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Review | Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy

Every so often, a craft tool comes along that is so simple, yet so useful, that I wonder how I ever got by without it. The Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy is one of those tools.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Lawn Fawn provided the Stamp Shammy that was used in this review to me for a separate project outside of this site, but I loved it so much I decided I wanted to share it here. Some links may be affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click, or advertiser courtesy links.]

Lawn Fawn Stamp ShammyAt first glance in the package, the Stamp Shammy (Amazon, Scrapbook.com, ACOT, Simon) is quite unassuming. In appearance it’s just a piece of turquoise cloth that is slightly under 5″ by 7″ in size. But once out of the package and soaked in water, it shows its true magic.

After being soaked in water, the Stamp Shammy turns into an all-in-one stamp cleaning solution. In my tests, it cleaned rubber and clear stamps of all inks – leaving no color behind on the stamp – except for solvent based inks such as Staz-On and Ranger Archival. Even with those solvent inks it left the stamp clean enough for the stamp to be re-used, but just left behind staining on the stamp. This included tests of pigment, dye, chalk, and hybrid inks from multiple brands.

Cleaning stamps with the Stamp Shammy does leave behind marks on the shammy cloth, but those are just cosmetic and do not mean that area cannot be used to clean another stamp. The staining may be an irritant for neat freaks, however.

Using the shammy is a simple, single step process. Just tamp or wipe your dirty stamp on the cloth until the stamp is clean. Then the stamp can be put away or immediately reused. The Stamp Shammy can also be used to wipe off my stamping block if I get ink on it while using a stamp.

Because of how simple it is to use, and the fact that it uses no consumable supplies, the Stamp Shammy is perfect for large scale repetitive stamping projects. The first project that I used my shammy for was to swatch some inks, leaving behind all of these small circles on the shammy. The shammy makes it ridiculously easy to switch colors for a project like that where you are stamping multiple times with multiple colors with the same stamp. Just stamp, swipe on the shammy, and then ink with your next color!

Lawn Fawn Stamp ShammyAnother project that the Stamp Shammy is perfect for is bullet journaling or planners. I just used it while setting up a new bullet journal, which meant stamping nearly 1000 impressions for calendar dates and events. When I was done, the cloth was quite stained from the black ink, but my shammy was cleaning fine. (The picture below was taken partway through the stamping.)

The shammy really decreased the amount of time it took to complete the calendar stamping versus my last time doing it to set up a new journal. And it made it so easy to do the special events on the calendar in a variety of colors!

Stamp Shammy Bullet JournalSince the shammy is wet while being used, I usually keep it on a thrift store plate (or a foam one) on my work surface to keep the table surface and other items from getting damp.

Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy

Since getting my Stamp Shammy I have drastically cut back my use of baby wipes to clean my stamps – great for both my budget and the environment. I use them only rarely now!

Its size and simplicity makes the Stamp Shammy the perfect stamp cleaner for stamping on the go at the crops or while traveling. It’s small, lightweight, and there’s no containers of liquid to haul (and potentially spill). Just find a sink to run some water on it and activate it, and you’re ready to go. One shammy could serve the stamp cleaning needs of an entire table of croppers! When you are done, throw it in a zip bag to take home. (Don’t keep it sealed up too long, though – be sure to lay it out to dry so that it won’t mold while sealed up wet!)

So what is the cost of stamp cleaning miracles? The price of the Stamp Shammy – an $8 MSRP – is affordable enough that prolific stampers can buy several and stash them where they use them most – their planner kit, their stamping supplies, their crop bag, or wherever they need it. I’m already plotting to add a second one to my supplies for my planner stash!

Pros:

  • Affordable ($8 MSRP)
  • Easy to Use
  • Portable

Cons:

  • Ink stains the shammy (but it still works)
  • Won’t take out solvent inks entirely

The Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy is available in retail stores and from online retailers (Amazon, Scrapbook.com, ACOT, Simon) for an MSRP of $8.

Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Stamp Cleaners

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

I was so excited to get this little package in the mail from Stampendous!  I am reviewing the two stamp cleaners – same formula in both bottles, but two ways to apply.  For about the past five years I have been using baby wipes to clean all my stamps and was anxious to see if these cleaners are easier or do a better job.

The green bottle has a felt dauber top (just like acrylic paint daubers) that releases the stamp cleaning solution when you press down on it.  The pink bottle has a fine mist spray nozzle.  Both bottles contain the same stamp cleaner, which is water-based and non-toxic.

