Photopolymer stamps are quite different from traditional wood-mount and clear-mount rubber stamps. Here's 4 things every stamper should know about photopolymer stamps.
1: What are Photopolymer stamps? Photopolymer stamps are completely clear stamps created from photopolymer plastic. Photopolymer stamps are ideal for 2 and 3-Step layered stamping and for greetings because you can see where you are stamping to get neat placement of stamped images.
2: About Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer stamps Photopolymer stamps come packaged in the DVD-sized clear-mount stamp cases. The stamp images are on the case cover and on the inner plastic sheets to help you know that you have all the stamps from the set returned to the box. Photopolymer stamps, like clear-mount stamps, are used with acrylic blocks. Photopolymer is sticky and easily clings to the acrylic blocks.
3: How to use photopolymer stamps Clean new photopolymer stamps with Stampin’ Mist and the Stampin’ Scrub to remove residue left behind from the manufacturing process. Attach photopolymer stamps to clear acrylic blocks. Gently ink stamps and then stamp with even pressure. Because photopolymer stamps don’t have the foam layer found on Clear-Mount and Wood-Mount stamps that help create an evenly stamped image, it is important to apply even pressure when stamping. If photopolymer stamps get dusty or lose their stickiness they can be washed with mild soap and water. StazOn cleaner can be used to clean off StazOn ink but it is important to remove all StazOn cleaner residue after cleaning.
4: Storage Store photopolymer stamps in their DVD-style stamp case between the two acetate sheets they come on. One of the sheets is printed with the stamp images for easy storage. Store indoors and out of direct sunlight. TIP: Attach the acetate sheet with the printed image side face down inside the stamp case with Sticky Strip. This helps you keep the stamps together and also prevents you from lifting the ink off the printed side of the acetate sheet with the sticky photopolymer stamps if you accidentally stick them on the wrong side of the sheet. The other trick I do is slip the acetate sheet in between the case and the outside cover. Try it!