Quick Tip: Getting Clear Stamped Images

Hi there. I have another Quick Tip video for you today. (And this one really is quick!) I thought it was about time I share a tip for getting a clear stamped image with a new stamp.


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The trick of using VersaMark Ink to prep a stamp before using it really helps me and I am hoping it helps you, too! Please keep in mind there are lots of tricks for getting clear stamped images… this is just the one that worked best for me. Give it a try!

(Note: It is important to take care of your stamps. Be sure to clean them with a safe stamp cleaner, such as Ultra Clean.)

Have a great day.

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112 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Getting Clear Stamped Images”

  1. Thanks Jennifer! I had not heard of using Versamark ink to “prime” your stamp. That’s a neat tip.

  2. Thanks Jennifer for another great tips. Was not aware of this technique and am sure it will help my stamping!

  3. I’ve never heard of “priming” a stamp before and I haven’t watched your video yet, but I was reading some of the comments. 99% of the stamps I’ve bought have been very clear when I stamp with them. I always thought it was because of the way they made the stamps, that they were precise with the cutting and designs. PSX and Darcie were famous for clear, beautifully stamped images every single time including when I first got them and used them. Then there were the cheap stamps that I bought because I really liked them but the images were’t clear like the others. They always stamped kind of funky and not very clear. I will check out your video though and see what you have to say. Thanks for letting us know stuff like this! When we need help, we certainly know who to turn to1

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing this great tip! Usually I stamp the new image many times before getting the right result!!! This will help a lot!

  5. Thanks for sharing this tip. I think that it may just solve my issue with these types of stamps. One question though, do we need to use this trick each time we stamp, or is it only the first time we have to love our stamp?

  6. Hi Jennifer, thats always been a problem! Cant wait to try your tip! Can you please advise about the Versamark ink you used. I noticed its white. Is that a coloured ink or something else?

  7. New tip for me. I have these MFT plaid builder stamps that don’t work well, so I will try the Versamark trick. I have lightly sanded some cheap Fiskars stamps which made a difference but not by much. I don’t want to attempt the sanding with my better stamps, so let’s see how Versamark works! This quick tips series is a great idea. Thanks 🙂

  8. Cannot wait to try this trick! I have some ink pads that stamp like that every single time I use them, no matter what stamps I use. I’m hoping prepping with the Versamark will make for a cleaner inked image. Thanks for the great tip!

  9. Loving your quick tips, would like to see more. I have been avoiding using dye ink for this very reason. Can’t wait to try out your tip.

  10. Thank you for the tip. I have always roughed up my clear stamps a bit before using.
    This tip looks a lot easier and also kinder to your stamps.

  11. Oh, that is so much easier than what I’ve been doing, which is to wash each and every stamp with soap and water. Especially on little stamps, that is such a pain in the butt.

  12. Ultra Clean does not remove Versamark from stamps. That is a soap based cleaner. You need a solvent cleaner like Stazon or Kissoff to remove the Versamark. Versamark states that you should not use their product on acrylic or polymer stamps. You are telling people to do something damaging/ruining to their stamps when it could be fixed by something as easy as a light buff from a very fine nail sanding block. That eliminates the problem along with washing the stamps with soap to remove preservatives before they use them. Or before their first use. This is an easy cheap solution that works, tried and true, even recommended by some stamp companies. Hope this helps before you damage all your stamps. If you are teaching you are legally responsible for any advice you post on your blog. I have seen peoples livelihood ruined over less. Please do the right thing where this is concerned, you should take the video down and start over. Better than being sued.

    1. i heard back from Imagine crafts, who makes versamark. they said Versamark is safe for clear stamps. They also said, “StazOn is a solvent ink, which can stain and damage polymer stamps depending on their quality and if the ink is cleaned off right away. VersaMark is a pigment ink that sits on the surface of stamp pads. It was created prior to our All Purpose StazOn stamp cleaner (solvent cleaner), and can be washed off with soapy and water.” Yay! Sounds like we are safe. 🙂

  13. OMG! You must have been reading my mind as I have struggled for years with my stamps. I always thought it was just the fact that I was using close to my heart stamps and inks. Even as a rep they don’t teach you that trick. Probably because they don’t sell versamark. You are such a great help! Thank you thank you thank you

  14. One other way to do get a smoother finish from a new photopolymer stamp: Take a white eraser, and gently rub all over the stamp. The eraser takes off the release gunk and gives a good impression.

  15. Thank you soooooo much for this great tip!! I am always desapointed with my results of stamping!!! When I’m Watching your vidéos, I always Wonder how you do to have so beautiful results. Thank, now, I know!! 😉

  16. Thank you so much for the great tip. I have stamps that don’t like to stamp good and I didn’t know what to do. Thank you

  17. I have seen the ink with color and stamp off until it stamps clearly…but I have not seen the technique you show here. I will be giving this a try. Thank you for the tip.
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  18. This idea worked!!! Just tried it last night and it is great. Thanks so much – you are incredibly helpful Jennifer.

  19. Heavens to Betsy!! I have had this problem and I blamed the stamp set!!! This is SOOOOOOO helpful…thank you so much!!!

  20. So happy to hear that others were as ‘stamp challenged’ as I was and that your Versamark hack was so helpful to us all! Thanks again! DM

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