(Life happens! So as I am writing and filming this post Greg was cooking burgers, until during pre-heating the oven he managed to set the oven alight! Please excuse me if there is a mistake I didn’t notice!)
Today I wanted to share my thoughts on stamp presses; there are lots on the market and I have bought a few to see which I think is best. I also have a second video on tips you can use with a stamp press to extend it’s use and make the most out of your purchase. Here is my first video; today I am comparing the Misti and the new Hampton Art Stamp Perfect. I will have a future feature on the We R Memory Keepers against the new Tonic Tim Holtz platform as these are the most comparable two. I shall reserve judgement on he overall best until I have tried them all; I have played with the We R Memory Keepers but overall I wasn’t that impressed so we will leave that segment for another time. These two are by far my favorites for different reasons so lets get started:
I was bought the Misti for christmas; it was one of those things I felt I never needed, after all what could it do that a stamp-a-ma-jig couldn’t; well once I had one I realized the answer was so much more! However, I was very disappointed at the quality of the magnets and the lack of help or customer service from the Misti brand when I got in touch after broken magnets within one week. i have since purchased new magnets that I am much happier with more on that later. However, a couple of weeks ago I was in a stamp store when I saw the new Hampton Art press called Stamp Perfect, after some careful examination it appeared to be a copy of the Misti, once I got it home my view is that if you want a mini MISTI then the Hampton Art is probably better value but many of us with need something larger and for that I whole-heartedly recommend the Misti with the caveat of you need to buy different magnets; these are the different presses available in each size if you haven’t already tried one. (affiliate links at no additional cost to you)
I bought my new magnets at ApexMagnets but I have got one of the ones Jennifer McGuire recommends too and its great for card fronts and larger pieces, wrap some washi around it for a quick pull tab:
After much playing since Christmas I have so many uses for a stamp press so i split this into a second video that you can use as a go to tutorial anytime you need to reference them:
There are ten great tips in there for you; here are some links and more information into each of the tips:
Tip 1 – Using Temporary Adhesive for Small Pieces, i’ve tried lots of glue but the easiest one to use is E-Z Dots, the goo-gone or adhesive rubber makes clean up so easy too:
Tip 2 – Masking Tape for straight straight banner sentiments, this was such a great find, this low tack tape is perfect to fix down a banner while you play around:
Tip 3 – Clean your stamps while still on the stamp press, another great way to save time at the end of your stamping, after much research this is the best cleaners:
Tip 4 – Make you own grid paper, the Stamp Perfect doesn’t come with a pad and this si a great way to replace those MISTI pads, I got the laminating tip from Jennifer McGuire and its fab, clean it with your shammy and use some alcohol blending solution or Staz-On cleaner to get those permanent stains off; I love this amazon basics laminator it’s the best value out there; if you want a grid piece I am going to have them for sale for $3 + S&H, feel free to contact the Hollow if you would like one, they will last for ages!
Tip 5 – Using your press like a stamp-a-ma-jig, any piece of acetate will work fine but I suggest these thicker ones, just use your shammy and stamp cleaner to clean it off each time:
Tip 6 – Use your press for perfect mounting, this foam piece is the perfect thick ness to bump up your project and the temporary tape makes mounting a cinch; I really recommend the Simon Says Stamp acetate for help with the grids, i’ve already bought a new one since mine went walkabout!
Tip 7 – Bulk Stamping, the reason the stamp press was invented! No additional supplies needed, just position and stamp!
Tip 8 – Cleaning your stamp press, the best cleaners for these are the Novus, the double pack is the best value but i’ve linked up the single just incase you prefer it, also you see me use the stamp shammy, I love it so so much, it is one of my best investments, I use it to clean stamps, my laminate, with my Novus fluid, everything!
Tip 9 – Multi-step stamps, I will do a more detailed tutorial on different types of multi-step stamps for you another day, but this takes lots of the guess work out, just click the pictures to go to Simon Says Stamp for each product: (I used just the two ink colors, stamping off the ripe persimmon to get a lighter and darker shade):
Tip 10 – Making curved, wavy or other shaped sentiments, again I recommend this thicker acetate, the 12×12 pack is better value, cut them into various card sizes and you can use them again and again (I cased this tip from Kristina Werner but definitely worth sharing if you haven’t seen it already)
In case you wanted any of the products I used these are the ones I used to demonstrate with:
This is also a case from Jennifer McGuire but its the best container for the shammy, it keeps it moist but no bad smells!