Woodware Clear Magic Craft Stamps have been flying off the shelves. We are continually monitoring our stock levels to meet this demand and are now able to offer direct purchase from our website with free UK 2nd class postage. This is in line with the service we currently provide through our Ebay shop.
Here are a sample of the most popular stamps recently re-stocked, together with examples of their use for card-making:
This overview of a selection of our Stampavie Stamps follows a recent stock update of this very popular range of photopolymer clear craft stamps. We are also introducing free UK 2nd class postage and packing on this range.
Shipping costs to Europe will be fixed at £1.75 (regardless of quantities ordered) for these stamps and we anticipate that you will be able to access the automated shipping for these very soon. In the meantime please feel free to contact us with your requirements.
Should you experience any difficulty during checkout, for example selecting postage options, again please do not hesitate to contact us. We are constantly reviewing our website to make your viewing experience easy to navigate and your feedback (both positive and negative) to help achieve this aim will be gratefully appreciated.
Stampavie Stamps – Sarah Kay Designs:
‘Francesca in the winter field’ SK2009FW01 – £5.25 This lovely stamp measures approx. 6 x 9cm and is, we believe suitable for a range of different greeting cards.
‘Rosie Rabbit’ PEN19 – £5.25 We think you will agree this stamp says ‘I Love You’ and is just perfect for Valentines and Anniversaries, or maybe as a piece offering to say Sorry!. This stamp measures approx. 6 x 8cm.
Stampavie Stamps – Mo Manning Designs:
‘Catgrad’ MM013 – £5.25 Goes without saying, a very well done for your graduation. Stamp measures approx. 6 x 8cm.
‘Swine Flu’ MM020 – £5.25 Need to make a card that says ‘Get Well Soon’? Then this stamp is the one for you, it measures approx. 6.5 x 6.5cm.
To make a DL size card cut from a piece of A4 a card measuring 21cm x 21cm and fold in half. The remainder of the card is then about the right size for your small piece.
Step 2 – Ink-up
Take the Woodware ‘All about Christmas’ stamp and position it on your clear acrylic block. Then after protecting your working area, ink-up your stamp by firmly pressing your ink pad all over the stamp.
As noted, my preference (when not embossing an image) is to use StazOn, but my ink pad was slightly dry so I applied re-inker to the pad.
Step 3 – Stamp image
Carefully place you inked stamp over the white card and firmly press down. Ensure you evenly apply enough pressure. This is quite a large stamp and it may take some practice to get the perfect image.
Step 4 – Clean your stamp
As I’ve used StazOn I recommend the StazOn cleaner, if however you’ve used a pigment or dye-based ink pad then washing up liquid usually works for me. More information about the different types of ink pad available here.
Step 5 – Colour image
My image wasn’t as good as I wanted, so if a few of the areas need more definition, very carefully apply black pen to those areas. Then colour the letters and border with your choice of colour – I used red here, but in the past I have created both a green version and a darker, almost burgundy red one.
Step 6 – Mount image
Trim the stamped image to leave a small (approx. 2mm) border around the outer side.
Then trim a co-ordinating coloured piece of card (red in my case) to 20.5 cm x 7.5cm. Apply mounting tape to both pieces of card.
Stick the coloured card to your pre-cut and folded DL sized card as shown in the photo, then the stamped image card on the top.
Step 7 – Finishing touches
Add a ribbon bow as an embellishment – iron with straighteners if necessary.
I used a glue dot in this instance for a quick fix – but when batch making cards I would normally recommend a hot glue gun.
On the whole the industry seems to be moving away from wooden backed craft stamps in favour of clear polymer or cling stamps, in view of this I thought it may be useful to look at the pros and cons of all these types.
Clear Craft Stamps: Pros
•Easy to store.
•Shipping tends to be cheaper.
•There are some quality image stamps producing highly effective results available on the market.
•Accurate positioning as you can visualise where your stamped image will be reproduced.
