For newcomers, this might just change your life.
First, here's what can happen when you DON'T condition a stamp:
|Unconditioned Hero Arts banner stamp using Hero Arts butter bar ink|
Now, if you're aiming for a "distressed" look, this is fine. But I'm not generally a distressing stamper. I want clean images. After I stamped this blotchy aberration, I reached for this:
Soooo much better.
Why do stamps need to be conditioned? Well, residue from the manufacturing process can cause blotchiness on both clear and rubber stamps...especially large-area solid stamps. This film is easily removed with mild abrasion, and once it's gone, it's gone.
Any time you have a problem with blotchiness, grab that essential stamping tool--the standard white eraser--and get to scrubbing. Totally worth the effort.
stamps: Hero Arts
paper: white 110# cover
accessories: orange Stickles