Username Post: Where do you stamp?        (Topic#1577847)
meezerpleaser
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I've heard conflicting opinions ...

Do you stamp on a hard surface or do you stamp on a softer surface, like a mouse pad? Is there a difference?


 
runzalot81
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In response to meezerpleaser

I started my stamping days on a hard surface. When I moved onto detailed stamps, I would turn the ink side up and press the paper to the stamp. It worked... but now I use a piece of thin foam packaging and stamp on it. It's incredible and consistent. A mouse pad would probably work the same way.


 
RedSquirrel
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In response to runzalot81

It depends on the stamp, the type of card and the effect I want.

I have one stamp which is carved from soap stone. That has to have a yielding surface like a mouse mat or craft foam under the card, otherwise it doesn't stamp evenly.

I have a quarter inch thick plastic surface protector on my desk, and that is very slightly yielding - perfect for everything else.

If you have a squishy acrylic stamp and a squishy mouse mat under your card, and you press too hard, you won't get a clean image.


 
AmyWho
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In response to RedSquirrel

I usually grab one of my 6x6 paper pads and it seems to be just the right amount of squishy for me no matter what type of stamp I use.


 
leokc34
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In response to AmyWho

depends... if it is on a block with foam on the stamp then on hard. if it is clean and now grey foam (like between the wood and the silicon) then i use a foam pad for a clear image


 
apejaz
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In response to leokc34

Hi,

I always stamp on a hard surface. I have never tried to do it on a soft surface. I might have to now to check it out. I never gave it a thought. I ajust figured it wouldn't work as well.


 
dwelch
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In response to apejaz

I've tried both. I found if you like a softer mat, an upside down mouse pad works great. Through trial and error, though, I've come to really like a glass mat. It prevents those stamp edges that you get sometimes. Of course, the really important thing is to not rock your stamps - just press straight down and lift straight back up.


 
pinkpaperairedale
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In response to dwelch

My dining room table is glass top and that is what I mostly use. Sometimes I use a magazine or sheet of fun foam when stamping with my Fiskars Stamp Press.


 
catzscrapper
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In response to pinkpaperairedale

For me a solid surface is best, especially with a more detailed stamp. But when I want a more spooky or scifi look I stamp on a squishy surface like a foam sheet, a mouse pad is too thick for my taste, but that is just me!
I'm sure most times it just a personal preference for anybody how they like to stamp. It can't be wrong if you like how it turns out


 
Becky.contact
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In response to catzscrapper

Hello,

I always stamp on a hard surface, I didn't know you could stamp on a softer surface...great new tip, I will have to try that! You ladies (and gents) have the best ideas. Thank you and best wishes to all.


 
Crafting Marfa
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In response to Becky.contact

When I have tried soft surfaces i make a mess. So i usually stamp on my paper cutter lol. It has a nice, hard surface area thst works great for me.


 
prittb
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In response to Crafting Marfa

A hard surface for me. I just got a stamp press so anxious to use it.


 
golden1
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In response to prittb

i stamp on a 12 x 12 rubber stamping mat i got from archivers.


 
Diva
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In response to golden1

Both ways. I use a rubber mat as well straight to the table ( hard surface). No problem either way, but I noticed with clear stamps, the rubber mat works better.


 
pinkpaperairedale
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In response to prittb

Hope you enjoy your stamp press. I have the Fiskars model... it is super.


 
leokc34
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In response to pinkpaperairedale

oh i have wanted a stamp press for a bit now... are they worth the money???


 
cricketscreations
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In response to meezerpleaser

I am lucky enough to have my own craft room. I have an 8 ft. banquet table set up. Love it! Couldn't imagine having anything smaller. So, to answer your question, I stamp on a hard surface.


Edited by cricketscreations on 02-09-13 07:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
cricketscreations
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In response to prittb

Betty, what is a stamp press?


 
CommaHolly
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In response to cricketscreations

If the rubber stamp is on a padded block, or if it's a cling stamp there's no need of a rubber mat,,,,,

if it's a clear stamp or an unpadded rubber stamp, I'll use a sheet of rubber or foam,,,,or even a magazine.


 
TheCharmedOne
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In response to CommaHolly

A hard surface for me, on all stamps, but I never tried the soft surface. I feel that when I would use a soft surface, I'd get the edges of the stamps also on the paper so thats why I never tried it.



 
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