Clean your Stamps

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Stamping expert Christina Crawford demonstrates how to clean and maintain your stamps.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    I am Christina Crawford and I have been stamping for ten years. One thing that I would like to share with you that is so important to do is to clean your stamps when you are finished with the project. I just stamped a project, I used the letter press alphabet stamp from Stampin Up!

    . I love that stamp set because I wanted to use a letter F, but even so there is two letters on each side of the block. So, its a really space saver. I have every alphabet letter in here, and its a nice small container. But I did use the F, I used a red inkpad and I went to stamp it. Now, if I took that stamp and I put it away, and the next time I wanted to use it I took it out and I used a different color, lets say yellow, Im not going to get that really nice yellow color. I would probably get an orange color, because even though this red ink would have been dried and maybe stored for a while, it would rewet that original ink thats on it, because it hasnt been cleaned. It will also probably damage my yellow inkpad. Its very important to clean your stamps before you put them away. What I am going to do to clean that is using the stamping scrub pad, when you open that up you will see that its black on both sides. I went ahead and gave myself a little guideline; this is the wet side, this is the dry side, I just wrote on it with a gel pen. Next is to use a Stampin Mist Cleaner. This has a nice conditioner inside that will help keep your rubber a little flexible longer, and its also very rubber friendly. Its not going to have a chemical in it that will hurt your rubber and dry it out. So, you could see this is just scrubbing off the ink a little bit. This is going to dry that ink off, and now I am ready to keep my stamp and store it back into the alphabet container. Some people say, well, I just use a damp paper towel and I have gone ahead and used baby wipes, but I found that this method of cleaning is more affordable over the time, and because it has a nice conditioner inside of the stamping, it helps preserve your stamps longer, and you will have these in years to come. I still have stamps from when I started ten years ago. If you take good care of them and you clean them, you will have yours for long time as well. Thank you.

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