Stamping instructions

Here are some simple instructions for using our stamps and inkpads. 

  1. Make sure you have a flat surface for your paper or card to go on.
  2. Always use matt, uncoated paper. The ink pads that I sell will not dry on shiny paper.Also note that ink pads that do dry on shiny paper may not be suitable for use with my stamps.
  3. Hold the ink pad in one hand and the stamp in the other and dab the ink pad onto the stamp. Have some practice paper to hand for your first few goes.For small stamps a couple of dabs of the ink pad will be enough ink.For larger stamps dab the ink pad all over the stamp to get an even coverage.
  4. After stamping 5-10 images the stamp may become a bit clogged up with ink. Clean with a scrubbing brush and washing up liquid under running water, dry with kitchen roll.

It is also a good idea to clean and dry your stamps after use and dust with talc.

Trouble shooting

If you find you have a smudged image or the finer detail is filling in, you may have applied too much ink, and/or be pressing too hard. It also may be that you need to clean the stamp, as it is getting clogged up with ink.

If the image is too pale, is broken up or is missing in places you may have applied too little ink, be pressing too gently or may not be applying pressure evenly all over the back of the stamp.

If you find that with several attempts and trying all the above there is an area of the stamp that will not stamp properly there may be a fault with the stamp, in which case let me know and I will get another stamp in the post for you, and refund your return postage of the faulty stamp.