Username Post: CLEAR STAMPS        (Topic#1528363)
jennaroo
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Sorry for the abundance of posts today, lol, I had a list of questions I wanted to ask!!

Whats the trick to clear stamps? It seems when I stamp with rubber stamps, the image is clear and precise. When I use clear stamps they seem to be wide, and smudge, and the image is not so clear. Not sure on the barnd of clear stamps I have. Is there a trick to stamping with them?

Also when you buy clear stamps they come in a sheet of many.....do you cut those out, or leave them???

Also whats the best cleaner for least $$$$ for clear and rubber stamps?

TIA


 
Brandilynn
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1.Its probably the brand I find this happen with Ms $ clear stamps but not my ctmh stamps

2.I leave them on the sheets as they are usually themed in set and easy to store like that. Unless its Ms $ ones I take off and store in cd cases by theme.

3.Baby Wipes

HTH


 
jennaroo
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Haven't tried wipes yet...lol, still have those stocked......lol, can't wait till I don't....I haven't had a break from kids in diapers for the last 11 yrs.....I've had at least 1 to 2 in diapers.


 
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There are a bunch of posts about acrylic stamps. Do a search, and you should find a lot of info.

The ink you use matters.
Check out this video: http://www.scrapbook.com/videos/887.html

I don't know what you mean by cutting apart the stamps. The acrylic stamps are typically on a backing sheet. You peel them off that sheet and put them on your block for stamping.

I've also heard people suggest that you use a mouse pad or something with a little give under your project. Unlike traditional rubber stamps, you don't want a hard surface underneath.


 
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In response to jennaroo

You donn't need as much pressure on the clear stamps as you do with the rubber stamps I have found.


 
jennaroo
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In response to 48dragonfly

Linda, I just went and checked mine....it must be because they were a cheap brand because they do not come off of the sheet. It is all connected as one. I was not aware that they were not all like this, lol. Thats why I was asking if you cut them because haveing to stamp with them all connected is weird.....and hard.


 
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the cheap clear stamps (like from dollar stores) don't work well.

I usually buy Autumn Leaves brand. and i use an acryllic block to apply.

I take mine off the sheets they come on and I store mine in empty CD Cases (I remove the CD holder part)


Edited by GTGW on 02-16-10 10:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Be careful of baby wipes though..if they have a lot of moisturizers they can leave a film on the stamp that will prevent some inks to adhere properly.

Also, do not press too hard...
Acrylic stamps are a different animal from rubber stamps so there is a learning curve at first.

And I have found that if I get a cheapy acrylic stamp and I can't get it off the plastic sheet, I get some warm soapy water in a dish or in the sink and soak it a bit to work off the stamp from the sheet. It won't hurt the stamp so don't worry.

Plus sometimes you need to 'break in' your stamp. Make about a half dozen or so stamps on some scrap cardstock. Some feel that this will condition the stamp to accept the ink better.



 
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No that I'm any expert, but I have NEVER seen any acrylic stamps that don't come off the backing sheet. And, I buy a lot of cheap stamps.

When using baby wipes, use the regular non-alcohol wipes. Alcohol will dry the stamps.


 
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It also helps to "condition" the acrylic stamps by rubbing them with a pink eraser before the first use.


 
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I've had some cheap stamps (the dollar ones from M's) that were quite hard to get off the backing, but I just forced it. Thought they would rip but they didn't.

Oh, and jennaroo your quote, one of my FAVES from that movie!


 
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You are not suppose to rock acrylic stamps back and forth like one often does with rubber ones.


 
jennaroo
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Thanks Ladies, next time I try it I will try something soft under them and try not to rock them.

I may have to soak the stamps in water if they really are supposed to come apart, because I tugged and tugged and could not get them loose, but they do in fact look like they should after a careful once over of them.

I think as for now rubber stamps see easier to me, lol.



Thanks Dayna, I love the qoute too.


 
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My favorite are wood-mountd rubber; great stamped image and I don't have to stick and unstick from a block, and risk losing them.

Second favorite would be cling-mounted rubber; still a great stamped image, great storage, but I'm lazy and don't always clean or put away my stamps right away, so I risk losing them or not cleaning them.

Least favorite are clear. I have a few but don't use them.


 
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this is what i use to clean mine and love it...
http://beccasthisandthat.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=63...

it's got the felt tip and you just rub your stamp clean. if there's a lot of ink left on them after stamping i may rinse with water first then use the cleaner. i use it to clean my acrylic blocks as well if i get some ink on them. certain inks like stayz-on are not easy to get off but they're supposed to be like that for non porous materials.


 
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Clear stamps work great with pigment inks (cat eyes). If you use a classic waterbased ink try versamark. I cover my clear stamp with versamark and then the ink. It gives a crisper look. I found this out after I started buying SU classic ink.


 
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oooh good idea! I'll have to try that =]


 
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In response to beccacrouch

I had the same problems with my acrylic stamps until I began using different inks. I would recommend versamagic or brilliance inks. I also find that Ranger's stamp cleaner works really well.


 
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
No that I'm any expert, but I have NEVER seen any acrylic stamps that don't come off the backing sheet. And, I buy a lot of cheap stamps.

When using baby wipes, use the regular non-alcohol wipes. Alcohol will dry the stamps.


i was thinking the same thing. though i will say on the cheaper sets you have to pull pretty hard. but i would work on them. they should come off. i dont think u can adhere them to the block with the backing still on.


 
Bxr-Linda
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  • abbynormaloh75 Said:
  • Bxr-Linda Said:
No that I'm any expert, but I have NEVER seen any acrylic stamps that don't come off the backing sheet. And, I buy a lot of cheap stamps.

When using baby wipes, use the regular non-alcohol wipes. Alcohol will dry the stamps.


i was thinking the same thing. though i will say on the cheaper sets you have to pull pretty hard. but i would work on them. they should come off. i dont think u can adhere them to the block with the backing still on.




Exactly!


 
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