During Founder’s Circle last week we were lucky enough to visit the Kanab, Utah facility where Stampin’ Up! manufactures their fabulous rubber stamps. And while I’d been there in past years for a tour, this year was special! We got to take pictures!!
So here’s the photo tour of me making a stamp set — it was the That’s the Ticket stamp set (128075), so who knows…maybe if you are getting this set soon, it could be one that *I* made for you!!
Here is one of the big ovens that burns the rubber sheets into the matrix mold for the stamps:
The stamps just finished ‘cooking’ so I’m pulling off the paper protector layer:
Then the whole sheet gets picked up to move to the cutting table (this is 4 sheets of 4 stamp sets each, so 16 sets).
It’s toasty warm — like my gloves?
But fortunately not too heavy.
Here’s the next set getting ready to go in the oven – see the matrix boards (the brownish ones) and then the rubber sheets (the red ones) getting set on top?
Each sheet of rubber has a plastic layer.
And the plastic has to come off before the rubber goes on the matrix board.
If you think peeling Sticky Strip is tricky sometimes… ha! It’s got nothing on this plastic layer.
Lining up the matrix boards and the rubber sheets:
Setting them on the slider tray that goes into the oven.
Safety first! I have to press and hold two buttons on opposite sides of the slider tray for the oven to make it slide the rubber and matrix boards inside.
200 tons of pressure plus heat go into burning that rubber into the matrix board. Yikes!
And that’s how your stamps are molded!
Thanks for watching my photo tour — stay tuned for more Founder’s Circle highlights from last week!