The problem of catching corners”, “catching an edge”, or leaving halos can be so frustrating when stamping on your project, leaving an extra edge mark behind Here’s a photo of the problem I’m describing.
First of all, make sure that you aren’t pressing down too hard on the ink pad. It’s really easy to press too hard with Stampin’ Up’s! new firm foam ink pads because they have a bit more “give” than the old felt pads. The secret is to remember to lightly “tap, tap, tap” them. If you look on the photo above, you can see how the ink is not only on the raised sentiment image, but also on edge of the base rubber of the image.
Secondly, lower the stamp straight down onto your project, pressing firmly but not too hard. Also, make sure not to “rock” the stamp from side to side. After stamping, lift straight up off the project.
Sometimes there is excess rubber around the stamp design, and this is the area that can collect excess ink. The edge shouldn’t extend more than 1/4″ past the design area. The excess can be cut off with a scissor, but make sure you cut STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN and not at an angle and be careful not to cut into the rubber design. Of course, if the stamp will be mounted on a wood block, this trimming must be done before mounting.
A “creative adjustment” is also a solution to the halo problem. If a halo occurs, simply add a ribbon or embellishment over “oops” area.
My hope is that you have found this post to be helpful in your rubber stamping endeavors. I’d love it if you’d leave a comment letting me know what other challenges you face in your paper crafting and I’ll try to address them in future blog posts.
Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”