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Old 07-15-2021, 07:40 AM   #1161  
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I, too, have two old kitchen towels that are used to wipe stamps and have been using them for years. They work well and just get tossed in the washer with other towels and have not had any problems with doing that.

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I have a spray bottle of water (it has sat so long lately that the bottom of the bottle is green!) to spritz the stamp and wipe it clean after each use with a rag.  I hang the rag between uses, I wash it about once a year!!!!

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Old 10-05-2021, 11:03 AM   #1163  
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#1. I have a lot of Acrylic Blocks which hold my stamps when I don't use my Stamp Platform. But they really have some sharp edges that hurt my hands. I have been trying not to donate all of them and buy some of the new, thicker and smoother blocks. It just seems so wasteful and expensive to me. But I came up with a really easy solution. Using a grit acrylic nail Emory board I sanded down the sharp edges on my blocks. It is simple, but works very well! Do it where the sanding won't cause problems, like outside. O.K. now I have smooth edges on those blocks. But they are not as thick as I like and I have trouble with my fingertips hitting the Ink Pad. I found out that I have duplicates on my blocks so I decided to try stacking them. I chose Score Tape two sided tape, or similar brand and placed it on opposite ends of a Rectangle block. It has a strong hold yet is Removable if I change my mind later. After attaching and exposing the adhesive, I hovered the second Rectangle block over the first one with tape until the grid lines lined up. It works surprisingly well for me. My "new" acrylic blocks are friendly on my hands and I don't get ink anywhere other than where I want it.
#2. Everyone gets unwanted bits of ink on their cards, usually after it is almost finished! And many of us use a Mono Sand Eraser to remove the marks. But the sanding often leaves a noticeable area where the surface of the cardstock is scuffed up. It often shows when the paper is tilted. This is so neat! Just place a small bit of wax paper over the area and burnish it with your bone folder. This really works well and has saved many of my cards.



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Using the waxed paper after using the eraser sounds like it might be a great idea. I'll have to try it because, yes, I have had those types of accidents occur.

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Your modified acrylic blocks were a good solution.
thanks for the tip about wax paper for ink on my cards.
I use Dr PH Martin’s white bleed proof on white card stock
so this will help for colored card stock, I imagine,
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Thank you for the wax paper tip!
So glad you found a way to fix your blocks to work well for you! Smart idea!
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Look at the prices of all that you want to buy before taking up this hobby. If you do take up stamping, you will be sucked into a BIG black hole and never, ever come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just my opinion from my own personal experience. YKWIM.
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Look at the prices of all that you want to buy before taking up this hobby. If you do take up stamping, you will be sucked into a BIG black hole and never, ever come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just my opinion from my own personal experience. YKWIM.

I agree ... wish I had been more selective and savvy with what I bought in the early days of getting into this.
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