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Unread 06-16-2017, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Do foam stamp pads rot when they get old?

I've been getting back into stamping and I'm finding a few of my old stamp pads have disintegrated. How long are stamp pads supposed to last? Thanks for any insights from all of the long time stampers here!
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Unread 06-17-2017, 03:28 AM   #2
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I pulled out some old metallic pads at Christmas time and they had totally disintegrated. I also lost a StazOn white pad when the clear cover was completely stuck onto the pad and it ripped apart when I forced it. So, yes, I guess foam pads rot over time. My advice is to use them and keep them inked and don't lock them away like I did. I have many old Stampin' Up! foam craft pads that I use and they still look like new.
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Unread 06-17-2017, 05:36 AM   #3
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I've only had pigment ink pads break down. All of my nearly-ancient dye ink pads are still fine...
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Unread 06-17-2017, 06:04 AM   #4
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A lot of things can affect the pad it depends of type of ink, color-aka metallics, material pad is made of...etc:
I have had a silver ink pad melt, Colorbox petal inks both melt and disintegrate and a Vivid pad crumble before it was old. but...



I have a case of Sugarloaf permanent dye inks which haven't been made/available for probably a decade and a half that are drying out but the pads are fine. I also have 2 PSX dye ink pads that are still almost perfect. They are neither crumbling or dried out completely and I couldn't even tell you how long that company has been out of business - a really, really long time.
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Unread 06-17-2017, 09:29 AM   #5
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My pigment spots by color box disintegrated right before my eyes! Most of my other dye pads are fabric.
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Unread 06-17-2017, 10:49 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for all the info! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong. The latest pad in question is a Marvy Matchables dye ink pad. I have about a dozen of these and considering how old they are (15-20yrs), are all in good shape, except for the black one, which fell apart on me last night. I used it to stamp several images and all seemed fine until as I inked one clear stamp, the top layer of foam peeled off and fell onto my project! Yuuukk! I have no idea why it decided to give up the ghost. The only other time something similar happened was about 5 years ago when I decided to use an old CTMH embossing pad. It was dried out and I had the re-inker, so I re-inked it and let it set for a day. The next day when I went to use it, the pad was squishy. I mean when you depressed it onto a stamp to ink it, the pad didn't pop back up (the impression of the stamp remained) and then when I looked closer at it, you could see that chunks of it were disintegrating. Not a big deal as both these pads were old. I just wanted to make sure I am storing my pads to maximize their life. All in all, I guess just 2 isn't too bad, so I must be doing something right. Thanks again.
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Unread 06-18-2017, 05:46 AM   #7
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ugh, been there done that...

Nothing like working on something, grabbing an ink pad and suddenly there are nasty little clump ruining your project. The more you try to remove those little bits the more you smear and mess things up. my sympathies!!


One thing I've had to realize, ok more like get over is not to hoard my crafting and art supplies because they do not last forever. I now look upon certain items as "use it or lose it" products and ink pads would especially be on that list. I will be heart broken when/if I have problems my Marvys though since I can't replace them.
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Unread 06-19-2017, 02:42 AM   #8
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Hoarding craft supplies, moi? NEVER! Who does that? LOL! I try hard not to hoard but like you say, some things you can't get anymore which means you really have to think twice before getting rid of it. I haven't been stamping in awhile and have just started getting back into it. It is kind of nice that most of my supplies are still good. But, I'm sure there's a lot of new stuff to tickle your fancy, like those new Distress Oxides! Now there's something tempting to add to the hoard!
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Unread 06-19-2017, 03:31 AM   #9
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I've got pigment pads that are 20+ years old, and all are fine. Maybe climate/humidity plays a part? As for those Staz-On Opaques, they are the only pads I have ever had an issue with. The ink has a nasty tendency to stick to the plastic cover, as lutheran said, and then the pad tears when you try to get it off. Worst inkpads I ever bought- taught me a bit about jumping on bandwagons, if nothing else!
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Unread 06-19-2017, 07:08 AM   #10
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I have some that are easily 15 + years old and they are fine, but I remember once having a embossing ink stamp pad that turned into a gloopy sticky mess, but it was a cheap one so I got what I paid for, I mean it probably only lasted 10 years lol!

Like Shaz I think it may be down to climate, with humidity etc.
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Unread 06-21-2017, 08:25 AM   #11
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But, I'm sure there's a lot of new stuff to tickle your fancy, like those new Distress Oxides! Now there's something tempting to add to the hoard!
Oh, do this! They are SO much fun to play with. If you need more encouragement, check out Jennifer MacGuire's video tutorial on them. It is very good.
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Had to throw away all of my Perfect Pearls Medium pads because they caved in and got mushy. I'm happy with my felt die-based ink pads. They hold the inks longer than the dye pads with sponge bases. I've also had some of the old Color Box go bad. But my trusty gold one still going strong and it has to be 15 years old! Who know why this happens.
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Unread 06-21-2017, 10:29 AM   #13
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I had the same problems, after I tossed several old ink pads, I was left with the refills only.
I found on Amazon and ordered unlinked pads and filled them up with the refills.
On the other hand I have ink pads from 2006 and are in perfect order.
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I had a riding hood red ink pad from SU! that grew some lumpy mold like stuff on it. I tried scraping it off but it didn't work. I've been meaning to buy an Uninked pad to use the reinker for ages now. Anyone else have a SU! Pad with a weird orangey growth? (The orange colour could be from the ink I suppose)
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Rebecca, I did have that same problem with one of my SU real red ink pads as did one of my customers. I wonder if it had something to do with whatever the red dye was??
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I have also had mixed results with ink pads lasting 15+ years, while new-ish ones go bad quickly. One weird experience was only one of the colors in a Colorbox Crafter's ink set oozing with a gross liquid. Threw that one out and the other colors are just fine. It's probably 16 yrs old!
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Perhaps the components of the ink and/or the pads could be the culprit?
Dye inks are simple & waterbased.
Pigment inks, hybrids, & chalk inks involve more elements & chemicals ... and it seems those would possibly deteriorate over time, depending on the pad style + ink combo involved.

Over the years I've tossed a couple of smelly pads .. figuring it was the chemicals/elements involved from one company or one "batch lot" to another. Then add on the varied temps of our storage locations & air flow, & humidity ...
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I pulled this Color Box pad out today. I've had it for a long, long time.
How weird is that that one swatch went bad? Actually the one on the end is starting to go as well.
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I had several of my Colorbox ink pads shrink and disintegrate. Not sure why some and not the others, as I've have them all about the same amount of time. I also had my Riding Hood Red dye ink pad get all bumpy. Doubt it was mold, but think it was the components of the color separating. I just got some Cut and Dry and made a new pad. I have another red of the SU new linen pad (in the crazy container), that is a bit discolored, but works OK. I don't like the really new pads SU has made and refuse to buy them. I like dye ink on a linen pad. All the rest of my old SU pads (even the flip top ones) are just great and I've had them since the mid-late 90's.
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When we were deciding what type of pad to use for our dye inks, our manufacturer highly recommended not using foam even though they offered both. They explained to me that the felt type of pad had a much longer life expectancy and could be refilled for years and years. At first we considered going with foam, however, I personally had foam pads that shrunk, had chunks taken out of them from very basic techniques and they foam wouldn't glide as nicely over the paper as the fabric/felt style. I also noticed that foam pads would clog up detailed images and blur lines together where fabric-felt style pads did not. Both gave crisp, solid images. We ended up taking the advice of our manufacturer and we are very happy we did.
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Thank you Gina for the information. ��
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