Recently, our very own Julie posted these great before and after photos about stamping a crisp image for better card making:
Looking from the other direction, you see the "cushion" or foamy, squishy layer that is in between the stamp and the block that it is adhered to. Blocks are traditionally wood, plastic, or acrylic. Beware of rubber stamps that are mounted to wood without any cushion in between!
Some inexpensive stamps are even mounted on a foam block. While not my favorite kind. . . foam block stamps can actually produce a very crisp image! The reason for this, is in the foam. The foamy, squishy layer acts as a small spring... when the stamp is applied to paper, the foam ensures an even pressure for a more crisp, even image. See how the "shoulder" area of this stamp however, is not as tall?
|A better image! Great job!|
|And what a great card! Thanks, Julie!|
|Basic Rubber Stamp by Studio G|
The main parts of the rubber (or acrylic) part of stamps are the floor and the surface. The surface is the part that you ink up. The part of the stamp between the floor and surface is actually called a "shoulder." As a general measure, stamps with a taller shoulder stamp more clearly.
|Stamp anatomy - side view.|
|A rubber stamp mounted on a foam block.|
|These stamps are from Stampin' Up!|
|Clear acrylic stamps by Close To My Heart|
|Priming a new stamp for first-time use.|