How To: Condition Stamps

How To: Condition Stamps


If you’re new to stamping, you want to learn this simple step to prepare your stamps. If you’ve been stamping for a long time and aren’t happy with the way some of your images turn out, adding stamp conditioning to your process is a good idea. You’ll be happier with your results, every time.

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supplies for conditioning stamps

You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special and might already have what you need around the house! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

Supplies for conditioning rubber and photopolymer stamps

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steps to condition stamps

  1. Stamp a before image (if your curious). You will notice the biggest difference with a solid image, but really, every stamp should be conditioned before use.
  2. Wipe off stamps with a damp microfiber cloth or stamp scrub.
  3. Vigorously erase the surface of the stamp until it is dull and milky in color. NEVER use anything abrasive like a sand eraser or sandpaper! You could RUIN your stamps very easily!!
  4. Wipe off eraser bits.
  5. Stamp again to see results.
before an after photo from conditioning rubber and photopolymer stamps


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