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Posted 11/26/2012 by serenitysmom in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:31:16 PM
Huh?? I bought another set of AC stamps and just noticed that on the back it says to rub them with an eraser before using them...

so here are my questions:
Why? and What kind of eraser?

I have always stamped them on scrap paper before using, but now I have to "erase" them too? Stamping is too much work!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:38:27 PM
I think it helps especially on cheaper stamps, but it is a pain. I've always used what ever kind of eraser is around.. pink.. white.. whatever.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:43:35 PM
I've never done it with any stamps. But I use pigment inks, which stick better anyway.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:49:45 PM
I used the big pink easer cause that's what I have for my kids. Worked great!! I don't think it won't would matter.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:07:22 PM
I've used a big pink eraser, or a regular pencil-top eraser. Just rub it over the stamp before using for the first time. Not every time you use it.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:25:28 PM
I go over them with very fine black sand paper. Seems to do the same thing and is much quicker.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:27:15 PM
I've heard of uding white erasers with the cheaper clear stamps so that they stamp better.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:53:55 PM
OK, thanks everybody! I have a bunch of pencil top erasers, so I guess one night while I'm watching TV, I'll start eraser-ing all of my stamps...
you know, those stamps I never use, but want them to be ready just in case!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:43:26 PM
I use an emery board when a stamp doesn't give me a clear image. I rub it gently over the stamp. I use the less abrasive side of the board.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:13:26 PM
It is a way to "prime" new stamps so the ink doesn't bead up on the slick surface. Sometimes manufacturing leaves a residue also, which this takes care of too. You only need to do it once, when they are new . And really if you use them and get a clear image, don't bother.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:43:44 PM
I buy A LOT of stamps of all kinds and I have never done this.

It's probably an ok idea, but I, too, use them on scrap paper a couple of times if the ink beads up on them.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:30:13 AM
i use a white eraser. i have noticed that it helps a bit with the image!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:51:01 PM
I've heard to do this on the clear stamps with a white eraser, then cover with clear Versamark ink & allow to dry. Keeps them from staining with pigment ink, and helps adherence of dye-based ink. Have you tried posting this question in the stamping forum here? There are some really knowledgeable peas on that side of the forums. Of course, that doesn't mean that they'll all agree on one answer, being peas and all....


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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:55:10 PM
I use a white eraser on mine, but only when it seems necessary. I usually only have to do it with $1 stamps and occasionally acrylic stamps. I don't usually bother on photopolymer stamps unless they're giving me trouble.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:15:39 PM
I've never even heard of this.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:44:25 PM
I use light sand paper too, and only on new stamps for 1ST use.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 3:20:19 PM
Aren't acrylic stamps photopolymer?



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Posted: 11/28/2012 4:07:39 PM
No, they are two different materials, though both are clear. Acrylic is firmer/harder and has no smell. Photopolymer has a distinct odor especially when you first open a new set, but is much better quality. They hold ink and stamp much more clearly. Photopolymer stamps are usually labeled on the packaging.
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Posted: 11/28/2012 9:11:56 PM

Have you tried posting this question in the stamping forum here? There are some really knowledgeable peas on that side of the forums. Of course, that doesn't mean that they'll all agree on one answer, being peas and all....

I admit it... I forget there are other boards here


No, they are two different materials, though both are clear. Acrylic is firmer/harder and has no smell. Photopolymer has a distinct odor especially when you first open a new set, but is much better quality. They hold ink and stamp much more clearly. Photopolymer stamps are usually labeled on the packaging.

WoW! I really never knew there was a difference, I always thought rubber or clear, of course, I've only ever used about 3 of my stamps, I just think they're pretty sitting on the shelf


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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:25:26 PM
I thought the blocks we stamped with were acrylic. They are indeed firm and don't smell, but I've never seen stamps made from them.

Seriously, I thought people called them acrylic stamps but it was a misnomer.
(ETA:learn something every day, thx Tiffany, see my next post)


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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:34:07 PM
silicone vs photopolymer

thread on splitcoast about photopolymer being superior to acrylic/silicone

best info I've found on photopolymer vs acrylic--ie, don't sand your good photopolymer stamps!!

Huh! Seriously thought stamps were never actually made of acrylic. Interesting that photopolymer is superior. And now it makes sense why my higher quality stamps don't have that 'flat back.' VERY good to know!


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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:42:35 PM
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Posted: 11/29/2012 7:49:48 AM
It's the only way I season clear stamps. Preferably a white art eraser, but in a pinch just a regular pencil eraser will do.



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Posted: 11/29/2012 7:53:02 AM
Learn something new every day.

Can I do it on stamps I've already used or is it only for the brandy new ones?




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Posted: 11/29/2012 9:14:43 AM
I've had good luck simply slapping the new stamp on a clear block then rubbing my stamp over a brown paper bag. It works like the "eraser/sanding" but I don't risk ruining the image by over standing or scuffing up fine lines.

Plus, it's super quick!
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