Fabulous Finds Friday — Stamp Press

Do you have trouble stamping large wood block stamps? I do! I just don’t seem to have the hand strength to make a good impression. So I was thrilled to find the Stamp Press from Speedball.

 tools speedball press 1

This simple gadget, designed for printmakers, has a soft rubber cushion on the base and a simple lever. Put your paper on the base, right side up. Ink your stamp, then place it ink side down on the paper and pull down the lever. Presto! A great impression.

It may take a little experimentation to get a feel for the press, such as how hard to press down and where to place your paper and stamp. You don’t need to press very hard — in fact, if you press TOO hard, the rubber squishes a bit and you won’t get a clean impression, especially on fine lines.

You can also use unmounted images with the press. Some stampers like to place their unmounted rubber on the base, inked side up, then place the paper on top.

Below are two cards made using the large Flower Grid wood mounted stamp by Hero Arts (in the background). The Stamp Press gave me a nice, even imprint.

flower grid bkgrd birds

(four birds: Crafty Individuals; heartfelt wishes: Hero Arts. Trim by Maya Road)

flower grid bkgrd birthday

(flower duo and happy birthday by Inkadinkado. Stickles cinnamon glitter is dotted around the edges)