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Help! I'm a fairly new stamper and I am having difficulty getting a nice smooth ink coverage stamping with my new Stamp TV Kit and inks I just purchased. No matter how much ink I apply to the stamp, the image comes out grainy (little white specks). I'm also using Gina K card stock. What am I doing wrong. I appreciate any help. Thank you.

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What ink are you using?

And have you tried sortof washing the stamps off first to get any possible stuff off of the stamp?.

Can you post a photo of an image you have stamped?

Are you pressing your stamp down over a cushioned background, like fun foam or mouse pad?  It helps as photo-polymer clear stamps have no cushion, like a red rubber one does.



Heidi... said:

What ink are you using?

And have you tried sortof washing the stamps off first to get any possible stuff off of the stamp?.

Can you post a photo of an image you have stamped?



Kathy Cash said: I'm using fresh asparagus, powder blue & tried black onyx. Maybe a couple of others while playing around.  I have not tried washing the stamps first, but I will certainly give it a try.  Thanks for the info.



Heidi... said:

What ink are you using?

And have you tried sortof washing the stamps off first to get any possible stuff off of the stamp?.

Can you post a photo of an image you have stamped?


 
lovinpaper said:

Are you pressing your stamp down over a cushioned background, like fun foam or mouse pad?  It helps as photo-polymer clear stamps have no cushion, like a red rubber one does.

This is a good idea too!  I will find something cushy and give it a try.  Thank you so much.
 
lovinpaper said:

Are you pressing your stamp down over a cushioned background, like fun foam or mouse pad?  It helps as photo-polymer clear stamps have no cushion, like a red rubber one does.

Yes, the suggestion to stamp on top of a mouse pad or even a magazine to give some cushion is a good one.

If that and washing the stamps off does not work, I might contact customer service to see if they have had any other complaints about the stamps lately.

Gina K inks and paper are both high quality, so neither of those two things can be the issue, imo.

Although this does not seem to address your problem, I have found that I need to be careful to stamp on a flat and even surface.  On a recent project I was not getting even stamping from the entire stamp, even though it was well inked.  The solution was to use a larger block under the piece that I was stamping on. 

Wonderful suggestion to try up above, and I have a couple more too.  I have taken a emery board and very lightly lay it flat on top of the stamp and go back and forth a couple of times, then ink the stamp up.  And it does not take any pressure to do this, very lightly so it wont damage the stamp. (Which in all the time ive been doing this it never has)  And also, you can use Versamark ink.  ink the stamp with that, then with the color you want to use and sometimes that will help to get an even coverage too!  Gives it some 'tooth' to cling to and the clear Versmark does not hut the other ink.  Hope all of these help you !

Thank you so much to all you ladies.  I am anxious to try all the remedies suggested.  It will be a couple of days, however, as my niece will be here visiting for a couple of weeks. I will be on my way to the airport to pick her up soon.  Can't wait to see her!  I will try to let you know how every thing worked out.

Another suggestion is to try inking up the stamp with Versamark first. then clean it. You should only have to do that one time and then they should always be fine. It's usually just a light coating from the manufacturing process that might make the first couple of impressions weak. After that, they should work great!

Using the Misti really helps me because I can Reink without messing it up.

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