Do you struggle to stamp clear, complete images? Or long for easier ways to stamp two-step stamps and repeating patterns? The new Stamparatus stamp positioner by Stampin’ Up!® can help you with these things, and more!
Meet the Stamparatus Stamp Positioner
I’m so excited about the new Stamparatus stamp positioner from Stampin’ Up! This fabulous tool will be available starting June 1, 2018 in the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.
If you pre-ordered it in December, you may already have the Stamparatus. But if you don’t, here’s a little sneak-peek and intro. Watch the video below, or read on to learn more about what it is, how to use it, and how its unique features give you new creative possibilities in stamping.
What Is the Stamparatus?
The Stamparatus is a stamp positioner — a tool that helps you stamp clear, complete images exactly where you want them.
It’s made up of a magnetic base that you stick your paper to with magnets (included), and two clear plates that you use in place of blocks, for stamping with clear-mount and photopolymer stamps.
As you can see in the photo below, the base is printed with gridlines and rulers, to help you align your paper and stamps. It’s also open on two sides, so you can use it with any size of paper you want.
The clear plates slide into hinges along the other two sides.
On the underside of the base is where you’ll find the two bar magnets that come with the Stamparatus, each in its own storage ‘cubby’.
There are also non-skid feet here, to keep the base from moving around while you’re stamping.
How to Use the Stamparatus
Using the Stamparatus is very easy! Here’s how you use it for basic stamping.
With Clear-Mount Stamps
1. Start by placing the paper you want to stamp on, on the magnetic base, and use the magnets to hold it in place.
2. Then lay your stamp face-down on the paper, exactly where you want it to stamp.
3. Next, close a clear plate over the top of the stamp. With a little press, the plate picks up your stamp, just like a clear mounting block would.
4. Once the stamp is on the plate, ink it up by tapping your ink pad on top of it.
5. Then just close the plate back over your paper, and press the stamp lightly through the plate, to stamp it.
6. Open the plate again, and you’ll see your stamped image.
If the image didn’t stamp fully, no problem! As long as your paper and stamp remain in place, you can stamp again — right on top of the first image — to fill in any incomplete parts.
With Photopolymer Stamps
The Stamparatus works in the same way with photopolymer stamps, with a minor modification: before you place your paper, lay the black foam mat that’s included on the magnetic base.
I also recommend tucking your paper into the upper right-hand corner. While you don’t have to do this, it helps ensure your paper is straight on the base, since there’s no visible gridlines or rulers on this mat to guide you.
How the Stamparatus is Different from Other Stamp Positioners
Now, the concept of a stamp positioner isn’t new. So if you’ve used one, such as the MISTI® or Tim Holtz Platform®, you no doubt recognize similarities here. But the Stamparatus also has some unique features that let you use it in ways that you can’t use other stamp positioners.
Two Clear Plates
First, the Stamparatus has two clear plates, giving you multiple surfaces to attach stamps to. This means you don’t have to change stamps as often, which is really helpful for stamping multiples of the same project.
Detachable, Repositionable Clear Plates
Since the clear plates slide in and out of their hinges on the base, you can detach and reposition them.
So let’s say you want to stamp a repeating pattern along the side or top edge of your paper. While you could move the stamp each time to do this, there’s no need. Just detach your plate, and slide it down (side plate) or over (top plate) a hinge or two, then reattach it to stamp again in the new spot.
Because the hinges are spaced evenly apart, this creates patterns that are evenly spaced, too.
Likewise, if you want to use more than two stamps two make a project, you can detach each plate, flip it over, and then attach stamps to the reverse sides. This gives you four total surfaces to attach stamps to!
The plates slide in and out really easily, so moving them takes almost no time.
How the Stamparatus Can Help You
The Stamparatus was designed by stampers for stampers, to address the problems we most often have when stamping. Here are a few of those problems, and how the Stamparatus can help you get around them.
Messy Stamped Images
Sometimes when you ink a stamp, the ink gets outside the image surface. Other times, you accidentally rock a stamp as you’re pressing it to paper. Either way, when you stamp it, the image looks really messy.
But with the Stamparatus, messy stamped images just don’t happen. The clear plates transfer only the images to your paper, and hold the stamps straight and still every time.
Incomplete Stamped Images
Is there anything more frustrating than wasting precious cardstock on incomplete images? This kind of waste doesn’t happen with the Stamparatus, because you can just stamp a second, third, or fourth time over an image until it’s complete.
Misaligned Two-Step Stamps
Aligning the layers of two-step stamps can be difficult, but not with the Stamparatus. Just position each stamp on your paper exactly where you want it to stamp, and then pick it up with one of the clear plates. The plates will then hold the stamps in those exact positions, for precise two-step layering every time.
Large Stamps That Are Hard to Use
Large stamps, like card-size background stamps, can be hard to use. Their oversized blocks don’t fit well in your hand for inking or stamping, and it’s challenging to get a good, clear stamp impression from them. But the Stamparatus plates eliminate the need for unwieldy blocks, and allow you to reink and restamp over the top of any images that don’t stamp completely the first time.
Bottom line, whatever you struggle with in stamping, the Stamparatus can most likely help. Plus its unique features offer several new creative possibilities for stamping!
Again, this awesome new tool will be available to order through my online shop starting June 1, 2018, when the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue comes out. In the meantime, be sure to check back here, because I have lots of other fun ideas to share with you about ways to use the Stamparatus.