It seems like American Crafts puts out an inexpensive stamp set with each collection they do, particularly BoBunny, Paige Evans, Vick Boutin, Shimelle etc...usually at the 5.99 ish price point and can get 40% off with a JA coupon if you have the Designer Destinations at your JA. So pretty cheap.
Do you buy these sets?
If so, what do you use them for ? (scrapbooking/cardmaking or both)
Do you find that they stamp well?
I have a few and find them challenging to work with for the most part. Not sure if this makes sense, but they are often times solid, but the solid colors don't go for everything on the stamp. So I end up using them primarily for black stamping on an ink blend. Some of them do look really nice.
I also found that Simple Stories has stamp sets that match the collection, but much more expensive and less flimsy. I have bought one, the Lemon Twist stamp set. It was 12.99.
Just wondering if other people buy the collection stamps, esp the American craft ones.
I don't typically buy stamps sets to match collections, but that's only because I don't really do stamping with my scrapbooking. I'm also not much of stamping card maker.
American Crafts stamp sets are made of acrylic, not photopolymer, thus their lower price point and quality. I do not buy acrylic stamps ever, and any I've received from kits or classes I have either sold or donated without using. I'd rather use photopolymer stamps that I know work well, then mess around with acrylic stamps. I have a low tolerance for fiddly things, so YMMV.
Simple Stories stamps warrant the higher price point as they are photopolymer and (presumably) stamp well.
Only if I really like and want the stamps, not just because they coordinate.
I have a huge collection of stamps that I have accumulated over the years, so I’ve gotten a lot pickier about what I buy these days. In the past, I bought far too many just because they went with the paper, or were part of a collection. In many cases, they were a waste of money.
No, I haven't even noticed them, but I wouldn't buy them even if I did. I try to stay away from acrylic stamps, like Ryann. I'd have to really love them to risk the frustration. I remember Shimelle mentioning that she had stamps that went with some of her collections but I don't think most shops bought them so they ended up even cheaper at Tues Morning.
I have been buying the Club Scrap stamp add-on to their card kits, but I'm not sure I'll continue. In theory, one could use them to completely reimagine the kit, as one of their in-house artists does. Doesn't follow the cutting and assembly instructions, ignores the preprinted cut apart art and sentiments, and just creates beautiful stamped cards.
Or, also in theory, one could use them to make one's own art on the reverse side of the cut aparts after following the kit cutting instructions. But I tend to find that they don't quite work for that. If one of the preprinted cards says "every day of your life is special" on the outside and then "especially this one" and "happy birthday" on the inside, the stamp set will have the "every day of your life is special" sentiment but not the "especially this one." How can you ever use that?
On the other hand, they are high quality photopolymer and the images are often attractive. So they're worthwhile stamps, just not as useful with the rest of the kit as I think they ought to be. Or something like that.
ETA: It also occurs to me that when I DO like their images (lots of outlines, great for coloring), I am probably going to find the lack of coordinating outline dies for them frustrating. Didn't occur to me before last week when I got my P6, since I needed to fussy cut even stamps with dies.
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I got a few cheap ones from TM , but I don't like how they stamp, but I haven't used them that much yet. My new year resolutions is to pull out old stamps and dies to play with and decide if a still want them .
I usually look for sentiments in a stamp set or that I can color and the ones come with the scrapbooking lines the words are more for memory keeping.
I have thought about buying some of the photoplay ones but if the image that I want it is on a pp or on the coordinating fussy cut page , I buy the paper , its cheaper and sometimes I just want to make a set of cards with them anyways.
For this reason I'm starting to collect digital stamps and ephemeras. Especially for occasions I don't see myself using it multiple times.