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Posted 8/18/2013 by Rutabagapie in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 8/18/2013 10:22:52 AM
This is kind of a vent/question for all of you. If you're anything like me, you purchase a wide variety of stamps and other product. Many times I buy a stamp set and put them away for a rainy day without even trying them. I know some people use 1 line exclusively, like my cousin for example. She goes to home parties and will only use what she buys there. I get that, but I like to try whatever catches my eye, so that means I try everything.

I'm not going to bring up any brand names, but during this last image swap I ended up using many of my stamps halloween/fall for the first time. One brand in particular (clear) was really on the pricey side. I couldn't believe it, it was like wrestling a bear trying to get the stamps off the packaging!! And then when I used them, I wasn't all that impressed with the image, so I ended up not sharing. It turns out that I've acquired more stamps like that than I'd care to believe!

So, I'm really thinking about doing one big destash and getting rid of product that I'm not happy with. I own maybe 4-5 brands overall that I know the quality is always outstanding. I don't like to pigeonhole myself, but I also don't like spending good money on something that I'm disappointed in.

What do you do when you aren't in love with something or it doesn't meet your expectations? Do you try it right away and return if you don't like? Do you sell on Ebay? Or, maybe keep it and hope you'll end up loving it at a later time?

I'm just venting after realizing some of these great stamps sets I own, aren't so great.


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:20:12 AM
I threw out one horrible set of stamps. If I like the images, I keep the stamps although I know I can only use then with a couple inks.

The clear stamps that aren't photopolymer are known to be lesser quality. I think ppl know which ones they are and it is okay to use the names, IMO. Maybe those companies will think about switching to photopolymer.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:39:09 AM
I don't stick to one brand, there's too many stamps out there I love. I have everything from red rubber, grey rubber, photopolymer and clear(acrylic?) stamps. Some I have defintely stamp better than others. I have a couple of stamps that no matter what I do, it's hard to get a good impression with them. I still have them, probably because I have craft hoarding issues.

Have you tried those stamps with different inks? I have some stamps that work well only with certain types of inks.

Or sometimes if I don't get a good impression or the image stamps poorly I will use a mousepad underneath my paper when I'm stamping.It helps some images .

Another thought would be to maybe contact the company and see if others have had the same issues with the images.

Good luck, that stinks when you spend money on something and it doesnt work.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 12:17:59 PM
I too would not want to limit my choices of stamps. The only way I would sell or even give away a product I couldn't get to work well would be to identify it as such and offered as something that might be recycled into something else.


Here are some notes of previous tips 2 peas shared about using clear stamps.

Clear stamps are not made equal. Clear photopolymer stamps (made in the USA) are top quality ones such as ones sold by Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Stampendous, Crafty Secrets. These are generally identified as photopolymer stamps on the product's website and packaging.

Most other clear stamps will work fine after priming. Recommended methods of priming include: washing in warm soapy water, rubbing with an eraser or across a craft mat, sanding or filing.

Reommended inks: Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks, Versafine Onyx Black

Hope you find a solution that makes you happy.



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Posted: 8/18/2013 12:19:38 PM
Just a thought....
I was surprised to find 2012 MME stamp set at TJMaxx for an extremely low price, however when I opened it, I have to agree, were so hard to peel off. On top of that, when I stamped on with stazon ink, I was disappointed to see the results. It took me couple of tries and a whole lot of weight to press on them to get a good impression. I had a really hard time to clean it off only after the first use. Perhaps there was a reason why the store carried the stamp set in the first place, but I'd like to think the products are not always defective. I have been very pleased with their thickers letters though! I find on occasion.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 12:30:41 PM
Jan, I didn't know that about washing them or sanding them or using an eraser. I will try different inks and see if that works too.

Patty, I've gotten some great deals at TJ Maxx too, a few MME sets (which I haven't tried yet). I hope they work well, but it sounds like you had the same problems I experienced recently.

The brand I'm most disappointed with is Pink Paislee. I bought their "phantom collection", it's $15, and I had a hard time working with them! There's probably 4 or 5 other brands that I discovered aren't very good, but PP was the worst.

I love Hero Arts, Hampton Arts and all the other better brands you've listed. They seem to work with any inks and are so easy to clean and work with.


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 8/18/2013 12:39:16 PM
Oh Yeah, AJ! I find more disappointment with clear stamps than with rubber. Most of my clears have been Raks, but I have purchased a very few. But I have had the occasional rubber purchase that wasn't up to my standard. In those cases I contacted the mfr & shared my concern in a professional manner. The 'good' ones helped me out & even replaced a stamp or two.

With other products--glazes, markers, inks & such? I go to my retailer & explain what has me troubled. Most are happy to help. In fact... The smart retailers want to keep us buying from them & will do their best to have that happen.

Excellent topic, pal!


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Posted: 8/18/2013 1:19:58 PM
I feel your pain!

I very often don't use things right away.

What I do all too often, is keep them. That is starting to haunt me as I really need to pare down. If they cause frustration and make you mad every time you look at them, get rid of them. Donate, and don't waste any more time on them. Do what I say, not what I do!

Confession, I have one really crappy, rubber stamp. It is kind of dented on one end. I unmounted it so I could try to get a better image by pressing all over with my fingers. I have a punch that matches it, so I still have the stamp. Hmmm, come to think of it, I have a Christmas sentiment stamp that won't stamp completely without rocking it ... Hmmm, might be empowering to start by trashing those two stamps?

If I throw away two of my rotten stamps, will you throw away two of yours?


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Posted: 8/18/2013 1:33:20 PM
Daniel, I like this idea. I hadn't thought about contacting the mfg. I suppose I should have, but most things I purchase, I use right away. If clothes or shoes don't work, back they go. Household items too.

