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Just received my "Always and Forever" stamps from gina K. LOVE IT!!!!  Am having issues with embossing it.  I think I have enough ink on it (Versafine) and when I stamp it the "bride and groom"  the stamp is good the embossing is very pitted.  I've tried reinking the stamp pad, using Versamark, and still not happy with the results.  Any suggestions?

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I tried two different types of embossing powder, and two different versamark pads and mine was pitted also, got best results with fine embossing powder

I'd suggest you contact support and see if there's an issue with the stamp itself.  It should work on any paper.

Just had another thought.  Old embossing powders can become pitted. If your embossing powder is old, try new embossing powder. I've had that issue.

I have to admit my embossing powders are quite old as I do not emboss much so that my be the reason.

I've had to replace some of mine recently.  I don't use them all that much and some were 5+ years old.

I do a lot of heat embossing and have realized what some of the others have said.  It's important to stamp on a nice flat surface to get a solid lined image and you don't have to press so hard with the versamark.  Secondly, and most important, use a good fine embossing powder which leaves less pitting.  Last, try not to have your heat gun so close to the paper....takes longer at a distance, but helps melt the powder granules so they adhere to each other better.  If blown hard and heavy, it has a tendency to separate the granules of powder more.  Does that make sense?  It worked for me.  It has amazed me what a little alteration in technique can do to help. Good luck. 

Some great tips there, Judy.  Thanks!

Yeah, Judy, great tips.  I also heard about lengthy exposure to air, length of time (expiration date), etc. having adverse changes on embossing powders.  Also, heard to keep putting back into the jar after every use, instead of plastic containers.  Of course, I gasped, EEK, cuz, that's where all of my powders are, in plastic containers, with spoons!  Well, I copied everyone else, even the experts!  However, I suppose they run through it quicker than I do, so, that's probably why they have better results. Heard about the "fine and ultra fine" powders performing better, and I have slowly turned over to using those, and they do work better.   Personally, I don't like the high failure rate of embossing bigger images, so I keep mine to smaller ones.  LOL I don't set myself up for frustration.  I have also heard to use black inkpads to do the stamping, then clear embossing powder for the shine.  This really  helps, especially when going to color the image.  It's really great to hear all the tips, I am all ears.  LOL   I don't have solutions, too new at all this, myself.  Why not ask Gina, or the other DTs or maybe some other expert bloggers?  Or google it.  LOL  That's a joke around my house, I google everything I can.  LOL 

I bought one of those Fiskars Stamp Press (stamping stages, with the cushioned feet) I have arthritis, amongst other strength issues, and it works like a charm for pushing down and walking your fingers all over the stamp press. The four cushioned feet suspend over the cardstock and you just push down and let your fingers do the walking, as they say.  LOL  Yeah, I also agree with Versafine ink.  All the classes I have watched highly recommend it for larger flat images, or images with lots of lines, etc.  It works great, also.  I can't wait to try GinaK's new black inkpad, but haven't gotten it yet.  Sigh.  Hope that helps, with stamping larger images, or flat images. I can recommend it, because I use it.  LOL 

Lisa Babitz said:

I had the same problem.  First I tried using memento ink.  Then I tried versamark.  (I even reinked both pads.)  I was not getting a solid image with either.  Then I remembered a tutorial video (http://stamptv.ning.com/video/how-to-do-it-background-stamps) that Gina did on getting a good image with a large, background stamp by putting an acrylic block under the stamp and inking on that. I did that with the bride and groom stamp.  Because this wasn't a background stamp though, I couldn't really place the paper on top of the stamp as suggested in the video, but I found it easier to put an acrylic block under the paper and stamped  down on that.  It gives you a really good, smooth surface which makes a big difference.  I also discovered that the GKD cardstock works much better with that stamp than some of the other cardstock I had on hand (for both embossed and inked images).  I guess you need a really smooth, high quality paper with such a big, solid image.  (For a plain inked image, the GKD ink pad worked much better than the memento ink pad also.)

I got that stamp press too, Anna.  It certainly helps - a lot.


The stamp press sounds like a great tool for large or solid stamps.  I tend to push down too hard and unevenly and get smudged images.  I do a lot of "do-overs" when I use these stamps.  This sounds like it may solve the problem.  Thanks!


Anna Jernigan said:

I bought one of those Fiskars Stamp Press (stamping stages, with the cushioned feet) I have arthritis, amongst other strength issues, and it works like a charm for pushing down and walking your fingers all over the stamp press. The four cushioned feet suspend over the cardstock and you just push down and let your fingers do the walking, as they say.  LOL  Yeah, I also agree with Versafine ink.  All the classes I have watched highly recommend it for larger flat images, or images with lots of lines, etc.  It works great, also.  I can't wait to try GinaK's new black inkpad, but haven't gotten it yet.  Sigh.  Hope that helps, with stamping larger images, or flat images. I can recommend it, because I use it.  LOL 

Lisa Babitz said:

I had the same problem.  First I tried using memento ink.  Then I tried versamark.  (I even reinked both pads.)  I was not getting a solid image with either.  Then I remembered a tutorial video (http://stamptv.ning.com/video/how-to-do-it-background-stamps) that Gina did on getting a good image with a large, background stamp by putting an acrylic block under the stamp and inking on that. I did that with the bride and groom stamp.  Because this wasn't a background stamp though, I couldn't really place the paper on top of the stamp as suggested in the video, but I found it easier to put an acrylic block under the paper and stamped  down on that.  It gives you a really good, smooth surface which makes a big difference.  I also discovered that the GKD cardstock works much better with that stamp than some of the other cardstock I had on hand (for both embossed and inked images).  I guess you need a really smooth, high quality paper with such a big, solid image.  (For a plain inked image, the GKD ink pad worked much better than the memento ink pad also.)

I use it for small stamps too, Lisa.  It has grid lines which make it very easy to line things up.



Lisa Babitz said:


The stamp press sounds like a great tool for large or solid stamps.  I tend to push down too hard and unevenly and get smudged images.  I do a lot of "do-overs" when I use these stamps.  This sounds like it may solve the problem.  Thanks!


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