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Stamps for Craft Categories?
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 1/19/2013 by looser in General Stamping
 

looser
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Posted: 1/19/2013 3:25:35 PM
The recent CHA party got a few posters on our forum mentioning that they found 'scrapbook stamps' weird.

Although I agree with them, I'll go even farther down that road--& invite my fellow Peas to walk along.

When it comes to stamps I much prefer image stamps over sentiment/word ones. But that's because I prefer to write my words & stamp my pictures regardless of the project I'm creating.

When craft categories & niche marketing arose in the 90s, I had already been crafting AND stamping for between 10-20 years. Yes! I was a mere child when I began making stuff.

Anyhoo... Along comes scrapping & every company jumps on the bandwagon. No problem! But... Some stamp mfrs decided to produce & market their stamps for those who scrap. In fairness the same is true for those who market their stamps to cardmakers.

When that happened, the explosion of sentiment stamps--perfect for both scrapbooks & cards--happened. Again. No problem. But I began to find that if I wanted to buy a set of images it usually included 'word' stamps. Can't tell you how many times I decided not to buy a set when the 'words' were too much a part of the set.

And I continue to wonder why any stamp mfr would target a specific category these days. Not only are there far fewer niche retailers for stamps & scrapbook, but even the Box retailers are up & down on stocking their shelves.

So... Based on your particular crafting experience as a stamper, what's your 'take on the topic'?

Scrappers, cardmakers, general crafters thots & comments are welcome as always.

I don't see the Craft Industry going back to the time when we were all 'just crafting', but I do believe that an area such as stamping can be a way to grow the craft across categories...


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/19/2013 4:00:11 PM
Interesting topic.

I'll start out in the middle. I actually did find a stamp company that both sold a set of image and sentiments and then just the image. It was Our Daily Bread Designs and I bought just the images. I REALLY enjoyed having the choice!!

I actually like sentiment stamps, but usually my preference is to buy a big set of just sentiment stamps. I do not think I would buy a whole set of stamps unless I was pretty sure I would use most of them.

I do think that stamps that can serve many purposes are what I want. And you see so many blogs with "one stamp three ways" and it shows that other people want that too. But then there are the "trends" that everyone talks about and my guess is that this extreme trending is what is going on? But I could be completely wrong too!!


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:43:23 PM
I have no problem with 'word' stamps, as long as they're fairly general so I can use them for different purposes, BUT sometimes I'll see a really nice set, with lovely image stamps and lots of word stamps, and then on closer inspection they're all completely scrapbook related words and phrases, which are useless to me. Such a shame - if they'd been more general I would have bought the set.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:31:29 AM
I do not scrapbook so perhaps the reason I don't see them separated in stores either locally or on the internet. I don't know the difference between scrapbook stamps and card stamps other than word stamps as Christin mentioned.

Perhaps extra-large stamps may be thought for scrappers. But a few extra-large stamps are great in one's stamp collection to use portions of the image when stamping card backgrounds; for art stamping onto clothing/fabric, altered objects and other 3-D projects including home decorative items. Stampendous has just recently added what they call jumbo stamps and have showcased them for these purposes.

The 6x6 pad of designer paper is often sufficient for card making and the images are often reduced proportionately to work better for cards. But I hear the appreciation coming from stampers not a marketing promotion from the manufactures.

Similarly 12x12 stencils had been promoted to scrappers for several years and just recently companies have added the 6x6 size to their line. But again I don't hear the companies even sharing a line of explanation with me as the consumer. It is share such tips among the users.

I appreciate when companies begin to acknowledge that many embellishments made for scrapbooking do not mail easily without significant extra shipping costs and look to create new products that meet the card maker’s needs. The recent one that comes to mind has been on the market for 1-2 years is called Candi, the paper alternative to decorative brads. They can be attached with round pop-dots to help keep their 3-D shape. Mailing cards using them meets standard requirements in the US without extra expense.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:55:57 AM
As primarily a card maker I use 'sentiment' stamps a lot. And I do it for marketability. Most of my customers pass right over cards without something on the front to tell them what kind of card it is. Happy Birthday, With Sympathy etc.

And unlike Daniel I want a sentiment or two in stamp sets. I don't see many stamps that I'd qualify as 'scrapping' only. I do see it more in the 12x12 papers. But having said that, I often still buy it and cut it into card size vignettes. (sp?)


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:24:45 AM
A lot of times I see a stamp set that has some pretty stamps, but I don't like the sayings, so I don't buy it. I like to choose my sayings, so I normally by them individually on wood mounts when they are on sale or with a coupon. There are a lot of sets that have just stamps and no sayings on them though. I will buy a set that has a lot of stamps I like on it if it has only a few words or sayings in it.

I am like the others. A lot of the 12 x 12 papers and pads are designed for scrapbooking, but I will cut them up to use on a card. I am getting so that I buy the 6 x 6 or A2 size pads because they take up less space, are more fitted for cards and are more portable.

Stampwilly


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:05:34 AM
Terrific posts! Thanks all!

While size & style of PP is an interesting topic, I'm more interested with the idea of 'category' stamps.

