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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 4 1 • Artesprix stamp pad • Stamps • Copy paper (to stamp on) • Heat gloves • Heat tape • Sprayer bottle • Iron, Cricut EasyPress, or heat press • Substrate • Parchment or unwaxed butcher paper Before you begin to stamp, place a Tef- lon sheet over your work area. Any excess ink that could get on your work surface quickly wipes up from the Teflon surface. Stamping can be fun but messy, and ink can easily get on things you don't want it to if you're not careful. 1. Get your lined or regular copy pa- per, the stamp of your choice, and the Artesprix stamp pad. With your stamp, firmly press it directly and evenly onto the stamp pad to ink your stamp to press on your paper. If you stamp your image on lined copy pa- per to align images or text, the lines won't print. Place your stamp suf- ficiently onto your paper using pres- sure. Watch for any oversatura- tion onto the paper. 2. Let your stamped image dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step of adding color with the Artesprix markers. To speed up drying, you can put your image in the heat press for a few seconds. Remember: Your image will be reversed when you press it. 3. If you have a large stamp or a stamp with an intricate design, you might consider purchasing a brayer to convey the ink from the pad and roll it to disperse ink throughout the stamp's surface evenly. 4. Immediately after stamping, be sure to clean the ink from the stamp with water. (I use a sprayer I picked up at the dollar store.) Once you have sprayed it thoroughly, dab any ex- cess water and ink off with a paper towel. If you spray it with water early enough, it won't be a problem to get the ink off. However, if you wait, the ink will stain your stamp. 5. If you so desire, you can now add col- or to your images with the markers. What's great is that you can't make a mistake; no one will know except you. You don't even have to stay within the lines when coloring like you did when you were a kid. 6. You can also get super creative and incorporate a bit of shading to your image. Don't be afraid, have some fun, and experiment. The process is inexpensive enough that you can PRO TIP: WHEN USING THE STAMP PAD FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT HAS A PLASTIC COVER THAT IS ON THE INSIDE OF THE STAMP PAD; KEEP THAT TO HELP PREVENT YOUR PAD FROM DRYING OUT. ALWAYS PUT THE PLASTIC COVER BACK ON THE INK PAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. When you stamp your image on lined copy paper to align images or text, the lines won't print.

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