Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stampin' 101: Stamps and Ink Pads

Believe it or not- stamping does require stamps! There are two kinds of stamps to choose from: Clear and Wood Blocked Stamps.  Both styles are easy to assemble.  The wood mount stamps come with wood blocks and the rubber is mounted permanently.  The clear mount sets need clear acrylic blocks (sold separately) and the stamps cling temporarily to the clear blocks.  The acrylic blocks also make it easy for positioning a stamp in just the right place!

Ink Pads
We recently updated our Ink Pads to the New Firm Foam! This might not mean much to you now, but it will once you get started! The old Ink Pads we used were not as "juicy" as the new ones! You really did have to press the stamp down on the ink pad a few times before it was completely covered with ink. However, these new pads have revolutionized how I stamp! All I have to do is press the stamp ONCE on the Ink pad and stamp! It's SO easy!

Sometimes after you stamp, you look at the stamped image and think " that doesn't look even on both sides!" All you have to do to ensure an even stamp is to hold the sides of the mounting block and press down. You want to hold the stamp in place for a few seconds- without rocking it- and then lift up! When you rock the stamp, you make the ink spread unevenly. Be sure that the only movement you make is lifting the stamp off the page!

What is so great about Stampin' Up! ink pads? The colors are so rich and they cover the images completely.  The lid of the pad locks in place so it's never lost and and when the pad is closed, the ink stays on the top of the foam pad (where you need the ink to be when you're stamping).   

Stampin' Up! inks come in four collections:  Brights, Subtles, Regals, and Neutrals.  The best part is that each collection also has matching card stock, designer paper, markers, ribbons, and all sorts of accessories.  There's no guessing when you're trying to match colors!  Stampin' Up! has already done the work for you!

In the example below, I stamped the blue flower and the sentiment in Pacific Point and then used the Pacific Point Designer Paper for along the left edge.  So easy!!

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Ok - for those of you who are stampers:  Do you prefer wood mount or clear mount stamp sets and why?

Happy stamping and creating!


  1. I prefer clear mount rubber stamps - they have to still be rubber. I find the clear acrylic stamps do not stamp as crisply as the rubber. I prefer the clear mount because they take up less storage space AND I can see exactly where I'm stamping - no guessing as to where my image will end up!

  2. I prefer clear mount as well! So easy to position on the block and I can see exactly where I want to stamp. The DVD size cases help with storage too.

  3. I love the clear mount stamps for all the reasons you've said - easy to position/stamp and take up less storage space (the biggest plus!).
    ~Melissa W.