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Old 08-30-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Question HELP! Compressed foam under rubber image!

I have a lovely birthday stamp but somehow the foam backing under a portion of the rubber has been compressed so that the edge of the image does not stamp well. This is a black, rather dense foam mounted on wood. Do any of you stampers have a fix for this--short of removing the red rubber and remounting on new foam. Would applying heat from my embossing tool do the trick? Thanks for any help. Ris
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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Sometimes I have a stamp that is indented on the edge. Since I have always been too lazy to try to find a (better) remedy for this, I have always just used a pen to mark the indented area on the image sticker, so that whenever I go to use the stamp, I'm reminded that I must "rock" the stamp that way to compensate for the dip.
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Ris, has it always been compressed or did something happen to your stamp to compress it? I've had problems when mounting rubber stamps to wood blocks when I accidently placed the stamp down in a way that made part of the foam squished but I was able to pull up the rubber and re-lay it down and it fixed itself. I'm not sure if in your case, microwaving your stamp so you can unmount/remount the foam and rubber will work.
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Thanks, Sophie--I have done a similar thing when an image is not mounted straight...use a Sharpie to mark an arrow on the wood in the direction I need to move it to compensate. The compression on the foam is not too-too bad, and I tried my embossing tool on it and think it raised it up a bit. I guess my next step is to ink -> stamp and see how it looks. May have to use your rocking technique. Happy stamping!
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Jennifer--I think that it got compressed when in a bag with some other stamps awaiting a permanent home while I re-organize my space. As I was telling Sophie (above), I think having used the heat from my embossing tool may have helped a bit, but I haven't stamped with it yet. If it isn't too bad, maybe gently rocking it,as Sophie suggested, might suffice. Thank you for your help.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:13 AM   #6
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My SU Dasher stamp was that way.
After much fiddling to try to correct it I finally carefully removed the red rubber from the foam and re-mounted it with new EZ Mount. Problem solved. Next time this happens I will spare myself all the fiddling and just re-mount the rubber

If you order from Gina K she sells EZ mount and I think you can order it by the sheet to have on hand to fix problems
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My SU Dasher stamp was that way.
After much fiddling to try to correct it I finally carefully removed the red rubber from the foam and re-mounted it with new EZ Mount. Problem solved. Next time this happens I will spare myself all the fiddling and just re-mount the rubber
I agree. It's better just to peel off the stamp, toss the wood and the foam and mount it on EX Mount. Squished foam can turn into ripped or flaky foam so it's better to just get rid of it.
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