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Tips from the Pros

Hello Creative Readers and especially Studio AE members! 

This month's Studio AE stamp set, Bring on the Love by Ali Edwards, features several solid images. Plus some of my favorite stamp sets, such as Life Is Good, have large solid images. It can be challenging to get a good stamped impression using these kinds of stamps. So we asked our creative team for their advice on how to get good results with large solid images stamps. Here's their advice:

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Here's what they had to say.

* Laura used several of the Studio AE set's solid images.

"My biggest tip with these is be prepared to stamp them a few times until you get something you're happy with!

I pounce the inkpad on the stamp several times and then look at the surface really closely to see if there is even coverage and no specks of lint.  If it looks good I press the stamp to the paper, pick it up, and hope for the best.  It usually takes me 2-3 tries to get one I'm happy with.
For dye inks, I like Memento. I think it gives very even coverage and it is also a detailed ink so it keeps the sentiment and other white spaces looking crisp. I also like the Colorbox chalk inks, but I don't have many of these. And heat embossing with clear EP using pigment inks looks great on solid images, if you feel like getting out the heat gun."
* Nichol said her best tip for getting results with the set's solid stamps is to take the ink pad to the stamp.
"Lay the stamp on an acrylic block face up on your work table and take your ink pad to the stamp to ink it. I find that I get much more even coverage on large stamps this way."
* Teri suggests taking the time to season the stamps before you start using them.
"Ink them up and then stamp them several times on scratch paper before you start stamping with them."
Teri said that if you are having a hard time with getting good impression with the more solid stamps in the set to make sure you are stamping on a good solid surface. Also, make sure you are using good stamp form.
"That means putting the stamp in the middle of the block rather than a corner, not rocking the block as you stamp with it and apply good even pressure when you stamp."


want another tip (two tips in one, actually)?

to get good coverage, stamp it first into Versamark, then into your ink color ... works like a charm!

I usually also condition my clear stamps first using an eraser before its first use.

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