Easier said than done! I was able to pick up a couple of stamps at the rubber stamp show in June that made me smile. The Stamp I am using for this card was from 'Carmen's Veranda' which is a sub company of Lost Coast Designs.
This is a nice large stamp with super fine engraving. Large stamps like these can present certain difficulties in getting a good image.
First I tried, plain ol' block, no good
The I tried plain block with speed ball press
next: My mega mount
Equally dismal results
this isn't even half of the images!!
I know I had the right ink
I sanded the stamp, tried glossy paper, used a brayer on top of the paper placed on top of the stamp
I felt like it had to be the paper not soaking up the ink, other than the glossy paper I was using cardstock I normally use in my printer for digitals. It works great for the computer perfectly generated images , it also works well with coloring methods. It was not working well with the old school rubber on ink. So I switched papers and went to old faithful Neenah solar white 80#.
First impression, using mega mount!
You'll see the real difference in the final card.
I use Neenah paper in my printer, the paper I use is smooth 65# it's pretty inexpensive:
It has a lovely smooth surface that holds ink nicely and colors well with alcohol, watercolor, chalk and pencil - a very nice paper for printing and coloring digitals, especially at 9.00 per 250 sheets!
Here is a Magenta image using this 65# paper and the same ink:
It came out perfect the first time.
(I love this stamp!!)
Apparently it isn't smooth enough for a good image from a superfine detailed rubber stamp and I needed to switch to the Neenah Solar white which is a super smooth finish.
it is also 26.00+ a ream
Neenah Solar white in card base weight (110#) jumps the price up another 20.00. Still a good price for an excellent paper
It all has to do with how the paper is polished at the Mill and whether there are long fibers and short fibers and a dozen or so other things involved in milling. Make for very interesting reading.
So with all that said here is my card with a bit of humor:
Colored with Spectrum Noir
I'm not supported or compensated by any of the mentioned companies I've mentioned.
I am sharing what I have learned and I hope you find this helpful!
Thanks for stopping by and for all the kind comments I appreciate them and find them encouraging!
Mm just found it, sis...
Pick myself up from floor, it's $6.95 for 10 sheets, it's the extra heavy solar white.. Plus post of $7.95..
Oh well ... Will keep looking it's starting to appear so may get it elsewhere cheaper. Takes awhile for products to filter over sometimes.
Great comparison Ginny...thanks so much! When I find a stamp this difficult...I get rid of it - unless of course it is Asian in nature - LOL!
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