I’ve heard gals like Jennifer McGuire and Nichol Magouirk talk about this tool before. But it wasn’t until I was standing in the stamp isle at Michael’s, with an armful of sale items, that it suddenly looked like a good purchase. You know that feeling…you have a 40% off coupon and nothing to use it on. So I picked it up, brought it home and figured it out.
The Compact Stamp Press contains is a thin sheet of plastic approximately 8″x6″. Each corner of the base holds foam feet that allow you to get even pressure when stamping your image. The clear base has grid lines of about 3″x5″ so you can line up your stamp perfectly and see exactly where you are stamping.
It makes stamping several different acrylic stamps easier. You can line them all up and stamp just one time on your card or project. It’s even more convenient if you are making a set of cards and need to stamp the images several times. I’ve used a variety of stamps with mine, from all different brands of clear acrylic stamps to the cling-type rubber stamps.
First, you still have to use a good amount of pressure when you are stamping. The press gives you control, but to get a good crisp stamped image, you still need to put pressure on all areas of the stamp. When stamping, I hold the press down with one hand and with the other hand, I go around the entire image to make sure the whole thing is making contact.
Second, you can stamp in an area larger than just where the grid lines show. I have this large music stamp from Hero Arts and fills up most of the base of the stamp press. The grid lines help with lining up stamps and to show the area you would stamp on a small card, but you can use a stamp that is larger than the grid area (as long as the stamp fits within the range of the four foam feet).
Do you have any stamping tips? I have a good variety of stamps but it’s not something I reach for every time I make a project. I could use some ideas so I’ll get them out more often.