Do you have a set (or two) of photopolymer stamps that have been well-used, and half or more of them fall out of the case as soon as you open it? For me, Balloon Celebration is one of those sets. This is what it looks like when I open the case:
One of my stampers told me that if I wash the stamps with Dawn dishwashing soap, they would regain their cling. I was skeptical, but thought it was worth a try, especially since I already had Dawn dish soap at home. Well lo and behold – it works like a charm! All my stamps cling happily to their spots once again!
Check out the simple steps and photo proof below!
Start by putting the plug in your sink – and don’t pull the plug until you’ve confirmed EVERY stamp is back in its spot! It would be way too easy for a photopolymer stamp to slip away down the drain!
Scrub it around with your fingers.
Rinse off, then pat dry.
Check out how well the stamps stick now that they’ve been washed!
Speaking of cling, I’ve shared this tip for clear-mount stamp sets at my classes many times, so you may have heard it before. I found out a few years ago that the red rubber stamps will cling much more effectively to the acrylic blocks if I don’t use the stickers on the back of the stamps. Since then, I peel off the stickers and put them on the inside of stamp case – but I don’t put the stickers on the stamps.
The downside to this, of course, is that you can’t see exactly what you’re stamping. But in my opinion, that downside is more than outweighed by the benefit of having the stamp stay where you put it when you’re stamping! It’s all personal preference of course, and many stampers choose instead to use the labels and then apply some double-sided adhesive when their stamps get slippy. What method do you prefer?
Thanks for joining me for this quick tip! I hope it’s helpful to you in your stamping! If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to work with you. Visit my online store or drop me a line to place your order!