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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 Shammy

At first glance in the package, the Stamp Shammy (Amazon, Scrapbook.com, 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 Shammy

Another 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 Journal

Since 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, Simon) for an MSRP of $8.

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?
One comment per person per article, please. Winner will be selected Sunday, June 26th. Good Luck!
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Vendor Spotlight: Teresa Collins Stampmaker

Reported by Rachel Johnson


Custom stamps for my personal crafting needs have always been a wish list item for me, so I jumped at the chance to review the Teresa Collins Stampmaker. With the Stampmaker, you are able to make your own clear polymer stamps, stencils, and embossing templates using just about any image. It won First Runner-Up for the 2010 CHA Innovative Award!

The Stampmaker set sells for $169 and comes with the light unit, magnetic clamp, ten stamp pacs, two emboss and two stencil pacs, acrylic block for mounting your finished stamps and two sheets of Stampmaker Cling (for mounting stamp to acrylic block), wash brush, post exposure tray, CD with the imagepac artwork modifying program and many exclusive Teresa Collins designs, two sheets of negative film for inkjet printers, eight pre-printed samples of exclusive Teresa Collins designed artwork negatives, plus written and video instructions.

For my first session with the stampmaker, I created seven images to turn into stamps. Above is the set of negative images that I created in Photoshop. I love sending snail mail, so most of these first stamps are graphics that I can use over and over on my outgoing packages.

If you do not have Photoshop or a similar program, the Stampmaker comes with “Imagpac” imaging software for PC computers. Or, you can download free negative stamp images from the Teresa Collins blog.

I work on a Mac and am comfortable with Photoshop, so making the negative images was a breeze. You can scan, type, or design just about any black and white graphic and then invert the colors. I printed all seven of my stamps negatives onto one sheet of transparency film (provided with the Stampmaker) using my HP deskjet printer. You can see the resulting transparency below.


You want to be sure to print on the correct side of the transparency film (it is slightly sticky when touched with a damp finger) and the images must be printed very opaque black. If you are running low on ink and your negative images are streaky, they will not produce nice stamps.

Before proceeding, I watched the video instructions for stampmaking twice and then referred to the written instructions while creating my actual stamps. The procedure is a bit complicated, but by following the directions step-by-step I managed to avoid any mistakes (full disclosure: I made polymer stamps using a similar process once before in a print making class, so I was already somewhat familiar with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker procedure).


To create a stamp, you press a negative image on top of one of the “stamp pacs” in between the provided magnetic clamp, and then place the clamp into the light unit for three minutes. The clear areas of the image allow light to hit and harden the liquid polymer in the pac, creating the raised areas of the stamp. The strong magnetic clamp ensures that the liquid polymer is flattened into a perfectly flat surface for your stamp.


Once the stamp has been exposed, you must wash off any remaining liquid polymer. You trim the edges from the stamp pac and then rinse your stamp under warm water. You can use mild dish soap and the provided cleaning brush to clean out all of the details of your stamp. Once your stamp is totally clean, you re-expose it in the light unit and water tray to harden it once more.

Cleaning the stamps is my least favorite part of the stampmaking process. The polymer is a slight skin irritant, it has a strong odor, and it is messy. You must work diligently to clean out all of the stamp crevices, but not scrub too hard and damage your delicate stamp.


The cleaning step is totally worth the final product, though! All of my stamps turned out beautifully and created crisp clear stamped images. You can use the enclosed “Stampmaker Cling” tape to adhere your stamp to the provided acrylic block and start stamping immediately after cleaning and drying your stamp!


The return address stamp that you see above was more finely detailed and a bit more difficult to clean. I suggest using clear, adequately spaced text for your stamps. You can see that the bolded words “packaged with care by:” on the top line in my stamp are slightly harder to read. I would make that text more clear in a second attempt. Also, I had a very thin dashed line above and below my return address stamp design, but it was accidentally brushed off during my rigorous cleaning of the stamp.

Very fine design elements are harder to produce in the stamps, but they ARE possible. There are troubleshooting steps included in the Stampmaker instructions.


I have dreamed of creating the mailing label stamp seen above for years. I basically used to hand draw that same design on most of my out-going packages, which took way too much time. The stamp is a super-simple design, but I know it is one I will use over and over! (I mounted it on my own acrylic block.)

I love that the Teresa Collins Stampmaker has already made it possible for me to create things I have been thinking about for ages – all without having to place any complicated custom orders or deal with the price and shipping delay that would come with ordering these stamps from an office supply company.


I had a lot of fun making all of my stamps and then using them to pre-stamp multiple mailing envelopes. The stamps worked great on bubble envelopes and will make my mailing and shipping life much easier! There are so many more stamps I plan to make! And even though I do not think I will use them quite as often, I am looking forward to creating stencils and embossing templates with the Stampmaker next.


My ultimate opinion of the Teresa Collins Stampmaker? I love it. The stamps it produces are clear and crisp, and if you have a design already in mind, creating a stamp that you can immediately start using takes less than thirty minutes. The price may be restrictive for many, as will the fact that you only get ten stamp pacs and must then purchase additional pacs. But for serious stampers who have lots of ideas that they want to turn into stamps, it will be a valuable tool.

Pros:
  • Everything is included in the Teresa Collins Stampmaker set to immediately start making stamps.
  • Clear video and written instructions.
  • There is no limit to what you can turn into a stamp!

Cons:
  • Price of $169 is an investment.
  • When washing out your stamps the liquid polymer is messy and has an odor.
  • The stampmaking procedure may seem complicated to beginners.
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


Have you tried the Teresa Collins Stampmaker kit? Have you always wanted to make your own stamps? Is this a product you would consider purchasing, why or why not?


One comment per person per article, please. Winner will be selected Sunday, June 26th. Good Luck!




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