Friday, May 25, 2018

Caring For Your Ink Pads and My Top 5 Retiring Favorites

Hey Stampers,

Today let's talk about ink pads.  Specifically, how to re-ink them and keep them working like they did fresh out of the wrapper!

How do you know when it's time to re-ink?  You use them every day, and over time they start to dry out and lose the vivid hues they should have.  The trouble is, they fade so gradually that you may not notice - often it takes another stamping friend to point it out to you.  And of course, no one wants to criticize your beautiful artwork, so you still don't realize that your pads need to be re-inked.  If you find you are having to tap the pads onto your stamp multiple times to get good coverage, it's probably time.  Truthfully, if you have had an ink pad for longer than a year, even if you haven't used it very often, it's probably time.  Last month I used my Powder Pink pad with the Hardwood stamp 100 times to make baby shower favors.  Here's how it stamped when I started and when I finished:

Definitely time to re-ink.  Now that you know it's time, how do you do it?  Great question!  I start out with about 12 drops spread around the pad evenly.  On the current style foam pads, you'll want to take the back of a spoon and gently massage the ink down into the pad.  I keep a plastic spoon with my re-inkers just for this purpose.  You may need to repeat this 2-3 times to bring your pad back to it's original condition.  Just do a few test stamps after each re-inking - it's easy to add more ink but difficult to remove (but not impossible)!  If you're working with the older style cotton ink pads, it's not necessary to push the ink into the pad - it will naturally soak in.

Are you storing your ink pads properly?  They should always be stored flat with the label side up.  Stampin' Up ink pads are designed so that when the label side is up, the ink pad is upside-down in the case.  This keeps all of the ink close to the surface of the pad and ready to go.

Did you know?

There are name labels on the bottom of each ink pad in four different languages.  Simply peel off one of them and place it on the end of the case so you can instantly see the colors when they are stacked for storage.

I can't stress enough how important it is to have re-inkers for all of the ink pads you own.  So many stampers wait until they need them before they buy.  I was guilty of this when I first started stamping, too!  It's hard to buy something that you don't need at the moment when you've already spent a bundle.

But here's the thing:  You've already made the investment in a quality ink pad.  Don't let that go to waste because you can't rejuvenate it with fresh ink!  Stampin' Up is retiring 17 colors on May 31.  Please check your inventory now to see which of these ink pad colors you own and if you need the re-inker, do the smart thing!  Here are the retiring colors - simply click on the link to purchase the ones you need.  (Always Artichoke is already sold out but as of today the others should all still be available).

Product List

My Top 5 Retiring Favorites

1.Large Numbers Framelits Dies

A must for Milestone Birthdays & Graduation. Add the matching Number of Years stamp set (#140653) for even more options!

2.Work Of Art Clear-Mount Stamp Set
134114s So great for creating colorful backgrounds and there's nothing like it in the new catalog!
3.Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies
140621s The beautifully detailed heart thinlit makes gorgeous Wedding, Love & Valentine's Day cards. The matching Bloomin' Love stamp set (#140643) has several wonderful sentiments & even a banner!
4.Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
140697s My #1 stamp set for Sympathy cards. Be sure to add the matching thinlits (#140619) - the rose die-cut is stunning!
5.Vintage Leaves
138802s The detail on the leaves is wonderful. Great for Fall cards - especially well-suited for masculine cards. The matching Leaflets Framelits (#138283) are nice but the stamp set also stands alone. A great compliment to the new Rooted in Nature stamp set (available June 1)

And there you have it!  My Top 5 "sorry to see you go" favorites.  Do you have any "must have" favorites that I haven't listed here?  I'd love to hear them - I'm always interested in what other stampers think.

It's the unofficial start of summer!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!


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