Stamp Products

Be confident that you've got the right stamp for the job in our guide to the various types and the advantages of each.

Fri, 5 Nov 2010|

-- clear or acrylic stamps, the foam stamp, band stamps, and self-inking stamps. Let's get started. Let's start with the stamp we're all most familiar with, the wood-mounted rubber stamp. These stamps come mounted on permanently on a wooden block. The background and image stamps retail between $2.00 and $25.00, while the alphabet stamps retail for about $15.00 to $45.00. These stamps offer the cleanest design because of the intricate detail on the rubber. These stamps are hard to position though because you can't see through the wood or the rubber. I'd like to use a ruler to try and line mine up. You can store these stamps on shelves or shallow boxes, and they're best stored upright so that you can see the image on the front of the stamp. These stamps are a favorite among card makers, and they're also great for beginners. Unmounted rubber stamps are similar to wood-mounted rubber stamps, except where they come in a sheet, and they're a little bit harder to put together. These stamps come in a sheet like this, and you have to cut them apart to use them. I like to get really close to the rubber because if you don't then your images aren't as good. Image and background stamps range from $10.00 to $20.00, while the alphabet stamps range from -- so well for. Next up are my favorite stamps, the acrylic or clear stamps. These stamps are also sold in sets and aren't mounted, but they are clear and you don't have to cut them apart. The image stamps retail from $5.00 to $20.00, while the alphabet stamps retail from $7.00 to $30.00. These stamps come on a top sheet and they also have images printed on the front so you can see what you're using. To use the stamp, simply peel back from the top sheet, place an acrylic block, ink your image, and then stamp it. To clean, simply wipe it off with a baby wipe, put it back on your top sheet, and that's all you have to do to start. These stamps are very inexpensive, which make them very popular for scrapbookers today. Foam stamps are the least expensive of the group. They are made with stiff foam attached to either an acrylic base or a foam base. These stamps range in price from $1.00 up to $20.00, and while they are the least expensive of the group, they also offer the least amount of detail. These stamps are best used with paint because they get a really fun look, but you can also use them with ink. These stamps are hard to use if they're not mounted on acrylic base. And although these stamps don't get a really nice clean-cut image like rubber stamps do, they offer a really fun, cool, distressed look. Storage for these stamps are sometimes a little tricky because they come on a sheet altogether and you have to pull them apart to use. To put them back together is impossible. So you've got to store them in something like a photo box or perhaps a basket. Some stamps already come in a really cute and functional storage system. These stamps are the least expensive of the group so they're great for beginners and they're also really fun to use. Band stamps are fashioned after old-school date stamps. They come with several images on 1 tool and you simply have to rotate the handle to find the image you want, and then ink it, and use it. These stamps retail between $5.00 and $15.00, and while they're still cheap, you get the intricate design that rubber stamps offer. These stamps are easy to use. Simply rotate the handle to the stamp that you want to use, take your ink, ink the bottom of the image, and then just place it onto your paper. These stamps can be stored on a shelf or in shallow boxes. The one thing I really like about these stamps is that they're small so they're easy to take to [unk]. They're a great stamp for beginners because they have lots of designs and because they're great for on-the-go scrapbooking. Self-inking stamps have been in office supply stores for years, but they're the latest craze to hit the scrapbooking market. They offer an all-one approach, which make it easy to use. They retail in price from $6.00 to $9.00. You can also have a custom stamp made with your own image or design put right on them. To use, simply place it onto your paper, press down, release, and you end up with a really cute, fun design. It's good to practice on in scrap piece of paper first because you don't always know the placement or the size of the stamp. These stamps are great for storage because you can store them upright, and they're good on shallow shelves or in wire baskets. I like these stamps because they're great for beginners, they're easy to use, and they have a really great detail like rubber stamps do. Thanks for joining us. I hope I've given you more information on the types of stamps available today. I also hope I've given you some insight on how to use them, the benefits and limitations of each one, and also, the styles that are available out on the market. I'm Kristy Thompson. Thanks for watching.