Before I got started with my review I had to clean off my work space and noticed a stamp I used about a week ago that never got cleaned (pictured below with metallic gold pigment ink).  Yikes!  I used the dauber on it and plenty of stamp cleaner came out  right away.  I then blotted it on a paper towel (as instructed), but that ink didn’t budge.  I daubed it a second time and the ink started to come off.  I ended up having to scrub it with the paper towel instead of blotting to get all the ink off.  But it had been on there for a week…

The directions are very simple and I decided to jump right in and test the cleaners with four different inks and a clear stamp so you can see any ink residue.  I tested Versafine pigment ink, Memento dye ink, VersaMark Dazzle, and StazOn.

 After inking up a brand new clear stamp with Memento and stamping it once I used the dauber stamp cleaner again and then blotted on a paper towel.  You can see below that the black ink still left some discoloration on the clear stamp.  I’m not sure if this can be avoided though.  I stamped it again on white cardstock and the ink was gone.

After using the dauber cleaner on these two stamps I noticed that the felt on top was starting to get a little pilled.  (click image to enlarge)
It also took me a few tries to get the right amount of cleaner out when using the dauber.  Pushing down on the applicator releases a tiny bit of cleaner, but I squeezed the bottle to get a little more.  Oops!  Squeezed to hard – see below.

After this I moved on to the spray applicator.  I pulled out another brand new clear stamp and inked it up with VersaFine pigment.  I stamped once on cardstock and then sprayed twice with the stamp cleaner.  This bottle gives you a nice even and fine mist, but it is still a bit hard to contain it just on the stamp.  After spraying I used a paper towel to “scrub gently and blot” as instructed.  This worked, but left little white fibers on the stamp from the paper towel.

I also used the spray applicator to clean off stamps with VersaMark Dazzle and StazOn.  As expected it did a great job cleaning the VersaMark, but not so much on the StazOn.  It did manage to get a little of the green StazOn off my clear stamp, but since it is a solvent ink I would need to use a special cleaner for that one.  Just testing!

In the end I found the best results using both stamp cleaners with a stamp scrubbing pad that I had on hand (above), instead of the paper towel that the directions recommend.  I just applied the stamp cleaner directly to the stamp and then scrubbed on the pad and let the stamp air dry.

Comparing these cleaners to my old method (baby wipes), I would say that they are more effective, but not easier.  So let’s sum it all up with some pros and cons for the Stampendous Stamp Cleaners.

Pros:

  • Able to remove pigment and dye inks from clear, cling, and rubber stamps
  • Water based and non-toxic – no funky smells and I feel safe having this around the family
  • Very nice applicator bottles – I liked both!
  • Inexpensive and easy to find locally and online
Cons:
  • A bit more messy than I’m used to in my small working space – hard to get just the right amount of cleaner directly onto the stamp
  • Multi-step process (but cleaning stamps almost always is)
  • Needed a stamp scrubber pad to use these cleaners to the best of their ability
I also have to mention that the new Stampendous jumbo cling stamps are SOOOO nice to use with their Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle.  It is so much thinner and lighter than my old acrylic blocks and I love all the new cling stamp designs.
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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Teresa Collins Stampmaker by Photocentric

Reported by Simone Collins

When I caught my first glimpse of the Teresa Collins Stampmaker at CHA last summer, I knew it was going to be a product that we would definitely need to put to the test, and that is just what I did. Photocentric, creator of the Stampmaker, claims that “this revolutionary machine will change the way you create.” With the ability to create polymer stamps, stencils and embossing plates from any image, text, or photo, this may do just that.

The Stampmaker kit includes, the Stampmaker light unit, enough polymer pacs to make ten stamps, two stencils, two embossing plates, and everything you need to make those. Also included are exclusive, pre-printed Teresa Collins designs, as well as two sheets of transparency to create your own designs. The whole kit retails for $169, which is a substantial initial investment, but depending on the amount of stamps you want to create, or if you plan on selling your creations, it could pay for itself over time.

In order to create your own custom stamps, you will need to create your images using Photoshop or the free Photofiltre software that Photocentric recommends. In order to create my images, I used Photoshop since Photofiltre is not Mac compatible. I also utilized some of the free downloadable images from the Stampmaker website. A new set of images are available each month. These images fill an entire 8.5″ x 11″ transparency. Here is a helpful tutorial that will show you how to select just one of the images from a set.

You can also use your own drawings, handwriting, or doodles to create a stamp:

Here is a tutorial on how to turn your handwritten image to create a stamp:

One of the best things about the Stampmaker is that you can turn any photo into a stamp. Photocentric has helpful videos to show you how to do this with the Photofiltre software.

The steps to turn a photo stamp with Photoshop are very simple as well. I would consider myself a Photoshop novice and I even I could do this with very little help or googling. Here is a quick video to show you the steps in Photoshop to create a photograph stamp:

With the stamps I made from my nephew’s graduation photo I took, I made this neat card to give him at his party this weekend. He’s gonna love it.

