I would say that the majority of my stamping life I have used rubber stamps! That is how I started out and I have tried other companies stamps and obviously I find Stampin’ Ups to be the best! I was nervous to go away from the wood blocks to our clear stamps and clear blocks. However, when I realized that Stampin’ Up thinks of everything and our clear blocks have the feel of our wood blocks. Now for the Photopolymer…. I have had issues with other companies clear stamps, some call them acrylic stamps, I just never could get a good image, maybe because I learned first with rubber or maybe just because…but I never liked them as much as Stampin Up. I loved some of the images and would buy them and then not be happy with the results. Stampin’ Up recently introduced Photopolymer Stamps and they have rave reviews. I refused to try them for a very long time because I love our rubber stamps! It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks, at least an old dog that resist change sometimes! I finally caved and decided to try them because some of the images just appeal to me. But, I will be honest with you, I did run into a few issues and went in search of answers to my questions and a couple of my customers questions…trouble getting clear images and stamps sticking to paper. Below you will find some helpful hints for these issues and more helpful hints that have worked for me or for my stamp friends for one or another of our issues with the stamps.
- First I would use my Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrubber to remove any oils, grease and manufacturers residue. I usually do this to all of my stamps (wood & clear mount also) before I use them for the very first time.
- You can use your Adhesive Remover or a pencil eraser and rub either one on your stamp image, clean again, ink and stamp. You may need to repeat a few times.
- When placing your stamp image on your clear block, make sure you do not just slap it on in one swoop. There sometimes will appear small air bubbles that change the way your stamp is inked. I carefully stick my stamp to the clear block by starting with one edge and rolling it into place, pressing as I roll it on. This alleviates the formation of air bubbles.
- Place your stamp image with the clear block upside-down so your stamp image is facing upwards and tap your inkpad on the stamp to ink. Use a tap, tap, tap motion. This sometimes will have better ink coverage results.
- The photopolymer stamps do not have a foam backing like our Clear & Wood Mount sets so when you stamp, there is no give to them. I use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and place it under my cardstock. Once you stamp with the mat underneath, there is a little bit of cushion and the results are instant. If you do not own a mat, try a thick mouse pad or you can also use a catalog.
- Stamps do get dirty with use. I give my photopolymer’s a good wash by using a few drops of Dawn Dish Liquid in a dish of water, let soak for a bit and rub your fingers over the photopolymer. Rinse in a dish of clean water. Do not rinse under the faucet, as you will lose some of your smaller stamps down the drain. A friend actually lost hers down the drain!
- You can lightly sand your stamp image with a sanding block or emery board nail file. Gently sand, clean the stamp and then ink and stamp.
- Finally, you can ink your stamp with VersaMark Ink first, followed by your inkpad. The VersaMark tends to stick to the stamp image well and sucks in the ink from your inkpad. The VersaMark will not hurt your inkpad.
Check out my website and look at the cool Photopolymer sets. Stampin’ Up releases a new one every month! What fun to have a new set each month to look forward too! We also have sets in our catalog and our Occasions catalog.
What makes them so great?
- They’re entirely transparent for perfect placement every time!
- They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last.
- Can you say sticky? (Don’t worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
- They’re age tested. They won’t yellow or cloud up over time.
- We could go on, but we’ll let you try them for yourself.
But the great thing about STAMPIN’ UP we have stamps for everyone! I think I will still be drawn to rubber sets with the clear blocks, but I am thankful we offer something for everyone!