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How do I condition new clear stamps to take on more ink?

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G. Adam said:

I'd like to know how to condition my new clear stamps too...

 And I would also like to know the dimensions of the card that Gina made with the stamp set Christmas Joy.

I would like to make one similar to the mother and child stamp , that Gina showed  in the Sept 13 video..

 This is a great site, the best .....

 cheerios

I was told by several people, one from  a different stamp company demonstrator  to take a soft artist eraser and rub it all over your stamp before you first start to use your clear stamps. I have done this and it does work.

 

Thanks Bobbie, I'll give it a try. I thought I recently saw a video that Gina made explaining how she conditioned hers.

Hi Lynn.

I'm not sure if this is the video you were thinking of.  And I'm not sure if it's the same for clear stamps, but Gina talks about using a solid, rubber stamp and how to get it to take the ink the first time you use it in her recent video "Christmas Cocoa Card" at around the 2:38 mark.    Here's the link to the video: http://stamptv.ning.com/video/christmas-cocoa-card.
 
 
Lynn said:

Thanks Bobbie, I'll give it a try. I thought I recently saw a video that Gina made explaining how she conditioned hers.

Don't know if this is of any interest, but I found (purely by accident) that some clear stamps, especially big, chunky ones, stamp better on a mouse pad or similar surface.  

If you try inking them up with versamark first, then clean them, they should work even better!
All of my cards are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", I hope that helps! :)
Thank you Gina, I just love your show. Your cards are beautiful. Lynn

Gina K. said:
If you try inking them up with versamark first, then clean them, they should work even better!

I rub a white pencil eraser oven my clear stamps and then wash them with soap and water, air dry and they are perfect!

Thank you Sharyn. I'll give that a try also


I use a piece of fun foam, like Gabi is suggesting,  It works well to make the table space even and gives a cushy substance for the stamp to press on, kind of like the cushioning with the red rubber stamps.


Gabi Heinrich said:

Don't know if this is of any interest, but I found (purely by accident) that some clear stamps, especially big, chunky ones, stamp better on a mouse pad or similar surface.  

I have never "conditioned" any of my stamps and they stamp beautifully. I do use a stamping pad (just like a mouse pad) and I feel that the stamping pad is the reason that my stamps stamp so beautifully.  This was the first time that I ever heard about conditioning a new clear stamp, I would be afraid of damaging it. I hope that this helps.

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