Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A stuck stamp

A question for you stampers - I've got a few clear stamps that I've not used for a long time that have got so firmly stuck to their acetate backing sheets that they seem impossible to peel off. I've actually damaged a few of them and I don't want to destroy any more. Do any of you have any tips for helping to release them?

This stamp, for instance, only ever gets used in the run up to Valentine's Day and then is set aside for the next 11 months. It was totally welded to the acetate backing - in the end the only way I could use it was to glue the whole thing, backing and all, to my acrylic block and then wash the glue off after I'd done my stamping. And no, the washing off didn't release the stamp, something I'd hoped might happen!

Anyway, here is the stamped image, combined with a little heart-y ribbon from my stash and three red heart shaped mirror stickers. Those mirror stickers are acrylic ones, and there  isn't a line of glue seeping out of the bottom, that's a shadow because they are so thick! They are bright red in real life, but so very reflective they've come up looking black. I've had them absolutely ages, well, not just the hearts, actually three packs of assorted mirror embellishments, and it's the first time I've used any of them, so hopefully as time passes I will work out a way of showing them more effectively.

I'm sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Valentines Day
Addicted to CAS - Red
Clear It Out - Loving you with red/white twine or ribbon  


Marina said...

Firstly, elegant and classic card - the ribbon mirrors the pattern on the sentiment beautifully. Secondly, I will watch out for any replies you get about the stuck stamps. This has also happened to me and not just with old stamps ...I bought some Penny Black clear stamps at a show once and they were completely stuck and I ripped one trying to remove it - but I couldn't remember who I'd bought it from! I also just use them on the backing and would like a better solution.

Barb said...

Hi Jane, Well I have no answer to your question. I have the same problem and it's happened with new stamps too. I really like your card. As Marina said, it really is very elegant. Barbxx

Wendy L said...

This is wonderfully CAS and a great valentines card, thanks for joining us at Allsorts xxx

cotnob said...

A fabulous CAS valentine card Jane, a lovely stamp. Sorry, I can't help with your problem.

Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful CAS card Jane, I envy anyone that can pull off CAS so well, I'm a dud. Thanks for playing along with Clear it Out Tuesday for the Loving You Challenge.

Caroline Cowe said...

is the stamped image the word LOVE - if so how did you get it to be polkadot?!

Christi Conley said...

I looked up your dilemma and found that some people had good luck with putting them in the freezer for 15 mins, and others have used WD-40 (not sure how), running hot water over the stamp (now, why some use cold and others use hot??) and lastly, one person put them in the freezer overnight and that worked. I hope one of these works for you <3 oxox

anja curvers said...

Yes very pretty. Thanks for joining us over at ATCAS.