So, those people that know me, know that I am OBSESSED with Distress ink pads. I'm lucky enough to have every colour and I'm forever telling my gals that they are the best thing ever... BUT... I do have one little issue with them. They really aren't that brilliant when stamping with acrylic stamps - they don't seem to like to sit on the surface. I've tried all the usual remedies - patting the surface of the stamp with sellotape, rubbing vigourously with an eraser... but though this gives some improvement, I've not found anything to completely solve the problem.
THEN... I heard mention of somebody rubbing their acrylic stamps with sandpaper to remedy this exact issue. Yes - SANDPAPER!! "Silly girl", I thought; "she'll ruin her stamps."
Anyway, in desperation, I thought I'd try it on a stamp I'm not overly fond of... guess what? It works! Absolutely brilliantly. I spent over two hours yesterday (I own a fair few stamps lol) doing this to every stamp I own... after a little bit of cramp, and a few sheets of fine grade sandpaper, I can now reach for any of my stamps and any of my distress inks without fear of a dodgy image - fab! Here's a picture of before and after:
I don't think I need to tell you which is which - the results are obvious. So - if you want to use dye based inks on your acrylic stamps, get some sandpaper to them - it removes whatever they use in the manufacturing process which water based inks don't like better than anything else I've tried! xxx