Helpful Hints

Digital stamps are super versatile to use.  They eliminate the bulky storage issue and they can be resized without loosing resolution.  Something you can't do with a rubber stamp.  I have heard both pros and cons for using digital stamps.  So, I will be adding helpful hints here, to perhaps help you get around some of your cons.  

  • May I use watercolors with digital stamps?  Most definitely.  I have tested this.  After printing your digital stamp image, simply spray a thin layer of Krylon Workable fixative, following the instructions, on your image and let dry for about 5 minutes.  This will seal the ink and keep it from running.  An inexpensive purchase from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Make sure you have that 40-50% off coupon!  I have my doubts that you'll have any trouble, and with your coupon, it's only a $5 purchase (depending on the pricing at your store) to just try it.  Cheaper than a purchase of a single rubber stamp at $8-$15. If for some strange reason it doesn't work, it's still a great product to have to seal your favorite projects to keep them from smearing and to protect them from smudges.  You're going to use it either way.  I guarantee it!

 

  • How do I keep the Copics from smearing the printer ink?  Just as stated above, use the Krylon, Workable Fixative.  After printing your image, spray a thin layer, following the instructions.  Let dry for about 5 minutes and then you're ready to color.  No more black eyes and smears on your images faces or in those lighter colored areas.  
  • What kind of paper is best for printing my Digital stamps on?  You may use just about any paper you like, but heavy card stock purchased from any craft store, Target or Walmart will do.  However, if you want better results, Bristol Board is the way to go.  When choosing your bristol board, remember that there are different types of surfaces.  I prefer a rougher or toothier type surface because I color using both Copics and colored pencils.  Here is a list of suggested Bristol boards for both Copics and a combination of Copics and colored pencils.  They are listed in order from the least expensive to the most expensive and to my knowledge will go through any normal printer.  I personally have tried all of these on my HP Photosmart C4280 All in one printer and they print beautifully.
    • Suggested Bristol Board papers for coloring with Copics and colored pencils:

    If you have further questions or if you have a Helpful Hint that you'd like for me to add, please feel free to Contact Me.