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Old 09-10-2006, 12:34 PM   #1  
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I'm starting to have a problem with my SU ink pads stamping blotchy. They're not too bad on detail stamps, but more solid stamps look horrible!! I store them upside down, and always have. They don't appear to be needing to be reinked. Any suggestions?
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When you say you store them upside down, what do you mean. The current style of SU pads is designed so that you store them right side UP (because the pad actually flips over and is then stored down). I've had the same set of ink pads for quite some time and so far so good.

However, I've always found that Classic (dye) ink does not cover nearly as well on solid stamps as Craft (pigment) ink. I almost always use craft for my solid images.
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Try reinking...perhaps they are drying out unevenly for some reason?
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Are the stamps themselves new? The solid surface stamps can take a bit to become seasoned.
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I'm starting to have a problem with my SU ink pads stamping blotchy. They're not too bad on detail stamps, but more solid stamps look horrible!! I store them upside down, and always have. They don't appear to be needing to be reinked. Any suggestions?
I would say that a blotchy pad would need to be reinked... if you have the old style pads then they DEFINITELY need re-inking. I reink my pads a few times a year! Dye ink does evaporate over time....
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I have both old and new style pads, and store them so that the ink is down. I'll try reinking. Thanks.
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Are the stamps themselves new? The solid surface stamps can take a bit to become seasoned.
This could definitely be a possibility, as Val says!

You might need to (gently) rough up the surface of your solid stamps, if they're brand new--the release agent from the vulcanizing process sometimes leaves a residue that repels dye inks.

With brand new solid stamps, I rub the surface of the rubber against my jeans, and then actually clean them against my scrub prior to first use. That usually resolves the "blotchy" issues.
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Try "erasing" on the solid stamp to rough it up a little, and it might pick up the ink a little better. My bashful blue does what you're describing, but once I erase a little it helps a ton!
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Totally not new stamps. I'm concerned because it's happening to so many of my ink pads. My craft room is warmer than the rest of the upstairs, so even though I keep the blinds closed, I bet they're drying out. Sigh.
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You're so not gonna believe this, but one stamper I read about in a magazine actually keeps her ink pads in the refrigerator. Says it keeps 'em hydrated and performing beautifully.

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This is my first post here, but I had to say something. I've had the same problem and I've had my ink pad less than 3 months. This happens with classic pads and spots of no particular color on my more solid style stamps. I brought it up to my demo and she thought reinking too, but knew how new my inks are and was puzzled by it. I also tried seasoning the stamps, (rub on jeans, used an eraser and eventually lightly sanded them). No luck. To make matters worse, my friend who just got her new ink yesterday had the same problem.

I've seen a few other posts about this in the past (leading me to seasoning). I think SU may have a real problem with there ink. I'll ask my demo to inquire.
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I just last month filled in my dye ink pad collection by buying 30 more pads. I found right away out of the first five I used they were not only blotchy but three of them were sunken in the middle. I emailed SU and they had nerve enough to say they had never had any complaints...after I read tons of them on these forums. I don't see any point in sending them back since they are all the same...but I'm not happy.
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I wondered if and when this would come up. About 3 weeks ago, my friend got 14 SU classic ink pads. She is having the same problem and they are visibily sunken even before use. She got the same response from SU. Inking did nothing.
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You're so not gonna believe this, but one stamper I read about in a magazine actually keeps her ink pads in the refrigerator. Says it keeps 'em hydrated and performing beautifully.

Boy, no late night snackin without the peepers on! Plus, I can only imagine Jay's expression if I were to do that! I remember leaving a cracked glass piece on top of the ice cream one night and that brought out the rolled eyes!
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I just last month filled in my dye ink pad collection by buying 30 more pads. I found right away out of the first five I used they were not only blotchy but three of them were sunken in the middle. I emailed SU and they had nerve enough to say they had never had any complaints...after I read tons of them on these forums. I don't see any point in sending them back since they are all the same...but I'm not happy.
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Hate to say it, but I got the same response from SU in 2005. I've always had excellent CS from them except for my ink pads. *Sigh*
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You're so not gonna believe this, but one stamper I read about in a magazine actually keeps her ink pads in the refrigerator. Says it keeps 'em hydrated and performing beautifully.

There would be absolutley no room for food in my fridge!! Hmmm.... I think DH would have a cow if I bought a mini fridge for my stamp room. Add that to the new Tonic Cutter, OTT Lite, CHF backgrounders and more that all arrived this week and you just might be reading my Obit!!
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I wondered if and when this would come up. About 3 weeks ago, my friend got 14 SU classic ink pads. She is having the same problem and they are visibily sunken even before use. She got the same response from SU. Inking did nothing.
Oh, count me in!!! I haven't been happy with my ink pads - both classic and craft for quite awhile now. Finally thought, after being here on SCS for a year and checking with my great demo that I was ready to try again and bought two classic ink pads; Cranberry Crisp and Cool Caribbean. My problem, I thought, was that my ink pads were not juicy enough.

