I haven't done a lot of stamping recently, but the BoBunny Essentials acrylic stamps caught my eye, and I purchased a few sets. Last night, I tried using one on a layout for the first time, and I wasn't thrilled with the way my stamping turned out. I ran an eraser over the face of the stamp as suggested on the packaging, and I used a Ranger distress ink pad. Do you have any suggestions for satisfactory results with acrylic stamps?
For acrylic stamps, I get much better results with Memento Brilliance pads. I really don't like stamping with Distress inks, but some turn out okay. I always do a test stamp first because I just never know. That probably doesn't help much, but I know it can be frustrating.
I agree with the other comments. Distress inks are meant to look....well, distressed! They will not give a even perfect coverage. I am really into the Mix'd Media Inx right now. Really good coverage. Another thing I noticed about acrylic is that when you are using a good coverage ink, be sure not to over ink it or it will have a smuged look because there is so much flexibility to the stamp when you press it down.
That is interesting about rubbing an eraser over it first, I had never heard of that.
Okay some people might cringe and tell you NOT to do this, but for my acrylic stamps, I usually take one of those cheap emery boards/nail file (the cardboard-y ones, not metal) and just lightly run it over the surface of my stamp before I ink it. I find it gives the ink a little "something" to grab onto and prevents the ink from beading up.
I would recommend trying my stamp on scrap paper first BEFORE trying my emery board technique - some acrylic stamps might not need it.
The distress ink is the issue here I think. They do not set evenly on the stamp and tend to seep into the paper. Try a good chalk ink or Staz On. Staz on always gives a nice clear image. Staz On Ink Pads - Jet Black