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Posted 1/19/2013 by summerbellies in General Scrappin'
 

summerbellies
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Posted: 1/19/2013 9:58:49 PM
Okay, so I have verrry limited space to scrap and craft. I also verrrrry limited time to do it which led to me stopping it altogether.
Since I've been back, I've noticed some absolutely gorgeous stamp work- I would love to start incorporating some into my Los but need to be selective.

Give me your most used- most essential stamps you use so I can maybe decide on a few to add to my work without making a huge commitment to using a ton of storage space.

TIA!


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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:05:05 PM
I am obsessed and addicted to stamps but I really only love them for cardmaking. I do some see people rock them on layouts but I kind of forget about them for scrapbooking. Nichol Magouirk is the main person who is fabulous for incorporating them into your scrapbooks. You should check out her videos. Here's one she stamps a lot on.... Start to Finish

KatyLouWho
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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:20:52 PM
I've found myself using a lot of stamps that I've had for over 20 years on layouts recently. It's as if a part of my brain lit up and reminded me of them, and now I love using them on layouts.

If you were nearby you could just come and borrow a few...

But really, I'd get an alphabet that I loved, and I'd go shopping at Elle's Studio for some awesome stamps that work great with scrapping. Also a lot of Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamp sets are great with scrapping too!



tiffanyo
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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:33:36 PM
I second a good alpha and Technique Tuesday stamps. Lawn Fawn's alphabets are awesome because the actual stamps are rectangular. It makes it so you can really easily line them up. They have several different styles and you can buy them here at 2P!

Beyond that, it depends a lot on your style. There are often some for sale here in the FSOT forum. Studio Calico makes some fun ones and Kelly Purkey too. Her new one Bright Idea has a journaling card, stamps like "documented" and "week in review" a few icons and some other words that are good for stamping on LOs or cards. It is new but I have already used it quite a bit!
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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:00:46 AM
I would say my swirl stamp set, one of my bird stamps, and my hearts and star stamp set are the ones that get use on all kinds of different layouts.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 2:28:47 AM
I feel like stamps are my least expensive embellishments. I made cards before I got into scrapbooking, and I have a ton. I can't imagine scrapping without them!

I use what I call "wingding" stamps more than anything else: arrows, stamps, chevrons, snowflakes, flowers, etc. Small abstract stuff is great too.

Technique Tuesday has some great stamps, as a few people have mentioned above, and believe it or not, Stampin' Up has a lot of stamps that I'd never use for cards, but work great as notions on scrapboooking pages.

P.S. Buy clear stamps when you can! The storage footprint is WAY smaller than rubber wood mounted stamps.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:18:58 AM
It depends how you intend to use the stamps.
I think the little words are great for adding extra bits or 'journalling' around the page. Also little icons that I would stamp and then cut out and use as embellishments. Obviously the best way to go is to pick words or pictures that are similar to the words/images you usually use in your layouts. (I love camera paper and embelishments with cameras on them so I have bought quite a few camera stamps too!)


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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:32:22 AM
^^^this is all great advice^^^
Stamps are my favorite supply.
They are near the top of my "scrapping on a desert island" must have list.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:55:42 AM

P.S. Buy clear stamps when you can! The storage footprint is WAY smaller than rubber wood mounted stamps.


Now see I would say stay away from clear stamps. You will need to see what you prefer. I personally can't stand clear stamps even the ones made in the USA. They just do not stamp like rubber. You can buy cling-mount rubber so they store the same as clear stamps yet stamp SO much better! Clear also turns yellow over time (doesn't effect the stamping though) and they just don't stamp as nice IMO. I am a "stamp rubber" junkie for sure and I stamp on EVERYTHING--layouts, cards, altered art, art journals, etc. Love my rubber stamps.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:09:07 AM
I all over this one.

I suggested getting the following: one background stamp that you LOVE, one sentiment package that contains a lot of words or cool typography that you think you'll use over and over again, and then either one image set that contains things like doilies or butterflies (or whatever suits your style). Then get a clear Versamark ink pad. Anything you stamp with the pad will be slightly darker than the cardstock you stamp upon. Also invest in a black stamp pad.

That is a great set to get you started, and you can build as you go or decide that stamping is not for you after trying a few things.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:16:38 AM
I've been stamping on my pages for over 10 years now and would not do a page without them. I would start with a basic alpha set you really like and as Jen mentioned, one back ground and one image set. The good things about stamps is that you can use them over and over again. Lots of fun!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:16:31 AM
Thanks so much ladies! This is great advice- eeee! I don't know why I'm so nervous to stamp on my Lo's - it's just paper, right? I might head to M's or J's today and get a small stamp of each kind to see how I like them: I.e. wood vs. clear vs. cling..
This has been a great help.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:17:37 AM
P.s. - Hi Jen! I totes remember you from the boards back in the day!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:04:39 AM
I have a wide variety of different Mfg. stamps. If I am buying rubber stamps, I like the ones that are not mounted on wooden block because the storage is much easier. However, I do have some mounted ones. Heartfelt Creations, SU, Hero Art and Hampton Art have great stamps. I do have from other mfgs, but mostly from these.

As far as clear stamps, I like the "user friendly" placement, but not all of them give crisp, stamped images. If I am buying clear stamps, I really do prefer CTMH. Their stamps are durable, clean well, stick to acrylic blocks well and give crisp,stamped images.

My biggest collection of stamps is background and sentiments. I stay away from stamps that can only be used for specific holidays/seasons. I would rather have something I can use any time.


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