If you have found your brand new stamps aren’t giving you the image you desire, some acrylic or photopolymer stamps need an extra little process you can do yourself, called “conditioning.” This basically removes any oils or coating from the manufacturing process and allows the stamp to ink up better, thereby giving you a better quality print.
There are a few simple ways to condition your stamps, and if one doesn’t work, you can do no harm by trying another method.
Take your clear stamp and ink it up with any ink you have. Once it is inked up, stamp it on scrap paper. Stamp and then continue to re-stamp-off the image until you see nothing when you stamp. Don't clean the stamp with a liquid cleaner or the scrub pad this time. Now ink up the clear stamp with your desired color ink of choice. Stamp lightly, but firmly, on your desired card stock. The image and color of ink should come out crisp and clean. Now you can clean the ink off with a slightly damp cloth or scrub pad.
Gently rub an eraser over your stamps. Wash with dish soap to remove the eraser bits, and let dry.
Rub a fine grain sandpaper (a nail file/emery board will work work) over any residue remains on the stamp. This will even out the texture of the stamp. Rub first in one direction, then once more in the opposite direction. Rub a stamp conditioning cleaner over the stamp once more, then rub with a dry cloth to remove any remaining residue that has been lifted from the
I hope this helps make your stamping experience even better!
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