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About Me - My shop, Asspocket Productions, is primarily a one woman show, I am the - designer, salesperson, customer service rep, creative director, typesetter, and shipper for my little shop. My husband got me started in the biz and he runs "Amazing Arts", he and our shop helper hand make and assemble all of the stamps, and he brings them home for me to inspect and ship. We work together to create the most amazing stamps anywhere!

Please open your package immediately upon receipt, condition and test your stamp, then store it flat in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. I must be notified of any problem within 7 days of receipt. Improper storage, or leaving it in the shipping envelope for an extended period of time can cause damage to the stamp.

Using your new Custom Bookplate stamp…

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  • Born on August 1
  • Joined September 22, 2007

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paper, invitations, ink, books, fabric, rubber stamps, polymer clay, scrapbook, tags, labels, wedding favors, DIY

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About

About Me - My shop, Asspocket Productions, is primarily a one woman show, I am the - designer, salesperson, customer service rep, creative director, typesetter, and shipper for my little shop. My husband got me started in the biz and he runs "Amazing Arts", he and our shop helper hand make and assemble all of the stamps, and he brings them home for me to inspect and ship. We work together to create the most amazing stamps anywhere!

Please open your package immediately upon receipt, condition and test your stamp, then store it flat in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. I must be notified of any problem within 7 days of receipt. Improper storage, or leaving it in the shipping envelope for an extended period of time can cause damage to the stamp.

Using your new Custom Bookplate stamp

For best results, stamp your bookplate image onto high quality archival paper in your choice of color, trim to desired size, and paste into your book using an archival quality adhesive such as Coccoina paste, available here;

littlepinkstudio.etsy.com

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• Curious about our Clear Cling unmounted stamps? •

I have made my first tutorial about our clear cling stamps;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNoRVPS-vHQ

Use, Care & Maintenance of your new stamps

♥ When you receive a new stamp, scrub it with soap and warm water, and an old toothbrush to remove any powder and shipping debris from the surface of it.

♥ Stamp on scrap paper, experiment with it, use different inks, different pressure, to find what combination works best for you.

♥ The more you use your stamp the better it will perform, so ink it, use it, and wash it a few times before you get down to your intended project.

♥ The above instructions are what is called "conditioning" your stamp. Another method of conditioning that is safe for your polymer stamps is using a pencil eraser to rub the surface of your stamp to remove any manufacturing residue and rough up the surface to make it hold ink more evenly.

♥ Stamp on a level, padded surface for best results.

Troubleshooting

I have found that the ink and paper have a lot to do with how well your stamp image comes out.

°º♥º°" My stamp impression looks blobby or my fine details/text have filled in. "°º♥º°

Your ink pad may be too wet, it may be a poor quality ink, or you may be inking too heavily. Check this by stamping a second impression without re-inking, if the impression is still blobby, it may be your paper. (I have never used it myself but I have had a number of customers complain about the poor results they achieve using Stampin' Up brand ink with their photopolymer stamps. They may be formulated for red rubber stamps only)

Your ink may be beading on the surface of your stamp, this means the stamp has not been thoroughly conditioned. See above instructions for "breakling in" your new stamp.

Your paper, if it is very porous, may suck any ink in and bleed just enough to make small lines indistinct or make small text unreadable. Try to use a good quality paper.

°º♥º°"I have unwanted lines around my stamped image."°º♥º°

This can be caused by mashing the stamp down onto the ink pad and paper, rocking the stamp once it is on the paper, or moving the stamp while it is in contact with the paper.

Pressure, both when inking the stamp, and when you place it on the paper can determine the resulting quality of your image. When inking, keep the stamp level with the ink pad and tap tap tap... the stamp onto the ink pad. Look at the surface often to make sure that you have inked the whole area evenly. Stamp pads are not always level, nor is the ink always distributed evenly throughout the pad, tapping the stamp all over the whole surface ensures even inking.

(The Archival pads have a raised pad surface so you can ink any size stamp using this method. For larger stamps it may be easier to hold the stamp with the die facing you and tap the ink pad onto the stamp.)

If you "mash" your stamp down onto the ink pad, the grooves and impressions in your stamp fill with ink, and that will come out onto your paper as a "halo", or dark unwanted lines. Use a lighter touch, and practice.

