Those words are so often repeated, aren't they? How often do we say we'd never do something only to discover a while later that "never" has actually come around and is happening right now?
Well, it's happening with Stampin' Up! How often have demonstrators said that Stampin' Up! would never offer acrylic stamps? Their trademark has always been the rubber stamp. Whether it is wood-mounted or able to be mounted on an acrylic block, the Stampin' Up! stamp has always been rubber. Well, no longer! Right now, beginning March 1st, 2013 (a day to remember on your calendars!), Stampin' Up! is offering photopolymer stamp sets on a trial basis.
What is a photopolymer stamp and why would you be interested? Photopolymer stamps are basically 2nd generation from the original digital art while molded silicon stamps are generally 4th or 5th generation from the original digital art. The fewer steps (generations) between the digital art and the finished stamp, the higher the resolution. And resolution is one of those attributes that is so very important in a stamp. Besides this, they stick to the acrylic block beautifully and they're clear so that you can actually see precisely where you are stamping.
So, yes, Stampin' Up! has always said never, ever! That began back when there were no real choices in the type of materials from which clear stamps were made. After extensive testing of the longevity of the photopolymer stamps and their image quality, however, Stampin' Up! is going to give us a chance to try them out. If we like them, it looks as if there will be even more choices in the Stampin' Up! store.
The first set is this one
It comes with a mind-boggling 57 pieces and costs a mere $16.95 (Item #132956). Could you ask for a better introduction to the photopolymer stamp sets?
As soon as mine arrives, I'll post an update of my impressions as well as a sample card using the set. If you don't want to wait, just order your own from my online store or contact me and I'll included it in my next order.
Isn't this exciting?