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Le Plume II Markers by Marvy Uchida


The Le Plume II markers are water-base dye ink and made especially for clear stamps. The markers are quite pricy; for a set of 6 markers it’s well over $10/USD. Because these markers are dye inks it does not allow embossing. These markers offer a dual tip; a brush tip and fine point tip. The brush tip is what you would use to color the stamp image and the fine point tip mostly for journaling or to handwrite a message.
I never had to condition my clear stamps with an eraser but very recently learned this technique on Blockheadstamps click here because I had some difficulties with the stamps not procuring to the ink markers. Even after conditioning my stamps, still a portion of my stamps did not really capture the ink very well. (Image A) Clearly, the blotches and brush strokes are highly visible.

It only worked on limited selection of stamps but when it does work its wonderful!!! The markers allow you to stamp your image in multi-colors for a realistic look and feel. (Image B)

Although it is nice to be able to stamp in multi-colors I would rather preferred the traditional inks pads for my clear stamps. It’s unfortunate the markers claimed to have special ink for clear acrylic stamps that goes on evenly. These markers have proven to me not all clear stamps are created equal. I state this because while one stamp may absorb the ink with ease but the next stamp you may end up in a pool of ink; which has no logical explanation. Products get recall for defects and I strongly feel this product should be on a recall list or perhaps should have been tested more thoroughly. Regrettably these markers rate 3 out of 5 stars for its high-priced and its inability to ink any chosen clear stamp. Thanks for reading and join me next time when we take a look at heating tool.

1/19/2010 Update
Feeling unease I gave only 3 star rating but their email repsonse to my inquiry was even more disappointed. Inquiry to Marvy Uchida about the proper usage and their response below:

Subject: Re: – *New* Contact Form Submission
From: “Customer Service” (Add as Preferred Sender)
Date: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 3:56 pm


No they don’t require pre-treatment before using!

Thank you!

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:40 AM
Subject: – *New* Contact Form Submission

A visitor to Marvy Uchida website has submitted the following information
through the Contact Us form:
Comments: I recently puchased the Le Plume II markers for clear stamps but
the markers only worked on selected clear stamps, do the markers require
pre-treatment prior to use on clear stamps?

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