Acrylic Stamps?

Couple of questions for you acrylic stamp users: 1) Do you use different ink with the acrylic and rubber stamps? I have the standard (dye) Stampin Up ink pads. 2) Do you have trouble with not picking up ink onto the stamp? Just wondering if it was the stamp set I was using. (K&Co)
I have several sets of acrylic stamps but I still mainly use rubber stamps (Stampin Up). I was working on a layout last night (yep, I actaully scrapbooked) with acrylic alpha stamps. The stamps just were not picking up enough ink from the stamp pad. I had to double stamp to get a decent image with the ink and it still didn't seem to be as clear of an image as my typical rubber stamps. The stamp pad is fairly new and works with the rubber stamps so I don't think it was the stamp pad itself.
--Tammy
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Tammy in TX
I just recently started using acrylic stamps and I love them. I have used different inks on my acrylic stamps (SU, CTMH inks, and even inks that I picked up at AcMoore for $1 and change). I haven't had any troubles with the ink not picking up on the images. I have even colored them in with markers and haven't had any troubles. Maybe your not pressing down hard enough to get the image on to the paper, I've had that happen.
Chrissy
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ChrissyM
Hey Tammy, Alomst all of my stamps are acrylic and I enjoy them more than rubber stamps. I use Stazon ink and Color Box and have no problems with either. When I first started using them I was hesitant to push down with some pressure and that would cause light ink on the stamp. Overall though, I don't have any problems with mine.
Crystal
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cware
Your inkpad may be dry; if so, be careful that you don't overdo it when re-inking, though.
Or use the tap-tap-tap method. Tap a few times (lightly), look at the stamp to see if it is all covered, tap more until ready to stamp. If you pres hard when picking up ink, you'll get too much in the crevices. (looks bad). Tapping is better.
Tip: use a mousepad under your paper when stamping. It lets your paper "yield" a little.
As always, experiment first!
I need to use my stamps in my scrapbooking. So far, I haven't.
Gina in Virginia
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Gina Bull

You have to condition the stamps prior to use by rubbing the pattern with fine grit sandpaper or rubbing it with an eraser.
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Scout Lady
I use acrylic stamps and I do find I have to really stamp it around in a few different directions to get a good coating of ink. I use all the stamp pads I have with them... stampin up, stazon, ancient ink. No special ink.
Lynne
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King's Crown
I think I will try the sandpaper with these stamps. It is definitely not a pressure issue. I used my full body weight on test paper. LOL! I also jammed it on my stamp pad (i know, not suppose to) to see if it helped. Ok it was more like tapping on my ink pad but it was much heavier pressure than my normal. My ink pad I was using was not "dry" by rubber stamp standards either. It has to be the silly stamp set.
Thanks for the input!!
--Tammy
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Tammy in TX
I use all kinds of ink pads. I have found that acrylic stamps don't stamp well the first time. I usually stamp them on a scrap piece of paper a couple of times and then I don't have a problem with them.
I'll have to try rubbing the new ones with an eraser.
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CathyR
I've never had any probs w/ my acrylic stamps. I've also never heard of scuffing them. Interesting. I do always test stamp for whatever I'm doing. Just paranoid and making sure, I guess. Let us know how sanding it goes. I'm curious.
Katrina in KS
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Katrina

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