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Old 07-21-2006, 08:40 AM   #1  
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I am trying to find out how the TAC stamps compare with SU stamps with regards to quality, impression, use, durability, etc.

Please post your opinions. I have always used SU stamps but am thinking about using/selling TAC b/c of price, storage, variety. I've always used wood mounted stamps. What do you think about the acrylic block?

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I have not purchased any TAC sets yet, I just got a new TAC catty. I've read other posts and people have given TAC great reviews as far as quality etc.. I do have some sets that are acrylic mount (not TAC) and I really like the acrylic too. I have both and love both.. HTH
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I am trying to find out how the TAC stamps compare with SU stamps with regards to quality, impression, use, durability, etc.

Please post your opinions. I have always used SU stamps but am thinking about using/selling TAC b/c of price, storage, variety. I've always used wood mounted stamps. What do you think about the acrylic block?

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TAC Stamp are much like Stampin up! They Deeply Etched stamps and are on Blue Rubber.
TAC stamps are on a Sheet of Blue Rubber and the Ezmount Foam come with each Stamp set.
I have a set of TAC stamps that I have had for 5 years now and they stamp just fine.
Image is clear and crisp! In fact all of TAC stamps are cler and crisp..


Arylic Block's That I have are very nice to use.
I have a couple of set's because if I do a workshop I will need more than one set. or size
Storage for Umounted stamps I use CD cases to store my stamps in.
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As far as rubber and image quality my opinion is that TAC and SU are equal...

A big thing is really how do you stamp - I am a messy stamper - I have 2 or 3 sets out at once - grab a stamp from this box and stamp - grab a stamp from that box and stamp...for me it is more adventagous to have my stamps on wooden blocks where I know exactly where the image is each time I stamp.

Now that being said I do have a number of TAC sets (a bunch of scentiments and some speciality images) - I am actually thinking about mounting some of my more well loved TAC stamps on wooden blocks so it is faster and easier for me to grab and stamp.

If you have never used acrylic I would try it first to see if you like it
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Thanks for asking this question, I was wondering the same thing, too! I just received a TAC catalog and there are quite a few sets in there that I want but having only used wood-mounted stamps, I was a little hesitant. Hope there are some more opinions on the comparison of the 2 types of stamps!
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Thanks for asking this question, I was wondering the same thing, too! I just received a TAC catalog and there are quite a few sets in there that I want but having only used wood-mounted stamps, I was a little hesitant. Hope there are some more opinions on the comparison of the 2 types of stamps!
Back when I joined TAC we sold both wood mounted stamp and unmounted stamps TAC gave us a choice.

The next year when the catalog came out they took the wood mounted stamps away..
I know of a few places that you can purchase wood mounts for your stamps.
http://stampin.com/online/accs/mounts.htm#mounts
They also sell the foam to use with you wood mounts.
http://stampin.com/online/accs/mounts.htm#cushion
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Tac & SU both make quality - deeply etched, rubber stamps. They both have a different variety of styles to fit most stampers and scrapers.

SU is wood mounted, TAC is un-mounted with cushion.

I have and use both, I like both companies and enjoy using un-mounted stamps so, I became a TAC Demo
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Oh just for general information www.cornishheritagefarms.com , one of our best background stamp places, also carries wood blocks of different sizes.

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SU and TAC are both rubber etched stamps. the main difference is in the way they are mounted. TAC has an unmounted system whereby the cushion will stick to an acrylic block for stamping until you peel it off.

I like the acrylic block so that I can see through to my project that I'm stamping on. I love my SU sets, but am working on UM them to save on space.

I think CTMH sells clear polymer stamps, but I'm not as familiar with those.
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I would say the rubber itself is equal.......both high quality stamps
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Check out this thread:
http://splitcoaststampers.com/forums...d.php?t=161421

And this one:
http://splitcoaststampers.com/forums...d.php?t=164161
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I've heard (not witnessed it myself) that when you clean CTMH stamps, they tend to fall off the mount. Does that happen with TAC?
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I have to admit something...

I'm a new TAC demo and I got my starter kit on Monday...and I haven't touched my SU stamps since. I love my new TAC stamps so much that I have just been constantly playing with them. I am thrilled with the quality of the stamp, the gorgeous impression, I love unmounted (so much that i have gone COMPLETELY unmounted with everything), and of course the price....

