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Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:19 pm
by JillinIN
I think I saw somewhere that it helps you get a better image if you condition your stamp before using it for the first time.
Is this all types of stamps or just photopolymer?

If you condition yours, what is your process?
 

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:27 pm
by Art_Teacher
I'm not sure what that means, but I stamp mine on some paper a few times before actually using them on the layout.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:31 pm
by pawprints
I think you are supposed to rub new clear stamps with an eraser to condition them. But most of the time I forget. Lol.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:05 pm
by JillinIN
Art_Teacher wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:27 pm
I'm not sure what that means, but I stamp mine on some paper a few times before actually using them on the layout.

I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one that didn't know what that meant.  :-D
I think I had heard of stamping a few times before using them. Do you feel like you get a better image at the end by doing this?

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:06 pm
by JillinIN
pawprints wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:31 pm
I think you are supposed to rub new clear stamps with an eraser to condition them. But most of the time I forget. Lol.

That sounds like a good idea. I'll probably forget too! I might remember to do it a few times.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:25 pm
by Art_Teacher
JillinIN wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Art_Teacher wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:27 pm
I'm not sure what that means, but I stamp mine on some paper a few times before actually using them on the layout.

I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one that didn't know what that meant.  :-D
I think I had heard of stamping a few times before using them. Do you feel like you get a better image at the end by doing this?

Yes, I feel like the ink doesn't really "stick" at first, but stamping them a few times helps.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:20 pm
by Sara Scraps
Some use an eraser, but I once saw Jen Schow rub the stamp on the back of her arm a few times ...and now that’s what I do every time and it works wonders! I think the issue is that the stamps are too slick straight out of the factory, so adding some skin n oil or eraser to the. Allows the ink to adhere and leave a better impression

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:16 am
by Yankeegirl
I generally use my soft  white art eraser over polymer stamps.  Some stamp pretty well without doing that, but others need to be conditioned initially and then periodically after that.  I ALWAYS do a test stamping first to check out if this is needed, after ruining too many projects by trying to stamp directly to paper!!   Never use a regular penci (yellow) eraser.....they can carry dirt to your stamps.  I also learned never to wipe polymer stamps with paper towels.  They leave little bits of fiber in the stamps that get in the way of a crisp image.  I use lint free cotton towels to wipe stamps.    You don't have to condition rubber stamps, but I do clean them well with a stamp cleaner after use.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:57 pm
by JillinIN
SMMishler wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:20 pm
Some use an eraser, but I once saw Jen Schow rub the stamp on the back of her arm a few times ...and now that’s what I do every time and it works wonders! I think the issue is that the stamps are too slick straight out of the factory, so adding some skin n oil or eraser to the. Allows the ink to adhere and leave a better impression

Thanks Sara, this is a great tip and thank you for explaining why they need conditioned.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:00 pm
by JillinIN
Yankeegirl wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:16 am
I generally use my soft  white art eraser over polymer stamps.  Some stamp pretty well without doing that, but others need to be conditioned initially and then periodically after that.  I ALWAYS do a test stamping first to check out if this is needed, after ruining too many projects by trying to stamp directly to paper!!   Never use a regular penci (yellow) eraser.....they can carry dirt to your stamps.  I also learned never to wipe polymer stamps with paper towels.  They leave little bits of fiber in the stamps that get in the way of a crisp image.  I use lint free cotton towels to wipe stamps.    You don't have to condition rubber stamps, but I do clean them well with a stamp cleaner after use.

Thanks for all the information Kathy! I'm going to start doing this from now on. I've had a few stamps that I just thought were bad or maybe the ink was wrong. It's good to know it was just user error.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:13 pm
by JAire
Stamps need a little attention when brand new. The clear ones seem to work fine with just the 'stamp it a few times' treatment.  I always have, and still do use a good eraser on my rubber! Also, for ease of remembering, just rub the eraser over the clear as well - that way you only have the one process to think about.
The idea is to remove any oils from processing.
I have also re-erased some very old rubber stamps. That gives them a new lease on stamping.

Re: Do you condition new stamps?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:57 pm
by JillinIN
JAire wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:13 pm
Stamps need a little attention when brand new. The clear ones seem to work fine with just the 'stamp it a few times' treatment.  I always have, and still do use a good eraser on my rubber! Also, for ease of remembering, just rub the eraser over the clear as well - that way you only have the one process to think about.
The idea is to remove any oils from processing.
I have also re-erased some very old rubber stamps. That gives them a new lease on stamping.

Thank you Joyce Ann!
Great tips. I'm excited to know this will help older stamps too.