephanie Richmond

Why This Works

Having tried various stamp brands, I’ve discovered that a white eraser can significantly improve the first impression with new stamps. Here are a couple of reasons why:

Removing Residue:
During the manufacturing process, stamps can accumulate a residue that isn’t always visible to the naked eye. This residue can be anything from mold release agents to other manufacturing by-products. When you first ink up an unprepped stamp, this residue can cause the ink to bead up or skip areas, leading to incomplete or patchy images. Using a white eraser to rub the stamp gently removes this unwanted layer, ensuring a clean surface for inking.

Creating a Rougher Surface:
Stamps, especially photopolymer and acrylic ones, often have a smooth, slick surface when they are brand new. This smoothness can cause the ink to pool in certain areas and fail to cover the stamp evenly. When you rub a white eraser over the stamp, it slightly roughens the surface, providing a bit more texture for the ink to grip onto. This rougher texture helps the ink to distribute more uniformly across the stamp.

Join the Fun!
Now that you know how to get the best results from your new stamp set, why not take your creativity to the next level? If you love crafting and are passionate about stamping, consider joining my Stampin’ Up! team! As a team member, you’ll gain access to exclusive resources, special discounts, and a supportive community of fellow stampers. Whether you’re looking to start a business or simply enjoy the benefits of being a hobby demonstrator, there’s a place for you on my team. Let’s create beautiful projects together and share the joy of stamping with others!

Watch the Video Tutorial
To see this technique in action, check out my video tutorial below. I’ll walk you through each step and show you the difference it can make.

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope this tip helps you create stunning projects with your new stamps. Prepping your stamps with a white eraser is a quick and easy step that can significantly improve your stamping results. It’s a small investment of time that pays off with every impression. Give it a try with your next new stamp set, and let me know how it works for you! If you have any questions or tips of your own, feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy stamping, and remember to stay creative!

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