Stamping 101: Types of Rubber Stamps (Including Clear and Digital Stamps)

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    What Are The Different Types of Stamps for Crafters?

    Types of Stamps for Crafters
    Kate Pullen

    Once upon a time, a rubber stamp was just that - a stamp made from rubber. Today, there is a plethora of options available to crafters. You will find stamps made from a variety of materials. Learn about the different stamps and what's best for a beginner crafter.

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    Mounted Rubber Stamps

    A mounted rubber stamp is a great stamp for beginners
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     Wood mounted rubber stamps are perhaps what most people think of when they think of rubber stamps. These stamps are supplied ready to use in a wide variety of styles. Good quality rubber stamps produce very detailed images. 'Deep etched' rubber stamps are ideal for stamping onto fabric or into soft surfaces such as pottery or air dry clay.

    Mounted rubber stamps are formed with a wooden 'handle' ready attached, and unlike unmounted stamps, you don't need anything other than an ink pad to get stamping.

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    Unmounted Rubber Stamps

    An unmounted stamp with self adhesive foam to attach to a stamping block
    Kate Pullen

    Unmounted rubber stamps are an increasingly popular alternative to mounted stamps. These stamps consist of just the 'die' part of the baking. Users can either permanently mount the are or can use a temporary mounting system such as cling foam to use the stamps with acrylic blocks. Unmounted stamps are often cheaper than their mounted counterparts and most stamp manufacturers offer both mounted and unmounted stamps.​

    There are a number of attractive features about unmounted stamps, including the facts they take up less storage space and delivery costs are often less. This is balanced up against the need to have a suitable stamping block.

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    Clear Stamps

    Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps
    Kate Pullen

     While they've been around for a while now, clear or acrylic stamps were very much part of the 'stamping revolution'. These clear stamps temporarily adhere to acrylic blocks making the precise placement of stamps simple and straightforward. They are available in all sizes and styles. After stamping, clear stamps are simply cleaned and popped back onto a baking sheet ready for the next use. These stamps are typically sold by the sheet and represent excellent value for money. 

    The advantages of clear stamps are that they are often cheaper than traditional rubber stamps, they take up less space, and they are low cost to deliver. This has to be balanced up against the need for a stamping block. Some stampers have also noticed that their clear stamps discolor over time and some rip as they come off the backing sheet.

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    Foam Stamps

    Foam stamp
    Kate Pullen

    Foam stamps are great for stamping large or bold images. These stamps are light-weight and are also ideal for children. Foam stamps are best used with paints and are often used for interior decorating as well as smaller stamping projects.

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    Digital Stamps

    Digital Stamps
    Kate Pullen

    Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular. They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities and can be an interesting alternative to traditional stamps. 

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    Make Your Own Stamps

    Make stamps from potatoes and more!
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    You can also make your own stamps. There are a surprising number of ways you can create your own stamps, ranging from simple potato stamps to carving images in lino.