Welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share with you a new purchase I made. I’ve been thinking about trying the new Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz. I currently have the Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect tool, which is similar to the MISTI (and no longer available in the USA).
I want to start off by saying I really love my Stamp Perfect tool! It has made stamping so much easier, and I can’t imagine making cards without it. Despite it’s awesomeness, it does have it’s drawbacks. The turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th don’t really fit into the Stamp Perfect. I was able to make it work, but it wasn’t easy. I also felt that I would have an easier time making large quantities of Christmas cards with the background squares from Concord and 9th’s Joyful Bundle if I had a bigger stamp surface (I wanted to put the stamp in one spot and move my card panel three times, instead of moving and lining up the stamp three times). If I get this to work I’ll share it with you.
Here is the Stamp Perfect tool:
The Stamp Perfect stamping area is 7.375 x 5 inches. I have an open A2 size card in the tool. As you can see, the cardstock is hanging over the end on the left.
Here I am using it to stamp the inside of a card. I use a transparent grid from Simon Says Stamps to help line up my stamps.
The Stamp Perfect tool came with 2 of the round magnets. It has a foam pad inside that you remove when stamping rubber stamps. As you can see in this picture, there are grid lines etched in the lid, and rulers on the sides.
Here is the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform:
The Platform’s stamping area is 8.5 x 8.5 inches. The right side and the bottom (in this picture) are open, so you could insert a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. The stamping surface is hard, no foam insert. Instead of removing the foam insert to stamp rubber stamps, you flip the lid over (see the red writing in the top left corner that says clear).
It’s really easy to switch the lid over. Just flip it up to a 90 degree angle from the bottom and lift straight up, flip it over and slide it back in.
The platform also comes with 2 round magnets. I tried using my bar magnet with it, but it seemed to be too thick. If I had it really close to the stamp it interfered.
The lid of the platform also has grid lines etched into it.
Comparison: The Platform is easy to use, stamps just as well as the Stamp Perfect. It is bigger, so it’s a bit more cumbersome. It definitely was a lot easier to stamp turnabout stamps with it. I was even able to get the triangle turnabout to work relatively easily, for me any way. I can see myself using this for the turnabouts, and other big stamps. I didn’t try my Christmas card idea yet, but I think it will work. I’m not ready to throw away my Stamp Perfect tool though. For stamping smaller images, my day to day stamping, I’ll continue to use the Stamp Perfect. It’s perfect for card fronts.
Let me know what stamping tool you have in the comments. Is that one piece of equipment you couldn’t live without?
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. my apologies for the photo quality. I really need to step up my photography skills. I’ll try to take some more pictures of the tools as well, so you can see what I’m talking about.