Today, I want to ask you some questions!
As you might have noticed, I have been really loving stamped headings in my daily sketchbook over the last few weeks. I have been using the Southport Alphabet by Kelly Purkey which I love as it is bold but condensed.
It is the first stamping (or anything remotely close to scrap-booking) that I have ever done… so basically I am fairly clueless. My two big issues have to do with ink! (ah! ink is always an issue – isn’t it?)
1. Is there an ink out there that is permanent but won’t bleed through thin-ish paper such as Stillman & Birn Alpha. I am using StazOn (solvent ink) which if I don’t press hard doesn’t bleed through too much. The other cheaper Pigment ink I bought is much stronger.
2. How do you clean the ink off the stamp (hmmm, StazOn ink stays on!!!)
3. Also if the stamps are losing the stickiness on the back side, is washing them with soap and water the best way to restore them. (Ha! I always add an extra point don’t I?)
I am finding the ritual of stamping the date at the end of the day rather therapeutic and a great motivation to finishing off my pages. I don’t care too much if the stamp is a little crooked or doesn’t come out clearly… I well and truly embrace imperfections in my sketchbooks!
The bleed-through is a little bit of an issue at the moment, but I am much less precious about my sketchbook than you would expect me too. I don’t mind a little bleed through. Whoa! has that shocked you???
See here is the impact of the Thurs 28 stamping – I can live with that. But, just for the record I had scanned the sketch before I stamped…
and I will admit that I am trying to stamp so that the bleed through misses important sketches!
Thanks in advance if anyone can help me… especially if there is a suggestion for an Australian supplier of ink and cleaner! Thanks!
PS. There are some fantastic comments on yesterdays post….
PPS. I am getting lots of great answers to this stamping question on my Instagram feed as well – here is the link to read those suggestions.