Did you just get your very first set of IOD stamps - beyond exciting, right?!? But
before you can get your hands dirty, you need to condition your stamps. You
only need to do this once and then your stamps will be set for life.
Start by removing the acrylic sheet attached to the stamping side of the design,
while leaving the stamps attached to their backing sheet. Using a fine grit
sand block scuff or rough up the stamping surface. Lightly sand in one
direction and then rotate the craft stamp 90 degrees and sand lightly in a
This helps the mediums stay put, and not bead (which some types, like ceramics
glazes, tend to do). It also will give a cleaner impression.