Our stamps are made of high quality clear photo-polymer and manufactured in the United States exclusively for Wplus9 Design Studio. They are of exceptional quality which will be obvious from the first impression!
All stamps are un-mounted, meaning that they are not permanently attached to a base or wooden block. Use of a clear acrylic block, sold separately, is required. We will soon carry acrylic blocks here at the Studio, until then, they are readily available at your local arts and crafts store in many sizes to suit various sized stamps.
Stamp sets will arrive packaged on a transparency sheet. When you are ready to get creative, remove the desired stamp from the transparency sheet and place on the acrylic block. Just apply ink to the stamp and you are ready to go!
Usually, our stamps will not require any "conditioning" before use. However, occasionally some chemical residue may remain due to the manufacturing process. This may prevent even coverage of ink on the stamps’ surface. In that case, a light rub with a white artist's eraser over the stamp will take care of this. After rubbing the surface of the stamp, blow away any eraser debris and continue to ink and stamp as usual.
The stamps have a natural tackiness that allows them to adhere to the acrylic blocks without use of adhesives. Over time and use, your stamps my seem to lose that tackiness due to dust and lint build-up. If this should happen, simply wash the stamps gently in warm water with mild soap. Allow to air dry and return the stamps to their transparency sheet.
For more tips, suggestions and general inspiration, visit the official Wplus9 Design Blog at http://www.stampawaywithme.blogspot.com.