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How to use, clean and store rubber stamps

July 06, 2024
Rubber stamps are tools for transferring ink or dye onto a surface, typically paper, fabric, or
other materials. They are commonly used in crafting, scrapbooking and journaling. In this
short article, I describe how to use, clean and store your rubber stamps, to make sure they can bring you joy for a long time.
How to use, clean and store rubber stamps
(c) Pion

How to use rubber stamps

Using rubber stamps is straightforward, but a few tips can help you achieve the best results:

Ink Selection: Unless you are using a pre-inked or a self-inking stamp, you will need a stamp pad or ink to use your rubber stamps. Choose the right ink for your project. Dye-based inks dry quickly and are great for detailed images, while pigment inks take longer to dry but offer vibrant colour.

Inking the Stamp: Gently press the stamp onto the ink pad. Avoid pressing too hard to prevent excess ink from smudging the design.

Stamping Technique: Place the stamp on the desired surface and apply even pressure. Avoid rocking the stamp to ensure a clean impression.

How to clean rubber stamps

Regular cleaning is crucial for maintaining the quality and longevity of your rubber stamps. Follow these steps to clean them properly:

Immediate Cleaning: Blot the stamp on some wastepaper when stamping. Clean your stamps immediately after use to prevent ink from drying on the surface. Use a damp cloth or stamp cleaner for best results.

Soap and Water: Use mild soap and lukewarm water for a thorough cleaning. Gently scrub the stamp with a soft brush or a microfiber cloth to remove any ink residue. If your rubber stamps have wooden mounts, avoid submerging your stamps in water and take care to keep the mounts dry.

Avoid Rubbing and Harsh Chemicals: Steer clear of harsh chemicals and alcohol-based cleaners as they can damage the rubber. Do not rub too much, a clean stamp can still have some ink stains.

Drying the Stamps: After cleaning, pat the stamps dry with a lint-free cloth. Ensure they are completely dry before storing to prevent mold growth.

How to store your rubber stamps

Proper storage ensures your rubber stamps remain in good condition and are easy to access when needed. Here are some tips for storing your stamps:

Cool, Dry Place: Store stamps in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Excessive heat can cause the rubber to deteriorate.

Storage Containers: Use airtight containers to protect your stamps from dust and humidity. Transparent containers are helpful for easy identification. Make sure the storage containers have flat surfaces, avoid wicker and metal baskets.

Avoid Stacking: Avoid stacking stamps on top of each other as this can distort the rubber. Instead, use stamp storage cases or drawers.

Avoid cardboard: Avoid storing your rubber stamps in cardboard boxes, as cardboard can dry out rubber and damage your stamps.

Labeling: Label your storage containers for easy organization. This will save time when searching for specific stamps.
(c) Jieyanow Atelier

Maintaining your rubber stamps through proper use, cleaning, and storage ensures they remain in excellent condition for years to come. By following these simple tips, you can keep your stamps looking new and ready for any crafting project. Remember, well-cared-for rubber stamps lead to better results and a more enjoyable stamping experience.

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Until next time,

Marianne

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