Some of you may remember, KSS’ very first multi-step stamp set was 3 Step Daisy. With KSS hitting a milestone of 10 years and feeling sentimental and inspired by Ilina’s Zinna card, I wanted to stamp some daisies on both white and kraft cardstock.
So, I pulled out my daisy stamps and ….. YUCK!
Yes, my daisy stamps have been one of my “GO TO” sets from the very beginning of KSS and this set has seen a lot of stamping over the past 10 years! I admit, I am not kind to my stamps and well, sort of abuse them… sometimes on purpose. Why? To see well will KSS stamps hold up under harsh conditions.
As a stamper, I don’t always have time to clean up after a quick last-minute card and I figure I am not alone. So, since the Fall of 2017, I have been testing the quality of our stamps by leaving them out exposed on my craft table with the ink haphazardly cleaned off for weeks, months and (this is a tad embarrassing) just found some exposed stamps high up on a shelf that I placed a couple of years ago, that I had forgotten about … all covered in dust! (cough-yuck!) Plus, I recently found some of those stamps that had jumped off my craft table and gone MIA – under furniture, in cardstock file folders, and other places in my craft room that I still can’t figure out how they got there! Yes, I guess I am a messy stamper! lol
BUT, the point I am trying to make… no matter how much dried on ink (except for alcohol-based inks), dust and gunk have built up or migrated to your KSS stamps over time … they keep on stamping!
The first 2 photos above are of my first 3 Step Daisy set (used since August 2007). As you can see in the first photo, they are filthy! I seriously thought it was time to give this set a burial! But, with some rubbing alcohol, anti-static/lint-free wipes (such as Kimwipes) and a super soft toothbrush (those for very young children are perfect) for the crevices, and then air dry … Voilà!
My 10-year-old stamps are back in business! Even the center stamp of the daisy is so much cleaner I CAN actually see to line it up again! Yes, my set of stamps are no longer crystal clear as when they were new. They have either a pinkish tint (stained from inks) or a yellowish tint (caused by UV rays when left out for long periods of time), but they are still pliable, stick to acrylic blocks (or my MISTI) and can stamp a crisp impression! I think that says a lot about KSS stamps!
If you ever find that one of your KSS stamps has gone MIA from its set, just email me. If I have an extra stamp of the one you are missing, I am happy to mail it to you.
Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!
Please check out the fabulous Autumn card from Lynn McAuley.