This year I’ve decided to list all of my favorite stamping products in its’ own category. These are the stamping products I use and recommend. (If you are looking for my favorite inks, Ink Pads are covered here. And if you are looking for Stamp Storage and Organization, it is covered here.
The first thing you need when stamping (besides a stamp and ink!) is an acrylic block. I have a set that I go back to time and time again when stamping and those are from Apple Pie Memories. I like the 2.5″ and 3.5″ round blocks because they have a grid and finger grips. The grid helps me line up my stamp straight on the block and the finger grips make it easy to hold and handle the block when stamping. I’ve had these blocks for years and have never found any that I prefer more.
I LOVE my Stampoholic and Stampoholic Nano Stamping Tools (no longer available in the US), but you can pre-order the new Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamp Platform here. (It is currently scheduled to start shipping late May and Early June.) Having a stamping tool of any brand (there are several out there) has changed stamping for so many crafters worldwide. I won’t go into too much detail because I’m sure you are all already familiar with stamping tools and how they work. Well the Stampoholic and Nanos are mine and they’re one of my favorite stamping tools, however I do plan on getting the new Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamp Platform as well because it looks AWESOME!
I like to use these Bar Magnets from Kat Scrappiness in my stamping tool. They hold your cardstock down much better than the standard ones and are stronger and easier to work with.
When stamping a solid or intricate image with an acrylic block, I always stamp it on the Sizzix Secret Weapon. It’s basically a thick piece of foam that has some “give” so that you get a better impression when stamping. They are coming out with a smaller version which I will be getting but this is the one I use now. I also use this when rolling flowers and trying to give them more dimension by using a stylus tool to round them out. It’s also helpful if you are piercing paper. It has many uses but I mainly use it for stamping.
There are two stamp shammy’s that I recommend. One is the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy which is a 5” x 7” reusable cleaning cloth. You keep it dam and wipe your stamps with it. When it gets dirty, just rinse it out and when it’s really dirty, simply throw it in the wash. (I wouldn’t machine dry it though!). It’s a pretty light teal color and sells for about $8.00.
The second is called “The Absorber” and can be found at Amazon or Walmart, etc. There are two sizes:
- Mini Absorber – This one measures 17″ x 13″ and comes in many different colors. It costs approximately $7.70 with free shipping at Amazon right now.
- Full Size Absorber – This is a 27″ x 17″ cleaning cloth that comes in yellow (they have other colors in some stores). I bought one of these several years ago and cut out small pieces to use (4″ x 4″) and am only on my second square now. I figure at this rate it will last me another generation (lol). The cost is $9.84 with free shipping on Amazon right now.
Stamp Shammy Holder
I listed this in the organizational section of this series, but I will copy and list it here as well since it is how I store my stamp shammy.
I use this salt cellar to keep my stamp shammy clean and retain it’s moisture. I got the idea for this from Jennifer McGuire and it works so well it’s one of my favorite storage products now. It has a flip top so you just flip it open when you want to use the stamp shammy and when you are finished, just flip it closed. This way it gets enough air that it doesn’t get smelly but stays moist for a few days at a time.
If I’m just stamping a sentiment or using one ink color I use baby wipes to clean my stamps. I use Kirkland brand because they don’t leave lint behind on your stamp and because they are sturdy and are sold in bulk so you never run out!
Stamp Scrubber & Cleaner
When I’m using multiple colors or am stamping a lot, I use my Stamp Scrubber along with Hero Arts/Stewart Superior Ultra Clean.
Ultra Clean is made by either Hero Arts or Stewart Superior. It can be labeled by either company but it is the same product. It comes in two sizes. A spray bottle and a refill bottle. (I have both)
All of the (available) products I mention are listed and linked on the bottom of each post for your convenience. If you have a question about a specific product or something not listed in these posts, feel free to leave me a comment or contact me and I’ll get back to you asap.