However, I think I'm turning into a craft hoarder and I tend to put things right into my storage area before trying them. I told DH today, no way am I buying one more thing until I get a handle on this. lol, how many of you think that's going to happen?



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Posted: 8/18/2013 1:36:27 PM
Cindi, I like where you are going with this. I actually love decluttering and have no problem donating things (even if they cost a lot and I never used them). Especially to our local Hospice, all the money goes to taking care of people that can't afford end of life care. It also teaches me a lesson about not buying what I don't need!!

Sometimes it's too much of a pain to Ebay, so maybe it's time to just get rid of one little box of stuff in my craft room, just to see how it feels. I bet there are plenty of teens or beginnig stampers out there that wouldn't care they have to pull the stamps off with pliers! And then I can use my limited space for what I really love.

I'll take your challenge!


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 8/18/2013 1:38:56 PM
Heidi, I'm not even sure what photopolymer is. I haven't paid much attention to the materials the stamps are made of. That's probably my first mistake. I've always purchased on what I think is cute...or worse...what's on sale! lol


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Posted: 8/18/2013 2:09:05 PM
Here's a thread about the same problem. Lots of advice here. I found it when I was searching for a thread about some stamps needing to be cleaned before stamping. Since I seldom use clear stamps, I wasn't sure if you could use sandpaper on them, and someone on this thread says you can.

Ugh! Stupid Stamps!

Other Threads:
Help Blotchy Clear Stamps

Ink Pools on the Stamps

Prepping New Clear Stamps

If you can't get the stamp to accept ink, clean the stamp. If that doesn't work, use an white eraser on it and clean again. If that doesn't work, use a very fine sandpaper, and clean again.

I commiserate with your frustration. I've also had clear stamps stick to the backing and break. I have to really love an image before I buy clear that isn't photopolymer; then I buy it knowing it won't last. Rubber is so much better. You still might have to clean new stamps, but then they work and last just about forever.

I started this post a long time ago, then got called away and forgot to come back. In the meantime, you have probably received lots more advice. I'm posting this now while I'm thinking about it. Then I'll check the other responses

HTH.
Daria

ETA:
I see lots of good advice on this post. I think you're good to go. I wouldn't donate the stamp that is driving you crazy. You might turn off a newby stamper for all time. lol.

djc

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Posted: 8/18/2013 3:55:03 PM
How frustrating! I definitely back the idea of trying different inks, though. Weird how that can make such a difference even among quality inks.

If all else fails, my recommendation would be to hand them on to KIDS. My small girls LOVE stamping (surprise, surprise) and really do not care how the image turns out.

So if you know any kids... Or you could donate them to your local preschool. They would probably be fascinated by the fact that they're thin bits of plastic rather than traditional rubber with a handle. Preschools are always looking for different experiences for their kids.


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Posted: 8/18/2013 7:28:02 PM

I'll take your challenge!


Hey Rutabagapie! Thanks! I need a partner in this. I have a very hard time purging stamps. I found the Christmas sentiment ... it's such a nice sentiment, I'm having a hard time ditching it ... so ... for now, I dismounted it from the wood. I think the problem was that the foam was not big enough for the stamp (and it's not one I mounted myself). I'm going to give it one more chance. I coated the back with Aleene's Tack it Over & Over and I'll try it on an acrylic block. But, to be fair ... I found another stamp and I promise it is in the trash. A kiddie stamp made of very hard, cheap rubber that I tried to salvage by mounting it on wood with double stick tape.

I looked for the dented flower with matching punch and can't find it. Hmm, did I really get rid of it already? I'll find a substitute stamp to donate or trash.

Phew! It's still not easy!


Cindi



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Posted: 8/18/2013 11:40:15 PM
Hey Cindi, awesome start! I'm all for giving things a second life or chance if it becomes functional. Sounds like that kiddie stamp had no hope so good to get rid of!

I'm getting rid of two Halloween sets. Neither one came off the packaging without a tremendous amount of effort. Where's the fun in that? That's a start, truth be told though, I probably have 20 or more that should go. I only want to work with tools that are enjoyable to use!



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Posted: 8/19/2013 3:14:35 AM
I love the wrestling a bear analogy. I busted up laughing. I rather wrestle a bear than try to get some of those clear stamps off their backing.

I always get rid of products I am not happy with. Nothing will drain your creative energy than working with products you give the evil side eye too every time you see them.

I do try my items right away. I will return it if I am not happy with it.

I have a lot of creative things I love to do. That means a lot of supplies. I also detest hoarding. I had to grow up in a home of clinical hoarders like the Hoarders show. If I don't like something in my home then it goes to somebody who will. I only keep items in my art studios that I love and inspire me.



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Posted: 8/22/2013 10:49:10 AM
I had the wrestling a bear happen with some clear stamps and actually ripped one of them. I contacted the manufacturer and sent a photo of the torn stamp and they replaced the set. I think sometimes things happen that they become aware of but really can't do anything about and they are happy to help. I was really pleased, anyway!


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Posted: 8/22/2013 2:34:58 PM
I have only had trouble with CTMH stamps wanting to stick to the plastic like it has been cemented down. I also don't like the smell the stamps put off. I do love the designs so it's a ying and yang thing I guess.

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Posted: 8/23/2013 9:00:39 PM
I make and sell cards at some local markets during the season. If I buy sets of items and then realize I am not going to use them or they are not what I want we have a local facebook craft selling site in our city. I can post the item and usually have them sold in a day or two. Check that out for yourself.

Iam sorry that some items are not meeting your expectations.

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