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Old 01-07-2020, 08:27 PM   #1  
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Default Storing ink pads in cool temperatures

Hi Everyone,

I recently moved and had to pack up my entire craft room and put it in storage. It's been a heart breaker. My question for everyone is - Are ink pads and their refills safe in a cooler temperature? The storage unit is "climate controlled" however it's very chilly in the place. Too chilly for my liking and comfort level for my supplies. Can my ink pads be ruined kept in a cooler environment? I'd bring them to my new place except I have almost full sets from a lot of companies - SU, Simon Says Stamps, Lawn Fawn, Papertrey, The Ton, Tim Holtz, A Muse, etc. So keeping them in my new place isn't an option at this point due to space. We are going to bring a thermometer to find out the temp so I know how cold we are talking! Any ideas off hand if they are safe? Thank you! - Catherine
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Old 01-07-2020, 08:44 PM   #2  
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I don't have definitive information, but my initial thought is that heat is more likely to do damage than cold, as long as it is not freezing...
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:28 PM   #3  
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As long as you are above freezing, it should be ok.

Way back in the early 1990’s my sis in law was a SU demo. She kept all of her SU dye ink pads in the refrigerator!!! She did so because she was advised by other Demos (and maybe SU?), that the pads lasted longer that way. Most refrigerators are at 40 degrees, which is plenty chilly, but it is well above freezing. Her ink pads survived the refrigerator in good form, so it must not have done any harm.

I agree that hot temperatures have the potential to do lots of damage, especially to wood mounted stamps. I know that extreme heat causes the glue on back of the rubber to release from the block (discovered this seeing wood block stamps at yard sales in super hot weather here in the desert side of Oregon. They never really re-adhere.)
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