- Place photopolymer and clear-mounted rubber stamps on a clear acrylic block (if you have wood-mounted stamps, adhere the stamp and sticker on the wood block prior to use)
- Spray Stampin’ Mist on your Stampin’ Scrub and give your new stamps a good scrub by cleaning and drying them using your Stampin’ Scrub
- Ink up your stamps with VersaMark ink. The VersaMark ink will act as a barrier. The clear sticky ink will penetrate this semi-porous stamp and it will help minimize the staining effect with subsequent use. (If you don’t have a VersaMark ink pad, use the lightest and palest colored ink that you own.)
- Your stamp is now ready to use. You can clean off the VersaMark ink before using it for your craft project; or, you can directly ink it up with any colored ink and stamp. The clear VersaMark ink will not harm your colored ink pad.
- After inking and stamping, immediately clean your stamp with Stampin’ Mist and your Stampin’ Scrub which will also minimize the potential for ink stains.
- Enjoy using and loving your stamps. While you may notice some staining with future use, I promise it will not be nearly as dark as without using the VersaMark.
Ink Stains do not affect stamp performance
Some inks are prone to staining your stamps. Archival and StazOn inks are permanent inks that will stain your rubber stamps. And, almost any colored ink (especially reds, browns and blacks) will stain your photopolymer stamps. Chalk or pigment inks will leave a ruddy hue on any stamp. Using VersaMark as a primer isn’t 100% fool proof but, it will significantly reduce the amount of staining on your stamps.
Restoring Stamp Cling
After repeated use and lots of love, your photopolymer stamps and your clear acrylic blocks may acquire a cloudy film that will affect their cling performance. The natural cling properties of photopolymer stamps will attract dust and link and pick up the oils from your hands. And because we tend to forget about cleaning our clear acrylic blocks, the photopolymer stamps will pick up any residue left on your clear acrylic blocks from glue or various crafting techniques. The steps for restoring stamp cling are simple, quick and easy.
For photopolymer stamps, wash both the flat cling side and the stamped image side of your stamp with Dawn dish soap, rinse under running water and allow to air dry or blot dry with an Absorber cloth (a synthetic chamois). Note: Avoid blotting dry using a dish towel or paper towel as your freshly cleaned photopolymer stamp will attract a new batch of the lint!
For clear acrylic blocks, clean first with an alcohol wipe, then wash with Dawn dish soap, rinse under running water, blot dry with an Absorber, dish towel or paper towel and store.
Cleaning your Stampin’ Scrub
It is important to clean your Stampin’ Scrub occasionally to remove the inks, dirt and oils that get trapped in the black fibers of the scrub pads when cleaning and drying your stamps. Simply rinse both sides of your Stampin’ Scrub under running water until the water is clear. If your Stampin’ Scrub is really nasty, use a little Dawn dish soap and your fingers to rub the black fibers clean, then rinse thoroughly until the running water. Blot dry with a paper towel and allow to air dry.
I hope you find these priming and cleaning tips helpful!
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!