The mat is composed of two sheets of craft foam glued together over which I place the paper I will stamp onto . I place the paper down on the mat and depending on the size of the stamp (I stand for larger stamps) I get comfortable and ink and stamp. I also stamp off the left over ink onto a pad of newsprint before cleaning my stamp. I have noticed that over time the images I stamp using this method tend to come out crisper. It is just a simple tip but it makes a huge difference.
Now go have some fun with your stamps and Get Inky!