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View Poll Results: Acrylic or rubber?
Clear acrylic sets 79 26.33%
Clear acrylic single stamps 7 2.33%
rubber wood block mounted set 81 27.00%
rubber wood block mounted single stamp 24 8.00%
rubber unmounted set 79 26.33%
rubber unmounted single stamp 30 10.00%
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question Rubber or acrylic?

So, I am an artist at heart, and currently looking into launching my own stamp line. I'm really torn which way to go though, or maybe even both. LOL...

Do you prefer the red rubber stamps or clear acrylic? Already mounted or not? In sets or individual?

OH, and if you would:
what kind of perks do you expect from a design team position?
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Oh dear, I am a rubber lover at heart. Plain, bare rubber mind you! LOL

I will buy clear stamps, but not as many or as often.....
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Probably rubber and individual images. I like the others too though.
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I'm equal opportunity, I'll buy anything, lol! I didn't see that option
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I prefer the lowest cost. Rubber, unmounted if it can be done cheaper, otherwise I'll settle for polymer.
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Wish this were a multiple choice situation.

I like rubber... that's all there is to it. I do NOT like clear stamps. Most of my stamps are wood mounted in a set. But I don't really have a preference as far as that goes.

Edited to add why I don't like acrylic. I have never been able to get a good image from one.
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Oh dear, I am a rubber lover at heart. Plain, bare rubber mind you! LOL

I will buy clear stamps, but not as many or as often.....
Karen, is it a quality issue?
I really want to put out the best product I can. I am a new stamper, so I have no idea what the difference is other then the mounts and being able to see through.

I would love some input before I invest in a product I wont be satisfied with.
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oh man, i have of all kind. im not picky
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Wish this were a multiple choice situation.

I like rubber... that's all there is to it. I do NOT like clear stamps. Most of my stamps are wood mounted in a set. But I don't really have a preference as far as that goes.

Edited to add why I don't like acrylic. I have never been able to get a good image from one.
is it a quality issue why you dont like clear?

I have purchased some of both, and noticed some of my clear dont stick to the block very well.

But in looking into it, most of the "images" I like, seem to come on clear.

Im indifferent either way, but I want product that would give the best results. Thats my artwork, kwim?
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Erm I like both for different reasons!!

I like clear because I like being able to see where you stamp but then I also don't like them as I find them hard to get a nice image.

I like rubber because I can usually get a better image from them.

I like getting them in sets as it usually works out cheaper that way.

But at the end of the day its the cost and image which makes me buy!

A big plus for me would also be a nice angel policy.

Good luck with your stamps, hope it all works out
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It does not matter what color the rubber is! I will take clear, red, blue green.....I just wanna stamp!
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I like clear stamps because you can always see exactly what you are doing. But like others have said, I'll pretty much buy anything. But I tend to like unmounted stamps better and always on EZMount so I can use my acrylic blocks.

As for DT perks, I would want the product and stamps that they would need to create whatever you expected them to for free. And maybe 25% off for additional stuff and orders.
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I tear and lose clear stamps. I've not yet lost a wood-mounted stamp ~ LoL! I seem to drop everything - so wood-mounted-rubber sets for me, thank you!
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Karen, is it a quality issue?
I really want to put out the best product I can. I am a new stamper, so I have no idea what the difference is other then the mounts and being able to see through.

I would love some input before I invest in a product I wont be satisfied with.
There is a variety of quality of clear stamps. Some stamp like rubber, others squish and tear and don't ink well.

I prefer rubber, but good quality clear are good too.

As for the DT question, perks depend on what you'll expect from your team.
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I'm equal opportunity, I'll buy anything, lol! I didn't see that option
hahaha i agree. i prefer rubber, but if we're going unmounted, go clear. i can't figure out unmounted rubber.
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I have used and purchased both. I know I'm repeating what others have said, but it's how I feel. I like both. I like the clear, in that you can see where you are positioning it. I know there are stamp-a-ma-jigs and such for positioning, but haven't done that. I haven't had a problem with images not being crisp with my clear stamps. The one thing I've noticed is that dye ink won't do well with the clear stamps, but pigment inks are fine. That might be why some others have had issues with images not being crisp and clean, I don't know. But I like both. Usually when I buy clear it is because they are cheaper, or I have a coupon, etc. But I like both and use both.
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If the quality is as good as Papertrey Ink's, then hands down clear stamps. They take ink just as well as rubber does, but I can see where I am stamping and that makes it soooo much easier.

