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August 10, 2008

Conditioning Stamps

Do you condition your stamps before they see ink? I'm surprised at how many stampers don't condition their images. Unkined images have got to be one of my biggest pet peeves, next to a paper cutter blade that needs to be changed! With Stampin' Up! releasing more bold image stamps in their new Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog - I thought now would be a great reminder to post about conditioning your stamp images.

I'm not going to rewrite a tutorial for you - nor do I have samples of my own to show - as I condition my stamps as soon as I mount them. Instead I'm going to direct you to my dear friend Pat Huntoon's blog - take a peek at how Pat conditions her stamps - you'll be glad you did!

I also use the sanding block method to condition my images - it works like a charm. If you're afraid to use the sanding block on your rubber (which BTW does not hurt your rubber) - ink up your image with Black Stazon - then drag it across your grid paper a few times, it also helps condition your images. Reink your image, then stamp on the grid paper - check your image to make sure you've got full ink coverage, if not repeat the conditioning process.

Happy Stamping!


Vivian Swain said...

Thanks so much Lisa. This is just what I need to know how do to with the solid new SU stamps to print better images.

Love your blog,

Vivian Swain

Anonymous said...

I got a link to your blog from my upline Vivian and your link to Pat Huntoon's blog about how to condition your stamps. I knew about the eraser and gentle sanding, but the Stazon cleaner looks to be more effective and easy. I, too, am irritated when I see sloppily inked solid images. What are we, anyway, anal? LOL

Unknown said...

Thanks Lisa for the tip. I have always used the sanding for my stamps, but usually not until I go to stamp with them and notice they aren't very crisp. So thanks for the reminder.

Amy Caraluzzi said...

Ah ha, the sanding block resolves both these pesky problems! I often use it to clean up the edges of my card stock from a shoddy blade. What an amazing little item ;-)

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