Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stamp Cleaner

When I unmounted my stamps I started running out of stamp cleaner and thought about how much I had used while doing the task and figured I would need to get another bottle soon.....very soon! Lo and behold someone posted on the Cricut message board about recipes for stamp cleaners and I checked them out. I went to Where The Rubber Hits The Road and checked out her Stampbusters Episode 5: The Dirt on Stamp Cleaners and thought I would give it a shot!

I chose to go with this recipe:

Stamp Cleaner
2 cups Distilled Water
1 Tablespoon Baby Magic Baby Wash
2 Tablespoons Rosewater

Now I did fudge a little since it seems Wal-Mart has taken over the baby section and there was no Baby Magic Baby Wash. I went with the generic Wal-Mart brand instead. I had to get the Rosewater at a health food store in town. It was $8 for the bottle . The total cost of supplies was right at $11. And I will have enough supplies to literally make probably gallons of cleaner.

Once I got it mixed up I thought I needed to use it. Let me tell ya folks.....IT IS AWESOME! I was talking to my friend Carmen, aka ScrapperDelighted, about it and she wanted pictures. I told her "Great idea! I can post it on my blog!"

My stamps were stained because some were used when I bought them and they were like that so the ink was on there for a few years. So I was really excited with the results!!

Here are the before and after pictures!













The white stuff on the stamps is from the powder I used to keep my scissors from getting sticky when I was unmounting my stamps. But can you see the difference? Click the pictures to make them bigger if you need to. I am not going to go and clean all my stamps right now. But at least now when I use them again I know they are going to come clean!

Oh and an added note...I tried the cleaner on some stained acrylic stamps...it didn't get them clean. But I think it is because acrylic is a different surface than the rubber.

16 comments:

  1. that is so cool i have never heard of rosewater you can get that at walmart. thanks okie for sharing. I so have to unmount my stamps. SOON.

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  2. Dawn thanks for asking about the Rosewater! I forgot to write it in my post that I had to get it at a health food store.

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  3. GREAT INFO!!Thanks, I'll have to make me some! Especially since it makes A LOT!! I'm tired of paying a lot of $$ for a little bottle. OKIE TO THE RESCUE!!!

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  4. I'm going to have to try this! Thanks!

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  5. great recipe. i will wrtie down...anyhow....for my acrylic blocks i used mr clean erasers. try it and see if they work for your acrylics.

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  6. Went and bought my Rosewater this morning....already have the baby magic so I'm mixing me up a batch this afternoon....thanks for the tip...

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  7. Thanks so much for the tip! You are the greatest!

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  8. Hi Shirley when you unmounted the stamps how do you use them on the clear blocks did you have to put something on them...vicky

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  9. you should NOT use the word FUDGE right after the ingredients listed for a recipe!! I thought you had developed a wonderful stamp cleaner with the dual purpose of being delightfully edible!! (great recipe though!!) Now... I need some FUDGE!!! LOL. TFS the recipe :)
    Buggy

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  10. Vicky the foam I used is cling foam. It is sticky on one side to adhere to the stamp. The other side is what I stamp on and it is a cling surface so it just clings to the acrylic block. It works great! If you scroll down a few posts I have a post showing how I unmounted my stamps.

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  11. Cool recipe! I had to laugh when I saw you use the word "Awesome". Awesome is what I use to clean my stamps and I get it at the Dollar Store. Works great!

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  12. Great...another thing for me to do! 8>) Thanks for the tip. Do you have a recipe for acrylic stamps?

    THANKS,
    Pat

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  13. Okie,

    I am addicted to Stampin' Up!'s stamp cleaner, but I really can't spend the money these days.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! If you really thinks it works well, I will invest in the Rose Water...

    Crafty hugs,

    Jennifer

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