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Posted 4/25/2013 by Fairchild3 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/25/2013 8:55:08 AM
Tried to use a stamp today that I've not used before (or haven't used in a LONG time) and it seemed to be VERY stuck to the backer sheet. It also doesn't want to stick to my acrylic block. So it got me thinking - I remembered Tracy (of Mercy Tiara) saying in a video that she has gotten rid of all her stamps except the photo polymer ones (for clear stamps).

SO - I started doing some research. Turns out many of the stamps I've collected over the years aren't worth crap. I think I'll be weeding through my stamps as I purge many of my other supplies...

Lesson learned.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:17:39 AM
I don't stamp very often, so I have run into this a time or two. The first time have to take it off very slowly and carefully, but after that it hasn't been an issue. I have had one or two rip, though.

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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:18:58 AM
Is it just that they aren't sticking to a block anymore? Maybe you can use some Aleene's tack it over on them??

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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:22:15 AM
Yes, right now, it's that it won't stick to a block at all - I've used some adhesive on it to use it. In my reading about photopolymer vs cheap acrylic (silicone, acrylic, or other poor choices) it looks like the stamps may continue to degrade. When I stamp, I want to be able to stamp - no issues - I don't want to have to fight to get it out of the packaging, and then finding a way to adhere it to my block, etc. I'm going to be taking a hard look at my stamps


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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:24:44 AM

I don't stamp very often, so I have run into this a time or two. The first time have to take it off very slowly and carefully, but after that it hasn't been an issue. I have had one or two rip, though.


I had a stamp rip a few years ago - it was an expensive set, too! This set certainly won't be an issue the second time around - they won't stick to anything! Not the block, not the packaging! It's just a piece of silicone now! (my best guess as to the composition of this set)

It's just frustrating. This is an all occasion greeting set.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:32:40 AM
That is very frustrating!! I tried to buy only what I thought were good quality stamps like TT, Hero Arts, BG, etc.

I didn't buy any at the dollar store or at BL for fear what you're describing might happen.



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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:32:48 AM
I have literally thousands of stamps. There is a difference in quality, depending on who the manufacturer is. However, even a cheaper quality stamp can be of use. Don't just throw out stamps willy nilly (unless you really don't like the stamp).

I have cheap stamps that I bought for a buck or less going up to very high quality stamps that I paid a lot more for.

If it's an image you like, keep it. But if it's one of the clear stamps, peel very carefully off the backing. If it's a cheap clear stamp, you may have to use a very fine sand paper on the image side to get the image to take the ink well.

But they are still usable.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:36:16 AM
I read somewhere that if you stick the "stuck" stamps in the freezer for a bit, and then remove them and let them thaw, they will release from the backing sheet. Not sure if it will work for you, but it's worth a try before you pitch them! Good luck!


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Posted: 4/25/2013 9:40:17 AM
I'll keep the poor quality stamps only if I am absolutely in love with it and can't imagine not having it. Otherwise, it's going to the donate pile. Yes, some of my stamps are the cheapie dollar ones - but these today, they aren't. And some of my expensive fancy pants stamps are having the same issue Just time to prioritize what I want to keep, I guess, and be more selective in the future!


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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:02:11 AM
Those that don't adhere to the block well... had that problem! I FINALLY came up with the solution, my ATG!

I happened to have a bunch of the QK stamp rockers that I got cheap, I just run a strip or two down the rocker block. It holds the stamp on and also lets me take it off easy. You might not want to use the ATG tape on a good block, but use something like an old plastic Sizzix box or something like that as a base.

I'd have preferred to get only the photo polymer but really not that many out there. If I want something, I have to get the design in whatever form I can get it in. I've had a few that were hard to get off, just have to be patient and keep trying. I haven't tried the freezer trick.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:11:02 AM

Those that don't adhere to the block well... had that problem! I FINALLY came up with the solution, my ATG!


LOL, that's exactly what I used!!


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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:14:21 AM
I am in the process of going through all my stamps. I have weeded out so many that I haven't used in a LONG time. I found some of them won't even come off the acetate sheets. I guess I need to throw those in the garbage.



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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:15:49 AM
I love stamps, so I have a hard time pitching them. And yes, the ATG, or Aleene's, are both a solution. Sometimes, too, all you need to do is wash them to get them to stick to the block.

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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:44:06 AM
Just want to add that a couple times I've had stamps stuck so badly that I just cut around the stamp, through the backing and put double sided tape on the back.

Which is why that I store mine on the backing sheets, even those few that I have in cd cases (I attached the backing sheet to the cd case with double sided tape).

Good Luck!


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Posted: 4/25/2013 11:58:28 AM
Last week I tore some Ali E Technique Tuesdays stamps trying to get them off the backing. they turned totally yellow too. They are pretty old, but it was disappointing.

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Posted: 4/25/2013 12:46:21 PM
All all the makers of clear stamps going to polymer? How can you tell what the stamp is made of?



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Posted: 4/25/2013 12:58:36 PM
I'm not too worried about it, because I generally tire of stamps after using them for yrs. I honestly expect them to deteriorate over time - I mean even rubber is going to dry up eventually.

I just by the stamp designs I think I'll enjoy using for a good while. When they wear out - fine. There will always be other new stamps sets I'll want to buy and play with!

