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The stamps can be divided into 2 groups. The rubber and transparent stamps (Clear Stamps).

Properties of rubber stamps:

*Colored, not translucent, you do not see where you stamp
*Sturdy
*You sometimes have to exert a lot of pressure for printing
*Immediately stamps well, immediately captures ink
*They are rigid and usually not flexible
*Are often difficult to combine on the stamp block
*May have more because of the firmness

Features of Clear Stamps:
*Translucent, giving a good view of the stamp surface
*Flexible
*Less printing is required for printing
*Stamping does not always work right away, sometimes do not hold ink immediately
*Easy to combine on the stamp block
*May have less because they are soft
*Can discolour due to ink, this has no effect on the print
*Are thinner as rubber stamps

To stamp evenly, you can best use an acrylic block.
These are available in various formats. Both clear stamps and rubber stamps stick directly onto an acrylic block from the packaging. Do not throw away your packaging! It is convenient to put the stamps back in the packaging after use and cleaning so that they stay clean and your print remains clear. The stamps of Durftestempelen always come on a wooden block.

Stamping tips for wooden stamps:
1. Take your stamp in one hand and pat with the other hand with the ink pad on your stamp. Dab as often as necessary to get enough ink on your stamp. Do not hit too hard if there is a lot of ink in your pillow to prevent the entire stamp from being covered with ink.
2. Try to ensure that there is not too much (preferably no) ink on the edge of your stamp. This is to avoid stains.
3. Ensure a flat surface. Stamp on boxes or fabric, lay it as flat as possible. Not stacked or unfolded.
4. Put your stamp right on your surface and press well, without moving the stamp too much.
5. Take your stamp away and ready in 1 smooth movement! You can now finish the print further by coloring it or drawing something on it.

Underneath, do you find problems with stamping? Maybe you do not have the right ink or your stamp is damaged. Contact me, maybe I can help you!

To prevent dehydration of your stamps, store them in a dark place.
Use new clear stamps. Sometimes new stamps want a greasy film that does not immediately catch the ink. If you are going to stamp now, your prints will not be nicely sharp. To remedy this, first stamp a few times on a scrap paper. You will notice that your print is pretty sharp after a few times.

To clean
After using your stamps it is important to clean them well. This is best done immediately after stamping. When the ink dries, it is difficult to remove.
First stamp your stamp dry on a leaf and then rub it clean with a baby lotion cloth.

There must be no alcohol in the cloth, this can affect the stamp. Always allow your stamps to dry properly after cleaning before storing them.

Clear stamps sometimes do not want to stick to the acrylic block over time.
It can then help to clean the stamps properly. You do this by cleaning them by hand under the lukewarm tap with a little washing-up liquid. Do not rub on too hard, otherwise they can be damaged. Rubber stamps are better not cleaned in this way.

There are also several special stamp cleaners on the market to clean your stamps.
This is mainly used after stamping with indelible ink.