I've tried some clear stamps in the past. They're OK, but I prefer my Stampin' Up! stamps! So when Stampin' Up! introduced a photopolymer stamp set, I didn't know what to think. I decided to order it and it came on Monday, about an hour before I was going to leave for our group Stamp Share. I just had to try it out!
This is the card I came up. I had seen the curved banner on a card made by one of the Stampin' Up! designers and wanted to see if it was hard to do. Not at all! The stamps are very sticky, so it was easy to stick it to the clear block. I moved it a few times before I had the curve the way I wanted it. I decided to stamp it with an old style Basic Gray pad.
I put all the letters for "Birthday" on another block and colored each letter with Stampin' Write Markers. I love how the color stayed dark- sometimes when I color with markers the color seems "faded" when it's stamped.
I did the letters for "Happy" individually and used the new firm foam pads to ink them. I need to re-ink my Midnight Muse pad so the "H" is a little light. Overall, I am impressed with the way these stamps worked with all 3 types of ink.
The balloons are from Patterned Party and I used the 2012-2014 In Colors.
This picture shows the size of the stamps compared to a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card, as well as the staining from stamping this card. You can definitely tell which stamps I used! The stamps are totally clear- the black is printed on the clear plastic that the stamps are stuck to. I'm not sure if the staining is from the ink or from my Stampin' Scrub. I did start with a clean scrub, but we all know they don't stay that way for long!
I'm looking forward to seeing what other designs Stampin' Up! makes in photopolymer! I like them more than I thought I would.