I personally love photo stamps they are my favourite, I feel like I am putting a real photo on my art work. Some people are hesitent about Using photo stamps, they just need a little patience and practice to get it right. It can take several tries to get the image you want, but it is worth it. I have had many people say to me " is this really a stamp."
How to use:
1. A clean stamp - First of all make sure the stamp is as clean as possible as these stamps are generally finely detailed with photographic details captured in tiny dots on the rubber. It is best to periodically clean your stamps as dry ink can get clogged in the dots. If you use baby wipes the fibres could come off onto your stamp and you will not get such a good image when stamped. You could gently wash the stamp with washing up liquid to remove any dry ink and fibres and then rinse with cool water. Leave to dry naturally with image face up. Just before using I normally use pieces of cellotape across the image, placing and lifting until I have gone over all the stamp to make sure it is free from fibres, dust etc.
2. Ink Pads - These stamps work best with dye inks, but not pigment ink. I use StazOn, normally black as I think this looks good on glossy paper. But some people use Archival Inks, Versafine and Adirondack dye inks as these work too. I think you should try all different inks to find the look you prefer. As it does depend on what paper you use as to the finished look.
3. Stamping - Make sure you ink up the stamp well and evenly, as you apply the ink if you have inked the stamp correctly, you should be able to see the image appear clearly on your stamp. Some stampers use a brayer to roll the ink onto the stamp as they feel the brayer gives a more even application of ink. Practice before applying to your project to make sure you get the image you want. You can try different papers, you will find some papers work better than others. I like to use glossy as I think it gives a photo look.
Whatever mounting you use make sure your stamp has cushion so that all the detail will show when the image is stamped up.