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STAMPING TIPS ~
Preparing solid stamps: Solid stamps often do not stamp well on the first few stampings: to avoid this gently rub a clean eraser over the stamp and then wipe the stamp clean with a baby wipe and let dry. Then ink your stamp and stamp. Solid stamps have a protective coating on them to avoid scratches.
Avoid those Halos: Ink your stamp lightly, check to see if there is ink on the stamp outer edges. If so, wipe the outer edges cleaning gently with a damp cloth. Then stamp straight down without rocking on to your cardstock.
If you get a light halo when stamping, use a piece of very fine sandpaper of a sanding block if you have one that SU use to sell, they work great.
Get more use out of your sentiment stamps: You can create different messages from a sentiment stamp set by masking off portions to say something different. Mask off the portion you do not want to say by using low tack painters’ tape. Ink your stamp and then remove the painter’s tape then stamp. You can also ink the stamp using a marker, huff on it, and then stamp.
Remember, a happy stamp is a clean stamp! Swipe your dirty stamp over a damp shammy after stamping. Stampin' Up's SIMPLY SHAMMY (147042) is $8.50 and well worth it. It is 5" x 7" and fits in a standard stamp case. Deep clean your stamps with Stamping Mist (153648) and then a Stampin’ Scrub (126200).