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Old 10-28-2018, 09:08 AM   #1
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Hi. Just getting back into stamping. I have some acrylic stamps that I would like to try but don't know how to use them. Do I need to be a base for them? All of my stamps were wooden before. Oh...and best kind or place to buy?
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:11 AM   #2
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Welcome back Sue.........yes, you will need an acrylic block to mount them onto in order to use them. They come in many different sizes and you might want to start with one that fits your largest stamp for now and kind of get a feel for things before investing in a size for every stamp. Hope this helps.........Diane
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Welcome back! Just to clarify a tiny bit: you will not be permanently mounting the stamp to the acrylic block - you peel it off after you clean it and put it back on the carrier sheet, then move on to another one - so you don't need a block for every stamp. Before I got my MISTI I had a collection of Close to My Heart blocks (still have the most-used ones, just in case) and liked them a lot. I haven't really tried any others.
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And there are some inexpensive alternatives to acrylic blocks. Honestly I don't use mine anymore, I stick to a CD case which offers the same utility as a MISTI - stamp positioning / restamping perfectly. Dollar store also sometimes has acrylic stamp blocks, but anything clear, flat, rigid and smooth will work.
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You can find them at Hobby Lobby or Michael's and use a coupon. Be sure to get some that are big enough for your stamps, but not so big you can't grip them. I still use them sometimes even though I have a MISTI and Holtz platform.
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:12 AM   #6
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SueMel, it might be worth your time and energy to invest in a MISTI. It will pay off with less frustration. It's been a game changer for me since I often need to stamp more than once to get the correct color I had in mind.
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I definitely recommend a MISTI or a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (for cardmakers the travel platform is plenty big enough) and confess I like the latter better...just a personal preference.

For some things, though, I do still use blocks and I have a range of them on my desk. For sentiments, I like the ones with lines on them - makes it easiest to line up straight. I also like the ones with a curved edge for comfort. My go to best feel blocks are from Stampin' Up, but they are pretty pricey. You can find comfy blocks for less. There are lots to choose from. Enjoy finding out what works best for you!
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You asked what kind to buy. I would recommend that you look for stamps made of photopolymer. I think that anything made in the USA or UK will be photopolymer. They stamp better and last much, much longer than other clear stamps.

Don't be worried if they stain. Just clean them off as you would normally, and they still stamp fine.

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I would recommend that you avoid fiskars stamps... purchased s small floral set at Joanne’s and I cannot get them to stamp well at all. (Have tried all the conditioning tips shared previously.)
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I would recommend that you avoid fiskars stamps... purchased s small floral set at Joanne’s and I cannot get them to stamp well at all. (Have tried all the conditioning tips shared previously.)

What kind of quality problem are you having exactly? I've picked up lots of Fiskars stamps (both clear and rubber) and they've all stamped fine for me. Granted they're all probably older ones since I don't buy stamps first-hand.
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