Today I’d like to share a picture of the Mothers Day card I made for my MIL. Its the first card I’ve made in ages.
Mothers Day Card 2013
Created using digikits and Craft Artist v1. Digikit used True Romantics by Angie Hinksman. I’m a big fan of Anna Griffin and this kit reminded me of AG style papers. Especially the roses. The large pearl in the picture isn’t part of the digikit and isn’t on the card, its to cover the photo of DH & his Mum, who aren’t keen on having their photos being on the internet
Hope she likes it
What are you making Mum for Sunday?
A nasty surprise at the bottom of the garden!
When I went out to my studio at the bottom of the garden to collect a rubber stamp, I discovered a nasty shock. Most of my stamps are stored in metal drawers, inside a cupboard, inside an unheated garage. I have feared the rubber may not like this situation but DH reassured me that given the stamps were inside drawers, inside a cupboard they would be fine.
After seeing Indigo blu on C&C the other day, I decided to hunt out my checkered stamp and off mount it (remove it from the wooden block), so that I could try a technique shown on the demo. I wanted to apply just part of the stamp, rather than the whole image and have been considering ‘offing’ this stamp from its block, for some time. Now the stamp in question is elderly! It was an elderly stamp when I got it in the sale in a shop and has been ignored in the drawer, save for an occasional coating of stamp conditioner to ward off the worst of any issues its dislike of the storage situation might create. I have noticed that very old stamps have a tendency to leave their foam backing and to lift a bit. Having decided to remove this stamp from its block, I dug my nail under the edge of the rubber stamp itself and it lifted off the foam easy as pie. Now in this case, that was a good thing, but I had the idea that perhaps a couple of other stamps may be more useful off their blocks, so I found those too. I was horrified that these newer stamps, also lifted off their foam backing just as easily eeekkkk!!! :( :0
Terror set in at this point and I left the studio in shock, afraid to touch any more stamps and risk damaging any of them further. Now the question is, has storing the stamps in these conditions caused the glue in the backing to perish and therefore most of them will be in this condition? Or is it just because it’s winter and very cold, perhaps this happens each winter and they will be ok by the warmer weather. I don’t normally mistreat my stamps by digging at them with my fingernail, and they have been stored like this for about 5 or so years.
Have you un-mounted any of your wood mounted stamps? Did you regret it?
- Do I un-mount my precious wood mounted stamps so I can store them in a smaller space and maybe as a result have room to bring them indoors or hope for the best and leave them where they are?
- I haven’t done a great deal of rubber stamping in the last few years, partially due to poor health the digi side of crafting has taken more of my time.
- Think I might use the stamps more if they were unmounted as they would be easier to store and easier to position on a project.
- I’d like to use the stamps in a different way to in the past. I am tempted to use some (OMG am I really going to do this?) maybe even with acrylic paint or mediums. This seems more the way my creativity is going and I’d like to try using them with a brayer, ie rolling a brayer over the stamp so using the stamp flat on the table, would make that easier.
DH just got back and said it could be that the glues often get weaker bonds in the cold weather, it might all be fine when it gets warmer. Given the stamps are over 5 years old it could just be that the glue has come to the end of its natural life.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon
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