Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Quick Tip

Today I just wanted to share a quick tip that you may find helpful to avoid frustration when using your brand new ink pads. I was working on something for an upcoming class and was using a brand new Watermelon Wonder ink pad and a butterfly stamp from Butterfly Basics. I inked up the stamp and stamped it onto Whisper White card stock, but I did not get that nice crisp detail that should be showing with this image.The delicate hexagon texture was lost all together.

Check out my photo to see what I mean...the top butterfly was the first one I stamped.

What happens with the many of the new foam ink pads is that when they sit, unopened or unused, excess ink may raise to the surface of the pad. What you need to do is simply work that ink back into the pad. It only takes a your bone folder, a plastic spoon or other utensil back and forth over the surface of the pad gently working the ink into the pad. I did this up & down from top to bottom, then repeated side to side.

After working the ink down into the foam pad, I inked my stamp and again stamped it onto Whisper White... you can see the results. A perfect, crisp image, without the frustration! Hope this helps!


Julie A. said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tip, Lynn. I've had issues like this in the past and didn't know how to fix it.

Patti Willey said...

Thank goodness you've discovered that tip! I thought there was no hope for the Firm Foam Ink Pads. Phew! Thanks for sharing!

JoAnn said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tip Lynn.

Lynn said...

Glad this tip helped you all! I wasn't liking my new foam pads when they first came out because I couldn't get a good image when using a detailed stamp. Someone else recommended me trying the above trick to see if it helped. I should have made this post sooner.

barb hendrickson said...

That's fantastic, Lynn. I have wondered about that problem. I will do that with all of my new stamp pads.