Let me know if you have any questions or if there is something in particular you want me to show you, I know a few friends have asked me about showing the big shot and what do we do with it, and when to use the different platforms, so I will be doing a series about the big shot as well soon.. 🙂
Type of stamps : Clear-mount and wood-mount and Photopolymer
I think I get most of the questions regarding Clear-mount stamps, please know that these are the ones we mount on the acrylics, but the stamp type is exactly the same as the wood-mount, it is the red rubber stamp, you cannot see thru the stamp, and it allows a really good image when stamping, it has a foam cushion built in, whether it is the wood-mount or the clear-mount, which helps in the stamping process.
Some things to consider.. you might want to cut the edges of the red rubber stamps so that you don’t get “unwanted shadows” when stamping, for clear mount, you might not want to put the stickers on the foam part, I found that for TX if I put the sticker, my stamp would not cling as well to the acrylic block as when they don’t have the sticker, if you however want to add the sticker, you might want to add some non permanent glue, so they cling better to the acrylic block.. also be sure to always clean your acrylic blocks, if there is grease on it, sometimes stamps will not cling as well..
As far as storage of Stampin’ Up! stamps sets, the wood-mount stamps comes in a thicker case as it needs to fit the stamps and the wood blocks, and the clear-mount stamps comes in a DVD-like box, so it is thinner and it is more convenient for me, as I don’t have much space in my stamping room, so also consider the space that you have for storing your stamps.. 🙂 like I mentioned in my video, I truly prefer the clear-mount stamps over the wood-mount.
Finally there is the photopolymer stamp sets, these are the clear stamps and you can see thru the stamps, so when positioning in a stamping project is key, this would be the prefer option, Stampin’ Up! has been great about this, as most of the two-step stamps are now being manufactured in photopolymer, making your cardmaking experience so much easy, as in the past we would need to use tools like the Stamp-a-magic, which honestly I loved using, but it was not everyone’s cup of tea 😉
Things to consider on the photopolymer type of stamps is that they get stained as you used them, no matter how well or soon after using them you clean them, this is totally normal, there will be some left over stain to the stamp, however this will not impact in no way your future projects with this stamp, it will always stamp in the color you are inking, I really don’t mind this natural staining but I know some people get really bugged when the stamp look brown-ish, just know they show how well loved they are 🙂