The inside reads, “Heck ya you did and we couldn’t be more proud!”

And this cute cupcake topper since I am the one bringing the sweets to the party this weekend. Notice how this stamp is slightly different from the other. I used the photocopy setting for the top one, and the stamp setting for this one. I like them both.

You can also use free Photoshop brushes to create some really neat images. Here is a quick video to walk you through that process as well.

Once your images are all set, it’s time to print. In order to get the darkest images, it is important to set your printer on glossy photo paper at the highest quality. Then comes the worst part of my entire stamp making process…the printing. My super wonderful Epson photo printer does not have a transparency setting and thus, made the printing experience an absolute nightmare. I spent more time attempting to print my transparencies than actually creating the stamps. Apparently transparencies are not in demand as they once were and printers sometimes do not come with this option. Photocentric recommends an inexpensive printer that is widely available. An alternative to printing your own transparencies at home would be to send them to your local print shop and have them do the printing. The cost is minimal and would eliminate this whole headache.

Then comes the stamp making. This whole process takes no more than 7 minutes, no joke. Choose your image, place the polymer in the clamp with the word ImagePac in reverse. Lay the image on top of polymer with inked side against the pack and add the top of the clamp. Press down on the center of the clamp to ensure evenness of the polymer. Check to make sure there are no creases by holding the clamped image up. Place in Stampmaker, image on the bottom for three seconds, then flip over and leave in Stampmaker for three minutes. Remove from Stampmaker, clip ends and scrub the excess polymer away. This part of the process is sticky, real sticky. Then place in tray of water and back in the Stampmaker for 2 minutes. And done. Here’s a quick look at the whole process.

The process is really very simple and the results are pretty amazing. With that being said, I did get some faulty polymer and some of my results varied, but the customer service at Photocentric is top notch. I am constantly complaining about the lack of customer service these days but this company was not only quick to answer my emails but also sent out replacement polymer packs immediately. Also, when I had problems creating a stencil, Charlie walked me through the entire process while over the phone, and low and behold it was my own dang fault. When you are investing in tool like this, that is a very valuable commodity.

Here are a few more samples I made with the stamps I created with the Stampmaker. A cute little sign for my bathroom door to remind my teen that we all share the main floor bathroom.

A card made with the bicycle from the free download section on the Stampmaker website.

Sentiment stamp is from A muse Art Stamps

And a birthday card with a photo stamp of my dogs and a handwritten stamp as well. The big dog had mixed results because he is black and white in the face and that is a hard combination for getting the photo stamp just right. But if you compare it to the photo, it’s obviously my Nas and Dita, just minus the cute party hats.

Bunting and Patterned Paper from Imaginisce
Original photo I manipulated to make the stamp

Some important tips though when making your stamps…

  • Don’t scrub too hard when you are in the cleaning step. If you do, you will wind up like me and have a stamp with a word missing.
  • Make sure you “kneed” your polymer pack before you use it. Also, don’t forget to press down firmly on the stamp clamp for 10 seconds before placing it in the light unit. This will eliminate any creases or unevenness of the stamps.
  • Leave your polymer packs in their case or a dark area when you are not using them. Prolonged exposure to light will begin the polymer setting process, so keep them away from light.
  • Your transparencies need to be black, I mean the blackest black. If you hold your image up to a light source and spots don’t seem to be completely blacked out, you can blacken with a marker to ensure the darkest image.
  • The timer on the Stampmaker is not really useful. Since there are different processing times for each type of item you can make, you will need to use your own timer. 

My overall impression of the Stampmaker is that it is a simple way to get the stamps you always wanted but could never find to buy.  I could see someone making custom stamps for friends or a small business with this little tool. It’s so easy to get started and the results are really incredible. I say it is worth the investment and could be something that would pay for itself over time.

Pros:

  • Easy to use and fast for creating custom stamps.
  • Video included in the kit as well as everything needed to get started right away.
  • Incredible customer service at Photocentric in case you have any questions or problems.
Cons:
  • The written instructions could be better and more organized.
  • Printing out your images may be a problem depending on your printer.
  • Refill polymer packs may be difficult to find locally but are readily available online.
GIVEAWAY
The great group over at Photocentric is giving away an 8 x 8 faux leather storage album to one lucky reader. This is a great way to store your new Teresa Collins Stampmaker stamps as well as all your clear and cling stamps or would be a great scrapbook. 

In order to be entered to win this prize, head on over to the Photocentric Facebook page to “like them” and let them know Craft Critique sent you and please add a comment in the section below this article answering any of the following questions:


What do you think of this new tool? Is this something you would consider purchasing? What stamps would you make and how would YOU use them?
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