Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Useful information about photo stamps:

A 'Photo Rubber Stamp' is a very detailed stamp. The image is made of tiny dots, and when using the right kind of ink and paper it looks like a photo. Here are some tips to help you get the best result when using Stempelglede's 'photo stamps'.

I have created a 'photo stamp guide' using 'photo stamps' from the Vintage Baby stamp set, please see the images below. Also if you like, please have a look at a guide that I made when releasing the 'Vintage Christmas' stamps: Click here to visit the blog to read more.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Before you start:

1. First it is important to mount your stamps with cling foam or cling cushion. When using very detailed stamps, cushion of some type is a necessity.

2. It's important to make sure the stamp is clean. Even the tinyest piece of fiber on the stamp will show on the impression. I use a stamp cleaner, then I gently rinse the stamp with water (I try not to get the cushion wet) I also use a very soft toothbrush, and then I allow the stamp to air dry completely. When the stamp is completely dry, I use a very soft, large brush to remove any fiber that might be left.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Choose the right ink:

3. The ink should not be too wet or too thick. The best inks to use for photo stamps are dye inks of medium wetness. I peronally think that Ranger's Archival Ink is the best ink to use with photo stamps and other detailed stamps. If the ink pad is new and overly juicy, it is best to apply the ink with a brayer. Ink the stamp properly so that you can clearly see the image on the stamp surface and make sure the whole stamp is inked evenly. The less ink you use, the best result you get. The more ink you use, the darker the image will be. (See examples below.)

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Choose the right paper:

4. It's important to use the right paper. Using regular card stock is not recommended. If you want to get the best result, I reccomend using glossy paper. I use "Inkssentials Gloss Paper" by Ranger. This is not the same as printer photo paper.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Photo stamp errors:

1. Ink pad too wet/juicy or too much ink.
Solution: use a brayer to apply the ink in a thin layer.

2. Too much pressure.
Solution: Place the stamp gently on the paper (lower it flat so that all surfaces touch at the same time) and then press firmly, without using too much pressure. Do not "slam" the stamp to the paper.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Photo stamp errors:

3. Not enough ink. The Ink pad may be too dry or the application may be too light.
Solution: Re-ink the inkpad. Apply more ink onto the rubber stamp. Try using a brayer, it may be easier to apply the ink with a brayer.

4. White spots. The stamp didn't make full contact with the paper.
Solution: Make sure all surfaces of the stamp touch at the same time, press firmly and hold for a few seconds.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Correctly stamped images:
Here are some examples of correctly stamped images. The images look crisp. All images are stamped onto gloss paper using Ranger's Archival Ink.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide

Practice makes perfect:
With a little practice you can get some really beautiful photo-like imprints for your projects.

Photo Rubber Stamp Guide