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Re: Dear Julia Box of the Week
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #963418 by Kiss'n Karin
Aug 6, 2018 10:45am
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Thanks for the Kudos. It was great seeing that oldie but goodie letterbox get the purple sparkle. I had not intended to plant on the actual Grant historic site, but a nearby geocache caused me to figure out a different spot. Letterboxing had recently been permitted at National Parks, with approval from each site. When I met with the park’s director she took over a month to decide to go with it. Guys -I am so glad I chose to get their permission. That one box opened up so many windows for me. Her letters of introduction gave me a MAJOR foot in the door when I started to do the STL Historic site series. Even though all the historical sites in the area are separate entities they all know each other, go figure! The next year my NPS friends approached me to see about getting boxes hidden for Missouri’s Sesquicentennial. My contact has since moved to Colorado, but we touch base every now and then. I just sent her a congratulatory email thanking her for permitting ‘Dear Julia’ to be placed on the site and helping to promote Letterboxing.

Toasters
Re: Dear Julia Box of the Week
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Reply to: #963462 by I dig toasters
Aug 6, 2018 10:58am
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That is so encouraging! Thank you for sharing.
Anyone willing to give me a hand?
Board: Region: Midwest
Nov 28, 2018 6:48pm
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I have a detailed stamp to carve and cannot get it transferred sharply. I’m one of those who’s still stuck in the land of coloring over the image with a pencil, then burnishing the image face down on to the rubber. I have actually tried the other methods using acetone and wintergreen oil, but it will NOT transfer. I guess that means the ink on the paper is not the right kind, correct? Anyway, I was wondering if I could send this image and some pink stuff to someone who has this detailed transferring down to a science, and have them transfer the image and send it back so I can get it carved. I’m tired of messing with it, but I’ve got a deadline to meet so I need to get it done. Anyone? Please?
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968876 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 28, 2018 7:38pm
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I will do it for you. Check your mailbox.

DZ
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968876 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 28, 2018 8:35pm
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What kind of printer do you have?inkjet or toner?
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968876 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 29, 2018 6:16am
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the key to acetone is 100% acetone. I get mine at Rite Aid. The image should be printed with a cheapo laser printer. An old Copier or a laser printer with cheap replacement toner works great.

I know you are sick of trying, but this is really the quickest way to go. Good luck.
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968876 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 29, 2018 6:30am
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Probably quicker and easier to just send the image to a someone and have them mail back the printout. Then do a heat (iron) transfer - on pink the heat transfer works really well, only factor is the toner.
I'd be concerned with the transferred image getting smudged while in the mail.
But the quickest route IMO is to just find a photocopier, make a copy, and do the transfer - photocopier images seem to always transfer, at least that's my impression. Heat transfer and you are ready to carve.
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968891 by Bon Echo
Nov 29, 2018 6:47am
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How do you do the heat transfer... never heard of that...
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968891 by Bon Echo
Nov 29, 2018 6:51am
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Yes, the fastest for you would be to get a photocopied print of your image somewhere (multiple prints on same page for insurance against errors): library, Office Max, etc. I use 100% acetone rather than heat transfer. Don't make it too wet with acetone... works great.
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968876 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 29, 2018 7:11am
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I had that problem and then bought some real graphite pencils. They work every time.
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968892 by jlsd0218
Nov 29, 2018 7:56am
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http://www.nettally.com/palmk/TransferringRubberStampImage.html

"Iron transfers: Another laser printer transfer method involves laying the paper with the printed image on the rubber and pressing the back side with a hot iron. The toner is designed to melt; you're just remelting it. Obviously you want to be careful not to melt the rubber. A medium setting on the iron is good, and apply it for perhaps ten seconds. Try peeling up one corner of the paper and see if it's working; if not, lay it back down and apply the iron some more."

