Blog | February 2015 | 5 Stamping Top Tips 5 Stamping Top Tips Stamping is a favourite pastime of many crafters and can be very rewarding, but if you’re new to the technique here our design team have given their top tips to get you started1. Try not to overload your stamp with ink as this can make the image quality poor. To do this always put your stamp on a flat surface and take your ink to the stamp patting lightly onto the stamp a few times, rather than pushing your stamp into the ink which can overcoat the stamp.2. Know your ink types, Pigment inks take longer to dry and are best when embossing, where as a Dye based ink will dry quicker and give a crisper outline, great for colouring in. Don’t forget to store your ink pads upside down so the ink is at the top of the pad. 3. When you are trimming new stamps always trim them as close as possible so that there is no chance of getting an outline from the excess ink when you stamp it out4. When using a rubber stamp for the first time, lay sticky tape on the rubber and remove. Repeat this several times to remove any residue left from when the stamp is first created which could affect stamping for the first time.5. When creating your own decorated patterned paper with stamped images, put a scrap piece of paper under your stamping project and stamp part of the image(s) to show where the pattern would have continued.