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Old 03-29-2007, 05:24 PM   #1  
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I have just invested in a couple of sets of acrylic stamps -- they are fun! And it's nice to be able to see where your stamping, since I'm too impatient to get the Stampamajig out.
That said, it's a little anxiety provoking when I peel these stamps off their clear plastic backing. I feel like I'm stretching them out of shape. You really have to pull them off!
Can I really damage them or stretch them or are they pretty tough?
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Sadly, I have had one tear; I really like wood mounted better, partly for that reason. I don't see that they stretch, though. You just have to be careful when peeling them off both the packaging and the block. But when you find a stamp set you love, you have to get it regardless of its' contruction! That is why I have both clear and wood mounted.
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I have just invested in a couple of sets of acrylic stamps -- they are fun! And it's nice to be able to see where your stamping, since I'm too impatient to get the Stampamajig out.
That said, it's a little anxiety provoking when I peel these stamps off their clear plastic backing. I feel like I'm stretching them out of shape. You really have to pull them off!
Can I really damage them or stretch them or are they pretty tough?
Depends on the quality of the material they are made from. I do tend to be a little more "gentle" when removing clear stamps from the carrier sheet . . .

Good quality photopolymer is pretty durable, and thicker. It has a durameter and consistency most akin to real rubber. However, it can't typically take certain heat intense techniques in the same way that good quality real rubber can, so you'll find it can't be used for certain things.

For the most part, very cheapy type clear stamps are made of vinyl, seem to have little "substances" to them and, well, you can just kinda tell from the feel and softness of clear stamps made from cheaper grade material . . .

Like most things, depending on the price you paid, you pretty much get what you pay for as far as quality/durability goes.

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I know for sure My Sentiments Exactly and Gel-a-tins stand behind their stamps. If an MSE stamp rips, you can send them the stamp and they will send you a replacement. Gel-a-tins will even replace a lost stamp from a set! That's cool!
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I have had no problems with Clearly Wordsworth, Papertreyink, Technique Tuesday, Amuse Arts , Rubber Soul, Autumn Leaves and others. Oh, I have to stop buying them!!
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I know for sure My Sentiments Exactly and Gel-a-tins stand behind their stamps. If an MSE stamp rips, you can send them the stamp and they will send you a replacement. Gel-a-tins will even replace a lost stamp from a set! That's cool!

One or two of my new sets are My Sentiments Exactly - the others are Wordsworth (yes, I've been using my coupons
It's good to hear good things about at least one of the manufacturers!

Thanks to all for sharing your experience!
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How do you get your clear stamps from turning yellow? The funniest thing with mine is that when I used my black stampin spot to ink it up, it didn't turn yellow, but as soon as I used my full sized pad, it did! Go figure! Any clues as to why this would happen and the cure would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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How do you get your clear stamps from turning yellow? The funniest thing with mine is that when I used my black stampin spot to ink it up, it didn't turn yellow, but as soon as I used my full sized pad, it did! Go figure! Any clues as to why this would happen and the cure would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Clear stamps can stain, just like rubber stamps and sometimes one ink color will stain your stamps but it stains it a different color (like red will stain pink, etc) but light, sunlight and fluorescent especially, can turn your stamps yellow, so storing them out of direct light is the best way to prevent this from happening. Keep in mind though that yellowing and staining for that matter will not effect how your stamp will stamp
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