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