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3.12.2009

Rubber Stamps Follow-Up + Winners

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We had a fabulous comment on our Facebook Discussion board by Shirley Hall.

Shirley wrote: I have lots of clear stamps. I am not a great stamper so the ability to see just exactly where I am stamping is draw for me. I agree that the rubber stamps gives a crisper image. And they last a long time if taken good care of. Some clear stamps have to be "conditioned" before they stamp well. You can go here for instructions: http://www.blockheadstamps.com/TechniquesPages/clear-stamps.html

I had the same problem (blurred images with acrylic) --thought I had wasted my money {smile}.

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Also try these fixes found on the Scrapbooks Etc. message board...

Clear Stamp Fixes
Posted by Tracy Kyle at 3/4/2009 10:08 PM CST

Two of the most frequent questions I get about clear stamps are as follows:

Question: Why do the inks bead on the stamp?
Solution: When the stamps are made, they often need to be seasoned before they will hold the ink properly. You can do this by stamping, inking and cleaning numerous times, by rubbing the stamp on a scrap piece of paper to sub off the coating or you can use a white eraser to rub off the coating. Either one of these techniques will work! Give it a try.

Question: My clear stamp has lost it stickiness, how do I fix this?
Solution: The clear stamps are sticky dust, embossing powders and grease from your fingers can make the stamps lose their stick after a while. The best solution is to give the stamps a quick bath in some lightly sudsy water and let dry. They will be ready for stamping again in no time!

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What a fun day it's been reading everyones comments. To show the percentage of loyalty to stamps, I thought it would be fun to make this cute and girlie pie chart. It turns out that Rubber Stamps are the winner!

Just about everyone said the same thing. "You love how easy clear stamp store away, but had issues inking and stamping them." I guess the over all out come is that sometimes it's still cool to kick it old school! Thanks for reading and participating in my article.


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The winner of the Purple Onion stamp is....

kgscrapper said...
I have both rubber and acrylic stamps. I do use my rubbers stamps more than my acrylic stamps. What I don't love about my rubber stamps is the storage issues. I have thought about trying unmounted rubber stamps but wasn't sure how they would work. I will definately give them a try after reading your reviews.

Congrats! Please email us at thescrapreview@yahoo.com with your name and mailing address. Please write PURPLE ONION WINNER in the subject line.
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The winner of the UnityStamp Co. stamp is....

Holly said...
I LOVE hybrid stamps ... rubber stamps that stick to acrylic blocks. Inque Boutique is a current fave. And Tim Holtz is doing acrylic/rubber hybrids too!! I wish more companies would go in that direction.

Congrats! Please email us at thescrapreview@yahoo.com with your name and mailing address. Please write UNITY WINNER in the subject line.

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6 comments:

Theresa said...

Wow! First genius again!

Thanks again for the great review of the stamps. I never purchased the unmounted rubber stamps before because I couldn't figure out how you were supposed to use them - now I know! My mother always said you should learn something new every day!

Kimberly said...

I am happy to know that "regular" stampers vs. myself being a novice stamper feel that rubber stamps are cleaner and do not bleed as much when stamping. I thought I was doing something wrong with my clear stamps. I will check out the conditioning link. Thanks!

Ashley Harris said...

Congrats ladies! Oh and fab info on bleeding and seasoned stamps.

Teresa Z. said...

Congrats to the winners! Loved the cute pie chart.

kgscrapper said...

Thank You Heidi and the rest of The Scrap Review staff. Like Theresa said in her post..."I never purchased the unmounted rubber stamps before because I couldn't figure out how you were supposed to use them - now I know!"

Even better now I can give them a try!!!

Besides the crisper image of good ol' rubber, these unmounted stamps are apealing because they take up less precious storage space and are considerable cheaper than mounted rubber stamps!!

Thanks once again!!

Holly said...

Oh, thank you, thank you!! I was looking at the websites you had talked about and was thinking about ordering some stamps. Now I can try before I buy. :)