I never think of my stamps as a collection the way I think of my scrapbooks. For me they are a paper crafting tool that will eventually 1)wear out or 2) I'll get tired of it and will no longer use it.

Rather than only buying "high quality" stamps - I focus on the designs and how much use I will get out of them when I purchase stamps. I personally feel I get more enjoyment for my stamping $$ that way!

However, if I look at my stamps as a formal "collection" I'd approach it differently.

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Posted: 4/25/2013 12:59:35 PM
I have never really been into stamping, but this year I thought "It's been 3 years of Project Life, let's make this year fancy!" so I got a stamp set from Amazon (for the life of me I can remember which one, it has a camera, banner and a couple small things), an alpha set from Michael's and I signed up for the Studio Calico PL kit. All of my stamps seem really difficult to get off of the backing but they also stick pretty solid to my acrylic block. I will admit that I have worried that they will rip.

Have you tried spray can adhesive? It should give a semi-permanent stick.

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Posted: 4/25/2013 5:43:41 PM
In the store, it doesn't say whether or not the stamps are photopolymer or made of another material. Does anyone know how to tell? Most just say "clear".



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Posted: 4/25/2013 10:08:18 PM
I think I used undo once to get a really stuck on stamp off the sheet.


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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:16:09 AM
I read on a message board at least a couple years ago to always remove your stamps from their backing sheet as soon as you buy them.

This is supposed to make them easier to remove at a later date. You can just place them back on their original backing sheets or whatever method of storage you use.

I didn't know to do this and I had several sets that were really hard to get off the backer sheets...I tore a couple trying to get them off.

I started doing this with the ones I had in my stash and new sets as I've bought them. It really seems to have helped.

I've also learned to slightly sand the stamp or to rub a white art eraser over the stamp to give it some tooth to take the ink better.

I've also found that inks make a lot of difference...sometimes I can get a clear image with one kind of ink but can't with another.

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Posted: 4/26/2013 8:26:25 AM
I'm a bit worried reading this. I have a few, okay quite a few sets that I have not used yet.
I bought them a few years ago so I shall pull them out tomorrow and see if they will come off their backing. Hope so!

I guess it's a good reminder to actually USE my stamps.

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Posted: 4/26/2013 8:47:52 AM
Usually if a clear stamp is not sticking to the block or the carrier sheet, you can wash them in dishwashing soap (not dishwasher soap) and lay them out to dry. Many suggest the blue Dawn liquid, but just use the Ajax that I have. Do not use anything to dry them as it will pick up lint. If you have a bunch of tiny stamps, put them in a colander first so as not to lose them down the drain. The stamps pick up oil from your hands, etc., and they just need a good cleaning. If that doesn't work, you can put a little alcohol on them. But, do not put alcohol on your clear blocks as it will cause fine hairline cracks in the block.



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Posted: 4/26/2013 9:44:20 AM
suni19, thanks for the advice about removing the stamps from their backing. I am going to try this from now on. My only problem is that I did this last month with an Anna Griffin background stamps set since I noticed they were so hard to pull off the backing. I checked them today and surprisingly, they were a bit hard to pull off. Nothing like when I first removed them, but definitely not easy. I guess time will tell. I have noticed that some companies have this more than others. It seems that most are made overseas but I'm scared that others have mentioned that it has happened to even US made photopolymer stamps.


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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:30:32 AM
My stamps have been stuck in a drawer mocking me for the last month or two - this post is really making me want to get off my duff and pull those out and get them used before the deteriorate too much!

I think I might also have to print out this thread and stick it in with my basket of stamps for future reference - Thanks for the good advice




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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:42:21 AM
I ran into this last weekend with a cheap set I picked up years ago at BL. The stamp I was trying to get off the backing ripped in half, so I just threw the whole set away.

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Posted: 4/26/2013 6:40:27 PM
Yep, I've had quite a few of the $1 stamps do this. It's so irritating, esp. when I actually liked the stamp.

Right now, my favorite companies are Lawn Fawn and Stampendous. Totally Stampalicious is also an excellent company for stamps.

I can tell the difference between photopolymer and clear acrylic/silicone or whatever else is used.

Photopolymer stamps are thicker and they don't stretch like acrylic ones do. Photopolymer stamps seem to take any ink no matter what you use. Both kinds lose their stickiness at some point but just use mild soap and water to wash.

I know for sure that Lawn Fawn's stamps are photopolymer (says on the package and the owner says so in her videos. Her stamps are thicker than the acrylic ones. I do not work for Lawn Fawn (though I think I should be her salesperson b/c I truly LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their stamps. I do say that they stamp beautifully, each and every single time I use them. Every single stamp of theirs is perfect. Doesn't matter what ink you use, they still stamp perfectly.

I do believe that Stampendous and Hero Arts are also photopolymer stamps too.

The acrylic/silicone stamps would be like KI Memories, Studio G, Hampton Art and I think probably TPC are also acrylic stamps. I don't think ALL acrylics are horrible though. Some still stamp out decently. However, I have to say that Lawn Fawn has the best quality of any stamp I've ever tried (and I think they are inexpensive for the quality too). I've sold about 1/2 the stamps I had in order to buy all of Lawn Fawn's stamps b/c I truly love them that much.


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