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Old 08-21-2006, 06:28 AM   #1  
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I have a stamp pad I've re-inked a couple of times... I can get good images if I use the edges of the pad, but stamping in the center doesn't seem to ink up the stamp pad any more.

Pad is about 20 months old, a favorite I use in probably 70% of my projects.

Is it time to schedule a funeral and order a new one? Any hope of reviving my old friend?
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I have a stamp pad I've re-inked a couple of times... I can get good images if I use the edges of the pad, but stamping in the center doesn't seem to ink up the stamp pad any more.

Pad is about 20 months old, a favorite I use in probably 70% of my projects.

Is it time to schedule a funeral and order a new one? Any hope of reviving my old friend?
I've only been stamping about 18 months but I read a good tip on Tim Holtz's website. (Just put his name in your search engine or Google and his site will come up. Click on Tips and it's there.) But here is what I happened to read last night: Using your reinker, ink your pad around the edges. Then take a credit card-type card or a stiff spatula and begin scraping the ink to the center. Use left to right, right to left, top to bottom and bottom to top motions. This is supposed to help move the ink around the pad and to the center for better impressions and your pad should stay inked longer.

Try this revival tip and I guess if it just won't take the ink, call the local funeral home. Hope this helps.
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Is the ink pad one of SU's ??? Just curious. I don't like them, myself.
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Yes, it's an SU pad.

I think it's gotten a bit concave in the middle. May be time to send it to the big stamp-a-thon in the sky and get another one.

Cathy H, why don't you like them? Just curious...
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I'm not the hugest fan of SU ink pads because they do tend to be all concave in the middle. I have a hard time getting the stamps to ink up evenly because of it...and the edges of mine keep fraying, so I have to keep trimming them. I dunno...maybe I am too fussy.
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Thank you for the feedback. I guess I can't complain too much--it held up ok for a couple of years through lots of beatings.

I guess it's time to let go and buy a new celery stamp pad... sniff... good bye, old friend...
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I'm not the hugest fan of SU ink pads because they do tend to be all concave in the middle. I have a hard time getting the stamps to ink up evenly because of it...and the edges of mine keep fraying, so I have to keep trimming them. I dunno...maybe I am too fussy.
My linen-covered pads quit fraying around the edges when I stopped rubbing them onto my BG stamps and began using a brayer instead. Could this be what's happening with yours?
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I so wish SU! could find a pad that isn't concave!
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What am I saying?!?! Then I'd be buying all those ink pads! NEVERMIND!
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I have a few that do that too, the ones that I use a lot.. I do treat mine badly though... I rubbbb, rubbb, rubb, pound, smack, smear, streak, and scrape, I do all the bad things to my pads! I just love them so! Anyway, I wonder if that is the price that we pay for mistreating our pads? Doesn't SU claim to a bigger pad than average? I wonder if Bigger is NOT always better in this case?
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Yup.

I've tried to make an effort to tap all over the pads to keep them from getting concave in the middle but I guess after a couple of years it just goes blooomp and starts caving in.

Certainly Celery, we hardly knew ye...

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I guess I will have to get another one.
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I love the SU! ink pads and will continue buying them, I have almost all of the classic ink colors now. I love the size of them and don't mind having to rub the stamp occasionally if there is some unevenness. I think it's awesome having so many colors available and be able to match to cardstock and other accessories so well!

I think any ink pad would have caving problems eventually.
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I'm not the hugest fan of SU ink pads because they do tend to be all concave in the middle. I have a hard time getting the stamps to ink up evenly because of it...and the edges of mine keep fraying, so I have to keep trimming them. I dunno...maybe I am too fussy.

I don't think you are alone...I have noticed this with mine as well. Especially with the black one that I use a lot.
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Okay, I own all the ink pads and have to say that 90 percent of them are concave. However, I tend to use the brayer on the background stamps, and tap my stamps at least 3 times on each section. This helps with fraying. These pads are the best for the money, and I love them. They are always wet, never dried out because the lid fell off, etc. I own a bunch of Tim Holtz's ink pads and stamps. He is a fantastic artist/designer. However, I had to buy the reinkers with the pads, because they do dry out, fast.

I think the pads are concave because this prevents leakage. Am I wrong here?
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There was another thread way back when the new colors came out last year about concave/wavy pads. I believe it was JanTink who suggested putting a piece of cardboard under the middle of the pad (so it's sandwitched between the bottom of the pad and the top flippy part when the pad is fully opened--does that make any sense?). This keeps the pad from being depressed in the middle. Using the brayer helps keep the edges from fraying but it also evens out the surface. My black is the worst. I have to turn the stamp over and ink it with the corner of the pad.
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When you re-ink, make sure to get the edges ... since if they are dry, they will "curl up" giving it more of a concave shape.
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I have several of the old pads & have had some for 10 years. I was a demonstrator for 5 years & I've never had to throw one away. They still work & I rarely have to ink them. LOVE their pads. Slowly buying the new ones.
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My linen-covered pads quit fraying around the edges when I stopped rubbing them onto my BG stamps and began using a brayer instead. Could this be what's happening with yours?

I so agree with you Rachel. I never had a problem with SU pads old or new style untill I started rubbing them onto some of the more detailed background stamps.

I can see why celery would go, I use mine ALL THE TIME!!! I have to force myself not to use it sometimes, because it's just so perfect with almost anything!

I think well used pads (ANY company) get gunked up with stamp cleaner, rubber releasing agent, and other things when they are well loved. I just did 250 wedding invites and my pink is terribly gunkie and not giving a godd impression in the middle, where it was most used. I also have Stazon on pads that have done the same.
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I always thought the SU pads give in the middle so they could be pressed on the lid to ink up an aquapainter. Am I wrong? Anywho, at $5 nothing lasts forever though excessive use. You deserve a nice new Celery!! So far, Navy is my only one that concaves. I use N.O.N. to catalog my sets so it gets tons of use.
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