Oh I'll always buy from SU....I love to have a selection....cause all companies have different stamps than the next.
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I've heard (not witnessed it myself) that when you clean CTMH stamps, they tend to fall off the mount. Does that happen with TAC?
So far, and I am new to the "cling mount" system, that has not happened to me.
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I've heard (not witnessed it myself) that when you clean CTMH stamps, they tend to fall off the mount. Does that happen with TAC?
When I clean my TAC stamps I take them off the acrylic block and clean it. I have not had any problem with my stamps not clinging to the block.
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When I clean my TAC stamps I take them off the acrylic block and clean it. I have not had any problem with my stamps not clinging to the block.
I do the same thing, that way I don't get stamp cleaner all over my acrylic blocks. I LOVE my TAC stamps! I was hesitant at first because I had used other unmounted stamps that did not stamp evenly and did not adhere well to the blocks. The creative cling is awesome, and TAC images stamp beautifully! I love that I can put several stamps on the same block if I want to stamp, say, an image and a greeting. I can line them up once and stamp several cards. I also love the style of TAC stamps. I like whimsical/cute, and they have a bunch of those. And as has already been mentioned over and over you can't beat the price!
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Thanks to all who replied. I am referring mainly to TAC and SU.

I am thinking about getting my wings and am undecided b/c I have really only used SU. The TAC catalog is sooo cool and I love the idea of the storage and the variety of products.

Part of me feels that it is a win win situation. There is no contract in terms of # of workshops, etc. to hold (there was w/ Pamp. Chef when I tried that). I'm sure I could spend $100 in 4 months (without a problem!!). But... I don't know what is holding me back. Nerves I guess. Please help me calm down.
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Maureen, if you read the link that Malinda shared I did a step by step comparison...I have TONS of SU, ALOT of Inky Antics Both Clear and Woodmounted Rubber, and now have tried out TAC.....I like em all!
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Maureen,

I just made my very first TAC card (its in my gallery) I can't tell you how much I love the stamps - I had never used them prior to today and honestly, the image is great, they're just as easy to clean( I gave them a good scrubbing just to see if they would fly off the block )but happily nothing happened and I am soo glad I made the switch! You also cant beat their prices!
Good luck! Now's a great time to get your wings!!
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I like the designs of both companies and I think the stamps are equal in quality. TAC has a bit of an edge for me lately since unmounting is all the rage around here and my friends and I stamp almost exclusively with acrylic blocks. The money savings is 1/2 to 2/3 with many companies. I love the space that has been freed up. I personally believe that companies with the unmounted option are soon going to pull ahead of those that refuse to budge from the wood only stamps.
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Next month will be my four year ann: with TAC and I still love their un-mounted. If fact I love it so much I now un-mount all my stamps.
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I think that they are both high quality rubber, Maureen. I really think it will come down to whether or not you like the images enough, lol.

Years ago I used all unmounted stamps. The REALLY cheap way...no foam, nothin' but the rubber. I used both acrylic and glass blocks (hey, it was long time ago, lol!). Cling didn't work for me because of pet hair...yes, PETS did me in, lol! So I just used poster tape on my blocks and that worked great.

What it finally came down to for me was just the convenience factor. I found that my most-used stamps stayed mounted on a block. Most of the rest of them didn't get used as much because, for me, it was "out of sight, out of mind."

Like I said, though, I think rubber to rubber they are the same. Why not just buy some and test drive for awhile? Try putting your SU stamps completely away and just go with the TAC system. It shouldn't take all that long to see what you like.
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Oh, and I forgot to say...none of this is written in stone. What's the worst that could happen if you went TAC and changed your mind down the road? Wouldn't you rather just find out?
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Betsy,
That's my thought exactly. What's the worst that could happen??? I might spend some money??? I already do that....LOL

Thanks to everyone.
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I was in your same situation just a few short weeks ago..........

ALL my stamps are wood mounted and I was hesitant about the unmounted system. I really didn't want to like it......my current system was working just fine. But before I knew it I was signing up with TAC! I will always buy from SU and other companies but TAC makes it less intimidating to be a demo and see if it will work for me and my lifestyle. Give it a try!!! Really, what have you got to lose?

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