•You can place a number of clear stamps on the one block to produce your finished result.
•Tend to be cheaper than traditional rubber stamps.
Clear Craft Stamps : Cons
•Some have a tendency to yellow over time, though this does not affect the quality of the stamped image.
•You need a clear acrylic block large enough to hold your stamp.
•Image quality tends to be inferior to traditional rubber.
•The stamps are softer, prone to tearing and stretching – caution is needed when removing them from their backing sheet.
•Beware of those of a lesser quality.
Wooden Backed Craft Stamps: Pros
•The rubber is permanently fixed to the wood, so its ready for immediate use.
•Large selection with varying degrees of intricacy.
•With a growing range of clear stamps some of the wooden designs are being discontinued. For those companies replacing their designs with clear alternatives the wooden designs maybe offered up for sale at a discounted rate.
•The quality of the printed image tends to be much clearer than those produced from polymer.
Wooden Backed Craft Stamps: Cons
•Bulky – so shipping tends to be more expensive.
Cling Craft Stamps: Pros
•Offers the balance between the convenience of cling being easy to store, with the quality of a rubber image.
We are in the process of updating our website so that it corresponds with all (and more) that we have on offer for sale on other web sites (specifically those on our Ebay shop) so please bear with us.
In the meantime I thought you might like to know that we have recently added a range of stamps from the Fizzy Moon Festive Fun collection at a very reasonable price of £0.99 each (currently with free UK p&p on these items -see additional notes). Click on the picture to purchase from this range.
Examples of some of the stamped images:
(clicking on each picture will directly link to the corresponding stamp for purchase on our website)
We have noted in a previous post that we do not intend to make a profit from postage and packaging – we stand by this promise.
To ensure that postage costs are as accurate as can be we have included a system of calculating costs on the basis of the weight of the total purchases in the shopping basket.
We accept that on occasions, errors will be made. In the case of an overcharge of postage, provided you have paid by our recommended Paypal method, we WILL refund any overpayment. We have particularly made mention to this here as we are at present offering our clear stamp range as free UK p&p. Unfortunately the automatic calculation of shipment costs doesn’t currently allow for this – so in these instances you will qualify for a refund.
We hope you find this blog resource useful both in terms of hearing about our products and also as a tool to share ideas.
We have for a number of years sold many of our products through other on-line media sources such as Ebay and Etsy (as well as our own website). Indeed this blog was previously tested under a different domain name but has recently been converted to one more associative of our third party (Ebay and Etsy) shop names. Whilst we intend to continue selling through the various means available to us, we are introducing this blog as a more interactive resource.
In this way we feel we can really get to know our customers needs and desires thereby offering a more personalised service. We are keen to listen to your feedback and believe that through the utilisation of a blog like this one, we can respond more directly to your views and ideas.
We have for example, struggled recently in offering more competitive postage and packaging costs. Though we hold by our promise that we do not intend to make any profit from postage costs. We have, however, experienced some difficulty especially when customers wanted to purchase a number of items for shipment overseas. We now feel that by regaining control, we can reduce the influence and restrictions that selling through third parties entails.
We have designed the layout of the blog page to correspond (as near as possible) with that of the website. This will eventually allow for direct links between both the website and the blog, which should facilitate easy movement between the sites. So both menus in the black (horizontal row at the top and the left hand column) link directly to the main website. This leaves all the blog information (previous posts and categories) in the right hand column in the main blog board.
We are always looking for ways to improve our service to you, so any feedback on for example aspects of the blog design, or our service in general would be greatly appreciated.
With Christmas Approaching!
Our next blog instalment will (all being well) include information of some of our festive products together with some ideas / card designs for you to try out.
Welcome to Craft-House – this was at the very start of our blog.
Most of it is still relevant but we have tweaked it here and there to bring it more up to date. You will see though that our stocks for some companies have somewhat dwindled (if we have any left) but we wanted to keep this information more of as a memory of where it all began:
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