I also prefer unmounted rubber as it is cheaper and easier for me to use.

However, I will buy a stamp regardless of what it's made of, as long as I like the image.
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I prefer unmounted rubber stamps in single form. I hate purchasing a set, I end up trashing the ones in the set I don't like, so there is no savings. I would rather just pay for the stamps I want to keep.

Un-mounted bare rubber!

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I own some clear stamps but rarely use them. Yes, it's nice to be able to see where I'm stamping. But if I can't get a good image then what difference does it make if it's positioned perfectly? I like my rubber. And, even though it's a cost and space saver, I like mine wood mounted. I just feel like I'm more in control that way.

As far as sets or individual images - depends on what it is. I have often turned down purchasing whole sets if I don't think I would use all the images in it. But if stamps were sold individiually, it would be nice to have a suggestion of what other stamps meant to go together. Or, maybe offer the stamps individually but offer a discount if a certain combo of stamps was purchased together.

For DT, I agree with Sparkle. Definitely free product to create the sample cards then a small discount on a future purchase.
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I haven't had much luck with acrylic stamps, so I will stick with rubber.
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I prefer deeply etched rubber - red, purple, pink - doesn't matter to me. I think that rubber allows for a more detailed image.

I buy in sets but I also buy individual stamps, mounted and unmounted.
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While I prefer mounted rubber I will buy unmounted rubber. I am shying away from acrylic because I have had some get "sticky" and I hate that.
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I love clear as long as they are high quality polymer, not those cheap $1 stamps. I also love rubber, any color, but I myself hate wood mounted. I don't have the room to store tons of wooden blocks and love cling mounted you use with an acrylic block.
Of course price always is a factor- clear are almost always cheaper. I'l take a high quality clear over rubber anytime because you can see through them and storage is not an issue.
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I am an equal opportunity stamper too - I like both for different reasons. Clear stamps take up less space and I love two step stamping with them, they also have to be quality stamps. I love the quickness of rubber stamps - meaning that they are already mounted and good to go.
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I didn't vote...as I don't care how the red rubber comes to me (in sets, alone, mounted or unmounted), I just prefer rubber to acrylic/polymer stamps.

I just feel like the ink does better on rubber. I can use ANY ink brand without having a problem...whereas some ink brands claim to be specifically for clear stamps...it makes me wonder if there is really a difference or if they wouldn't work as well on red rubber. (And why have two different types of ink?? No one wants to spend twice the money to use one product.)

I have a few unmounted red rubber stamps...and I put double sided tape on my acrylic blocks...and then my red rubber sticks to my acrylic block. I also like my wood mounted stamps...and if I worry about lining images up just right (which is easy to do with clear stamps, but not always with red rubber), I just use my stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamp with a groupd of ladies that all own stampamajigs, but I seem to be the only one who uses it regularly.
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The only clear acrylics that I prefer are the alphabet stamps. Other than that I am all about the image. If I like it I buy it.......it does not matter what it is made of.
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Rubber all the way. I've stopped buying clear -- they just aren't the same and I find myself not using them so in the long run, they end up costing more. I won't settle for anything but rubber these days!
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I LOVE them all!!

I have unmounted Rubber Stamps that use a Acrylic Block

And Wood mounted rubber stamps and Clear Stamps.

The company I demo for sells Unmounted Blue Rubber Stamps with Ez-mount foam.

And two of the Companies I design for are Clear acrylic Stamps

And I buy Wood mounted Stamps from Stampin' Up!

But I also buy Unmounted rubber stamps.
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I like sets. If it is rubber or acrylic, it doesn't matter to me. I do like unmounted rubber, for storage reasons. If a stamp is mounted on a piece of wood, I really, really have to like the image to buy it.
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Rubber, unmounted is first choice (I prefer it when they're already on cling cushion so there's no faffing about to get them on an acrylic block). Sets are great and I don't mind cutting my own out of a rubber sheet to get best value but single images appeal to me too if they're the right image. Wood mounted take up valuable storage space so it has to be a special stamp for me to go that route.

Clear polymer are fine if they're high quality. I haven't used PTI but the Crafty Secrets ones are good - they don't squish out of shape when you stamp with them and they take ink well.

