As I mentioned yesterday, today I'd be sharing another project I created using Stampin' Up's! new Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set. This stamp set is GREAT to use for customizing cards and projects!! Here's something I created to give to my son and his girlfriend for Easter. (I'm planning to fill them with M & M's.)
Along with the project, I also promised a review of the new Photopolymer stamp set. Photopolymer stamps are the NEWEST Stampin' Up! product and they are completely clear, allowing for perfect placement on your project. The stamps are extremely sticky, allowing them to cling tightly to stamping blocks. The material stamps are made of has been age tested and Stampin' Up! says they won't turn yellow or cloudy over time.
Okay, so that's all the "sales talk" from Stampin' Up! regarding their new product offering. But, how do they stamp in the REAL WORLD?? My answer is that they work FANTASTICALLY WELL!!! Before becoming a demonstrator, I tried other company's clear stamps and got disappointing results. Not so with these new stamps from Stampin' Up!
- Did NOT have ink bead up when first inked!! (Stampin' Up! states that these new clear stamps and the firm foam ink pads are perfectly meant for each other.) I tried them on both the old and new Stampin' Up! pads. The stamps inked with very little effort on the new firm foam pads. If using the old style pads, they inked well but took more effort to ensure good ink coverage.
- Made it easy to see where the stamped image would appear on the project! Because they are completely clear it is easy to see through to where the image will be stamped. Also, I could actually see the ink release onto the card stock I was stamping on.
- Left well stamped impressions. I pressed firmly, but not very hard, and was left with a great image when I lifted the stamp from the paper.
- Are a great way to create personalized projects! When I first looked at the stamp set, my thoughts were "big deal". After I received my set in the mail and started working with it my thoughts changed to "this is great…a way I can make my projects personal!!"
A couple more thoughts:
When I first took the stamps out of the package, I was met with a rather strong oder. It seemed to be a chemical smell and might have been from being closed up. Several days after opening the package and leaving the stamps out to air, the oder is still there, but certainly not as strong.
Stampin' Up! recommends cleaning your stamps right away after use, which I did. However, I noticed that some of the stamps still have a faint ink stain on them.
The stamps stuck great to the blocks while stamping. However, when trying to do a thorough job cleaning them with my Stamp-n-Scrub, some of the alphabet letters had a tendancy to come off the block. Maybe I cleaned them too vigorously, but noticed that after cleaning one or two of the letters and having them release while scrubbing, the clear stamping block developed a film on it (from the Stampin' Mist used for scrubbing) which made it more difficult for the next stamps to stick. Next time I would make sure to have a cleaning cloth right there to clean off the blocks.
The stamp set comes in a clear plastic wrapper. I immediately transferred the entire stamp sheet into one of the plastic stamp cases that Stampin' Up! sells to make for easier storage.
So, I give the new Photopolymer Stampin' Up! stamps a double thumbs up!! This new stamp style will offer unique, fun designs and provide more versatile options that may not be found in the traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options.
Interested in ordering the Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set to try for yourself? It can be ordered here, in my online store.
If you have other questions I can answer about this stamp set, feel free to leave it in the comments area and I'll send a response.
Thanks for stopping and have fun stampin' it up!