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Old 07-29-2020, 07:40 AM   #1
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Talking clear blocks - recommendations?

I'm trying to get back into stamping and all of my tools are so old that many need replacing. My clear blocks are one thing plus new Tack N Peel for them. Do you have any recommendations for clear blocks? When I originally purchased all of mine it was kind of new to unmount your stamps and there weren't that many to choose from, now I see so many! TIA
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Old 07-30-2020, 03:49 AM   #2
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I like the Stampin' Up! version, but I am a demonstrator so I may be biased.

That said, I like that they have a rounded edge with an indentation, making them easy to grasp.

I have a few favorites that I always use: D -- 2-7/8" x 2-11/16", H -- 4-7/16" x 1-5/8", and G -- 2-1/2" x 3/4". Block A is also handy -- 1-3/16" x 1-1/4". With H and A, sometimes you just want something closer to the size of a small stamp. Less shadows seem to occur that way.


Those I use least are F and I. F is the size of a background stamp and I simply lay those on my table, ink and place my paper atop the stamp rather than flip the stamp over. Block I just seems to be oversized for most of my stamps.

There is bundle pricing available on the block set.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:52 AM   #3
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I would use what I already have and invest in a stamping platform. There are many to choose from that all basically do the same thing, it's the price point that differs drastically.
I have the following: Tim Holtz's large and small platforms and Hampton Arts model. I use them often in addition to the acrylic stamp blocks.
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Actually, I use the MISTI almost exclusively and don't really use blocks very often anymore. However, I do have standards for my blocks...


I prefer the thicker blocks (3/4 inch) rather than the thin ones. SU and CTMH both fit in this category, but there may be others.

I have a few blocks with grid lines on them. Those are really nice for keeping sentiments straight.

I use a set of blocks that are cubes (set of 4-range in size from 1/2 to 1-1/2 inch cubes) that I really like for little stamps.

But like I said, the MISTI takes over for almost every one of my blocks every time.
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:41 AM   #5
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I agree that a stamping platform is invaluable, especially if you have any issue with shaky hands. Of course, my preference is the Stamparatus.

I will say, however, that I find it quicker to do stamping with blocks. I use my SAR mainly when I know I will need to stamp over in the same spot multiple times (like when I'm not getting a clear image).
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another vote for a platform when you can swing it.

That said I do still use blocks and I like a thicker one with grids-not just for sentiments. I dont want my images crooked either On can always take a craft knife and etch lines if you are confident in a steady hand...but that seems to be a conflict LOL the smaller the grid the better but they seem to usually be 1/2 inch.

I found this product that I am liking for unmounted on either block or platform fro Purple onion. It is a clear DS stamp so you stick it to a block and I keep it covered all the time till I want to use it-peel the cover, pop on the stamp and go.

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Go on, get a MISTI (or other stamping platform) you will be so happy with the results!
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I love my Stampin Up clear blocks. They are easy to handle. I also use a Misti stamping platform. A stamping platform allows you to restamp if the image didn't stamp well the first time and are great for multi step stamping.
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Catherine Pooler and Gina K both have comfort grip acrylic blocks, big difference in price but I love the huge one from CP because it's large enough to cover a full size card.
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