Stamping is a fun and creative hobby for all ages and is widely used in card making.
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There are two types of stamps:
Rubber Stamps for Card Making
Rubber stamps for card making are either mounted or unmounted.
Mounted stamps arrive ready assembled on a wooden block with a picture of the image on the top. Older stamps may also have a wooden handle to help distribute the pressure of the ink from the stamp to the paper.
Rubber stamps are also sold unmounted with wooden blocks for permanent self assembly.
Wood Mounted Stamps
Wood Mounted Stamps
Mounted stamps take up a lot of storage space and are more expensive.
A cheaper option is the rubber cling mounted stamps. These are repositionable for mounting on reusable acrylic blocks. As they are removed from the blocks after use they are less bulky and easier to store.
Rubber is tough and if the stamps are cleaned correctly should last you a long time.
Acrylic blocks are a one-time purchase as they never wear out.
They are available in a variety of sizes for different sized stamps.
Rubber Cling Mounted Stamps
Clear stamps or acrylic/photopolymer stamps are transparent and flexible. They are used with reusable acrylic blocks.
So, what’s the advantage of the clear stamps?
As the stamps and blocks are clear you can see where you are stamping. This allows for greater accuracy.
The shape of the stamps can be manipulated into a different shape. This is useful for sentiments.
Clear stamps are easier to store. They take up less room as they are removed from the acrylic blocks and stored on plastic backing sheets.
They are cheaper
The downside is that they don’t last as long and are more likely to stain.
Acrylic blocks come in all shapes and sizes. The Stampin Up! blocks have a ridge on the outside and Lawn Fawn blocks have indentations on the outside for your fingers.
The award winning lightweight Clarity Mounts have an ergonomic design especially for people with dexterity issues. They are available in different sizes and can be used with all types of stamps.
If you have gripping issues or tremors in your hands there are other alternatives to acrylic blocks: