Video: MyTest Run With NEW Photopolymer Stamps

Hi stamping friends!
Some of you may have heard about the new  photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up announced last week.  I was waiting until I tried them before promoting them, even though I was pretty sure SU wouldn’t release a product that wasn’t great quality.  These new type of stamp set offerings will be a trial basis just to see how our audience likes them.  I did a little research on Photopolymer stamps compared to silicone/clear stamps.  Silicone is a much cheaper product to make and the ink tends to repel more.  The Photopolymer uses an expensive resin and produces a higher resolution image.  The photopolymer is designed for a better ink transfer to your paper.

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This is the first trial set, called “DESIGNER TYPESET”  Item # 132956.  It has 57 pieces for $13.95.    It has a little alphabet set, numbers, banners, arrows and a nice quote bubble.  SU said they are coming out with a few other designs, so I’m looking forward to seeing some other cute or artsy designs.  This one might be handy with the tiny alphabet letters for words on cards and scrapbooks.

They arrive in a clear envelope that has the hanging hole tag, which is nice for me since I’d like to hang them for easy access.  The package is  4″x6″ and the stamps are sandwiched between 2 sheets of heavier acetate or window sheet material.  (those are my rulers in the picture above, just showing the size)

Some things I noticed right away (My unsolicited review so far)

1. A bit Smelly, like spray paint.  Have to see if that goes away in time out of package.

2.  They stamp nicely!  Good, clear lines, deeply etched stamp.   See my pic below with all the ink in the middle of the quote on the stamp?  No matter how hard I pushed on the stamp to paper, it never inked the middle.  whoa…that’s really awesome.

3.  They were super sticky, no moving around on the block and no stickers, so that’s a plus.

4.  They did clean up well but left a stain on the stamp.   I inked it again in yellow ink and it was perfectly yellow with no brown ink transfer.

5.  Stampin’ Up says they are “age tested” and won’t yellow or cloud up over time

6.  They also said they use “FDA, Food Safe Material”  Hmmmm…..?  Interesting.

7.  They are cut close to the image – no stamped edge marks so far!

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Here is my quick, out of the box video, looking at them for the first time.  I’m sure I’ll be experimenting more with them and see how they hold up long term vs rubber.   Stamping School members, I’ll try to get a video up next week with a project for these!

If you decide to give them a try, let me know what you think!   Linda

32 Responses

  1. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  2. Linda,

    Thanks for the great video. You’re the best. Can’t wait to see more sets in the photopolymer.

    Another demo in Silver City, NM,

    Wendie Waldman

  3. Hey linda. I know what #6 is all about…haha.  At convention in the demos some of the demonstrators were joking around about licking the stamps clean. We were of course freaking out but then one of them actually did it!  She licked the stamp after she used it!   She did it super quick and then asked us if we saw it.  Very funny!  So it turns out they do need to be safe for the SU staff to lick their stamps clean! Lol! Betsy

  4. good to know they are safe! I was thinking about how we sometimes use them for stamping on cookies, fondant, etc. guess that would work!

  5. Linda, thank you so much for this informative post and video! It’s exactly the kind of information I was looking for. Sue Root (another demo from Raleigh, NC)

  6. thank you so much for the video! Just ordered mine Friday and i am excited to try them!

  7. Like the nice clear image these new stamps make on paper. Will have to give the set a try. Thanks for the demo, Linda!!!

  8. do you have to be a demo to order these??

  9. No, anyone can order them now!

    Linda

  10. Thanks Linda for the wonderful review. Loved the video. And I’m feeling better about the stamps now that I’ve actually seen them in action. Nice too that they are made here in the US. I’ve added some links to your post on SC but you might want to post it in the video section there too. Can’t wait to see next month’s selection.

  11. Thanks Linda, So very helpful your imformation was great. What would we do without Stamping School. You and Matt do such a good job.

  12. Thank you for putting out an informative video and anticipating our questions. SU could use you as their video was poor on introducing this new product. Good work.

  13. Wonderful to see this, thanks. That smell issue might be a stopper for me. They are on order already, but I can always give them away. I am very sensitive to the smell of some plastic wraps.

  14. THANK YOU from a fellow demonstrator. THIS is exactly what I want to see in a video about a new product. Perhaps SU should use YOUR video instead of their current one! :)

  15. From what I know about photopolymer (it’s wonderful to use!), is that the smell never totally goes away. If they are always packaged up, the smell will remain strong. If they are allowed to “breathe”, the smell will diminish, yet not be totally gone (just a slight tint). It’s just how the material smells – nothing that can be done about it.

    Also, as you demonstrated, it does stain. The darker ink colors will stain it. It will not affect the stamping of the stamp. You can follow dark colors with light colors and no ink will transfer (as long as you clean you stamps between colors).

    Photopolymer is a wonderful material for stamps. Clear stamps!!!! How wonderful is that? I’m so glad SU! has tried this out. I believe people will loves these stamps and use and buy them. It will make SU! competitive with other clear stamp companies, who make their stamps from photopolymere. I hope SU! makes many more clear stamp sets.

  16. Linda, thank you for this video! I shared it on my blog. It is a great “explanation” of what these stamps are and exactly what I was looking for to show my customers! *wink! :)
    -Lori, a SU! demonstrator and Stamping School Subscriber

  17. Linda, Thank you so much for doing this video. I plan to share it on my blog – since I’ve no idea how to make a video yet. LOL. I’m thrilled to hear all the positive comments you made. I’m so excited to have SU finally do CLEAR clear stamps. I’ve been hoping for this for years, even though I’m a “woodie” fan, I can’t think of anything better than clear for lining up exactly where you want a stamp to go!

    Thank you so very much!

    Donna – SU! Demo in Phoenix, AZ

  18. I hope so too, Sandy! I’m having fun trying them out! Linda

  19. Excellent video! SU should hire you!!!

  20. Thank you Linda for the review…unsolicited it may be but it is so so so needed, and I hope you know how much you are appreciated to have done this.

  21. Thanks, Linda, for sharing that! I’m a hobby demo and have plenty of “contraband” which include the photopolymer stamps (MFT are my fav). All the photopolymer stamps I own are sentiments – so I can see where I’m stamping. I’m so happy that SU! has finally come on board with photopolymer stamps.

  22. Thanks. Got your link from Stampin Connection Australia. I’m in Aus and am very happy to see this – we don’t have them here yet. I have other brands and they do stain, but keep stamping beautifully.

    If you still want to keep them in the DVD cases you can – just slip the printed sheet in the cover. attach stamp to DVD inside and cover with other acetate sheet. Hope that makes sense.

    Looking forward to hearing how they go after a few stamping sessions.

  23. I received mine today and I really LOVE them! I can’t wait for some bigger images and phrases though. Wasn’t crazy about the tiny letters, but totally loved the way they stick to the clear block and perfect placement every time.

    I noticed mine didn’t stain with some of the colors I tried, but did seem to with the dreaded “reds”.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  24. Thank you for your informative video. It will be interesting too see if they make it to Australia & New Zealand.

  25. As someone who is deathly allergic to natural rubber latex, which is what rubber stamps are made out of, I am so excited that SU is moving in this direction! Who knows, maybe I’ll actually be able to buy stamps from SU again! (My doctor made me get rid of all my rubber stamps.)

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