Stamp Cleaning Pad

Hello Crafters 🙂

I was a bit of an idjit (Supernatural reference – fans will get it.)

I ordered a Rubit-Scrubit (Inkssentials by Ranger) online thinking it would be something like the Inkadinkado Stamp Scrubber.  I was disappointed when my package arrived at all it is, is a glorified sponge with a foam backing.  6×6 inches.

Now I have nothing against this other than my own stupidity in not researching it properly before I bought it. This is a perfect solution for most people, but stubborn me wants what I want.  I want the rough side and the smooth side.

So I set my mind to finding a solution.

I want a stamp-cleaning box, not just the pad.

I dug around my craft room and found some things that would help me make what I want.

(For now—I am going to buy myself the Inkadinkado Stamp Scrubber as soon as I have the money.)

In December (during the splurge I mentioned in my Brother Label maker post) I lived in Her-Annies. It’s a craft supply shop near where I live and it’s my nirvana. (Okay that and Scrap-a-doodles in Irene)

I bought some clear Perspex boxes for storage. They measure 16×11 cm and they are about 3 cm deep. I bought them for my wood mounted small stamps but they are perfect for what I needed.

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  1.  I measured and cut my Ribit-Scrubit into two
  2.  Took two of the base parts of the Perspex boxes.
  3.  I used washi tape to make a hinge then reinforced it with clear, self-adhesive plastic. The kind you cover books with.  On both sides of the “hinge” inside and outside.
  4. Then I took one of my favorite washi tapes and covered both boxes neatly to give it some prettiness

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  1. I used my brother label maker to make a label and glued my Rubit-Scrubit piece one in each side. One for wet and one for dry.

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If you don’t like the way I’ve done it, hunt Youtube and google, there are loads of DIY stamp cleaner tutorials and ideas.

There we have it, a temporary, and perfectly useful stamp cleaner. Now I’m going to go find the recipe for some DIY stamp cleaning solution and mix up a batch.

I know for clear stamps its

  1. Mild baby shampoo
  2. Water
  3. Glycerin.

Not sure about the amounts though. I will keep you updated.

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