Sometimes, ya just have to take a break from all the fun and do a little cleaning up. My acrylic blocks were a nightmare to say the least! The photo below shows two of my dirty blocks on the left on a white paper towel. They were discolored with ink, greasy, gunky,and sticky from the adhesive and cleaners I use for unmounted stamps. So much so that my stamps weren't adhering to the blocks correctly and I was making messes on my clean card stock. The blocks shown on the right side have just been cleaned, just so you can see how dirty most of my blocks were. Here's how I clean my blocks. I lay out dry, white paper towels so that I can see the dirt on my blocks. Then I take baby wipes and clean off the first layer of ink and gunk. For those hard to remove ink stains and gunky adhesives, I needed a little bit more help though. So I got out my StazOn All Purpose Cleaner. I found mine at my local scrapbook store. The applicator is made of a foam type material that really allowed me to scrub on the blocks. For the toughest stains, I applied the StazOn cleaner onto the block and let it sit while I was working on another block. With a little elbow grease and patience, all of my blocks were soon sparkling, clear and clean again.
I also cleaned some of my stamps that had been stained pretty badly with black ink. Not all of the ink comes off but it cleans them up nicely and removes a lot of of the staining. Hope this little tip helps........now I'm inspired again and am heading to my stamp room to have some stamping fun!!
P.S.........Many of you are missing my blog banner. Here's the deal: I am not good with computer stuff and friends have been helping me out with resizing, and a bunch of other techno junk. But I don't want to bother them so until I can figure out the banner thing myself, I'm keeping it simple and off to the side. Digital scrapbooking and altering of photos is on my to do list this year so we'll see if I can EVER get the hang of it. In the meantime, I'll let my projects take front and center. I might show you my new hair cut though soon! :) I'll be back with lots of new projects soon! Thanks for visiting!