I'm a bit new to printmaking, but totally in love with it!
Last week, I made a kick-ass holiday stamp that I used to make dozens of cards. A few days later, I wanted to stamp some more, but for some reason the transfer was not happening as well as the first time. I uses a white rubber stamp that I got at my local craft store (http://www.deserres.ca/en-ca/search/lino-speedy-cut-plate/SPLSP/). It's the only stamping material I've seen around locally, but I've seen many people on crafster use pink rubber. This leads me to a couple of questions:
- Do stamps "wear out" after several uses?
- Is pink rubber better than white rubber? (obviously, I know the colour is not significant, it's just the only way I have to describe them. The pink rubber, from what I've seen on pictures, looks tougher and less smooth than what I have... so more precision and longer lasting???)
- Where can I buy pink rubber online?
- Are there any special "care" techniques for rubber stamps that I'm not aware of? (ex: wash is cold/warm water?)
Thanks in advance!