Rubber stamps are undeniably one of the easiest office supplies to use when it comes to everyday business processes. Made with crisp indents, flat surfaces and adhesiveness for mounts and better grip, rubber stamps can be used to produce crisp impressions when mixed with ink. There are however, some cases, where you may find that the imprint of your rubber stamp contains minor mistakes. Here are 5 common fixable mistakes and what you can do to make the final outcome better:
Splotches of ink and stain marks can sometimes occur when we aren’t paying close attention. This could potentially ruin the design you have planned out, but while you are unable to get rid of the splotches, there are other things you can do. If the splotches are along the edges, you can consider trimming your fingal rubber stamped design down, or make use of sponge daubers and run them along the side to create additional textures, thereby incorporating the accidental rubber stamp mistakes into the actual design.
2. Stained Lines
If the lines of your rubber stamped images are stained, you can either opt to overlay your stamped designs to intentionally create a new rubber stamped design altogether or consider adding embellishments that can potentially cover up your rubber stamp mistakes. For example, covering the lines of your rubber stamped images with strategically placed glitter or additional embellishments like rhinestone gems, ribbons or other material. You can even make use of additional finishing options as well to minimise the visibility of the stained lines!
If you are using your rubber stamps more than once, consistency can be an issue since pressure affects the final output of how it’s going to look on paper. Keep in mind that pressure exerted should be even and that you should not be using too much ink on the stamp. To ensure consistency, you can place your rubber stamps on a flat surface, with the ink side up. Place your paper on the stamp and make use of a brayer to roll across it so that the ink will be evenly distributed and you will achieve consistency.
4. Ink Transfer
Another rubber stamp mistake a lot of users find themselves making unintentionally is when their rubber stamped image contains blank spaces. This poor ink transfer can also be caused by dry ink clotting on your rubber stamp, resulting in a poorly stamped image. Make sure to clean and dry your rubber stamp properly before reinking and reusing again so as to achieve the best results possible!
If you are making use of DIY rubber stamps, make sure to do test prints and smooth out the areas of your rubber stamps where the carvings are uneven. This could save you the trouble of having to fix your actual work since you’ll be doing it in advance. Remember to apply even pressure when you carve so as to be able to even out the rubber stamp. Make sure to deepen and create clean lines as well so they show clearly against paper.
These are 5 of the fixable mistakes that are commonly seen. While minor imperfections can easily be embraced as part of originality, you can rely on these methods to rectify or alleviate its overall condition. Practise these steps and make the necessary improvements you need to your rubber stamped images.