The soon-to-be-released Stamparatus stamp positioner by Stampin’ Up! makes stamping so much easier, no matter how experienced in stamping you are. I know you’re going to love using this tool. But there’s something important to know before you do: handle the Stamparatus magnets carefully, because if you don’t, they can break.
Stamparatus Magnets: Handle with Care
A common complaint about other stamp positioners is that their magnets don’t hold paper in place well while stamping. So Stampin’ Up! chose much stronger, rare earth magnets for the Stamparatus, to give you a better experience.
Super Strong Rare Earth Magnets
The challenge with rare earth magnets, though, is that they’re not just attracted to magnetic surfaces, like the Stamparatus base. They’re also strongly attracted to each other! While this isn’t a problem when using them on the Stamparatus base, it is a problem if you set them both on any other surface.
Without the base to cling to — even if you set them far apart — the Stamparatus magnets will start to pull at each other. Eventually they will snap together. And because these magnets are so strong, the force of that snap can cause them to break.
How do I know this can happen? Because it happened to me last week! While using my Stamparatus to make a card, I got distracted and set both magnets on my craft table. They instantly snapped together, and shattered.
Now, the pieces are big enough that I can still use my Stamparatus. But the edges on one are pretty ragged, making it dangerous to handle now. Because this fragility is a natural property of rare earth magnets, there’s nothing Stampin’ Up! can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Thankfully, though, they will be offering replacement Stamparatus magnets in the new annual catalogue!
How to Handle the Stamparatus Magnets
So how do you avoid breaking your rare earth Stamparatus magnets? Just follow these 5 simple guidelines:
1. Handle the magnets one at a time when placing them on the Stamparatus base, or moving them back to their cubbies.
2. Once on the base, push the magnets around to move them, rather than picking them up.
3. If you do need to pick them up, do it one magnet at a time, and set the first magnet back down on the base before you pick up the other.
4. Never place the magnets anywhere other than the Stamparatus base.
5. When you’re not using the magnets, store them separately in their respective cubbies on the bottom of the base.
As with any tool, it’s important to use the Stamparatus magnets properly. By following these easy guidelines, you shouldn’t have any troubles with them. However, if you do accidentally break them, don’t panic. We all make mistakes sometimes (me, me, me!), and the Stamparatus magnets are replaceable.