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Old 09-14-2006, 02:23 PM   #1  
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I am new to Acrylic stamps. I only have MSE ones right now - the fonts mostly!

To clean them, I found it was really tough to use the cleaner and dab the colour off....because the stamps are so thin on the block. Is it ok to just take the font off the block and rinse the whole thing under water/soap? Would it eventually lose its stickiness that way? Seems like a quicker and more efficient way, but I don't want to do that if it's hurting the stamps in any way. Thanks so much!
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Warm soapy water is recommended for cleaning clear polymer. Shouldn't negatively effect them in any way that I know of.

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Old 09-14-2006, 02:57 PM   #3  
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JulieHRR, I just checked ur blog...I'm SOOO excited about the Amuse shop! I travel from Vancouver BC to Seattle all the time for stamping/scrapbooking stores..but this will be the ultimate reason to go!!! yay!!! other than the VIp classes listed, will there be other classes if I just dropped by?
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The VIP classes are the only ones that will be going on, unless there's something else I'm not aware of! chuckle! They are actually being held in a location just a short walking distance from the shoppe, cuz the shoppe itself is too tiny to accomodate that many classes with that many people at the same time.

Sometimes something gets changed, but, I think the deets you saw at the A Muse Gala website has it all covered as to what's goin on, when, etc.

I hope you'll be able to come! I'd love to meet you!
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JulieHRR, I REALLY hope I can go too...I work on that day actually BUT....we'll see Other than the classes, are there anything 'extra' that I will miss out on if I went the next day?
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JulieHRR, I REALLY hope I can go too...I work on that day actually BUT....we'll see Other than the classes, are there anything 'extra' that I will miss out on if I went the next day?
Well, pretty much everything related to the Gala. chuckle! The shoppe is generally only open on weekdays.
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Bebe- Any stamp cleaner you have will clean your acrylic stamps, I use a double scrubber w/ a spritz cleaner, but that's just what works well for me And yes just use a liquid soap/detergent to clean them if they loose their cling (it's usually due to oil or dirt) using a colander is a great idea, and don't let your stamps soak, just rinse them then pat dry.
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Heather,

Thanks! When you clean them after stamping, do you leave yours on the block while cleaning? Or do you remove it? Seems like when I spritz and scrub, it gets all over the block (since the stamp is so thin on the block)....so I just remove it and run it under the water. Is this what you do? Or do you leave them on the block while cleaning?

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Baby wipes, I use them on all of my stamp, non alcohol of course.
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I read on Hero Arts website that they recommend not using Staz-on or other solvent inks or solvent ink cleaners with their clear new stamps. They say it can damage the stamps. I've never seen this anywhere else, though.

Anybody else hear anything like this?
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BeBe- I clean mine on the block and then remove it, if the block is wet or dirty then I rub the block over the scrubber too. But you can rinse them, whatever works for you.
As far as Staz-On cleaner goes I know you should *never* use it to clean your blocks, it can crack them! But CTMH tells us their stamps (not blocks) are safe w/ the staz-on cleaner but some companies say not to use it on their stamps, so you might want to avoid it just in case
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Thanks! When you clean them after stamping, do you leave yours on the block while cleaning? Or do you remove it? Seems like when I spritz and scrub, it gets all over the block (since the stamp is so thin on the block)....so I just remove it and run it under the water. Is this what you do? Or do you leave them on the block while cleaning?
BebeCakes, I leave mine on the block when cleaning, and just rub them against the scrub, cuz it annoys me to hafta get up off my stool, leave the studio and go to the kitchen to clean them.

I finally started keeping a towel on my lap while I work with UMs/clear stamps to clean the block off every time I clean the stamp.

It's one of the drawbacks, JMHO and speaking for myself only, of course, of working with UMs/clear stamps. It drives me nuts!

I suppose that sounds like I'm "anti-UM/clear", but really, I'm not--it's a user issue--me. LOL!
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You could always just put a bowl of water and mild soap nearby and plop the stamps into it during your stamp session. I would never clean polymer stamps under running water, just because they'd be swimming with the fishies in a flash after going down the drain!
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You could always just put a bowl of water and mild soap nearby and plop the stamps into it during your stamp session. I would never clean polymer stamps under running water, just because they'd be swimming with the fishies in a flash after going down the drain!
Betsy, that's assuming I have any space on the work surface for a bowl of water.

My studio doesn't look all tidy and clean no m'oah!!! My stamping space keeps shrinking due to all the "junque" piles all around me . . .

Eeeeeeeek!!!!
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Betsy- washing them in a colander in the sink helps keep them from going down the drain
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JulieHRR, you are hilarious! Keeping the towel sounds like a good idea....now, how is it any better with mounted stamps? You still have to clean them!?

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I finally started keeping a towel on my lap while I work with UMs/clear stamps to clean the block off every time I clean the stamp.

It's one of the drawbacks, JMHO and speaking for myself only, of course, of working with UMs/clear stamps. It drives me nuts!

I suppose that sounds like I'm "anti-UM/clear", but really, I'm not--it's a user issue--me. LOL!
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Great idea! Dh will definately be amused when he sees that I'm not washing vegetables in the colander!

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Great idea! Dh will definately be amused when he sees that I'm not washing vegetables in the colander!
Is THAT what those things are for? My husband uses ours to clean the pool....
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JulieHRR, you are hilarious! Keeping the towel sounds like a good idea....now, how is it any better with mounted stamps? You still have to clean them!?
Yes, you're right; ya' still gotta clean 'em, either way.

But, BeBeCakes, you hafta remember: Julie = laaaaaaazeee stamper. Muy muy lazy.

After I scrub a WM stamp, I just toss the whole shebang into the case, and that's all she wrote.

No dismounting, no mounting the next image I wanna use; it was done once and never has to be done again with WM--there's no danger of losing an image, cuz it's stuck on that wood block permanently, etc.

The block never needs to be toweled off or cleaned during or after a stamping session.

And, I don't have to take a bunch of them in a colander over to the sink and wash 'em off when I'm all done stampin', or pat them dry, or subsequently go through the motions of putting the images away . . .

See? Muy lazy. That's me.
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