Acrylic stamps are different to Photopolymer and Clear-mount stamps from Stampin' Up!
"As far as hobbies go, stamping is definitely one of the most fun and rewarding. It’s so wonderful to be
able to create cards and scrapbook pages"
Acrylic stamps may be cheaper and more stretchy than other types of stamps, but you will also notice they may not last as long or be as durable as other stamps. They are a little duller than photopolymer stamps and can tear quite easily too under certain circumstances. I like this blog post as it explains the differences so well.
At first glance you may think Acrylic Stamps are the same as the red rubber or photopolymer ones offered by Stampin' Up! The red rubber stamps sold by SU are actually not made from acrylic at all. They are far superior to that, being made from the same hard-wearing dependable red rubber as the wood block mounted ones are. The only thing different is that the wooden block is missing. You do use acrylic stamping blocks instead to mount them. Perhaps that is where the confusion comes in.
Assembly of your new clear mount stamps is easy once you know how. They arrive at your house already die cut. They are stored in a slim DVD case with a paper insert that shows the images both on the spine and on the front of the box, and allows you to see the rubber images themselves through the back of the box. The DVD cases are not like regular ones. The SU ones are safely made from a material that helps preserve the stamps instead of allowing them to go brittle by absorbing the chemicals from the other type of plastics.
There are instructions for how to assemble them written on the inside insert of the DVD case and there are some pictures there as well to show you how to put them together. I was able to figure out how to assemble them from these two resources, but sometimes it helps to actually see it done.
Here are some tips for using the sets once you have them assembled
This type of stamp temporarily is mounted on an acrylic block for stamping. Because they are not made of cling mount material, they do not stick the same way. Here are some handy tips for getting them to stick to the block properly:
I do enjoy the options I now have to order red rubber and wood mounted or red rubber and unmounted stamps from Stampin' Up! I find the unmounted ones
I hope you enjoy your experience with these little beauties as much as I do. All supplies are available to Aussie shoppers at SusanSalutations.
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