I use stamps which are mounted. Re­cently I’m wast­ing my stamp­ing card be­cause when I’m stamp­ing they’re not com­ing out prop­erly – some bits are faded or not stamped at all. Have you got any ideas what I’m do­ing wrong?

Rachel Kenny, Liver­pool

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

Hazel says: There are sev­eral ideas to help you stamp the per­fect im­age: 1 Pre­pare your stamp – I al­ways pre­pare my stamps when I first get them by lightly rub­bing over them with a pen­cil eraser, as when the stamps are new there is a slight film on top of the im­age. This re­moves the film and will help the ink stick to the stamp. 2 Make sure you fully ink your stamp. Test it on scraps of pa­per be­fore stamp­ing the im­age onto your card. 3 Make sure you are us­ing the cor­rect ink for the job, and choose an ink for the kind of sur­face you are stamp­ing on to make sure you get crisp, clear im­ages that won’t smudge or smear. 4 En­sure you are us­ing the cor­rect card for the job. If you are look­ing to colour the im­age with al­co­hol mark­ers, then I would rec­om­mend us­ing a su­per smooth stamp­ing card. 5 Try not to rock your stamp; al­ways try to make sure you stamp straight down and ap­ply even pres­sure and then lift the stamp straight back up.

We are Easter mad this year and can’t wait to start creat­ing our Easter cards. We ab­so­lutely love this won­der­ful stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, com­plete with dec­o­rated eggs, de­tailed car­rots, daf­fodils, bas­ket, bunny rab­bit and spring chick­ies, too. This stamp set is so ver­sa­tile, you could even use this set through the whole of spring! Stampin’ Up! Bas­ket Bunch stamp set, £19, avail­able from www.stamp­inup.eu

Do you pre­pare your stamps be­fore us­ing them?

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