Username Post: Problems With Digital Stamps        (Topic#1565657)
kimberly.pate
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I have seen a lot of people who do what is called digi-stamps. I too have tried this but have been quite unsuccessful with the process. The two printers that I have in my house are both ink jet printers, and when I print my designs and color them, I find I am ending up with a great deal of streaking and smearing.

After I print my designs, I generally color with Prisma Watercolor Pencils or Stampin’ Up Watercolor Crayons. I then blend using my Stampin’ up blending pens.

Does anyone have any remedy for this other than buying a new laser printer? I have many digi-stamps I would like to use, but they look terrible with the smears, smudges, and streaks.

I am open to ideas, please share.


 
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You can try heat embossing with clear powder. Or you can try to heat set with a heat tool.


 
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Thanks for your response, however, I do not know how I could heat emoboss something I have printed off with my ink jet printer.

This morning, I tried to iron my design once I printed it and I still had problems with it smearing and smudging.

I am getting so agravated with this which is why I reach out to other scrappers and card makers to see what help they might have to offer.



 
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I heat emboss using my ink jet printer. I just pour the powder over the image immediately after it is printed and heat set it. The ink acts like stamp ink, but it does dry a bit faster than most inks used for heat embossing - hence the need to work quickly.


 
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try upping up the ink saturation to get more ink on the paper to buy some work time with the powder.


 
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I had much better luck with my digi stamps if I let them sit over night before coloring,,,,,

the other option (if I want to color them faster than that) is to dry them really really well with a heat gun,,,,,,,I heat with the heat gun going around and around the stamp for about 3 full minutes and that really helps.


 
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i'm pretty new to digi stamps but i tend to print a bunch off and then leave them overnight sometimes longer and havent had a problem i use prisma and gamsol most of the time when coloring my images in. hth


 
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Thanks for your response, I will try this in the morning.

Kimberly


Edited by kimberly.pate on 10-18-11 06:09 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I have done both, let them set over night and dried them with my heat gun. I have even turned them upside down and run my iron (turned on high) over them for a few minutes.

I have a couple setting on my table that I am letting set over night, I have already dried them with my iron. We will see what happens.

Thanks for your response,
Kimberly


 
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Thanks for your response. I have some gamsol and thought I would try it in the morning with some that I have printed out. I will sure post updates on my progress.

Kimberly


 
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good luck i hope it solves your problem!


 
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let us know how it goes! Is the stamp p articularly heavy on ink? I know I have one stamp that is so heavy on ink it just has to sit for DAYS. It's a pain!


 
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I print all my digi images with ink jet printer onto 200 gms super smooth coated card from Rymans. I get perfect results every time - I colour with promarkers. Usually I print the images out and leave overnight as well.
best of luck
sharen


 
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Another thing is to print them on draft instead of regular it uses less ink. Also if you are using good quality paper with a high cotton index. The ink will soak in better. I color all of mine with copics and have no problem but I print them on an HP on draft and let them set at least over night.


 
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W W thanks for all of the great assistance. I was not able to try any of these things today, my teaching pretty much ruled the roost today. I am hoping to have time tomorrow to work in more of my digital stamps.

I will sure let you all know how it goes when I get it done.



 
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Kimberly how did it go? I just posted a card that was ditial and you can see I had no problem I printed on draft onto my cryogen paper and no bleeding.


 
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hello Ladies,

I have added my digi-stamp card to my gallery. I am pleased with what I am learning yet, I know I have a long way to go still. I still want to experiment with different papers and different techniques to make this work better for me. I hate to really hate to think how many witches I printed and started to color only to find it had smeared somethere and I had to start again. It is all a part of the bigger plan I suppose and one I openly embrace.

I want to thank all of you for your great advice and your wonderful help.

Kimberly

Take a look at my witch in my gallery and let me know what you think.


 
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Kimberly it turned out very cute! Like I said if I print the night before and print in draft I never have any trouble


 
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