The CCrisp is great. The Cool is, pardon the pun; not so cool. I have even used half a bottle of reinker and it is still blotchy, sunken in the middle. I do however use a brayer to get ink to cover my BGs and that's fine - but anything else is not doing well. The newer craft pads purchased right after the change over and the old retired colors have fare much better than the newer colors. I also, live in a warmer climate.

Just gave away my mini fridg to my DH for his office. hmmmmmm I am glad that I am not the only one.
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I'm not calling anyone a liar of course.

I bought a few ink pads when I first started stamping, and loved them. I ended up getting all 4 color families, and everyone is great. There was a little dip in a couple, but the dips were worked out with just general use. Over the past 2 months I've ordered 3 of the ink colors in 3 seperate orders, and all have been great. Just sharing my experience that not all of them are bad.
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sorry, that was supposed to say in colors, not ink colors.
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I own all the inks.. in all the colors... sold MANY inks (I sell a fairly high volume) and I have never had a personal problem or a customer complaint over a standard size classic or craft ink pad.

My suggestion would be to contact your demo or SU if you are unhappy with a product you have purchased. As with any company if you speak to an individual who does not respond appropriately to your customer complaint I would ask to speak to a supervisor. I have never had a product complaint not responded to immediately and with absolute professionalism and resolve.
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I'm not calling anyone a liar of course.

I bought a few ink pads when I first started stamping, and loved them. I ended up getting all 4 color families, and everyone is great. There was a little dip in a couple, but the dips were worked out with just general use. Over the past 2 months I've ordered 3 of the ink colors in 3 seperate orders, and all have been great. Just sharing my experience that not all of them are bad.

When you had one with a dip; did you just use it as is or did you reink right away? I got a black craft ink pad that was so juicy - my stamp could slide over the surface...the cover was all black on the inside. Then, I traded for a vanilla pad here on SCS and it was shrink wrapped but some clear liquid seeped out of the pad and the result was a vanilla pad with no color except on the sponge itself. I have to order refill ink to see how to fix it. Counting the neutral colors and retired colors I have a total of about 100 SU pads classic and craft and more than one in four are like that. Ditto with some of the craft ink spots from last winter's sale.

On the other hand, I purchased craft ink refills that came to me from WI in January and they were cold even after a day sitting on my craft table. I just this month wanted to reink a dry Pixie Pink cpad I received and the ink refill had separated - so much so that all the shaking in the world didn't help. The tip finally was pulled out and at the suggestion from someone on another thread here on SCS - I'm just spreading it over like butter. However, it is liquid with and chunky pieces that resemble melted crayons that I am working with.

So, if you don't mind - could you let me know how often you find you have to reink the colors you use the most and what area of the US you live in - or rather, how cold it get there in the summer?

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I own all the inks.. in all the colors... sold MANY inks (I sell a fairly high volume) and I have never had a personal problem or a customer complaint over a standard size classic or craft ink pad.

My suggestion would be to contact your demo or SU if you are unhappy with a product you have purchased. As with any company if you speak to an individual who does not respond appropriately to your customer complaint I would ask to speak to a supervisor. I have never had a product complaint not responded to immediately and with absolute professionalism and resolve.
The posters above gave me the impression that they are demos. That is my reason for sharing now. I did let the people I purchased from know and have been following their advice about shaking the reinkers, etc. I am just happy to see that there are others with the same problem as this newbie stamper...with regards to product purchased but not used until months later, I wouldn't expect anything from the company. If Margaret is a demo, she has found herself not receiving the kind of treatment from the company that she is used to.

I am happy to see this thread and will be better at communicating with my demo that next time this happens.
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I'm not a demo, and when I told my demo about it, she just shrugged and told me to contact SU myself...

See why I have a new demo!!?? LOVE my new demo. I did have a different issue, contacted SU, was told to pass the info along to my demo for replacement, so I did and she was like "sweetie, if you want to contact them yourself, I'm okay with that, but I can do it for you!" My response was "Oh, yeah - THIS is what a good demo is!!"

I do want to make clear that I am in no way (and I don't think others are either) trying to bash SU in any way. I just am not happy with some of my ink pads. I guess I have higher expectations. I expect my ink pads to be smooth and easily ink an image on the first try. While they said the "dent" and uneven surface of the pad doesn't affect its usability, it just irks me that I have to stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp, twist, twist, twist, stamp, stamp to get an image inked.
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Oh Barbara - you took the words right out of my mouth! Because I am reading and learning more than I am putting ink to paper, I thought reinking was the key to solve all my problems. Very early on, I read about the residue on new stamps and STILL has problems with a few ink pads. I ljust cross my fingers anytime I open the pads and have a ball stamping on the brown wrapping that SU uses to pack the items with TLC. I'm just pleased as punch to know I am not the only one.

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All my ink pads have divets in the middles but they are a few years old and have been reinked. It is a crapshoot whether or not I'll get a clear image unless I drag the stamps over the pad like you are not supposed to do esp. with background stamps. The 3 new ones I got in July are fine for what it's worth.....
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