If you're looking into manufacture and you decide to go the clear route, the proper name is polymer (or photopolymer) - acrylic is what the clear block is made out of, not the stamps.
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Perks is the easy bit - free product for making up samples and a discount (small) on future purchases while still on the DT.
Choice of stamps is the hard thing - I have clear sets, rubber sets both mounted and unmounted, and single rubber both mounted and unmounted. The only thing I don't have is single acrylic stamps!
I like clear for ease of positioning, even over UM rubber, and I like sets because they will usually coordinate well together, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the image. If I like it, I'll get it. Elements - things like flourishes, scrolls, alphas, I would definitely go clear.
My second-oldest clear set is deteriorating but it's now heading for 5 years old and is sentiments, so it has seen an awful lot of wear and tear, and it's only the used stamps that starting to stretch a bit. I'd still replace it with another set of clear sentiments if I could only find one I like.
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i have all kinds of stamps! i have clear, unmounted rubber and wood blocks. i love them all. to me it's quality and design. if i like i will buy it regardless of the kind. unmounted obviously takes up less room but i still buy both.
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I prefer deeply etched rubber - red, purple, pink - doesn't matter to me. I think that rubber allows for a more detailed image.

I buy in sets but I also buy individual stamps, mounted and unmounted.
Ditto! Definitely prefer rubber over acrylic!
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I prefer UM rubber, and I like the option of buying whole sheets, or individual images.
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I like wood mounted, prefer wood mounted, actually only buy woodmounted. I have bought some acrylic, got swept up in this whole 'acrylic is great' thing..they may be great stamps but I don't get on with them.

I rarely find I HAVE to know where exactly an image needs to be and there are tools and 'a good eye' of course to assist! I don't mind wood taking up more room; I feel I have something then, a tiny acrylic stamp still costs money as is tiny and it's only the image that is exciting, not the stamp itself.

I find acrylic image get squashed (too heavy handed after years of wood!). They seem to struggle with some inks too, apparently shouldn't use Stazon even!

With wood, the joy is also in the stamp itself. I honestly get joy from holding a wooden stamp, from looking at them. I prefer a beautiful book cover too, to that of say brown paper. I wouldn't pick up a book, wouldn't be so inspired with a stamp unless I can see what it will do, we are working in visuals of course.

I can look at my stamps and it's a joy, to hold them, to see the image on them, to think what I could do..acrylic maybe functional, but that's it. I need a hoover, washing machine etc to be functional, I just am not creative enough to see creativity in something I can't see properly, wooden stamps create a feeling of potential, of creativity more than acrylic, for me anyway. They are convenient, do what they say on the tin. A wooden stamp is so much more, when I buy a box of SU stamps off ebay/etsy, I am overcome when I open the envelope, not so if I just had some squashed acrylic stamps..

I am a hobby stamper, the answers of those who earn their living from stamps may be different, but for me, I want more than function.
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I prefer high-quality photo-polymer clear stamps (very different from cheap clear stamps), but I'll tolerate unmounted rubber.

I have no problems getting clear images with high-quality photopolymer stamps. I have cheap clear stamps too, but don't prefer those. I can still get clear images from those, but I have to be very, very careful. However, the same is true for me for some rubber stamps - I have to be very, very careful if they are not deeply-etched.

The only time I buy wood-mounted now is if I'm invited to a SU! party and then I'll buy a set to help out the hostess. Or, if they are 75% off with free shipping (like if someone is going out of business).

Another incentive for me to buy (in addition to a good angel policy as mentioned above), is free shipping over a certain dollar amount.
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Clear stamps aren't "acrylic stamps" anymore than wood mounted rubber stamps are "wood stamps." My little pet peeve.

Clear stamps are okay for me, but they don't do details nearly as well as rubber. For that they are limited to less complex designs. So I voted for rubber.
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I'm wondering why some folks can't get a clear image with clear stamps and others can. I have detailed Flourishes, Impression Obsession, PTI clear stamps and get great images and I'm no stamping genius!

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Old 09-11-2008, 07:34 AM   #39
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I'm wondering why some folks can't get a clear image with clear stamps and others can. I have detailed Flourishes, Impression Obsession, PTI clear stamps and get great images and I'm no stamping genius!
I have pressure issues. If I try to go light, I often don't get the whole image. If I try to use a bit more pressure, I tend to moosh it. I don't have those problems with rubber.
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I like either, but have unmounted all of my stamps, so prefer companies which do offer an unmounted price if they sell wood block stamps.
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