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Chocolate Baroque stamps are made in England with all the care and love you would expect from a quality company. If you look after your stamps and give them as much care and attention as we did in the making, they will give you many, many years of beautifully reproduced images.
They are made from the finest quality grey rubber and can be used with all types of ink and paint. If you use water based ink, then clean with water. If you use a solvent based ink, such as Stazon, then use the recommended cleaner for that ink.
Keep away from natural sunlight and excess heat and your stamps should last for years.
Unmounted Rubber Stamps
Unmounted rubber stamp sets come as a single uncut sheet of rubber with several images all on the one sheet. They need to be cut out before use and mounted onto a 'handle' which is typically a clear acrylic block. You can mount the individual stamps permanently onto blocks (eg traditional wood blocks), but it is much more economical to purchase a selection of acrylic blocks in different sizes and use them as temporary handles. See below for different mounting options.
Unmounted Clear Stamps
Clear stamps are already cut out for you and come on a polyester storage sheet. They are made from a polymer resin which leaves the stamps slightly tacky which means they stick to an acrylic block without the need for glue or mounting cushion. To avoid the natural tackiness picking up unwanted dust and fluff, always return to a protective polyester sheet when not in use. (Avoid storing on other plastics as they can cause a reaction with the polymer.)
Getting the best from your stamps
Occasionally, brand new stamps may not give a crisp image first time and this is easily fixed by cleaning the stamps before use.
If you are getting ink around the image, you are probably picking up ink from the background rubber and need to trim the stamps more. You can usually see this and it gives you an indication of where you need to trim a little more. Alternatively you may be over inking the stamp - always take the inkpad to the stamp and lightly tap over the image several times to ink it up. By using this method you are less likely to squash the stamp into the pad, which causes you to pick up excess ink.