Given that I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'm guessing you're all assuming that I'll come down on the side of rubber for this review. The suspense is killing you, right? Well hang on to your hats, ladies! I may just surprise you...
I own in the area of 150 stamp sets. Ten of them are acrylic. I'm what you would call a fan of rubber stamps. But I can appreciate the draw of acrylic for some people but for me, rubber makes the nicest image. I don't get the coverage of ink that I want with acrylic stamps. I like to use my markers to color different parts of a stamp to have a multicolored impression and I've found that when I do this with rubber stamps, it makes a nice clean impression. Not the case with acrylics. One of the biggest pluses for acrylic stamps is that they are see though. Meaning, when you stamp your image, you see where you're stamping. I'd give anything to have all of my rubber wood-mounted alphabet stamps to be acrylic so I could see where I was stamping. As it stands, I'm stuck using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for all my stamped titles. Sigh. Life is SO unfair. ;)
This brings me to my next pro acrylic point (See? I toldja I'd find some!). Wood blocks. Oh, space sucking wood blocks! Looky how much space 5 sets of acrylic stamps take compared to 5 sets of my beloved rubber:
Is this reason alone to 86 all my rubber stamps? Nope. If I weren't so lazy, I could un-mount all my rubber stamps and re-trim them with EZmount. (figure 1) That's the nifty grey foam stuff that you find between the rubber and the wood blocks. It gives a nice cushion thereby making a nicer impression. It's all about the impression, baby. Besides, when you trim down the rubber enough, you don't really need to see through them (figure 2). You can gage by the shape of the image. When the rubber stamps are un-mounted and put on EZmount, you can use the acrylic blocks that are used for acrylic stamps. The EZmount clings to the acrylic block making a temporary mounting system. Take the rubber or acrylic off of the block and put them away for easy and space saving storage. Ta-da!
What I made:
paper: stampin' up! ink:stampin up! ribbon: stampin' up eyelets: stampin' up! border punch: stampin' up! stamps: stampin' up!
cardstock: stampin' up! patterned paper: american craft lace cardstock: ki memories star punches: stampin up! journaling tag: autumn leaves brads: stampin' up!
What I like about rubber:
-gives a crisp, clean impression.
- I especially like wood-mounted rubber but like that I have the option to un-mount them.
- easier to apply multicolors with a marker
What I like about acrylic:
-doesn't take up a lot of room.
-see through so it's easier to accurately place your image.
- other than those two things, there's not much I like about acrylic.
What do you think? Can anyone sing me the praises of acrylic stamps? Which one do you like better? Let me know what's up, homeslice!