I use a low setting (like 3 or 4) and apply the iron for maybe 4 seconds. I also place a large piece of blank paper between the image and the iron, to ensure that the iron never touches any of the stamp material. I like this method because once apply some heat the image becomes fused to the rubber - you can peel back a bit to see if it transferring, without fear of the image shifting. If needed, you can apply more heat until you are happy, then peel the image off (best to do while the paper is still warm).

I also like to "seal" the image with ink before carving - I use a yellow Ranger Archival ink, others use StazOn. Apply the ink over the transferred image, stamp it a few times to remove access ink, let it sit a while to dry.

You can get a detailed transfer on pink with heat (and ever moreso with OZ cut)
Here's an image of a stamp that I used a heat transfer on (hopefully the image can be viewed, it's from a closed FB group).
https://scontent.fyhu1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/24273433_895206950653772_5594311069497967155_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent.fyhu1-1.fna&oh=da49f9421611037e180b061598903464&oe=5CA664BF
(btw I didn't carve the checkered line, that was already on the paper)
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #968898 by Bon Echo
Nov 29, 2018 9:54am
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I might try this heat transfer method before sending out the image. I wondered also how much smudging might occur through the mail. Thanks, everyone, for your input!
Re: Anyone willing to give me a hand?
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Reply to: #968904 by Nurse Wanderseek
Nov 29, 2018 10:09am
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Once you try the heat method, you'll never go back! ;) You definitely have to have a toner based ink. Ink jet won't work. I print out several stamps I want to do all on one page and go to the library to make a copy. I've been told you can save and reuse the copied image if you need to redo the stamp for whatever reason. I haven't tried that.
Congrats to carry on grandma
Board: Region: Midwest
Jan 11, 2019 2:25pm
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Congrats to a super and dedicated boxer on finding your 5000th box! Way to go!🎈👍🎈😃🎉
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 2:32pm
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Congratulations!
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970202 by CookieCutter
Jan 11, 2019 3:08pm
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Wow!!! Congratulations!
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 3:08pm
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Wow! Congrats!
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 3:22pm
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That's great! I found a few with her in TX at Live and Breathe and had a wonderful time.
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 4:59pm
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Way to go, Grandma!
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 5:49pm
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Awesome achievement Grandma! You are an inspiration to us all. 💖
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 5:55pm
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Whoa!! Congrats, Grandma! What an awesome accomplishment!!🎈🎉😀
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 6:52pm
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Woot woot! (x 5000)
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 11, 2019 6:57pm
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Good job! Sure hope we can get there too someday :)
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970224 by Knotty Lady
Jan 12, 2019 8:15am
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Getting to 5000 with the help of a fire breathing dragon had to be such great fun. You are a fantastic boxer.
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 12, 2019 9:32am
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Woooow, way to go carry on grandma, you are unstoppable! Congratulations on your 5000 finds! Keep on truckin on! ;-)
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 2:42am
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Congratulations! You’re an amazing woman. So grateful you’re part of the Letterboxing community and that I’ve gotten to know you. Looking forward to seeing you this year and congratulating you in person 😃

Happy Boxing

Eric (chill E)
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 6:57am
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Congratulations! What an accomplishment.
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 7:40am
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My very best wishes to you, My Dear, with an inordinate number of additional wishes for a successful, yet extremely inky, New Year.

Aunt Agatha
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
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Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 6:21pm
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Thanks for all the kind words. Another thank you goes out to the planters of the 5000 boxes. Each box is unique and is like unwrapping a surprise package. For box number 5000, I did try to find an unusual box, and I did find it in box #300070.
Upcoming event in east central Illinois
Board: Region: Midwest
Feb 12, 2019 5:04am
March 9th at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, IL we will hold the event: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques at Lake of the Woods. This event includes sessions on logbook making, pouch making, container preparation, cipher and code clue writing, safety on the trails, poisonous plant identification, LTC information, event boxes, traditional boxes, networking, and LUNCH! This is the same park where we will hold Homerdoodle in the Woods during the summer so it is your chance to get a preview of the park. Hope you can join us for the event, soup lunch & potluck, and fun!

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?eventId=4064