Tips for using Iron Orchid Design Stamps
The first time you open your pack, you will need to pull the top plastic sheet with a bit of force, including the stamps - do not fear - they will not tear.
Condition your stamps for first use – take a 180 grit sandpaper and lightly sand over the top of the stamps – this helps the ink and paints stick to the stamps.
Practice your technic a few times on spare or throw away piece, each medium and type of ink and paint will stamp differently.
We recommend applying paint to the stamps with a brayer or a small foam rolling brush .
Ink will give you greater detail compared with paint. Often paint can be watered down.
Wash stamps in very hot (not boiling – hot tap water) water with dish liquid and scrub clean, allow to dry with back facing up and return back face of stamp to the plastic sheet for storage.
Thin mounts are recommended for keeping your stamps straight, especially when using letters and creating words
The back of the stamps become less sticky over time, a light spray of low tack adhesive glue will help stamps stick to a mounting board again.