Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rubber Stamps and their Mountings

I'm often asked Why, How and What when it comes to our crafting tools.  I adore our Rubber Stamps.  They come in three types and each have their own mountings.  There are benefits to them all.  See this post and Video Tutorial and determine what types of stamps that YOU want. (Leave me a comment on what type is your favorite and why)

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There are Three Types of Stamps.. with Wood Mounted Rubber, Clear Mounted Rubber and Photopolymer that are Mounted on our Clear Stamps.. you have to wonder Why you want them, Which you want and How to take care of them.   Here you go - lol.

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Wood Mounted Stamps are our top quality Rubber Stamps that are mounted on Wood.  Easy and you never have to look for a block to mount them they are sturdy and easy to travel (all in one box).  They do store more than 2x the space of our Clear and Photopolymer Stamps.  They are also a little more pricey as they include the mounting block with each stamp set you order.  

I like them for small sayings so that I don't have to search for a different block.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes and And Many More stamp sets are what I love in Wood Mounted.
Photopolymer stamps are clear and have special care needed but are clear and use the Clear Blocks.  See This Post from Last Week on the care and benefits of these great stamps. They are the least expensive to purchase.
Photopolymer stamps are clear so the benefits are great.  They can line up letters to create words or multiple stamps to create a new stamp image.

Clear Mounted Stamps are our Rubber Stamps with a cling type image.  This cling will adhere to the Clear Blocks we own.  I am partial to these as I love the ease and versatility of our Rubber Stamps (such amazing quality and no real limitations).
Our Rubber is a high cut image so it gives you an amazing stamped quality every time!
We carry many types of Clear Blocks.  I love that we have a great Storage Caddy that keeps them at hand and organized (it also shows me when one is MIA - lol).
I own 5 sets of blocks due to the amount of classes I give and my crafting addiction.  One set is perfect for most crafters.  We have the full set of 9 or a mini set of three but you can purchase them individually.  
When they get dirty or stained... So our Clear Blocks and Wood Mountings will take inks when they apply.  Some will coat their wood with a varnish to create easy wipe off but I don't much care about my Wood Mountings.

Taking our Cleaners - we have two types of Stamp Cleaners - they both work with our Stampin' Scrub.  When Stazon ink gets on my block I use the Stazon ink cleaner to remove the ink.

Using Dawn Dish Soap I will clean the blocks and rinse them.  I dry them with a Microfiber cloth (like my Norwex) to sanitize and prepare the surface.  I do this every so often to clean the oils that my hand would have applied.

See this Video Tutorial  on the Types of Rubber Stamps and Mountings:

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There is a Rubber (or Photopolymer) Stamp for EVERY Crafter's needs.  I chose Stampin' Up! for their superb quality in stamps and crafting tools.  I hope this helps with your crafting decisions.  Let me know (with a Comment or Email) if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!!

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