So I'll show you the POST-conditioning card first, since many of you don't scroll down, and I don't want anyone to think I'd post the PRE-conditioning card as my card for the day...it's that bad. For directions on conditioning stamps, please scroll to the bottom.
So here's what conditioned stamps look like when stamped.
Aren't they pretty? Perfect images! Those inks are a combination of Hero Arts and Archival dye inks, and the colors look so pretty and autumnal.
BTW, this is a birthday card for a male relative with a fall birthday. I've actually finished all the birthday cards for my family for 2018. Yay, me!
So for those of you new to stamping or perhaps not familiar with photopolymer stamps, there's a highly annoying fact about them. The manufacturing process often leaves a residue on them that repels ink, causing it to bead up on the stamp and gives a very, very icky impression, especially on solid, block-style stamps like these leaves. In fact, the impressions will look like this:
At first, I thought, "Well, perhaps this card will just look distressed and perhaps more masculine."
But if you have to use "perhaps" twice in one sentence, the odds are against you. It just looks poorly stamped.
Other than the green leaf and the veins on the pumpkin pie leaf, I left all colors the same on my "good" version of the card. The green on the original was too dark, so I lightened it up for the final card. And the terra cotta veins didn't provide enough contrast with the pumpkin so I switched to coffee.
I'm making a substandard card worked to my advantage here because it allowed me to fix the colors. So yay, again!
Now, this set (Leave It Be) from Papertrey is lovely, with a coordinating die set. The dies aren't open dies, so I cut first, then stamped. I prefer open dies, which can be stamped first, then cut. But whatever. The final card made my CAS-lovin' heart go pitter patter. And I know I'll be making more cards for fall with this set.
How to Condition Photopolymer Stamps
To remove the residue from photopolymer stamps, follow these simple steps.
1. Take a white eraser and rub the stamps as hard as you can.
2. Wipe the stamps on a damp cloth to brush off as much of the eraser residue as you can.
3. Clean the stamps with a good stamp cleaner, like Hero Arts ultra clean. That will remove everything.
4. Ink and stamp happy!
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Papertrey Leave It Be, Birthday Basics
ink: Hero Arts butter bar, soft apricot, just rust, forever green; Archival coffee, sienna, fern green; Papertrey terra cotta tile
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: coordinating dies, glue, dimensionals