Tools Every Stamper Should Have

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Stamping runs through our veins here at Close To My Heart and we just can’t get enough of it! For those who are new to stamping or maybe just new to our product line, we wanted to share some of the basics that will make stamping with Close To My Heart your new favorite!

My Acrylix® Stamp Sets

The very first thing that you need is a good quality stamp. There’s no getting around this one. You want stamp sets that will stand the test of time in both structure and design. (Some have had to learn the hard way, not all clear stamp sets are created equal. 🙂 )

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At Close To My Heart we put a lot of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. The process begins about nine months to a year before a stamp set is even available for purchase. From trend and customer preference research all the way through the final label placed on the packaging, there isn’t a detail left unturned.

All of our My Acrylix® stamps are made of a liquid photo polymer resin. (What does that mean?) They are a clear, rubbery, very high quality material that creates clean and crisp prints time and time again. They are also flexible! Because they come packaged on a carrier sheet and are not permanently mounted on a block, you can manipulate them to fit inside shapes and banners, or simply to achieve a slightly different look than the original. (Some people will go as far as cutting their polymer stamps in order to rearrange words and sentiments!)

My Acrylix® Blocks

We mentioned earlier that our stamps are not permanently mounted on blocks, and if you watched the video above you can see what a world of difference that makes.

Once you have your stamp sets, you will need blocks to use them. Our My Acrylix® blocks are your best bet!

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All of our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help with stamp alignment, which is especially helpful to keep words and borders straight. Their crystal clear acrylic design not only lets you see where you are stamping but it is also hard and sturdy, making them very durable and difficult to break. With rounded edges providing a safe and comfortable grip, be prepared for hours of stamping fun!

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

When creativity strikes, enjoy a full spectrum of color with our Exclusive Inks™ color palette.

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Our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads feature an innovative lid pad (where the larger than average ink pad is stored in the lid) keeping the ink always at the surface and ready to use.

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The sleek magnetic closure design makes it easy to open and close (and also helps to keep your fingers clean!).

Available in every one of our beautiful exclusive colors, the ink is an acid free water-based dye and formulated from scratch.

My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner & Stamp Scrubber

As stampers, we naturally want to take care of our beloved stamps. For a lint-free clean, the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber will be your new besties.

Like you saw in the video above, just spray your stamp while it’s still on the block and scrub away. This cleaner and scrubber duo will also remove stubborn pigment inks from My Acrylix® stamps.

That’s it! With a few quality basics you’re set to take on stamping like a pro!

Are there any products you absolutely must have for your stamping? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sticky Boy: Up Close and Personal

Sticky Boy has made a big splash on his Facebook page debut, and so many people have been asking about his whereabouts and how they can get their OWN. But what do we really know about the mysterious fellow? To satisfy the public outcry, we managed to secure an exclusive interview with the enigmatic figure. We sat him down together with Close To My Heart Founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton to find out more about who he is, where he came from, and what he’ll be doing next.

Sticky Boy card

Interviewer: We’re so delighted to have you both here with us for this interview. Sticky Boy, I think there are a lot of people that would like to get to know you better. Would you take a minute to introduce yourself?

Sticky Boy: Oh sure. But before I do that, there’s one thing I’d like to clear up first—even though I am celebrating my tenth birthday as a clear polymer stamp this month, I’ve actually been around quite a bit longer than that. You could say I’d already been “around the block” a few times before I really became the stamp I am today. You know what I mean?

Jeanette: What he means is that long before he became a polymer stamp, Sticky Boy started as a hand-drawn figure on a sketch pad. I doodled out this little figure in order to illustrate an idea I had to my husband, David, who also works for the company and has been in charge of stamp production all these years. We all liked it so much that we decided to turn him into a stamp.

Interviewer: And that is how Sticky Boy was born?

Jeanette: Well, not really. See, back then he was made into a wood and rubber stamp.

Sticky Boy: True, true. That earliest version was not exactly what you would call a “sticky” boy. If he had had a name it would probably be “stampy boy” or something much less catchy.

Jeanette: The name of the stamp was actually What’s Up, and I believe he was every bit as popular as you are now, Sticky Boy.

Sticky Boy: I don’t know about that. Did “What’s Up” have his own Facebook page?

Jeanette: No, but plenty of people were stamping him onto pages of their own making. It was fun to stamp a whole scene for him. People got really creative with him and some of his friends, like another popular stamp character, Frank.

