I finally received my photopolymer stamps today. Stampin’ Up! came out with a new kind of stamp that is not made from rubber. These are completely clear stamps.
I finally got a chance to try them out. I like the material that the stamp is made from. I got a nice clear stamped image even though the entire stamp was covered with ink. I like the arrows, the pennants and the thought bubble stamps. It’s nice to actually be able to see through the stamp itself when your are stamping. You can see exactly where you are putting the image.
There are some drawbacks. The stamps have a strong odor when you open them. I’m hoping that they air out. It was also hard to tell when I actually had enough ink on the stamp. The images also stay on the plastic, they are not on the back of the stamp. They do not come in a case, so you need to find a storage solution. I have a 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves that I use to store clear stamps that come on a plastic sheet like this.
The other problem I had was how tiny the letter stamps are. I can see myself using this stamp set for making scrapbook pages. I don’t see myself stamping with those tiny little letters. I had to use tweezers to align them on the clear block. Plus, with only one of each letter, you can’t really line them up to form an entire phrase and stamp them at once. I imagine with some practice, you could overcome this obstacle.
The pennant stamp is from the new set as is the Happy Day banner. The papers are from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper from the Spring Catalog. I also used a Designer Builder Brad and some linen thread. I used Night of Navy ink and card stock as the base of the card.
I have also created a video so you can the actual stamps, a fun trick (which you can see from the pennants…you can bend the stamps to curve the images!), and I will also share a storage idea on the video so you can get one idea of how you might store your stamps.
I hope you find this helpful when you are deciding whether to purchase the stamp set or not. I see the photopolymer material as a plus, but the size of those letters as a disadvantage. I fear dropping one! I’ll never find it if I drop one on the floor!!!!
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