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Useful information about photo stamps:
Before you start:
Choose the right ink:
3. The ink should not be too wet or too thick. The best inks to use for photo stamps are dye inks of medium wetness. I peronally think that Ranger's Archival Ink is the best ink to use with photo stamps and other detailed stamps. If the ink pad is new and overly juicy, it is best to apply the ink with a brayer. Ink the stamp properly so that you can clearly see the image on the stamp surface and make sure the whole stamp is inked evenly. The less ink you use, the best result you get. The more ink you use, the darker the image will be. (See examples below.)
Choose the right paper:
4. It's important to use the right paper. Using regular card stock is not recommended. If you want to get the best result, I reccomend using glossy paper. I use "Inkssentials Gloss Paper" by Ranger. This is not the same as printer photo paper.
Photo stamp errors:
1. Ink pad too wet/juicy or too much ink.
Solution: use a brayer to apply the ink in a thin layer.
2. Too much pressure.
Solution: Place the stamp gently on the paper (lower it flat so that all surfaces touch at the same time) and then press firmly, without using too much pressure. Do not "slam" the stamp to the paper.
Photo stamp errors:
3. Not enough ink. The Ink pad may be too dry or the application may be too light.
Solution: Re-ink the inkpad. Apply more ink onto the rubber stamp. Try using a brayer, it may be easier to apply the ink with a brayer.
4. White spots. The stamp didn't make full contact with the paper.
Solution: Make sure all surfaces of the stamp touch at the same time, press firmly and hold for a few seconds.
Correctly stamped images:
Here are some examples of correctly stamped images. The images look crisp. All images are stamped onto gloss paper using Ranger's Archival Ink.
Practice makes perfect:
With a little practice you can get some really beautiful photo-like imprints for your projects.