What's Up stamp

The “What’s Up” stamp from the 2001–2002 Close To My Heart Catalog & Idea Book.

Sticky Boy: Please, let’s not change the subject. This is supposed to be about me.

Interviewer: True, true. So how did the name Sticky Boy come about?

Jeanette: Well, it was a little over ten years ago and we had made the decision to transition from wood and rubber stamps to the beautiful clear polymer stamps. We were trying to come up with a name for the new line of stamps. We were revolutionizing the industry as the first to bring this new stamp process to the direct sales market and they needed a catchy name. In a meeting, David, threw out the name “Sticky Boys.” We obviously didn’t agree on the name for our brand, but he didn’t want to let it go!

Sticky Boy: I think it’s a perfectly good name!

Jeanette: Of course you do, but we went with My Acrylix® instead. As part of that whole process, we were choosing which sets would make the transition and which ones would be retired. What’s Up was on the list of sets to retire because he didn’t really fit anywhere in the new collection.

Sticky Boy: What you mean is that you were worried I was going to show up all the other stamp designs and make them jealous.

Jeanette: Sure, we’ll say that. It was David who decided to use the What’s Up design as a prototype of the new My Acrylix® stamps. And that is really how Sticky Boy was born. David was able to keep his beloved stamp image AND his brilliant name for the new stamps.

Interview: That sounds like a great partnership.

Sticky Boy: Well, there are a few details she left out. See, I didn’t love being stuck to a wooden block all the time—it made it really inconvenient to go places, and one of the things I love most is traveling. I asked Jeanette for advice about what to do, and she came up with the idea for the polymer stamps. So you could almost say that I’m the one that gave her the idea. But now I can go pretty much anywhere!

Interviewer: While we’re on the subject, there has been some discussion about how difficult you can be to find. Can you tell us how this little game of yours got started?

Sticky Boy: Happy to. One of the great benefits of being a clear polymer stamp is that you can look right through me when you’re stamping an image. That is a really great feature, but it does make me a little harder to see. Back when I first made the switch, David got the idea that it would be fun to bring me to Convention to introduce the new stamps to our Consultants. So we put our heads together and came up with the idea of a hide-and-seek type game. It let me travel and it let our Consultants see the quality of the clear stamps, too, so it was really a win-win. And it was so much fun that we had to try it again the next year, and the next…

Interviewer: … and that’s how a tradition gets born. Jeanette, what did you think about this idea?

Jeanette: Well, I know how important it is to let David have his fun. I indulge the boys in their little game, though if I had my way, I’d let everyone take a Sticky Boy home with them!

Sticky Boy: Aww, but that takes all the fun out of it!

Sticky Boy's birthday party

Celebration of Sticky Boy’s tenth birthday, complete with all of his favorite sticky treats.

Interviewer: Well, we are running short on time. Sticky Boy, what plans do you have for the future?

Sticky Boy: Well, I’m having a blast with my new Facebook page, and I have got some really fun ideas for what to do there, but other than that, the biggest thing I have planned is next year’s Close To My Heart Convention, of course.

Interviewer: That’s going to be at the Disneyland Hotel® in Anaheim, California, next July, right? How will you be dressing up this time?

Sticky Boy: I think I’m going to keep that a surprise for now. But yes, I am really looking forward to going back to the Disneyland® Hotel—there are so many fun hiding places there.

Interviewer: When will people be able to register for the event?

Sticky Boy: Our Consultants can register for Convention starting in January—so it’s coming right up! I hope everyone can come!

Interviewer: Is there anything else you’d like to say before we wrap up?

Sticky Boy: Oh yeah, just one last thing. I want to make sure everyone knows about the Deal of the Decade special that is going on. You can get C- & D-size stamp sets for just $10 each with a qualifying purchase. It’s a great deal going on for my tenth anniversary celebration, so I hope everyone takes the chance to get some great new stamps. I can vouch for them—they are every bit as fun to craft with as I am, even if they don’t enjoy the same level of celebrity.

Jeanette: Yeah, and they don’t have quite as much of an ego, either.

Interviewer: Well, thank you both very much for your time. It has been a pleasure! I look forward to seeing more of you both in the coming year.

Jeanette & Sticky Boy: Likewise.

There you have it! You heard it from Sticky Boy—December is a great time to get a deal on stamps, so get yours before it’s too late! Oh, and be sure to check out Sticky Boy’s Facebook page for more fun to come!

Jeanette and Sticky Boy

Sticky Boy visits Jeanette at Convention ten years ago.

 

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