S/O--How do "cling" stamps work?
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Posted: 7/29/2011 8:02:36 AM
Probably a dumb question; but I've seen a lot of cling sets I like, but I'm not sure exactly how they work. Do you need anything special? Or, do they just stick on an acrylic block?

When I started stamping years ago I used the SU stamps on the wood blocks. I got tired of having to find space to store them. When I started stamping again I swore to no more wood, and use the acrylic. I did buy a couple of the SU stamps recently that store in the CD cases and stick them on the acrylic blocks. Are those considered cling?

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Posted: 7/29/2011 8:06:25 AM
Natalie,

Yes, you have it correct!!! Those clear ones you are using are considered cling.

The red rubber cling work just like clear ones with an acrylic block. LOVE my red rubber cling stamps!!

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Posted: 7/29/2011 8:14:10 AM

Yes, you have it correct!!! Those clear ones you are using are considered cling.

The red rubber cling work just like clear ones with an acrylic block. LOVE my red rubber cling stamps!!


Thanks so much! I don't know how I didn't put the 2 together and realize that's what I was using with my SU stamps.

I have to admit that while I do love a lot of acrylic stamps, I think there's a big difference in how the red rubber stamps. IMO you get a much cleaner and crisper image. Maybe I just haven't perfected stamping with the clear. I think because I always stamped with the red rubber, I'm used to putting a lot of force on the stamp and with the acrylics I tend to smoosh my images, and end up stamping a few times before I get a good image.


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Posted: 7/29/2011 8:23:27 AM
I feel exactly the same way!!!!

I am totally in love with my Unity stamps. And I can't seem to find anything to compare them to....and I think it's the red rubber!!! Plus the images/sayings I LOVE!


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Posted: 7/29/2011 9:12:54 AM
I, too, get better impressions from rubber stamps. I think I might have a heavy hand with the photopolymer/acrylic stamps. And I even have some of the "good" clear stamps; so I don't think it's quality.

SU calls their cling stamps "clear stamps" for some reason. Even as a demo, I think that's not quite accurate because to me, clear means you can see through the whole stamp, like the acrylic stamps.

The one thing about unmounted rubber stamps is that some companies even sell "bare rubber" which is quite literally just the red rubber. No cushioning, no cling, no nothing. To use these, either you put them on cling foam yourself (you can buy just the cling foam) or you use something like Alene's Tack It Over so it'll stick to your acrylic block.

Unity and SU only sell stamps with cling foam, but if you buy online from other companies, you may see this as an option in some places.

And, a lot of people dislike having the wood stamps as well so they unmount them and put them on cling foam as well. I'm tempted to do that for some of my SU sets. I try to buy cling but some sets only come in wood.



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Posted: 7/29/2011 9:17:52 AM

SU calls their cling stamps "clear stamps" for some reason. Even as a demo, I think that's not quite accurate because to me, clear means you can see through the whole stamp, like the acrylic stamps.


Maybe that's where my confusion came in.


The one thing about unmounted rubber stamps is that some companies even sell "bare rubber" which is quite literally just the red rubber. No cushioning, no cling, no nothing. To use these, either you put them on cling foam yourself (you can buy just the cling foam) or you use something like Alene's Tack It Over so it'll stick to your acrylic block.


I think this is what I thought cling stamps were, which is why I stayed away from them, because I didn't want to have to go through the work.

Is it a good thing or a bad thing to know cling stamps work by just sticking on my blocks? I think I just opened myself up to an entire new world of stamps.


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Posted: 7/29/2011 2:38:07 PM
Hero Arts and A Muse Studio are two more companies that offer cling/clear mount stamps. (Hero right here at twopeas.)


SU calls their cling stamps "clear stamps" for some reason. Even as a demo, I think that's not quite accurate because to me, clear means you can see through the whole stamp, like the acrylic stamps.


This confused me too for a while but then I realized that Stampin' Up! actually refers to theirs as "clear mount" because the block/mount is clear...versus the traditional wood mount. (Some SU demonstrators do mistakenly use the terms clear/cling interchangably...that's what's confusing...but the catalog refers to this correctly as clear-mount.)

And because it's not all confusing enough...some companies that actually do make clear stamps call them acrylic stamps...which they are not. The blocks are acrylic. Not the stamps. The stamps are made of photopolymer. Figure that out!









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Posted: 7/29/2011 3:09:19 PM

And because it's not all confusing enough...some companies that actually do make clear stamps call them acrylic stamps...which they are not. The blocks are acrylic. Not the stamps. The stamps are made of photopolymer. Figure that out!


Ha--I keep calling them acrylic also.

Thanks for the stamp lessons ladies; I always learn something here at 2Peas.


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Posted: 7/29/2011 4:13:02 PM
I love these stamps and love the way they stamp! I have been building up my stash of these lately. Unity is my fave right now.


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Posted: 7/29/2011 7:24:24 PM
Something a lot of folks talk about with cling stamps is cleaning clean stamps to keep their clingy-ness.
Just a little tip: Be sure to wash your blocks, too.
I was never good at that. Started doing it regularly about a year ago and have had much better success in keeping cling stamps in good clingy shape.

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Posted: 7/29/2011 8:36:56 PM
As fiddlerontheroof mentioned, there are companies that sell bare rubber. They are called unmounted rubber and usually come in sheets of images that you cut apart. It is a GREAT way to save money on stamps. And it's super easy to prepare them.

I use a clean, unused pizza box (I belonged to the kit club-Club Scrap for years and they always sent their kits in pizza boxes. They do sell clean, empty pizza boxes on their site),and I prepare the bottom by painting a layer of glue from Alene's Tack it Over and Over glue. I let that dry overnight. Then I take the sheet of rubber and cut the images out. Next I place the images image side down inside the pizza box. Then I cover the back side of the cut apart images with the same tack it over and over glue with a paint brush. Closing the box keeps them clean and cat hair free, at least in this house. I let those dry overnight and voila in the morning I have several new stamps. To use I simply slap them on an acrylic block-no foam needed. To store I put them on an office style 8 1/2 x 11 page protector with a sheet of white paper stored in the page protector. On the opposite side I'll place the image sheet that came with the stamps. These are all stored in a binder.

I too much prefer rubber to clear stamps.

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