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Old 10-04-2008, 08:54 PM   #1  
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Help! Is there any way to cure/dry white SU Craft ink on plastic/acetate? I decided to stamp little motifs in white craft ink onto a card I made on clear plastic; now I find the heat gun warps the plastic...two days ago I stamped and still the ink is wet...any ideas? I hate to lose the work I did on this card, and it's so cute, too...

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:25 PM   #2  
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Sorry, but craft ink does NOT dry on nonporous surfaces -- ever! I've gone back to stamps that I wasn't good about cleaning and the ink was still wet days or even WEEKS later! Try white StazOn.
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Waaah! I live in a land without Stazon...what if I sprayed with hairspray???

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Hairspray or any sealer won't work, you will just have a sticky and wet piece of plastic. You can use white embossing powder and heat with the heat gun fairly far away.
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If you find some transparencies designed for a laser printer, you could try that with the embossing powder. Those are designed to withstand heat better.
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Carol, there are many online stores where you could get a StazOn pad. Another option is to contact one of your buddies or relatives back in the States and get them to drop one in the mail for you!
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If you find some transparencies designed for a laser printer, you could try that with the embossing powder. Those are designed to withstand heat better.
Yes, I just did this last week. I bought the "copier" transparencies from Staples. If you buy the ones meant for copiers, then you CAN use your heat gun on them, because they're designed to go through a high temp. copier.

I stamped some snowflakes on the transparency using SU white craft ink, and then covered them in white embossing powder, shook off excess, and then used my heat gun to "melt" the powder.

My transparency did not burn/melt, and the heat didn't curl or warp the transparency either (much to my surprise).

Make sure you hold your heat gun a little further away from your image than you normally would.

I also heated my images from under (I waved the heat gun back and forth while holding the transparency over the gun)

Also, I ran my heat gun for approx. 30 secs. BEFORE putting my transparency near it, so that I didn't have to keep the heat on the image longer than necessary.

Hope that helps!

PS. The embossed snowflakes looked GREAT! This would work reall well with any image and color of embossing powder, although I used SU powder, so I don't know if other brands would turn out as well.
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I've used a hairdryer rather than a heatgun to set Brilliance on regular acetate and it seemed to work. At least to the extent that it doesn't smudge when I rub it (gently, LOL).
But definitely spraying hairspray or any varnish on top of something that is not dry is just a shortcut to a sticky mess that will still never dry .
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SU! sells white stazon as do many online retailers..

Even with embossing I have found that Craft/Pigment inks will rub off of acetate, glass, and other non-porous surfaces. Embossing powder is intended for paper surfaces.
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SU! doesn't have demos in Korea yet, unless it's on military bases, which is why my first thought was to get a friend or family member stateside to purchase one for her -- I wonder whether online ordering works there?
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You made me confident enough to just rub off my craft ink and do without. Sure enough, it left a totally clear surface, thank goodness. I will upload the card soon--I think it came out cute even without the extra white images on the plastic.

Everyone: thank you for your suggestions and insights. They are just not practical to me without going down the slippery slope of mail ordering even more stuff than I already have stockpiled. You know, if I buy X, then I'll look on the next page and also order Y, etc., etc.!

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I use the white Opaque Staz-On on acetate, not the regular staz-on. It comes as a set--an un-inked pad and inker. It is extremely fast drying, so you only put ink on the pad when you are going to use it. I got mine at Joanne's--regular price $9.99, and I used a 50% coupon. They come in quite a few pastel colors. I've seen them in Michael's too, but not as big a selection of colors as Joanne's had.
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What about Palette inks? Can you get those or are all inks unavailable? I say this because New Canvas is an opaque white. Would that work? It wouldn't be quite the same as Craft or, I imagine, StazOn. But, it will dry on plastic if you heat set.
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I finally uploaded the card with the wiped-off acetate: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...user=19220 and http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=19220

Thank you for all your suggestions. I'll have to look into those Stazon and Palette products some time...when the budget allows some browsing!

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