Photo-Realistic Stamping with Heartfelt -Blooms

heartfelt blooms catalogVintage photos are often used to make beautiful photo-realistic stamps.  The Heartfelt Blooms from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is one of these amazing stamp sets.  This one-step stamp will create stunning projects whether stamped in one color, or stamped in a neutral color and colored in your favorite shades.  This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item, which you can get FREE with a purchase of $50 or more.   

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In the future, Stampin’ Up! will be offering more photo-realistic stamps from a new line of Distinktive stamps which lay down ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth.  The trick to getting a great impression from a photo-realistic stamps, like Heartfelt Blooms, is doing a little prep work and making the right choices about paper and ink!

Prep Work

  • Clean your stamp first using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub in order to remove any residue from the manufacturing process. 
  • Next, ink and stamp the image several times on some scrap paper.
  • Gentle rub any areas on your stamp that do not leave a good stamped image, then clean your stamp again using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub. 
  • Once thoroughly cleaned, the stamp should ink up nicely without any puddles or pools of ink on the raised surfaces of the stamp.

Check the wetness of your ink pad

Your Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads and Archival ink pads should work wonderfully.  However, you may need a slightly drier ink pad to achieve a crisp detailed image — especially if you recently re-inked your pad.  If your ink pad is too juicy, the ink will collect between the raised lines of your stamp and blur when stamped.  Simple remedy is to pounce your juicy ink pad directly on some computer paper in order to remove the extra wet ink. 

Tip:  Avoid using VersaMark or pigment inks (like our Craft White ink) — these inks are thicker and will puddle between the stamped image lines creating a blurrier image. 

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Paper Finishes

The smooth finish of our Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will provide a sharp, detailed image of your stamp.  Glossy White and Shimmery White papers will also work wonderfully because the paper coating allows the ink to sit more on the surface of the paper rather than to be absorbed into the paper.   You will need to experiment with other papers to see if you will get the desired results.  

Inking and Stamping

To get an even coating of ink, I like to pat the ink pad onto the rubber stamp.  Simply place your stamp on its back on your work table, and pat the ink pad onto the rubber.  Hold your stamp up to the light and make sure all the raised surfaces look shiny with ink.

To stamp your image straight down so that the rubber surface touches the paper at the same time.  The stamp positioning tool like a Stamp-a-ma-jig or the new Stamparatus may help you get consistent results.  If you do not have one of these tools, simply press your stamp straight down onto your paper, without rocking and lift your stamp straight up, holding your paper down with one hand. You should have a nice, clear image.heartfelt blooms sample 1

As mentioned previously, this is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set, which can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase from my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

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