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Alcohol-free baby wipes are the perfect cleaning idea for stamps. They have moisturizers in their solution that will also prolong the life of your rubber. Try taking a new box of wipes and squeezing out all the excess moisture, then pouring a bottle of stamp cleaner over the stack. A box should last at least of few months.
If you've been using decorative scissors or punches and find that they have become blunt, you can use kitchen foil to sharpen them. Just cut through a piece of foil a couple of times, and they will be sharpened. If you continue to have a problem you can also try cutting through fine sandpaper.
Many stampers choose to seal the wood around the rubber of their wood-mounted stamps. It isn't necessary, but many stampers prefer that their mounts maintain a pristine condition. Use a quick drying craft sealer or varnish. You can even use clear nail polish! Make sure that the sealer does not come in contact with the rubber, though.
Sometimes you will find that you will "love" a stamp so much that the rubber will come away from the wood mount. In most cases all you need to do is stick it back on with a small dot of Super Glue (be careful handling this stuff!). If the sponge layer has degraded you can usually buy more sponge at your local store or at many online stores.
When you've been using water-based ink, you can just clean it off with water! The best ways of doing this are to buy a special stamp cleaning pad (one brand of these is Stamp It) that you dampen with water. If you can't find one of these in your stamping shop, then just fold up a nice thick paper towel and dampen it with water. Place it on a plastic plate and clean you stamps by "patting" them onto the paper towel.
Firstly, you want to make sure that store your cards in archival quality bags. That sounds like it`s going to expensive and difficult, but it`s not really. You just have to make sure that the bags you use are made from plastic in the "poly" family. That is, bags made from polyethylene, polypropolene etc. They usually aren`t expensive at all, and you`ll be able to put your cards into them knowing that they will be safe from deterioration for a long time.
A couple of companies that sell bags suitable for cards are:
Bags Unlimited - they will send a free catalogue and you can place your order online.
Dandl Products - They sell boxes of bags suitable for greeting cards. The price I saw on here was $11 for a box of 1000!