How to Use Stamps in Your Journal

Oops a Daisy are super excited to launch our range of photopolymer stamps, designed in-house specifically with journaling in mind!

What is a Photopolymer Stamp?

  • Photopolymer Stamps are higher quality and more durable than alternative materials, such as acrylic.
  • They are clear, transparent, and shiny.
  • The stamp design is raised on one side.
  • Our stamps are provided sandwiched between two clear acetate sheets.
  • The stamp design is printed on one of the acetate sheets, to help you store your stamps.
  • The stamp should ideally be used with an acrylic block, or similar stamping block or platform.

Mounting Your Stamp!

Your stamp should be mounted onto an acrylic block (or similar) before use. You can find our acrylic block here!

Position your stamp with the raised surface upwards, as shown below:

Top Tip! If you don’t have an acrylic block and are desperate to get started, there are other items you can use at home! Try a clear CD case or a clear bottomed glass! Basically, you can use any surface that is dust-free, sturdy and flat!

How to Apply Ink to the Stamps

We recommend having the stamp face up on the table, and pressing the ink pad down onto it, rather than the other way around. This means you get a more even spread of ink on the stamp.

Press the ink pad lightly and evenly to the entire surface of the stamp. Ensure you don’t press too hard or the fine detail of the stamp will be filled in.

Using Your Stamp

Care Tips for Your Stamps

Storage of Stamps

Store your stamps on the printed acetate that it was supplied with. Keep them out of sunlight in a dry place.

How to Clean Your Stamps After Use

You can clean your stamps in washing up liquid and water. You can also use solvent cleaners, but some can attack plastics, so be careful. If you want to use a stamp cleaning solvent to remove permanent ink staining, use it quickly and do not leave your stamp soaking in the solvent. You can prevent most inks from staining stamps by using either a clear watermark ink or Versafine clear ink on the stamp first to protect it.

How to Attach to a Block if the Stamp Has Lost its Stickiness

If cared for correctly, your stamp will stay sticky for life. If it loses stickiness, this can usually be fixed by washing it in washing up liquid and water. Leaving it in sunlight can reduce the stickiness of the back too – In this case you can sand the back with sandpaper.

Get Stamping!

We hope these tips have been helpful! Now it’s time to get stamping!