How To Stamp | Stamping Tips And Tricks!

Hi friends! Sometimes it can be difficult to get a clear and crisply stamped image and it can be devastating to ruin a cardmaking project. So, in today’s video, I will share a few tips and tricks to get clean and crisply stamped images with photopolymer clear stamps and Simon Hurley create. inks!

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Start by peeling the stamp off the backer sheet and placing it onto an acrylic block. Making sure the stamp is fully pressed down to remove air bubbles will help with stamping a clear impression (this is especially important with larger stamps).

Applying ink is easy… Pick up your ink pad and tap it on the stamp several times to apply the ink. Moving the ink pad and tapping several times will ensure complete coverage with no marks. You can also tap your stamp into the ink pad several times to apply ink. Tilt the inked stamp in the light to make sure it is all covered and stamp it down onto cardstock with good pressure.

Things to avoid:

  • Swiping the stamp will create lines in the stamped image. This gives a cool textured look, but if you want a solid impression tapping will give you the best results.
  • Tapping once will apply ink onto your stamp but leaving felt marks. This is common with all inks because felt is the best material to hold the ink and transfer it nicely. Being sure to tap several times will apply for even coverage and give the clean results you want!

Other Techniques:

  • Ombre stamping is a fun technique to give beautiful multicolored ink onto one image. I started by applying Triple Berry and wiped off both edges. This allowed me to roll Bee Sting and Remember Me onto the edges to achieve a fade.
  • Generation stamping is a great way to get three shades of color from each ink pad. Stamping off onto a separate sheet and then on your project will give lighter shades of the ink you are using. This is so much fun to use with stamp layering!
  • Watercolor stamping is fun if you want a handpainted uneven look (this looks awesome on messier projects or with floral images). Apply ink to your stamp and spray water over the top… the more water you add, the more diluted the color becomes. Stamp it on the cardstock and admire the fun results!


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