This is post #1 of a series that will help answer some of the questions a brand new stamper might have. I hope this helps you fall in love with stamping as I have!
There are several type stamps to choose from
so lets break down:
Video Tutorial by Making Memories
Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps
The rubber image is mounted on a wooden block.
StampTV video using the Stamp-a-ma-jig
Un-mounted Rubber Stamps
* mount on wood blocks. Some independent stamp sales companies send the red rubber and wood blocks to you. Advantage : stamp image on the back of the wood block. Disadvantage : requires greater storage area.
* mount on cling product like Creative Cling or Easy Mount . Advantage : Can be used on acrylic blocks and store on cling pages in a notebook or cd cases. I haven’t found any disadvantages yet.
* leave as is and use on acrylic blocks that have a sticky product - Tack N Peel. Advantage : You can use with acrylic blocks, but the TACK N PEEL makes it a little harder to see through the block because it is cloudy. Disadvantage : You can not store these in notebooks or cd cases.
Mounting Options Video at U-Tube
Tack N Peel Care Video at U-tube
These come in a a variety of shapes and sizes depending on what you prefer. I own all three of these brands. I prefer blocks with guidelines on them. This helps me to visually stamp a image straight in alignment with the edge of the paper. Also if I’m stamping a word, I can line the word up straight on the block, using the guidelines. So guidelines are my first priority when purchasing a acrylic block. My next preference is a wavy edge for better gripping. Keep in mind that when cleaning, if you scrup too hard, the lines can come off.
I LOVE using my scrubber and when I find it’s “dirty”, I just stick it in the sink and run water over it and let it air dry. LOTS of companies produce these with their logo’s on the outside. They fold shut and have the a scrubber surface on both sides inside the case.