Tuesday’s Tip #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some different ways of cleaning stamps. For a few reasons it’s always a good idea to take care of your clear, rubber and photopolymer stamps.

*They will be ready for the next project and this ensures that they last longer.

*Clean stamps will not contaminate ink pads with different ink colors.

*Dried inks on stamps can start to clog up parts of a stamp resulting in unclear images.

*Unclean stamps tend to gather dust, lint and dirt.

*Please note: that some stamps do stain especially if an archival or permanent ink is used. If you find that a stamp is stained after cleaning it, please don’t harshly scrub it as this could result in damage. A stamp can be stained but still be perfectly clean.

Regardless of what stamp cleaning method below you find works best for you, have some scrap paper on hand that you can stamp off as much ink as possible before cleaning the stamp thoroughly.

 

 

#1} Stamp Cleaner and Scrubber Mat or Microfibre Cloth

Spray some stamp cleaner onto a scrubber mat that has a pile texture.  The one I use is the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub {Item #126200} ~ this cleans the stamp on one side and dries it on the other. But you can also use the kitchen scrubby pads or microfiber cloths. Just rub the stamp onto the pad or cloth misted with the cleaner and then onto another similar but dry cleaning pad or cloth.

There are many brands of stamp cleaners ~ Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts, Tsukineko, Recollections{Michael’s}, Stampendous, Grandma’s Secret, ScraPerfect, Simon Says Stamp and more. But I like to make my own stamp cleaner. Not only is it so much cheaper than store bought but it conditions the stamps and keeps them from drying out and cracking.

Homemade Stamp Cleaner

You will need: bottled or distilled water, Johnson’s Baby Wash, glycerin, a spray bottle, measuring cup/spoon {optional}. * A bottle with a mister works better than one that sprays hard.

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In a small spray bottle, combine 1 cup of bottled or distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s Baby Wash{for cleaning} and 1 tablespoon of glycerin{for conditioning}. Slowly rock the bottle back and forth to combine and prevent foam. Or, you can mix the ingredients in a measuring cup, stir slowly and pour into the spray bottle. Before using, just give 2 or 3 gentle shakes to combine. *Please note: these amounts can be adjusted depending on the size of the spray bottle you use. I mixed half of this recipe as I use a 4 oz. bottle.

 

#2} Soapy Water

Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water but be sure to use a mild soap. Dip the stamp into the bowl to dampen the rubber portion, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. If the ink is fresh and not dry, it will wash right off. However, dried ink may require a gentle scrub with a cloth or soft toothbrush. *Please note: that washing stamps this way can loosen the adhesive of the rubber portion from a wooden block stamp so dip only the rubber part of the stamp and dry immediately.

 

#3} Baby or Hand Wipes

These are such a handy item to have on hand for many types of crafting. You can also use them for cleaning your stamps and acrylic blocks. Wipes are safest when they do not contain alcohol and only work on water based ink not permanent ink.

 

No matter what method of stamp cleaning you find works best, it’s always a good idea to check the stamp for lint or fuzz after cleaning. A stamp that has these particles on it will not stamp cleanly ~ ink sticks to them and will show up on your stamped image which is very frustrating. If you find anything stuck to your stamp, use a piece of tape. The “sticky” on the tape will remove dust, hairs or lint from the stamp. So getting into the habit of checking your stamps for this is a good thing 🙂

*No matter how you clean your stamps, it is always a good idea to always let the stamp air dry before putting it back in its designated storage container.

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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