"I've heard Sage use some colorful words lately when she's been using the new Foam Ink Pads. These pads are so juicy that she ends up with smudges of ink on her work. You know how particular she is about her projects–she tends to be a bit of a perfectionist.
She noticed she was getting ink on her fingers (usually something she likes), but it was staying wet–unlike with the old pads. She thought she must be touching the open in pads without realizing it.
But that wasn't the problem. She finally noticed, after a nudge or two from me, that this happens when she uses the Stamp-a-ma-jig. It turns out that the new ink doesn't dry on the image sheet like the old ink does. As she would handle the sheet to position the image she wanted to stamp, she'd end up with wet ink on her fingers that then got on her card stock. Hence the bad language.
So we tried some experiments:
- We let the sheet sit with the stamped image on it to see how long it would take to dry. Results: Even after an hour, when she ran her fingers over the stamp, the ink would still smudge.
- Next we tried setting the ink with the Heat Tool, hoping it wouldn't melt the image sheet. The sheet got quite hot, but the ink still smudged. What a mess. Although the image sheet wasn't damaged, it might if we heated it longer, so I definitely don't recommend this technique.
Based on these experiments, I've concluded the best strategy is to use one of the old felt ink pads for the image sheet. If you don't have any of the old pads, you can use Black StazOn."
The Hot Tip Queen doesn't know everything (although she likes to think she does), so if any of you stampers out there have found another solution, please let me know. And just so I don't think I'm crazy, also leave a comment if you're running into the same problem!
That's the up-to-date report from the Hot Tip Queen on using the Stamp-a-ma-jig with the new Foam Ink Pads from Stampin' Up!