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  stamped 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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