Where did it come fromPapercraft Inspirations Issue 171
When did I get it6th October 2017
When did I try it19th October 2017
First quick impressionI really like the idea of the interchangeable stamps all fitting into the Embossing Folder. Forgive me if I am wrong but I don’t think I have seen this idea before. The range of stamps is great and can easily cover a wide age range. The fireplace could easily work for my parents in their 80s and Santa or the little boy is perfect for young children or indulgent grandparents alike. I really hope the kit lives up to my imagination! Let’s get cracking and find out.
Testing the Stamps
To test out new stamps I always use my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I know there are other platforms available but when I came to the point that I knew I needed one I did a load of research into the different features of them all and decided this was the right one for me. You can read my post about it. Why did I need one? With the Fibromyalgia (not to mention a bonus gift of some Arthritis in my hands) I could no longer rely on my hands to get a clean even print with stamps. I was increasingly finding I was not getting good results, even with the Rocker Blockers which always guaranteed this before. The benefit of a stamping platform is that for whatever reason you do not get a clean impression you can simply re-ink and go again and you are guaranteed to be exactly in the same spot. Even the best eyes can be slightly off and then you risk shadowing.
I also always use Archival Ink to test stamps that come as free gifts with magazines. They are usually made from a different material to the one used by a lot of the major brands which means that if you use a dye based ink like Memento the ink can pool on the stamp and give a really bad impression. You can see exactly what I mean in this test of a fairy stamp. Archival Ink does not pool like this and I get to really test the stamp properly.