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Old 06-21-2006, 06:26 AM   #1  
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Default Ebay stamp set help!

After a long time of hunting, I finally purchased my long-desired set of Sketches (2003) at a reasonable price on ebay. I'm thrilled, rejoice with me! However, when it arrived, I noticed that the rubber had not been trimmed. They mounted the rubber on the wood as it comes new, maybe trimming enough just for it to fit on the block. Should I leave it as is, will it be alright to stamp with? Or do I need to unmount and trim it up? If so, how do I get it off the blocks? And, once I take it off and trim it, will it stick back on alright?
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stick it in the microwave for 10 seconds, should come off and restick good luck!
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I would trim it. There are a couple of ways to do it. You could leave the rubber on the block and trim it with an exacto knife. Or you could microwave the rubber on the block for a few seconds, then take it off and cut it. Then, use rubber cement to put it back on the block. I've never done this, but have heard others who have done it successfully. Good luck!
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I've not used the microwave but that is a handy tip. I unmount my used sets from Ebay all the time and retrim them.Many people don't trim as closely as I do. If by chance the foam gets torn...I just remove it from the rubber die and cut new. You can purchase the replacement foam fairly reasonable from Sunday International.
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I've done the mircrowave thing before and it worked great... i just put them in one at a time for a few seconds, pulled it off, trimmed it and stuck it back on (i didn't use any extra type of adhesive) and they turned out great. (I did have a sticky residue on the blocks though where I had trimmed... maybe someone has a suggestion to get rid of that? )
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I've done the same as Onita. I've never needed any extra adhesive either.
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I too have done the microwave thing with success. However, it was my "newbie" trimming that I was correcting. I have also done it when I haven't quite matched up two step stamping stamps.

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Use goo gone and an old toothbrush to remove the leftover sticky bits after you trim the stamps...it should scrub right off.
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I have purchased retired sets too that were not trimmed to my liking. I use an exacto knife. I leave the rubber on the wood and cut away the extra -always cutting away from the design.
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Use goo gone and an old toothbrush to remove the leftover sticky bits after you trim the stamps...it should scrub right off.
THANKS! I knew someone would have a solution for that!
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Has anyone ever tried a product called Un-Do? It neutralizes the glue on stickers, tape, even masking tape temporarily, and when dry, the glue works just as it did before. I saw a demonstration that removed masking tape from toilet paper without tearing the toilet paper! I've never tried it on rubber stamps, but it might work.
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I've used the microwave method to re-trim some stamps.

If you need more adhesive, you can use Crystal Effects.
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I've never even thought about the microwave. Thanks for asking the question and sharing.
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Thank you all for the tips and hints. I'll take a deep breath and attempt this tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I didn't think about adhesive still being on the block after I trim, better add goo-gone to my shopping list.......
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So how did it turn out, Denise? I've had luck with these methods, too, but I always find I'm holding my breath while I do, until I see that I've completed the whole thing safely! Good to see you on SCS, btw!!
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Default UNDU TAKES OUT CHAPSTICK STAINS THRU DRYER ON CLOTHES

The un du stuff is awesome!!!!!I heard it took out chapstick from clothes that had gone thru the dryer.(something that happens in my house alot) My son is famous for it. It really works!! Put some on, leave it for about an hour, wash in as warm a temp as possible and then launder as usual. Do not dry in dryer until you have let air dry and know the stains are gone. This has saved alot of money in our house. I used to throw out alot of ruined clothes. No more yelling or being upset or money out the window. Just thought it might be a helpful hint to all you moms!!!!!!!!!
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No, I haven't tried it yet. Our small local library had summer reading program all last week and since I was drafted to help, I never had time to sit down with the stamp set. I'm hoping to get to it this week...... maybe.......
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You can also sprinkle a littlt baby powdwer on the sticky parts and it covers up the sticky.
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Another tip would be to run your scissors across an embossing pad or versamark pad before beginning to cut the rubber. It'll keep the blades from getting all gooey from the adhesive.
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If the stamp is oriented correctly (i.e. it's on there straight!), you don't need to unmount the rubber or use an exacto knife to trim it. Just sneak in with your rubber scissors and snip away! I do it all the time and have had no problem "nipping and snipping" without disturbing the glue.
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I am so glad to have found this thread - not only can I fix my heartfelt thanks stamp (my first set) but I also have a use for the goo gone my Dad just gave me.

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(I did have a sticky residue on the blocks though where I had trimmed... maybe someone has a suggestion to get rid of that? )
To get rid of the sticky residue, paint over with clear nail polish. Works like a charm!
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Great tip about the versamark, I'll remember to do that.

Boss - I'm curious. How are you trimming with the rubber still on the block? Are you poking your scissors in under the rubber? If so, it doesn't tear it?
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Another tip would be to run your scissors across an embossing pad or versamark pad before beginning to cut the rubber. It'll keep the blades from getting all gooey from the adhesive.
Now why didn't I think of that?! I hate having to clean the goo off my scissors. Thanks for the info.

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