The first is the UV exposure light. After a few stamps you will learn how to pour it so that it doesn’t produce so many bubbles. I had absolutely no idea how many steps it took to make a stamp. You will need to attach two 6 “ x 6” wood boards to the side of the light to raise it 4” off of the table surface. Make sure your ink pad is evenly inked & that it has enough ink. Thanks! In one of the liquid containers, add two cups warm water and 1 tbsp. Apr 20, 2016 - Explore Sandy Fleming's board "Photopolymer Stamp Tips & Ideas", followed by 1287 people on Pinterest. Smaller text would be used, like size 12 fonts. Here are some tips for using your photopolymer stamps: Try running a pencil eraser across the stamp. The lamp will need to produce around a 400nm wavelength of light, luckily almost all these lamps do, but you should check before buying. If you think you might be doing a lot of rubber stamp making I would invest in a fluorescent light fixture with UV (black light) bulbs to fit. Turn the unit over and develop for the same amount of time on the other side, and turn off the light. I do not have that kind of patience and usually pull it out after 10 minutes and help it along by giving it a gentle scrub and tossing it back in for another minute. My guess is that it will take about 20 minutes. on Step 6. Make sure stamps are completely dry before storing. You can probably find this in your local fine-art store. It doesn’t matter if you’re using some special film for this project that says you only need one print, it’s a lie. One of my foam strips lost it’s paper backing, but it lost it’s tack since then. I am using the images to stamp and etch metal, and I wanted to use my own designs to create my pieces. If you have an ultrasonic bath, toss your stamp into the detergent solution and let it run for a while. If you do gel nails or SLA 3D printing, you probably already have something that will work. If you are only looking to use your stamp like a traditional rubber stamp you can get away with having finer detail on the stamp. At this time you can trim off the excess hardened polymer. 19. Any advice? With this preparation done you can now proceed with the exposure process. I see you don't use anything but water. The negative and polymer is exposed and the excess polymer washed away, leaving your custom rubber stamp. The top of the stamp will still be mostly gel and the bottom will be solid. If you do not own a mat, try a thick mouse pad or you can also use a catalog. If you have a ketchup bottle, or something similar, you should definitely use that instead of pouring directly from the manufacturers bottle. Best option is Direct SunlightTry it first beforeToo shiny day 30-40 second Cloudy day 60 to 300 second depending on light intensity, 7 years ago If your are using double sided tape, just leave one side covered. 6 years ago. As well as being called acrylic stamps they may be called polymer stamps, photopolymer stamps, clear rubber stamps or any variation on the above. Thank you so much for this post! photopolymer liquid gel for rubber stamp making. 3. Transparency film, especially the ink jet ones, are not waterproof and a drop of water can cause the black ink to come off. They all fall under the heading, however, of 'clear stamps'. Always peel the negative off the polymer not the substrate off or the stamp will not have a good backing for washout. You want the backside to remain sticky but you can dust the front with corn starch to keep it from sticking to everything and picking up all the cat hair that you are  pretending isn’t everywhere. This product is available exclusively through Stampin’ Rewards—host an eligible party or make your own qualifying purchase. Photopolymer Stamps. You can use a window or a lamp, but a light pad or light box is a nice-to-have. You can use Staz On ink with your PP stamps, but make sure to clean immediately afterwards. The gel is very viscous and won’t flow out easily. Make sure to stop early. This allows the ink to stick to the stamp long enough to make the image. 12. Print 2 copies of your image onto your transparency film as a reverse/negative image. they typically have 2 to 4 x 9-watt fluorescent UVA bulbs in them for under $50. The gel is not easy to work with out of the manufacturer’s bottle, so find a squeeze bottle with a larger opening to put it in. on Step 7. Cut the negative out of the larger sheet leaving at least 1/2 inch black border around the edge of the image. I don't have a laser printer at home. The kit contains everything you need to customize greeting cards, scrapbooks, stationery, jewelry, or business cards with your own designs. Using a light source (I’m using a light pad), perfectly align the images and tape them together. 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