Quick Tip | Fiskars Compact Stamp Press

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.

stamping tip

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.

A few tips:stamping idea

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.

stamping idea

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.


  1. thanks for commenting on my blog! And I love the tips you gave! thanks!!!

  2. i love my stamp press. i can’t stamp without it now!

  3. I need to start using more of my stamps. I often worry about keeping them clean after using them.

  4. I have looked at this product a number of times but never end up buying it. Thanks for the review. I will have to get it next time.

  5. Neat product! I don’t use my stamp as often as I probably could, but when I do I just stamp and don’t worry too much about lining it up perfect. If I want the stamp to be in a very specific spot on my layout, I will stamp it onto a separate piece of cardstock first, then adhere that to the layout.

  6. Tammy, you described my shopping trip to Michael’s perfectly! And I even bought this item AND I love it! I had heard Jennifer McGuire mention it on her blog and needed to use my coupon. So glad I picked it up!

  7. I have both sizes of these but haven’t used them much. I need to set them out on my desk to remember I have them!

  8. I love to use stamps.
    I do have this tool, hubby bought it thinking I may need it.
    But I have yet to use it.

  9. I love that music stamp! I saw a wooden one at Michaels similar to yours, but thought I would wait for a coupon, but somehow I never went back to get it 🙂 I don’t use my stamps very often either, there are a small handful that I repeatedly use… I have a Heidi Swapp damask stamp that I use frequently on various projects, but it is usually on my art table, so I don’t have to remember to use it…



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