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« on: April 05, 2005 08:41:59 AM »

Hi all,

I'm in the search for some stamps.. I haven't ever really been into "stamping".. until recently when i purchased a stamp set off of ebay.. and now i want to purchase other stamps without going through any bidding process.
ANyway... Does anyone have any recommendations on sites that sell stamps that is somewhat affordable, and a little out of the oridinary?!
I not looking for cutesy teddy bears and daisies.. I'm searching for something a little more different.. like moons, suns, faces, fish, or quirky stamps.. So if anyone has any suggestions or references of sites, or any stamping advice, etc... Feel free to lemme know...

Stamping seems to be another craft addiction i want to add to my list.  Wink
And any help is nice.

« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2005 04:18:28 AM »

I just got some stamps yesterday which I ordered from www.rubbertrouble.com . Very affordable and original, and it took less than a week to receive them (I'm "international").

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2005 06:34:09 AM »

Thanks, I'll check 'em out!

« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2005 04:23:09 PM »

About 3 months ago I joined A Monthly Rubber Stamps Club ( http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/) , and they not only have about 50 vendors who are represented and offer monthly specials, but they range widely in styles and designs, from cute-sy to quite sophisticated. The vendors' websites are accessed easily from the Monthly Rubber Stamps Club site, and there is a wonderful forum for How-To's and Tips even if you don't join (it's free)  (http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/rubberstampingtips.html)

The cheapest way to go is Unmounted Stamps and many of the vendors offer both mounted and unmounted.

I've ordered from both Sunday International (http://www.sundayint.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=4) and Lost Coast Designs (http://www.lost-coast-designs.com/), and been very pleased with both.

« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2005 09:52:24 PM »

Hi, there is a site that has a variety of used stamps www.usedrubberstamps.com.  I haven't ordered from them, but notice that they have lots of inventory which rotates. 

My favorite stamp companies are Rubber Soul (based in Redmond, WA)--www.rubbersoul.com and Impress Rubber stamps (also in Washington) www.impressrubberstamps.com.   Rubber soul doesn't have a website for ordering, but they are going national with their stamps. 

I'm not sure if they are too cutsie for you, but they are very classy and also can be very quirky.  Most stamps, except for the Teddy Bears, mouses, etc can have different effects depending on what you do to them.   

Also, I try to get stamps that are versatile as far as how I can use them.  I want stamps that I can use as backgrounds and as images themselves.   

Here's another thing to try---it's called penscore magic stamp--it's this foam block that you heat up with an embossing gun and then press stuff into and basically create your own stamp image from that.  I use that on almost all my cards since I sell my cards and then I don't have to worry about copyrights, etc.   The card that I use for my avitar has a stamp from the magic stamp block that I've had forever.

Here's a link to what it looks like.


It's about 0.50 to $1 per block which is a great deal since you can keep them the same way forever or change them by reheating and redesigning. 

Whew!  This is long!  Sorry, but hope that helps.   Smiley
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2005 08:15:27 PM »

I carve my own stamps.  I've use the Staedtler-Mars Mastercarve (ooooh, yummy), and Speedball Speedy-Stamp (nice) and another white-colored one that sits on the shelf next to Speedy-Stamp that I can't think of the name (crumbly).

I use my woodblock cutting tools, and have been having a great time with this.  Granted, I have a lot of background in printmaking, but I find this pretty straight-forward.

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005 01:20:40 PM »

Sounds like you would really like the stamps designed and made by Leavenworth Jackson.  I think that her site is www.ljackson.com.  No cutesy stuff --- beautiful artwork and definitely out of the ordinary.  If you are new to rubberstamping I wouldn't recommend unmounted stamps as a first step.  Buy some good quality mounted stamps until you have a little experience, although, Leavenworth does sell unmounted stamps.

I've been stamping for more than 25 years and love it.  In fact, this site inspired me to go get my huge collection out of storage and start using it again.

The publication Rubberstampmadness is still publishing and they have a website.  Their magazine would be helpful so that you can see a lot of finished artwork that incorporates stamps.

Good luck and have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  See ya in the mail.

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2005 03:36:14 PM »

this may be too cutesy an option, but have you checked out www.stampinup.com . i'm a demonstrator for them if you want some more info.


« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2005 09:30:06 PM »

sewsudchic, you would love the stamps by Stamp Happy!!  I think they have all the stuff you mentioned.  I stopped by their booth at a show recently and got all kids of great stuff - a stamp of a dominatrix with a whip, a coke bottle, harley wings, bowlers.. I also got a big bag of unmounteds for like $6!  Unfortunately, they don't have a website right now, but they do the convention circuit.  Check the Rubber Stamp Calendar at:


See if any conventions are coming near you that they will be at.  I know they do some of the shows by Heirloom and A Stamp in the Hand.

Some other cool offbeat folks are blackbird studios/invoke arts:


Teesha Moore & Zettiology:


& Lost Coast Designs was mentioned before, but they rock too!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2005 04:56:30 PM »

I host a lot of workshops with "alternative crafters".  They seem to find what they are looking for with Stampin' Up!  SU! also had really nice ink pads.  Check out my website for details (see signature line).  They charge shipping where ever you are, so It's no additional cost for me to ship out of state. 

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