Tuesday’s Tip #11

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Quite often the first few stamped images from new clear acrylic stamps can turn out splotchy and uneven. Today I want to share with you a couple of ways to prep new clear acrylic stamps to achieve clear crisp images.

To show you what I mean, here is a picture of a stamped image before and after the prepping/conditioning process. The “before” looks a bit blotchy and uneven. Whereas the “after” is more clear. There are probably many other methods besides these but I find these are what work best for me and my stamping. If you have any ideas, please feel welcome to share 🙂



The first thing I do before using a new clear acrylic stamp is to remove the coating the manufacturing leaves on the stamp. This is done by washing the stamp with a bit of mild dishwashing soap {like Ivory} and warm water. Rinse well and pat dry with a soft microfibre cloth. It works better to pat it dry rather that wipe the cloth across it as doing that can leave small fibres behind.


The next step is to condition the stamp. This can be done by rubbing the stamp gently with a pencil eraser {either pink or white}. Then use a soft toothbrush to brush off any tiny crumbs of eraser. Follow this by inking up the stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp off on scrap paper a couple of times. *Please note: before stamping an image on your good card stock, ink up the prepped/conditioned stamp in the desired color of ink and do a couple of practice stamps on scrap paper until you are happy with the image. It’s better to waste a bit of inexpensive scrap paper than card stock.


Finally, using a piercing mat, piece of craft foam or a mouse pad under the cardstock while stamping with a clear acrylic stamp can help achieve a crisper image. The cushioning is what helps to do this.



I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!



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Until next time,


The Country Touch

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2 comments on “Tuesday’s Tip #11

  1. Kim HENDERSON says:

    Hi Erin – I had no idea about this!! Thanks for sharing such a great tip😊

    Sent from my iPad



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