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Hello, everyone, I need some advice regarding what food coloring to use for rubber-stamping.

I just started to experiment with clear stamps; they are working fine, but the color I use never seems to dry. Even after one day, they are still smudgy. Until now, I was using gel colors (different brands) with the same result. I also tried liquid colors too, but they did not work well.

Should I try airbrush colors? Are they drying quicker?

I was wondering what kind you guys are using to dry completely. I appreciate all your help. Thank you!

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Last edited by Julia M. Usher
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I stamp with liqua-gel food coloring. The key is not to apply it too heavily. (It looks like it's pretty heavy in your photo.) To ensure a light, yet uniform coat, I just moisten an uninked stamp pad with the coloring, and blot off any excess before inking the stamp. I find that the coloring dries quite quickly this way, regardless of the brand used. (I have used many types of liqua-gels and gels, but I most often work with Chefmaster.)

Airbrush coloring, especially if alcohol-based, will dry faster, but I don't use it because I find the coloring too loose, making the stamp more prone to sliding around while stamping. But some people seem to like this approach - most seem to airbrush it directly onto the stamp.

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