Product Review: Hero Arts Poly Clear Stamps
Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Rachel Myerson
Hero Arts Poly Clear Stamps are a new collection of clear acrylic stamps from Hero Arts. They are available in an assortment of 4" x 6" stamp sets including alphabets, phrases, holidays, graphical designs, and other themes.
4" x 6" sets of Hero Arts Poly Clear stamps range in price from $11.99 to $14.99.
The Hero Arts Poly Clear stamps peel easily off their backing and cling very well to an acrylic block. They provide a sharp clear image for stamping. I have had great results with these stamps with a variety of inks. They can be used over and over again and continue to stick well to the acrylic block and the backing. They seem to be higher quality than many other acrylic stamps and continually provide superior images.
The Hero Arts Poly Clear stamps are manufactured from 100 percent photo-polymer, and are non-toxic, latex- and phthalate-free. They naturally conduct ink for precise impressions, are pliable for versatile positioning, are easy to peel and easy to store, always cling, and are durable and tear-resistant. During my experience with these stamps, I have not had any problems with them.
Tips & Techniques:
Once you get accustomed to using your Hero Arts Poly Clear stamps, you will want to use them on every project. Here are some suggestions:
- For great results, try stamping with Colorbox archival dye inks. Attach the stamp to your acrylic block, apply the ink to the stamp, and stamp firmly on the paper. Do not rock the stamp.
- Stamp on scrap paper first, especially if the stamp has not been used before, and then re-ink before stamping the image again.
- Try putting your paper over a thin piece of foam for a darker stamped image.
- If you don't like the look of stamps on textured cardstock, experiment with stamping on the back of textured cardstock, which usually has much less texture but the same color.
- Stamp with black and color the image with markers, pencils or watercolors.
- Hand-cut your stamped images and mount on foam dots for a custom raised embellishment.
- Stamp onto the inside of an embossing folder and then put your paper in and quickly emboss. A subtle version of your image will be transferred with the embossing. (Don't use alphabet or word stamps with this technique because they will come out backwards.)
Project Ideas & Examples:
In this layout about an annual festival in our town, I used Hero Arts Poly Clear stamps for the leaves and the acorn. The acorn was stamped with black and colored in with watercolors, and the leaves were stamped with fall colors. I felt that the detail in the leaf images looked perfect without being colored in. I hand cut all the images and adhered them to the layout.
In this Thanksgiving card, I stamped the turkey three times on three different colors of cardstock. By cutting out a different amount of the image each time, and using foam dot to raise each layer, I was able to make this 3-dimensional turkey. The turkey is from the So Thankful set; the sentiment is from the Season of Giving set.
In my layout about feeding fish, I used stamps from the Fish and Shells stamp set in a variety of ways. The image of the turtle and the seashell are stamped directly onto the paper in a coordinating color. The starfish, coral, sea urchin, and light blue fish were all stamped using colored ink and hand cut. The other two fish were stamped with black ink and colored using colored pencils before being cut out. I save my scraps of white cardstock and most of my cut-out images are stamped onto the back so that the texture doesn't interfere with the stamp. I usually stamp two or three images in case I make a mistake cutting or coloring.
I used the same stamp set for this layout featuring an underwater photograph. This time, I used the coral stamp directly against the background and layered the anemone on top of it. I colored the fish with watercolors.