To prevent unwanted lines, stamp straight down, and come straight up off of the paper without rocking the stamp (hold the paper down if the stamp wants to stick).

If there is an area of padding on your mounted stamp that just keeps giving an unwanted impression, it can easily be trimmed off using a sharp razor knife. Cut through the foam padding and peel it off the block and discard.

°º♥º° "My stamp impression has places where it is completely blank"°º♥º°

If you have a small bit of dust or debris on your stamp surface, or on the paper it will give you a small blank roundish area. Wash the stamp, dust off the paper and especially check that a piece of debris is not stuck in the grooves of the stamp.

If your stamping surface is not level and padded there may be low spots that will cause blanks in your impression. Stamp on a mouse pad, or a stack of paper to prevent this.

°º♥º° "My stamp impression is not dark enough."°º♥º°

Your ink pad may be too dry, follow manufacturer's directions to re-ink it, or spritz it with an ink refresher available in my shop. You also may not be putting enough ink on it, try the method described above to thoroughly ink your stamp.

Matte paper will show a lighter impression than shiny paper because matte paper absorbs ink more and the shiny paper leaves most of the ink to dry on the surface.

I always "huff" on the stamp surface after inking, just like you do to clean a pair of glasses, to add a tiny bit of moisture. It's a habit and I am not sure it makes a tremendous difference, try it and if it works for you, great!

°º♥º° "My stamp sticks to the paper."°º♥º°

Some ink is sticky and you may have to peel your paper away from the stamp, do this slowly. If the paper tears, the ink pad may be too dry and need re-inking. "Huff" on the stamp to add a little moisture.

I like this stickiness for stamping larger stamps, or stamps with a lot of detail, I can firmly press the stamp down onto the paper, and then pick up the stamp and paper together and rub the underside of the paper with my fingers, or the back of a spoon to make sure heavily detailed areas stamp evenly.

°º♥º° "I have this big beautiful stamp that just isn't giving me good impressions."°º♥º°

Large, detailed stamps are an advanced stamper's delight and a beginning stamper's nightmare. Go slowly; experiment and practice stamping on scrap paper before you begin your project.

It's a challenge when you are learning to get the feel of how to use each stamp, practice until you get a perfect image every time.

¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨ Stamp Cleaning ¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨

There are several good cleaners on the market, and some inks, such as Stazon, have their own special cleaner. When I use the "Archival" inks, I always just wash with liquid detergent and warm water and scrub with an old toothbrush.

If you use a stamp cleaning solution, always follow it with a wash with soap and water to prevent any residue from remaining on your stamp.

Do not leave your stamps in water to soak, they will swell up like your hands and feet do in the bathtub, and although they will dry out, it takes time and it may unstick your mounted stamp from the mount.

If you find that your stamp is sticky after cleaning, or the adhesive area is sticky on your mounted stamp, a little baby powder will remove the stickiness. Wipe or wash off powder before you stamp again. (I love baby wipes for this, good as a fast cleaning in between stamp impressions, and great to wipe the stamp prior to inking to get rid of any powder, or junk it may have picked up in storage or on my work table)

Recommended Ink

I like the Ranger Industries "Archival" line of inks, they are water resistant when dry, and they don't soak into the paper and bleed as much as a water based ink will. The impressions are good with this ink on matte and glossy paper. The less porous your paper, the longer the drying time, and it will smear if it is not dry, handle gently.

I love this ink so much I carry it in my shop now;

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AsspocketProductions?section_id=6426001

Archival brand inks are not heavy or goopy like other popular waterproof inks, so they are much better for everyday stamping. Once dry, they can be colored with any media. They aren't the best for embossing, they dry quickly so you have to be fast, but I have gotten good enough results to say that it's a good all around ink for general use. They do, however, stain your hands and clothes and your stamp.

So, that's it for advice on using our stamps, I hope you have found it helpful!

We always stand behind our stamps. If you simply cannot get a good impression from your stamp, contact me within 7 days of receipt with details of the problem for replacement. It is rare, but there can be a defect in manufacture that we didn't catch at the shop and a stamp simply may not work.

Thanks for reading!

Stacey

I have another shop here on Etsy where I carry mature themed stamps;

StampinNaughty.etsy.com

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