FAQ: How Do You Stamp Crisp and Clean Images?

rukristin FAQs: How do you stamp crisp and clean images?

Question: How do you stamp such crisp, clean images?

There are two parts to this answer. The first is supplies and the second is technique.


My secret weapon for crisp clean stamping is VersaFine ink. The VersaFine Black Onyx is my go-to ink. I use it about 90% of the time. It provides the cleanest image of any ink I’ve ever tried.


A lot of smudging happens when the face of the stamp meets the base of the paper in a slanted motion.

This can be avoided by stamping using an up and down motion. You want to stamp using a downward motion, applying even pressure throughout the stamp.

rukristin FAQs: How do you stamp crisp and clean images?

Another thing to keep in mind — clean your stamps in between uses, especially if you’re using different colors of ink. The different colors can cause muddling and will absolutely make your stamped images appear less clean looking.

Pick up related supplies on Amazon or your favorite shop: VersaFine Ink, acrylic stamping block.

rukristin FAQs: How do you stamp crisp and clean images?

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  1. I agree with the ink! That Versafine Onyx Black ink made my stamping so much better! Also, take the time to do a sample stamp on scratch paper, especially with new stamps. If you are making something that has to be perfect, get a stamping platform like Tim Holtz or Misti. I use the original size Misti and LOVE IT. Be sure to clean the stamps with wipes and a rag every time. It just takes a second.