Hello there, I thought I would start a mini series on back to basics for card making. To start I have gone through my acrylic blocks and compared what I like about them and what I don't. I have a few different type of blocks that I use for stamping, from various companies:
THE BASIC BLOCKS:
These are your 'normal' square/rectangular blocks with or without grid lines. These are what I started out using. They come in various sizes and differ quite a bit in price with the various companies. Two I like are Papermania and Stampin' Up!. The Papermania ones are really good value, in my opinion. I like that they are light weight and that they have multiple grid lines on them. The SU ones are good too, they are but heavier and bulkier, I suppose, but they do have grooves along the edge so easier to hold in that respect. The only down-fall to these is that they do not come with grid lines. You can buy grid line stickers to use with them but only for the larger blocks. Both of these types are good to use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
I personally really like these. I find them easier to hold than most of the square shaped ones and I like that they also have grid lines on them. These cannot be used with the Stamp-a-ma-jig though.
I have come across two different brands - Fiskars and Martha Stewart. The benefit of these is that you do not have to hold the block; you just lay the press over what to want to stamp on, line up and then press down. Once you release it pops right back up. The Martha Stewart Footed Mount comes in two sizes - medium and small. The small works better in my opinion as it has more bounce. The feet are quite small so you cannot use these with EZ-mounted stamps, only clear but I do love the small one for sentiments. The Fiskars Stamp Press also comes in two sizes - regular and compact. I have both but use the compact one. This is great because it is quite high up from whatever you are stamping on as it has big feet, it has a nice bounce to it and you can use it with both clear and EZ-mounted stamps.
Here is the video showing you what they all look like ...
I hope that some of you have found this helpful. Thanks so much for visiting me today, hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.