Question & Answer: Why Do I Get A Splotchy Image When I Stamp?

Question: Why doesn’t my stamp make a clear image?

spotty image

Answer:  Sometimes a solid stamp, especially when it is new, can leave a splotchy image like the one above. There is an easy to fix this slight problem. There is a film left on the rubber as part of the production process and it seems like it is more obvious on a stamp with more surface area. All you have to do is sand the stamping surface and then it will give you a nice image.

 Sand a surface of a stamp

I used the Stampin’ Up! Sanding Block to lightly sand the stamp’s surface. You can also use an emery board or even use a pencil eraser to rub the surface. All you need is a “very light” sanding to remove the film. You only have to do this once and then your stamp will give you a great image.

Sanded image
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  1. Christina

    I had this problem for forever when I first started stamping! Now when I get a new stamp, I always take my sanding block to it. I even do it lightly with photopolymer too and get the most crisp images!

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