Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Photopolymer Stamp Set Tips

Do you know that there are three types of stamps available from Stampin' Up!?  Yes - we have the rubber stamps that are mounted on Wood (referred to as 'Wood Mount Stamps'), we have rubber stamps that need to be mounted on our Clear Blocks (referred to as 'Clear Mount Stamps') and we have photopolymer stamps that are clear and to be mounted on our Clear Blocks (referred to as 'Photopolymer Stamps').  

The Photopolymer stamps are going popularity quickly.  They are clear and see through - this makes it easy to stamp sentiments or layered stamps.  They also require special care.  See these tips on taking care of your Photopolymer stamps.

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Stampin' Up! has new releases on Photopolymer Stamps on-line (on Tuesday's) that are in limited production and not in our catalogs.  These are AMAZING Sets and low-cost!   
Today I'm using the new, on-line only stamps sets:
Just Kidding (photopolymer 140667)
Lovely Amazing You (photopolymer 140594)

I especially love the soon-to-be-unavailable Dear Heart (138157) and Calling All Heroes (138002).  There are so many options - see what is NEW and waiting for YOU when you click here to see our Photopolymer stamp sets.  (If you shop on-line, please pick me as your demonstrator - Jamie Albanese # 2000993)

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Photopolymer stamps come sandwiched between one printed clear Window sheet and one clear Window Sheet.  Lining them back up is quite a challenge!  So this is a fun and easy way to loose one of the sheets and keep track of your stamps in an easier way.

Using Glue Dots (103683) and adhere the printed Window Sheet to the back of the package it comes in, between the clear exterior.  Doing so with the  printed image showing towards the back - easy to read from behind.
This will make it easy to read the sentiment, to see if a stamp is missing and to allow for maximum contact with the flat side of the photopolymer stamp that would cling to your clear block.  This will help it to cling to the inside of the storage box and easy to find.
From behind... you can see how great the Lovely Amazing You stamp set is!  It makes it easy to see what I want to say and what maybe missing. 

Photopolymer stamps are referred to as the 'vampire of stamps'.  They need to be stored out of direct light or the clear will take on a yellow or tan tinge.

They can't be used with every ink!  Stazon and Versa Mark can actually tear the stamp!  These ink pads have different types of inks (the Stazon is an alcohol based ink, for example).  So in place of that use our regular inks or Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads.  They can also stain with darker red inks (all inks can stain them).  I like to clean them off right after use to keep a cleaner image.  
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The Just Kidding stamp set has many sentiments that are narrow.  I love that this will help me to locate the exact greeting, to store and access them easier.  With three options - you can select the style of stamp that fits your needs.  This new option has definite positive aspects in use.  Have fun and create.  These low-cost options also help with your budgets (you can get more for your dollar), just make sure to take good care of them.  Happy Stamping!

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