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Old 06-05-2019, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Arthritis/tendinitis and stamp positioning tools...THSP, Misti, Stamparatus, etc.

I’m trying (emphasis on try) to get back into stamping after a very long hiatus. Over the past several years, my arthritis and carpal tunnel have been joined by a couple extra forms of tendonitis that make it difficult to provide enough pressure to get a crisp image on a medium sized stamp, let alone a larger one. I’ve also begun the process of unmounting the last 100 or so sets and another couple hundred solo stamps to save some space...sold 200 sets and have no idea yet how many singles, and still have some vintage sets to sell....but I digress.

I know it’s a little easier to hold an acrylic block than a wood one. I’ve read you shouldn’t un mount your background stamps, but haven’t been able to figure out why.

To those of you using the Misti, Stamparatus, or one of the other positioning tools....does it take less hand pressure to use these, since you can move your fingers around on the acrylic sheet?

What do others of you with hand strength issues do to compensate?

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Old 06-05-2019, 07:59 PM   #2
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I have two different types of arthritis and I love my MISTI. The best part is being able to stamp over and over if needed to get a good image. I can't press hard because of the arthritis, but I can stamp as may times as needed to get a good image.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:42 PM   #3
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I think it's fine to unmount your background stamps. I just use them face up anyway, so having just the rubber (or rubber and foam) is not a problem.

Lay it on your work surface, ink it up and place the paper/cardstock face down, then run over the back of the paper with your hand or a small acrylic block
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:27 AM   #4
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I think the advice about background stamps is because they are harder to get a good print from, due to the extra pressure needed. Having said that, I've unmounted mine, and was doing as PikkuLilla said. Then I got my TH Stamping Platform, and they really do make all the difference in the world. You need to put in far less effort to get a good print, and yes you can just move your hand over the plate to get good pressure. And if you get poorly stamped spots, you just reink your stamp, and stamp again, as many times as you need to get it perfect. So that also helps relieve the amount of pressure you need to apply.
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My grip strength is very poor, too! Using a stamping platform will change your life!
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Yay! Thanks, ladies, that’s what I was hoping to hear. Now I can justify the cost, and get busy finishing the unmounting!
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:19 PM   #7
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I have limited strength and have a MISTI then got Holtz platform for the larger area. Sometimes I need to press on the lid to make a connection in some areas of the image and found that I can with MISTI and the TH platform has a much more resistant lid....impossible to press hard enough, and have to place paper 'shims' under my cardstock and try again.
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I have severe arthritis in my hands. I own the Misti and the Stamparatus and love them both. I use my background stamps with both of them and it works great. I drop things easily and it sure solves that problem.
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I don't have issues like those being discussed here, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I have both sizes of Tim Holtz platforms and both the original and mini MISTI, and I almost ALWAYS default to the mini MISTI. It's almost impossible to mess up, and it's very easy to use. There is considerably more "give" on the MISTI (any size) than the Tim Holtz. I am NOT kind to the poor little thing, and it just keeps keeping on. Can't recommend it highly enough! One thing that might make it even easier to use would be to make a "tab" with washi tape or something to open and close the lid - it can be tricky to get a hold of sometimes...
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:36 PM   #10
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I would agree with the others that the Misti is was more flexible and thus easier to press on than the TH positioner. I have an autoimmune disease that mimics RA and causes inflammation and arthritis in the joints of my hands and feet. The Misti has kept me stamping and crafting on days I wouldn't have been able to. That said, I can still be a klutz and drop an ink pad onto my freshly stamped perfect image, but you can't save someone from themselves sometimes! Haven't tried to Stamparatus.
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I have lupus and I’d definitely recommend a stamp positioner. I prefer one with a hinge as it’s easy to close. But please, don’t stress your hands! Use your forearm to add pressure once it’s closed. You might have to stand unless your desk is low/chair is high but it means no real joint strain. Alternatively, I find that if I’m using a small stamp and placing it and the paper in the positioner on the side closest to me, I actually line it up with the edge of the desk and pinch it closed with my thumb under my desk and my other fingers on the lid of the MISTI or TH stamp platform. For some bizarre reason, it’s easier on my wrist than direct downward pressure with the palm of my hand. But my desktop is thin, 1/2” glass so that helps. These might now work for you but maybe for someone.

You also have another advantage with a stamp positioner. You can restamp. So if it isn’t perfect the first time because you can’t press very hard, just add more ink and stamp again.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:47 PM   #12
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I think you got good advice from lots of people.
I want to mention Sandy Parker’s Vlog on YouTube: Crafting for Almost Everyone. Sandy has issues with her hands and does a great job of recommending accommodations and tools that help her out. She’s also funny and creative.
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I have limited strength and have a MISTI then got Holtz platform for the larger area. Sometimes I need to press on the lid to make a connection in some areas of the image and found that I can with MISTI and the TH platform has a much more resistant lid....impossible to press hard enough, and have to place paper 'shims' under my cardstock and try again.

I have both. I find the MISTI easier to use. The Tim Holtz one doesn't have a fun foam cushion like the MISTI. I received a stamp-making kit for my Cameo as a gift. The sheets to be cut into stamps were very thin, so I never bothered. But one of those stamping sheets is the perfect thing for Tim's platform!
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