New WOW! Video: Mastering Solid Images


When I first started using Stampin’ Up!’s photopolymer (clear) stamps, I struggled with getting a good image with some of the solid stamps.  A portion would be missing or ink would be uneven after stamping.  Maddening, right?  As I promised you in yesterday’s post, I  prepared a new 1 Minute to WOW Video for you today to share simple tips for mastering solid images, especially helpful when using photopolymer stamps.  There’ s no music on this video due to some technology challenges!

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Here’s a link to yesterday’s post and card if you missed it.  Below is a close look at the Crazy About You stamp set I used.   It’s a sneak peek and will be available for customer purchase in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, January, 2015.

Stampin up stampin' up! stampinup mary fish crazy about you occasions catalog

Look at all the fun sentiments and possibilities for word combinations.  Just Sayin’ (wink)!  What do you think?  Please leave me a comment below (or click on the title of the post to reach my blog if you received this post by email)!

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My Stampin’ Up! supplies recipe for the card above is available on yesterday’s post.  Information on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat is below.



  1. Yes, I love to whet your appetite for new products. Thanks, Karen!

  2. Mary,

    I’m so glad you posted the video on solid images, as I have had trouble stamping them consistently. I enjoy your blog and thank you for sharing your cards.

    What a tease you are, showing a stamp set that WE will have to wait for. This set will be on my “want” list for sure.

  3. Can’t wait to get that stamp set. I can think of endless possibilities! Love the videos as always.

  4. Thank you again Mary for sharing. Great stamp set!!

  5. thanks for the response Mary! I will order the memento ink!

  6. Every time I look at all the words of the Crazy About You stamp set, I come up with a new combination. “Happy Together” has me thinking of a song by the Turtles in the 60’s.


  8. Thanks for the tip Mary… Looking forward to seeing all the other neat new things Stampin’ Up! comes out with in the new Mini Catalog. I love that stamp set – it is a must have!

  9. Love the words in the set Can’t wait until it comes out.

  10. Great tip, Mary, thanks!

  11. Thanks for the Baby Wipes suggestion, Beth!

  12. Great tip and video!! I’m going to buy the mat here in Canada. I find that baby wipes works good on polymer stamps when using Stazon.

  13. I think it’s a great stamp set. Looking forward to the Occasions catalog in January.

  14. Looks like a great set!!

  15. Good question, Judi. Tuxedo Black Memento Ink is my “go to” for just about everything, including photopolymer stamps. My understanding is that it’s OK to use Stazon with the stamps but NOT the Stazon cleaner (this is per someone from Stampin’ Up!). I’m not sure of the best way to clean them if you DO use Stazon since I don’t go this route. Many of my fellow demonstrators feel the Memento Ink gives a much crisper image with the photopolymer stamps than Stazon.

  16. Hi Mary,
    Quick question! Is it alright to use Stazon ink with the photopolymer stamps.
    I was viewing another demos video and she commented that she only uses the memento ink with hers. She claimed the stazon (solvent ink) makes the Photopolymer stamps sticky???? I don’t want to ruin my stamps and I do have workshops. Thanks for all your shared tips!!

  17. Great video. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Love the stmap set.

  18. Love the piercing Matt for these type of stamps. Thanks for yet another amazing video Mary.

  19. Thanks for the “eraser” tip, Kim. Another good thing to try!

  20. Thanks for the video and tips. Love the new stamp set!

  21. Great video Mary. The first thing I do when my photopolymer arrives is to use an eraser to “erase” any residual release agent from the surface of the stamps. I have an eraser dedicated for this purpose only. After I use the eraser on the surface, I give it a good clean with the Stampin’ Scrub Pad. I never have issues with them not stamping correctly after that. However, I do use a foam pad at all times underneath my stamping surface. It makes such a difference!

  22. Honestly, I wish all our stamps had a photopolymer (clear) option. I absolutely love them. Great cling, see through abilities for placement and less expensive. The line images (sentiments, etc.) were crisp from the “get go.” Some of the solid images need a little “seasoning” which the video addresses. I get excellent results now (even better than red rubber–GASP)! Hang in there. It’s worth a a wee bit of extra effort!

  23. Charmaine Babineau

    Great tip on your video. I had been disappointed with the photopolymer stamps.

  24. It’s fun to share a sneak stamp set with you. I have high hopes for the Occasions Catalog in January 2015 if this is the trend!

  25. Great tip Mary, thank you for making the video.

  26. what a great stamp set. Love it

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