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
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?