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Old 07-06-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Because of space (i.e., lack of), I put my ink in a drawer so that its standing on its back end with the colored label up. Is this something that will cause it to leak out or dry up? Here's a pic.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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That would be a question you should ask your demonstrator.
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My guess is that all the ink would end up on the 'down' side of the pad. SU! recommends laying them flat.
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Ink is liquid. I think it would run down to the end of the pad.
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I really would lay them flat.
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That would be a question you should ask your demonstrator.

I'm laughing because I am a demonstrator (kinda new). I'm trying to separate SU! from everything else and I'm just stuck. Thankfully, I have my own space but it is filled to the ceiling. All craft stuff!

I figured over a period of time it would start to seep out, just wondered if anyone else has tried it successfully.
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I'm laughing because I am a demonstrator (kinda new). I'm trying to separate SU! from everything else and I'm just stuck. Thankfully, I have my own space but it is filled to the ceiling. All craft stuff!

I figured over a period of time it would start to seep out, just wondered if anyone else has tried it successfully.
Plus once you grab an ink pad to stamp, the ink will not be distributed evenly over the ink pad.
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Do not store them this way! I have had them leak. Talk about a mess!
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In the picture, it looks like you have the box that they came in...do you? I have seen people keep them in the box and just stand it on end. You could cut out cardboard to keep them separate, like little shelves....might even be able to use the flaps from the box itself. Does that make sense? To cut the flaps off so it is just an open box
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In the picture, it looks like you have the box that they came in...do you? I have seen people keep them in the box and just stand it on end. You could cut out cardboard to keep them separate, like little shelves....might even be able to use the flaps from the box itself. Does that make sense? To cut the flaps off so it is just an open box
No, they are sitting directly in the drawer and not in the box. Since first posting, I've laid them back flat. Now I have to go back to sifting through them to see the colors. I think I'll eventually have to buy something more suitable. A lot of the colors are retired but my definition of 'retired' is not working any more. There's still ink, so they are still working.
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If you don't want to buy the color caddy, see if you can find an old cassette tape holder. You could either just stand it up or mount it on the wall.
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I have a customer who stores them that way and she's been stamping much longer than me. I guess it can work, but if one person says they had it leak...well, that would be my luck! I keep them flat in an old wooden soda crate (ok, three soda crates). If you would try that, take an ink pad with you to the antique mall or flea market and test it in every square.... I have one crate that is warped. You would look for the crates that have 12 spaces for "family sized" bottles, not 16 spots. Also, some crates work horizontally, others vertically. They can mount to a wall, if someone in your house is hardware savvy.

I have a picture from before my third crate.
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Thats a neat way to store them!
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Here is a cheap storage solution for you:
Rebel Inker: An inkpad holder for $6?
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Or this one:
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I'm laughing because I am a demonstrator (kinda new). I'm trying to separate SU! from everything else and I'm just stuck. Thankfully, I have my own space but it is filled to the ceiling. All craft stuff!

I figured over a period of time it would start to seep out, just wondered if anyone else has tried it successfully.
You should join the SCS demo forum - great resource of information just for demos.

Next - All stamp pads should be stored flat to make sure the ink is evenly distributed across the pad and to prevent leaking.

Keep pads out of direct sun or away from a heat source so they don't dry out as fast.

Retired (per SU) is that they are no longer available in the catalog or up to a year after a mini-catalog if not carried over. Demos still use retired products but not for events where you plan to sell because customers will want to use what you have and you won't have any way to sell them products that are no longer available. I use retired products in my classes so my customers have new ideas to use what they already have.

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Next - All stamp pads should be stored flat to make sure the ink is evenly distributed across the pad and to prevent leaking.

Keep pads out of direct sun or away from a heat source so they don't dry out as fast.

Retired (per SU) is that they are no longer available in the catalog or up to a year after a mini-catalog if not carried over. Demos still use retired products but not for events where you plan to sell because customers will want to use what you have and you won't have any way to sell them products that are no longer available. I use retired products in my classes so my customers have new ideas to use what they already have.

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Thanks so much for the info. I actually am on the demo forum and didn't think to post there. I was in such a tizzy because my studio was a total disaster area and I needed to get it done to begin working on cards. And....Saturday's are my day to cook (UGH!). The day just seemed to be going downhill. After pouting about my husband NOT cooking (that's his job) and explaining to him my dilemma with my ink pads, he went to the attic (read: grown kids storage area) and brought down from his pile of "please can we throw it away now" a tape cassette holder. I made cardboard shelves suggested here and voile!

Then.....went out to eat! Perfect ending!
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My ink pads have been standing on their sides for years and I have never had any problems.
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I've always stored my ink pads laying upside down and flat.

From what I understand they should lay flat.
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Ink pads should be stored flat. I have all my ink pads in handy reach just above my counter where I work on my projects. I just took the boxes the ink pads came in and screwed the boxes to the wall. Works perfectly to store them flat. I've used this system of storage for three years now and have never had to replace the boxes. I do have a single foam core one that I made in the same size as the boxes to store my retired ink pads in that I still use. It too, is screwed into the wall right next to the boxes .
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The best money I ever spent was on the caddy. Now, if you fill it, I don't know what you'd do, but I bought the extension for the caddy and still have some slots left so I'm ok for now!
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The best money I ever spent was on the caddy. Now, if you fill it, I don't know what you'd do, but I bought the extension for the caddy and still have some slots left so I'm ok for now!
Me too, I absolutely LOVE mine. Best $$ I spent as well.
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