This was a very exciting week for me. Ever since I saw the first demonstration video of this Tim Holtz Stamping Platform from Creativeation, a major retail craft exhibition in America a couple of months ago, I knew I had to have it and it has finally arrived. I ordered it from Hochanda the first supplier to have it available to purchase rather than pre-order because I simply couldn’t wait if I’m honest.
Testing the Stamping Platform
So, to get started I decided to do some tests. I grabbed a selection of stamps from some of my favourite brands and stamped them all with the same brand of ink (Memento), to give everyone the same advantage.
The first I tried was the Train image from the All Aboard set from Hunkydory’s For the Love of Stamps Ultimate Bundle 6 (yes I have the whole bundle – thank you Flexi Pay) It stamped perfectly in one go, not a single part of the image missed, full marks to Hunkydory.
The second image I stamped was the small cluster of trees from the Inkylicious set Snowy Trees, once again it stamped perfectly in one go. These stamps say they are made of clear Photopolymer on the package so this is not a surprise as this is one of the best quality mediums of clear stamps.
Next up into the Stamping Platform was the dandelion head from the Craftwork Cards set and again, jobs a good one it stamped perfectly in one go. Full marks again. Are you spotting a trend, it may be down to great stamps but this platform keeps getting great results.
The Stylish Shoe stamp from the unmistakable hand of Hayley Bignall again came out perfectly, I’m sure she has said their stamps are made of Photopolymer as well, so again no surprise.
Finally, on this sheet, the last test was the multilayer Rose from the second set of Bunched Bouquet stamps. Due to the style of multilayering, I changed colours at this point but still stayed with Memento inks. Obviously, this was a minimum of two passes due to the colour change but in fact, it was actually 4 presses, two of each colour. This stamp I was not as sure of as I don’t think there were meant to be the white patches looking at the packaging, but it was still a pretty result so I may be wrong.
You may remember a few months ago I talked about my disappointment with the Dovecraft Doily stamps so I thought I would get these out and give them another go. This is the results after about three sets of inking up. The good news is that it illustrates perfectly the power of using a stamp platform as each and every layer is precisely on top of the previous. Unfortunately, as you can see the images are still not crisp so sadly it looks like my previous verdict is one I will have to stand by that these stamps are simply not of the same quality as so many other manufacturers ranges.
In the next post, I’m going to be talking about shopping your craft stash and also showing you a mash-up card I have made today. La Pashe Grumps meets Downton Abbey. An unexpected combination but the image and wording just cried out to be added together.