Today I am sharing an item from the Stampin' Up blog. If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so. They have some really great ideas.
I shared information about the new photopolymer stamps in this blog post. I also shared a link to another Stampin' Up blog post with more information and ideas (including the fact that you can bend the stamps on the acrylic block to change their shape).
This post I'm sharing today is full of great samples and tips. Remember that if you want to order any of the items in today's post (or any other Stampin' Up products), be sure to go through my Online Store or contact me directly so that you get the best price.* (see end of post for prize drawing details)
Photopolymer Stamps: A Love StoryWhen I first heard that we were going to be offering photopolymer stamps, I was . . . hesitant. I’m happy with my collection of rubber stamps, some wood and some clear-mount. Long ago I tried totally clear stamps. I was unimpressed. They are flimsy, they tear, they make a “smooshy” image. I thought rubber was the only way to go.
Boy, was I wrong! I took the Designer Typeset Stamp Set home for the weekend and we spent some quality time together. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love!
This amazing 57-piece stamp set offers all the quality I expect from Stampin’ Up!, and a perfectly clear view. Here’s what I learned:
- The stamps are not at all flimsy. While it is easy to flex the banner stamp enough to give it a draped look, the stamps maintain their original shape easily unless you try to curve them.
- The stamps yield a crisp, solid image every time. They work especially well with our firm foam pads.
- They are so sticky! It is super-quick to switch out stamps, because they instantly stick to the clear blocks. If they ever get less sticky, you can revive the stickiness by washing them in warm water and Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner or soap.
- My favorite: the clear, complete view of your project. It makes life so easy! Check out how simple it is to make the “extended arrow” card. First, ink up the pointed end of your arrow stamp in Basic Gray ink and stamp on Whisper White Cardstock.
Unbelievable! The clear view changes everything. And it’s perfect for an alphabet set. You can quickly stamp the word “birthday” one letter at a time, and it’s a breeze to line up the letters.
See the tissue in my hand? When working with these small letters, I just spray a little Stampin’ Mist on a tissue and dab the ink off after stamping each letter. Then I switch, stamp, and dab again. You can definitely use the Stampin’ Scrub for the letters. But I found the “tissue method” much easier for such a small stamp. It only took about 30 seconds to stamp the whole word and clean all of the stamps.
You can also arrange letters on your block to spell a word. The “footprint” of each stamp is pretty small, meaning you can arrange the letters quite close together on the block. I thought it was helpful to use my Grid Paper underneath to help me line up the letters nicely on the block.
I definitely recommend this method if you plan to stamp the word more than once, as I did on my set of note cards.
To finish off my “extended arrow” card, I cut out the arrow and adhered it to the card using Glue Dots. The balloons are made of Circle Punches, the white uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, and Linen Thread.
I know you are going to love the Designer Typeset Stamp Set as much as I do. If you haven’t already, you must order it today. You’ll be glad you did! Happy stamping!
Curriculum Developer & Trainer
From Sue: Hope you enjoyed that post as much as I did. Here's more information about ordering and the prize drawing:
* If your order is over $150, you will get Stampin' Rewards. If it is under $150, please use hostess code ZT4AAPYV (by 3/20/13). Place an order that meets either of those criteria (over $150 or uses hostess code ZT4AAPY by 3/20/13) and you'll be entered in a prize drawing for a free stamp set. Get a free Sale-a-Bration item with each $50 order (ends 3/22/13). So yes, if you place a $150 order you get 3 free SAB items, PLUS $25 free merchandise. Orders placed directly through me will also be entered in the prize drawing.