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« on: December 19, 2013 07:31:08 PM »

Hi everyone!
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!
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013 07:01:21 AM »

What are you using to print with - ink or paint?  How are you cleaning the stamp? 

If the crevices are being clogged with ink or paint, then the image will be more blurred.  You may need to clean it more with a soft bristle toothbrush to remove any inks or paints that could be clogging up the crevices.

I thought Deserres carried more than just the one type of material, but have you tried Currys, they carry lino block, as well as the speedy cut blocks which are softer, the firmer surface may be more durable.

https://www.currys.com/catalogpc.htm?Category=SOFT_KUT_SOFTOLEUM&NBReset=5

Aboveground Art Supplies carries a variety of surfaces too

https://www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/sagro/storefront/store.php?mode=browsecategory&category=717
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