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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, 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 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, 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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CHA: ScraPerfect’s New Tools

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The joy of adding small embellishments onto a project can be diminished by the difficulty in picking up and placing them onto the project.  One of the biggest problem in working with rhinestones, sequins, and other tiny embellishments is that they are hard to pick up.  Well at the ScraPerfect booth they had a tool to solve that problem!

Amy Roszak, the owner of ScraPerfect, is committed to develop tools to help you craft smarter.  Her new “Embellie Gellie” was created to solve the problem of picking up small embellishments.

Plus, it helps you place it in just the right spot.

The other product that caught our eye was the “Best Glue Ever”.  This glue dries quickly and clear. What makes it special is that it get tackier as it dries.  So you can use the glue for a variety of projects.  It can be used to attach charms, glitter, and other assorted items.

The fine tip is great to write out write out words and patterns on projects for use with glitter or foil.  The chart below give you an idea of some of the many ways you can use this glue.

At the ScraPerfect website, there is a video that shows different ways to utilized these products to make the most of them.

Another product on hand, was the “Perfect Cleaning Cloth”.  It removes fingerprints, dirt, and fibers from eye glasses, photos, crystals, camera lenses, dark colored papers, and more.  It was quite interesting to watch the cloth clean an “AB Crystal” bracelet without the use of liquid chemicals.  The shine that returned to the bracelet was impressive.

You may already be familiar with the rest of the ScraPerfect product line. If you are not, a quick visit to their website will give you more information.

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