With custom stamps being created daily as my creativity stirs my interest at that moment, not only do I need to improve on my techniques but also educate myself and others about stamping techniques.
It’s very common for us to take a stamp and push it down onto the pad many times until it’s soaked with ink. Those were the olden days but it’s a common practice and my stamps need to be able to take the aggression. Stamp pads and rubbers nowadays require little ink. As long as you can cover the surface, you’ll get a good impression. Polymer stamps (clear clings) especially does not take hard pressure and prefer just a little ink.
Nowadays, for big size stamps especially, I’d like to have the stamp face up and reverse the action by pressing the pad onto the stamp rather than the traditional stamp to pad. This allows for even pressure as well as a visual for you to know how much ink has been applied onto the rubber.
This technique has proven to be very effective for big images such as this one:
The background stamp is just a bit smaller than the A2 size card so I had to stamp the paper a few times but I used the backwards stamping technique described above to get the ink to cling.
What’s your tip? Feel free to share.