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Posted 1/11/2013 by rosyjazz in General Stamping
 

rosyjazz
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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:25:03 AM
Just how important is an alignment grid to you??

I am very new to stamping/scrapbooking/card making/etc..I Am trying to decide on which Apple Pie Memories to buy....is the extra cost of the alignment grid worth it??? Needed??

Thanks!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:59:03 AM
I'm not familiar with the apple pie memories brand, but all my acrylic block have a grid on them. I think they are very helpful, especially with sentiment stamps. I'm not sure why it would cost a lot more. There are lots of brands of blocks!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:21:02 AM
I find the gridlines most helpful for sentiments for errors with their placement seem to standout the most.

I have 1 grid-line block with the wavy edge for ease in holding and all the rest are plain blocks. It is 3x4 inches and find that works for most sentiments.

I also have a Fiskar's small stamp press that has grid lines. I use it frequently. Particuluarly for large background stamps and stamping multiple images onto several cards. I also use it when stamping with Stazon ink which is somewhat sticky making it easy to slide the stamp when removing it. The press prevents this slipage.

You could use a stamp press to start with for all your stamping and see how the gridlines work for you. Heck, I have used my cuttlebug acrylic plates and flat inkpad lids in a pinch. love:


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howdyheidi
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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:40:03 PM
Excellent suggestion with the stamp press. I still don't have one, but I know I would make less errors if I did!


~~Heidi~~

rosyjazz
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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:53:12 PM
A stamp press???? I am not familiar with that...

I thought about the tim holtz 9 piece set, but I read that it is VERY thin...

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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:39:54 PM
Just search Fiskars Stamp Press. You could purchase it at a craft store with a coupon if you have one!

My blocks are mostly inkadinkado, purchased with coupons at the craft store. I just got one or two at a time to build up to a complete set. They have wavy edges.

The Tim Holtz set is thin. I'm sure they work, but if you prefer to hold something bigger they may not be for you. You could look in the dollar bin stamps to see if they have the Studio G blocks. They are thin, but for a buck you could see how you like them!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:37:32 PM
I would not buy a block that didn't have a grid on it.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:00:29 PM
It's important to me. Years ago I bought a set of Close to My Heart acrylic stamping blocks. I think they (or another company) sold a set of adhesive sheets with grid lines on them that you could put on the blocks, but I procrastinated and never got around to ordering them. Does anyone remember these?

I would love to hunt them down (on Ebay or our For Sale/Trade board) if I could remember the name and which company sold them. I'm sure they could be used for any brand of blocks.

I do have the Fiskars Stamp Press, but sometimes I prefer the feel of a stamping block in my hands.

Debbie in MD.

iring
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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:37:33 PM
Not all of my blocks have grids, but I really like the ones that do! I also bought my blocks with coupons. I like their thickness. I prefer thick and wavy edged over thin. Easier and more comfortable to handle.

Thanks for reminding me about the stamp press Jan! Someone gave me theirs and I forget to use it. I can see it being especially useful for slippery stamping!

I'm not positive, but I think SU might sell something that clings to clear blocks that has a grid on it?

I'm pretty sure I've heard that Apple Pie blocks are really nice!

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Posted: 1/12/2013 5:04:57 PM
I think you are right iring-I think it was SU that sold the stick on film for the clear blocks that had grid lines on it. They no longer sell them sadly, but I'm going to try and track a set down. Thanks for letting me know it was SU.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:47:27 AM
To answer your OP, 'rosy'--not important (mostly). Once in a blue moon I'll do a piece that benefits from an alignment aid, but I'm good at being able to 'eyeball'.

It also 'helps' that I primarily use UMS.


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