Great feedback on word/sentiment stamps. I actually do use them once in awhile. That said, however, I'd like to explore the images for a moment.

Are there stamp images that 'you' see as being mostly for scrap/card projects? If so, which? If not; why not?

And then there are the image stamps where word(s) are part of the design. Like; no like? I have a few like that & deal with them in various ways. I sometimes mask the word part when loading the stamp, but have also cut our the word part--especially if I know I don't want it in the stamp.

Your turn.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:03:14 PM
I'm curious Daniel...Who are you feeding this market research?


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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:09:39 PM

I'm curious Daniel...Who are you feeding this market research?


:lol:

I wonder too!

I think the scrapbooking stamps are partly the sayings, like RubyRubbler said, especially the "Remember this, These are the MOMENTS" etc. Also most of the journaling spot stamps, and many of the cameras and SOME of the arrows/travel stamps. I have nothing against them, except I wouldn't buy them because they would not be versatile for me at all. The more generic the image, maybe, the more likely you could use it with different crafts?


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:29:18 PM
Most of the stamps I see are mostly for cards. I usually do not like stamps with words as part of them.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:03:08 AM
Mere child.....lol @ Daniel

Since I was also a mere child when I started stamping, I have seen trends come and go in the rubber world and I am just gritting my teeth until this one passes.

I prefer image stamps. And I keep the generic "Thinking of You" and "Happy Birthday" around for obvious reasons. (And lately have purchased and traded for a few new ones since I was getting tired of the same ol' font.) But other than that, I don't go for sentiments unless it calls to me.
As far as trends go, I recall the line-type drawings ie Effie Glitzfinger and Rubbermoon of the 90's and the vintage photo stamps that were popular a few years after that.
Personally, right now I am drawn to geometric shapes and vintage images. I don't know why. Just am. But I know they aren't the "in" thing right now. And believe it or not, I still like my stamps rubber.

But if you like cartoony people with big feet, stamps of cameras, and stamps that say, "Remember this Moment", then this is your era.




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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:51:23 AM
'Feeding market research?' No one at the moment. Just figure the info will come in handy when JEOPARDY has a Qs about stamping habits...

Willy, Heidi & Ruby. Good posts! I, too, tend to ignore some image types, but would be hard pressed to come up with what makes an image 'scrappy' or 'cardy'.

Like Ruby--& lots of others--I have seen themes & trends rise & fall. And in lots more than stamps--images & use. One of the best things about the net is that we can pretty much find stamps that appeal to us regardless of whether they're currently popular.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:14:41 PM
Such an interesting thread with great feedback

I'm probably one of the very few on this board that is also a scrapbooker. I tend to do stamping on a lot of my layouts and often use stamps that aren't probably marketed for scrapbooking. I use lots of image stamps to make embellishments and sometimes backgrounds for my pages. I do own a few stamps that are intended for scrapping.

I've never been one to follow many trends so I buy whatever appeals to me or to whoever I'm making the card for. I've got a couple of stamps that are probably 20 years old or more that I purchased at a garage sale a while back. I love those stamps, while they're not trendy or what's in style I really like them and have made some great cards with them.

I have a decent amount of sentiment stamps but if I can't find what I'm looking for I will just hand write it.

This has given me an idea for a challenge, I'm gonna make a card or project using some of my scrap themed stamps!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:26:24 PM
LOL, Pug. Best thing about stamps is that no matter how much a mfr may gear them to a specific 'category' crafters see more possibilities than just that. WTG, pal!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:58:19 PM
Interesting. I scrapbook and do cardmaking (my main use for stamps). However, I am not all that into some of the scrapbook-specific stamps, although I do like some of the options for journaling cards (like Hero Arts' new notebook paper cling stamp, which could work well for scrapbooking or stamping).

I like sentiment stamps because they are often give me fun ideas for sentiments (like the Hero Arts "Have a Donut" stamp, which includes "I like you a latte" and "I donut know what I would do without you". I'm not as good of thinking of those on my own.

I have not come across any image stamps that I would categorize as card or scrapbook specific. I think I have used all but one of my sets on both cards and scrapbook pages, and how that I've thought of that I'm sure that set will make it's way on to a scrapbook page soon! I've even used the journaling spot stamps others have mentioned as frames for sentiments on my cards (with tape covering up the lines when I ink them so the lines don't appear on my card).

To wrap up, I guess I don't think of image stamps as being in one category or the other, although some sentiments/words certainly are. Hey, if the growth of scrapbook-specific stamps means there are more options on the market and maybe a new class of people getting into stamping then I am all for it!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:04:39 PM
So after reading this thread, it got me thinking about ways you could use stamps that you would primarily use for scrapbooking. Such as journal spots, alpha and number sets.

I know that these stamps aren't probably just intended for scrapbooking but when I was real into scrapbooking several years ago, these were some of the first sets I owned.

I played around with some this past weekend and created some fun backgrounds for cards with them. I was glad to get good use out of them and I definetly plan to use them more now.

I made up 3 cards, take a look

birthday card

baby gift card holder

bird gift card


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