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Old 07-18-2005, 10:03 AM   #1  
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Default Acrylic blocks???

I was just wondering where some of you get your acrylic blocks for mounting stamps?????
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I got my acrylic blocks at http://www.sundayint.com/

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I got some from CTMH, some from sunday international and some from Archiver's and Pat Catan's (this is a craft store that is in Ohio, PA and not sure where else) I have a vendor's card and can get 50% off most things!! Hobby Lobby has some blocks also. HTH!
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The Angel company has what seems like the best prices, especially on their "starter kit" bunches. Sunday Int (www.sundayint.com) seems to have the best quality I've seen, although I think the ones CTMH sells are of similar quality, but I haven't seen them.
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I get mine from CTMH
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I second The Angel Company. I always check to see if I can find things "cheaper" but they really do have both a good quality and a good price. )
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I get mine at www.purpleoniondesigns.com
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Thanks for the purple onion site...very interesting!!!!
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I got mine from CTMH. I looked at several different kinds and like thiers the best. they are shaped like the wood blocks in size and feel good in my hand.
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The Angel Company has them in 5 assorted sizes in stater kits for $14.00. Let me know if you need more info.

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I ordered the complete set from CTMH & got the carrying case for $5 (usually costs $19.95) - I just figured I'd eventually need all the various sizes anyway & to save money on a snazzy carrying case! - Just my cup of tea!

I've used several & they are very comfortable, much like the wood mounts. And I love being able to see where I am putting my phrases, so that they are so nice & straight! I can't, however, convince myself to de-mount my SU's....
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Mine are from TAC and work great and are reasonably priced. I have been looking at the ones on the Sunday International website that have gridlines on them. I think this would make lining up letters even easier.
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Well, it's been many years since I bought mine, so I don't really know what's out there now. I don't sell them, lol, so any info I have is just based on my own experience.

It really does help if you get hourglass type edges (I think that's how they describe it) to help grip the block.

I've never seen Sunday International's blocks, but the grid lines sound interesting! Grip to me is still more important. Maybe get a long thin block with grid lines at least.

Remember you don't need 25 different sizes! You can use a block that's larger than your die and it won't hurt a bit.

I don't know what you plan to use to adhere...I've had the best luck with 3M poster tape. It's cheap, lasts a fair amount of time, and peels off easily enough when it's time to change it. (Much more easily than regular double stick tape!).

I've only needed to use cushion rarely. Most of the time the images stamp just fine without it. Actually, the only reason cushion is used is to even out the dips and wowies that are inherent in wood blocks. Acrylic is smooth and there's nothing to "fix" with cushion...

Long winded, sorry! I haven't thought about stamping with um's in a long time!
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CTMH I have some from another company, and they're about 1/2 the thickness of the CTMH ones, plus rough around the edges, so my fingers used to hurt. The CTMH ones fell just like a wood block in hand as they have the finger grooves. They also have a line on them for making things straight.

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I've got the entire CTMH set of acrylic blocks. Just wanted to add that if you feel you need extra cushion you can buy a sheet of fun foam to put under the paper or I have heard that a mouse pad will work, too. Also have heard that Aileen's Tack it Over and Over works well to make the image stick to the block. I don't have it, but I think it comes a bottle. If I remember correctly you can leave it on the image back and it will rub off if you want it to, but will stay sticky for quite a while and you can then just use the rubber image and not worry with cling vinyl. I use the cling vinyl and the only rubber image I ever tried without cling I used the Hermafix dotto and it worked great didn't use a cushion either and then I just rubbed the dotto residue off my block when I was finished, but I think it would get expensive to use it a lot. I still mount my SU stamp sets, though, just can't bring myself to totally convert to UM.
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Tack it over and over works great!!! The only drawback, and it was a major one for me, is that it requires PATIENCE to let it dry before using. Certainly not a word often used to describe me....

It does work the best of all the things I've tried though. It's just that poster tape is good for instant gratification, lol.
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My blocks also come from CTMH, and if you need info on the blocks and carrying case that post number 11 mentioned you can email me. There are several sizes available. I like the line on the blocks that allow you to line up the alphabet stamps also, with acrylic blocks it is so easy if you stamp and do not get a clear image to restamp on top of the image and have it come out great. The indention for you fingers to fit on the sides of the block make it very comfortable to stamp. Try it, you'll like it. Debbie
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Hi, I'm a no-frills type of girl and so I just went to a local plastics company and asked for 1/2 plexiglass scraps that they might have. The first time they gave them to me for free and they cut them up for me into all the sizes I wanted for $5. They finished the edges really nicely too.

The next time I went, they charged me $5 for a boatload of scraps which I had my dad cut with a circular electric saw (sorry, don't know the technical name)--and while the edges aren't quite as nice, they're not sharp and work just great. These are the only kind I use--super cheap.
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