Reported by Carolyn King
Since I recently won a Fiskars Stamp Press, I thought it would be the perfect tool to review for Craft Critique.
The Fiskars Stamp Press is a tool that enables you to create custom layouts using clear stamps. The clear plastic material has a grey grid printed on it allows for perfect stamp placement. Each corner of the stamp press features a squishy orange foot, which allows you to align the press over your cardstock perfectly before you push down and create the impression.
The Stamp Press is 6′ by 8′ and the grid covers a 4″ by 6″ area of it. I have the Compact Stamp Press and the only difference between this one and the original is the surface area. The Compact Stamp Press grid measures 3″ by 5″.
Here is an illustrated version of how the press works:
1. Flip the press over (orange feet up) and lay out the clear stamps. Use the grid lines to ensure straight placement of the images.
2. Flip the press over and see if you like the placement. You can even hold it over the paper you will be stamping on to ensure you have enough room or that the layout is right. (I used a pre-cut tag for my project.)
3. If you are satisfied with the placement, flip the press over and ink the stamps. Flip it over and place it over the paper and push down. The images will transfer to the paper and you can re-ink and stamp again and again!
Tada! Here is the stamped tag:
Here is the tag after I colored it and completed it. It seriously took no time at all to do!
PROS: I really like this product. The plastic is very durable and I love the grid markings–they allow for perfectly aligned images every time! I think that this product would be perfect for ATC swaps and creating Christmas and birthday tags. It is very convenient–You can put the press away with stamps on it to continue your cardmaking at another time. You can even purchase additional plates so you can work on numerous projects at one time (without having to remove your design). Another perk of this product is that you can use the press as your mounting block for all of your clear stamps, which essentially eliminates the need for clear stamping blocks. Finally, this product is not very expensive, so it is pretty easy to justify the investment, especially if you own a lot of clear stamps.