FIRST: I want to say it is pretty easy to do all the steps and watching videos online really helped me out. I was super worried that I would not be able to make it work, but the step by step videos were great. My favorite one was posted by Psychomoms on You Tube and is called "Part II - Teresa Collins Stampmaker, Making the stamp." This video is in real time so I watched in once before I got started and than when I was making my stamp I played it again to watch her do the steps as I was doing them. I found it really helpful.
NEXT: You have to make sure your negative is super super super dark. My printer is a photo printer and older. It made a pretty good negative, BUT it had a light patch in the middle which was a problem and it made some of my stamps not turn out. Here is a picture of what you want your negative to look like (this is taken from my word document and looks very dark like it should...you do not want to be able to see your finger when you print on the negative paper).
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1. A better negative with a more reliable printer.
2. Wash the stamp much better and more carefully before the final steps.
Here is the stamp I like best:
|See the little dots by s? I think this is where I needed better washing!|