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Topic: Ink stamp made of metal - whv can't I replicate a clear image?  (Read 1729 times)
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« on: January 24, 2010 06:24:22 PM »

Hello Craftsters!
I purchased a few vintage ink stamps at a flea market but instead of being the rubber stamps most crafters use, they are metal mounted on wood, perhaps used for printing?  When I use ink and stamp on paper, the image isn't clear no matter the type of ink.  Do printer stamps work as craft stamps or is machine pressure required?
Many thanks for your brainpower and consideration!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010 08:45:18 PM »

I've never had any luck with using the metal stamps though they are great to collect.  I suspect that the ink printers use is a much thicker ink o it sticks to the metal.  The ink pads that work for rubber stamps is just too thin.  I always meant to try the block printing ink that comes in tubes but never got around to it.

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010 09:22:58 PM »

Thanks for the input, MunLtStmper.
Suspected as much but bummed that I fell for the stamping demonstration on paper napkins.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010 08:54:23 AM »

Maybe it's your ink - try permanent ink. I have something called "StazOn", a stamp pad in black ink. The front cover says "For Every Surface". The back cover says "Designed especially for use on plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, laminated paper, coated paper, and leather". That's all heavy duty stuff so I believe it could work for you. I got it to stamp on mylar (vellum paper) for work. I will bleed on regular paper. Any craft/scrapbooking store should have this.

Another trick maybe to lightly sand the stamp. By roughing up a smooth surface, you can get paint to stick so it could work w/metal & ink.

« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010 09:19:25 AM »

It's worth a try, Little Me.  I love the stamp images and would like to use them.
Thanks for the suggestion!

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2010 10:03:37 AM »

I also have a huge tray of these printers blocks.
My thought was to use them on ATCs - first wrap the blank ATC with metal tape, impress the stamp, and then use rub ink over top to pull out the highlights.

I haven't tried it yet, but will report back the results.


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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2010 10:12:34 AM »

Thanks, Stifflermom!
I have some of that silver foil duct tape in my craft stash.  Please share your results!

« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010 03:16:14 PM »

I get better results when I use regular craft paint, instead of the stamp pad..

« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010 10:54:45 PM »

I get better results when I use regular craft paint, instead of the stamp pad..

Hey Maggie,
Regular craft paint works on the metal stamp?  How do you apply the paint?

« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2010 06:36:54 PM »

Definitely sounds like what you have are old-fashioned metal printers type. Traditional printing presses work with a series of rollers, in a nutshell the inked up type gets transferred onto a rubber roller then on to the paper, and yes printers ink is much more like a slick paint then the typical rubber stamp ink pad. (You actually apply the ink to the press with a spatula like tool!) You can experiment with putting a mat under your paper, but you are probably not ever going to be able to get the crisp kind of impression you are used to getting with a red-rubber stamp.


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