Stamping a Solid Image with Photopolymer Stamps

First, I want to say that I love the Stampin’ Up! polymer stamps. Wood mounted rubber are my favorites, of course, because you pick them up and use them. They’re always ready to go. And I like the feel of the wood. That said, I usually go with clear mount, because they’re easier to store (and less expensive!).

When Stampin’ Up! first announced the photopolymer stamp experiment, I was shocked, to say the least. Our CEO and Co-founder, Shelli Gardner, had always said, “We will never have ….” I’m not sure if she said, “acrylic stamps,” or “clear stamps.” But we’ve learned never to say never, right? And we don’t have acrylic stamps; they’re polymer.

I know a lot of people don’t like them, and that’s ok. But, honestly, they’re lovely, because you can see the ink go on the stamp, you can see where you’re placing the stamp, and you can see the ink come off the stamp and onto the paper. Also, I found out that rubber tends to shrink, and it doesn’t shrink uniformly. So if you have a rubber stamp set with a coordinating punch or framelit, you may notice that they don’t always “fit.” Polymer stamps don’t shrink, so they always fit the framelit.

However (and there’s always a “however!”), sometimes it’s hard to get a good, solid image with them, as you can see from this card a few days ago.

Among the Branches, Stampin' Up!

Well, that’s probably a very bad example, because it turned out ok. But the first two times I stamped it, there were blank spots in the circle. (I threw them away, so you’ll just have to trust me.)

My friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Priscilla Ivler, posted a video showing how to get a perfect solid image. Her tips were so clever and simple, so I begged her for permission to share the video. (Thanks, Priscilla!) Just a side note – if you followed any of the Watercooler Hops, Priscilla is often one of our fellow “hoppers.”

So here’s the video. Hope it helps you as much as it did me!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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