More Jack Frost and Dealing With a Problem Stamp

Jack Frost Window

(Window: Frost (branches) & Jack Frost (elf) – Magenta, Stampington & Co.)

Another Take on a Jack Frost Window Card, Dealing With a Problem Stamp, Stamp Cleaners and Inkpads. Whew!

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Stamp Cleaners: Dauber vs Spray Bottles

Stamp Cleaner Bottles

I spent yesterday doing geeky website stuff that you don’t want to hear about. (Trust me, you don’t. I swear it turned my brain into mush.) By 2:30 I realized that my now barely-functioning brain was probably no longer able to work on anything remotely geeky, so I returned to STAMPING! Yes!

Over on VSN’s Facebook page, Amy asked me about how I cleaned the Stewart Superior India Ink Black off my stamps after I used it recently for my stamp post about how the same image looked ┬ástamped on different cardstocks/papers. And that got me to thinking about the stamp cleaner I’ve been using lately.

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Temporary Stamp Mounting

Mounting Stamp Dies on EZ Mount

Oh, the treasures you can find when you clean up your stamp room!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sorting through and rearranging my stamp area, a little at a time. In the process, I pulled out more still-unmounted stamps purchased via mail and at conventions YEARS ago than I want to admit. (Too many grab bags!)

Some of them I have actually used via the cheater’s temporary stamp mounting method: slap some double-faced tape on an acrylic block, stick the unmounted die in place and then stamp. It works, but it’s not the best way to do things, as you can get less than wonderful impressions.

But there were some stamps that had never touched ink. Plus, my unmounted stamps were stored in a different place than my mounted stamps, so I tended to use the same mounted stamps all the time, neglecting my unmounteds. Determined to correct this, I ordered five sheets of EZ Mount cushion from my local supply source (Nona’s Designs here in Maryland who ships fast) and then spent many hours over several days mounting stamp dies on cushion.

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Cleaning Up the Aftermath

Messy Craft Area

The past few months have been really busy. I wrote three eArticles back-to-back-to-back without a break in between. (“Specialty Card Folds”, “Choosing Color For Stamped Cards” and “Brayer Techniques For Stampers”) After working pretty much non-stop, this is what my stamping area looked like this morning. I wish I could say that this was the full extent of the mess, but this is only about a quarter of the area that looked just like this. Sigh. Yes, I am a slob when I am in creative mode!

But, this week is an in-between week. I’m still trying to decide whether it is worth taking the time to do the extra 99cent eArticles in between the regular free eArticles, so I took this week off to do other things, catch up and give some thought to eArticles to come.

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Spring Stamp Cleaning

inky stamps that need cleaningIt’s Time . . . sigh . . . I am embarrassed to show you this picture really, but these are the stamps I needed to clean today. I always have good intentions to clean my stamps immediately after use, but the reality is that the only stamps I clean right away are usually, 1) the one I need to stamp right away in a different color or a different type of ink, or 2) stamps with acrylic paint on them. (You never want to let acrylic paint dry on a stamp; it’ll create a permanent paint coat over the rubber.)

I’d like to say that I clean my stamps after each project . . . or at least once a week . . . or at least once a month. But I don’t. Usually I am so excited with whatever project I’m working on that I stamp it, set the inky stamp aside, go write about the project, and then forget about the stamp until I’m faced with the cluttered surface of my stamping area the next time I want to stamp. I’ve gotten pretty good about stacking inky stamps with the ink sides together so that I don’t get ink on the index side of the mount or on the table, but eventually, like today, I’m out of space and have to clean the stamps so I can put them away. Continue reading Spring Stamp Cleaning