Confession: I've been a "lurker" on these forums for a really long time.
I love my Distress Inks so much that I use them as much as possible, the colors aren't found anywhere else, neither are their properties.
I have searched forums, YouTube, blogs, articles... seems like the whole internet... but I can't find a resolution. I have clear stamps from numerous companies (hero arts, studio G, Inkadinkado, ect.) and for the life of me I can't get even a close to clear image using Distress Ink to stamp.
I actually went through all my stamps last night, and I took two from each package/manufacturer and used the same color distress ink, different kinds and colors of cardstock, and stamped each one before I escalated the steps that I have found online that seem to work for others.
**With each and every one of these steps I did various forms of pressure, as well as an acrylic block and the Fiskars stamp press thingy. Yes this was time consuming. I was so determined that I gave it 5 hours before I gave up.**
1: Regular Stamping
2. Versamark first, and then Distress Ink (Ranger Archival didn't help either)
3. The various methods of getting "film" that I heard of off of the stamps like an old t-shirt, old eraser, new eraser, stamping a lot. You name it. I took special care to the ones I have used a lot for pigment inks (which were that frosty kind of worn in-not stained-) to see if they would work better with Distress Inks since they had been used.
Like I said, I've tried ALL different kinds of clear stamps, they all bead up and splotch.
I've heard many say that the Distress Inks aren't designed to give a crisp, clear image, but I've seen others do just that, and also have no problem with it, or they did one of these suggestions and it fixed their problem.
Any suggestions, is there something I missed?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this :-)
(The products I listed below were what I could find in the products list)