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Old 01-07-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying some of Papertrey Ink's background stamps: woodgrain, herringbone, etc and wondered if it is difficult to line up the patterns for repeated stamping. Sometimes it is fun to stamp just a strip but I would also like to be able to cover a full card front without getting really frustrated. Please share your experience!

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I don't have any of their stamps, but the name rang a bell with another thread on here. If you are going to buy from them directly, you may want to read this thread first.
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Default Advice from a BG stamp fanatic...

I started with their BG stamps and found lining them up completely frustrating and annoying.

I have bought some nice A2-sized BG's from Rubbernecker and a few other companies, and they are useful HOWEVER what limits them is you can't rotate them like you might want to in some cases, such as when they have script on them and you want to cut a Nestie shape that is wider than 4.25 to use on a landscape-oriented card. Or there will be a floral pattern that clearly has an "up" and "down" to it.

So...if you really want to get some BG stamps that will give you lots of options I suggest you go and look at the Cover A Card stamps on the Impression Obsession website. They are 6 X 6, so you can cut shapes out of them in any orientation for an A2 card. There are a ton of choices. I can't recommend them highly enough. And this is coming from someone who makes all of her own patterned paper. I own no DP at all. I just stamp my own patterns, so I have a lot of BG stamps. At this point I have 35 Cover A Card stamps alone.

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Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps: Cover-a-Card Stamps & Mega Mount

If you click on the blue box at the top right (next to the video) you can see how they can be layered if you want to do that. There are many examples. I layer sometimes, but often not. Look at my gallery and you will see that I use these stamps constantly.

Oh, and in terms of the Mega Mount they sell - it's a cool thing but really not necessary. I have it, but at this point I don't use it most of the time, I just lay the stamp face up on my craft sheet, ink it, put paper on top and rub with my fingers and it works perfectly.
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Just to add: I am not warning you off Papertrey in general. I know some people have had problems with them, but I order from them quite a bit and have had none myself. So you will find varying opinions and experiences and will have to make up your own mind about that.
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I started with their BG stamps and found lining them up completely frustrating and annoying.

I have bought some nice A2-sized BG's from Rubbernecker and a few other companies, and they are useful HOWEVER what limits them is you can't rotate them like you might want to in some cases, such as when they have script on them and you want to cut a Nestie shape that is wider than 4.25 to use on a landscape-oriented card. Or there will be a floral pattern that clearly has an "up" and "down" to it.

So...if you really want to get some BG stamps that will give you lots of options I suggest you go and look at the Cover A Card stamps on the Impression Obsession website. They are 6 X 6, so you can cut shapes out of them in any orientation for an A2 card. There are a ton of choices. I can't recommend them highly enough. And this is coming from someone who makes all of her own patterned paper. I own no DP at all. I just stamp my own patterns, so I have a lot of BG stamps. At this point I have 35 Cover A Card stamps alone.

Here, I'll enable you further:

Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps: Cover-a-Card Stamps & Mega Mount

If you click on the blue box at the top right (next to the video) you can see how they can be layered if you want to do that. There are many examples. I layer sometimes, but often not. Look at my gallery and you will see that I use these stamps constantly.

Oh, and in terms of the Mega Mount they sell - it's a cool thing but really not necessary. I have it, but at this point I don't use it most of the time, I just lay the stamp face up on my craft sheet, ink it, put paper on top and rub with my fingers and it works perfectly.
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Thanks for the tips, ladies!

I am off to check out the Impression Obsession stamps. Sounds like a great option. Thanks for the suggestion, Rachelrose!
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A sale! I wish!! I haven't seen one yet, at least not on the IO website. You can get them from other retailers - Simon Says Stamp has some for $12.35 or something like that. There may be retailers who sell them for less, you'd just have to search on Cover A Card stamps.

But I mainly just shop off the IO website. I started with three, and slowly built my collection.
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123Stitch is having a 20% off sale on Impression Obsession stamps (thru 1/11 I think)
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They had a 25% off site-wide sale over Thanksgiving and free shipping. Yes, I did a bit of shopping


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Gah! I missed that one!
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Sign up for I-O's emails and you'll get notification of their Thanksgiving sale. I've done lots of shopping on their yearly sale over the last few years.
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Thanks, I will do that. (By next Thanksgiving there may still be a few CAC stamps I have not bought yet....!)
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I ordered a stack of Cover a Card stamps from IO this past fall.

I started to paraphrase, but here is a link to this past year's email letter explaining her philosophy regarding sales, which is commendable:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....9-d4ae52a2cb52

So be sure to sign up for the customer newsletter.

And in case you have not heard of 123 Stitch, there is a recent thread here with some great reviews - highly recommended company:

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I always shop the yearly sale at I/O. As someone else mentioned, 123 Stitch is having a sale currently. Also, Scrap mart has sales on stamps periodically and they carry some Impression Obsession.
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I checked out 123 Stitch and they do have half a dozen or so CAC stamps on sale. $10.49 instead of $13 in most cases. Not the most exciting selection out of what is available in these stamps, though. Sadly.

Although, as I have said, I pay the retail $13 per stamp gladly. I get my money's worth many times over.
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Scrap mart also has some of the C-A-C stamps currently at 25% off
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EllenHutson.com also carries Impression Obsession. Ellen has periodic sales, and her customer service is impeccable.
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I LOVE PTI's background stamps, and have never had a problem lining them up. I often stand when stamping these so that I can bend over and see exactly where I need to line them up.

And I personally have never had a problem shopping with PTI, quite the opposite in fact. Their stamps are designed so thoughtfully that you can use new sets with many old ones... I love this and feel like I get more bang for my buck.
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So did I - and I was watching out for it , I'd even saved a basket ready to hit Buy!!
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I LOVE PTI's background stamps, and have never had a problem lining them up. I often stand when stamping these so that I can bend over and see exactly where I need to line them up.

And I personally have never had a problem shopping with PTI, quite the opposite in fact. Their stamps are designed so thoughtfully that you can use new sets with many old ones... I love this and feel like I get more bang for my buck.
I am a big fan of PTI myself and have had great success with the Background Basics: Polka Dots II and Tin Types. Some of the others I am interested in (gingham, houndstooth) look trickier to work with and are intimidating to me so I was wondering what experience others have had. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Linda!
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