Stampin' Up! developed a new stamping tool called the Stamparatus. It is different to other stamping devices on the market, and it is about to become very scarce. I will tell you how it is different further down the page and a little about what happened to it, but let me just say this: if you have been looking for a new way to expand your stamping fun, this tool could be what you need!
What Can a Stamparatus Do?
This tool does many great things. Among other things, it can help you to
Make multiple copies of the same images with ease.
Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
Restamp. If you want a darker impression, you can apply more ink and restamp. No need to start over!
Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money as you tend not to waste as much cardstock by having to re-stamp imperfect images on new paper.
Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.
Doesn't that sound great? Here's a closer picture of the two hinged doors. You can lift them out and put them in different slots along the hinges, helping you get the spacing between repeated images right:
Even better, here is a Stampin' Up! video for you showing the tool in action!
Don't you just love it?
I even bought some extra hinged doors to do more than four images for one project! It's handy when you are doing double or triple stamped flowers, for example.
Want to know more?
The tool is completely compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps.
More good things about it are:
It has a foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps. No need to look for something to cushion stamps that have no foam padding (red rubber stamps have their own foam layer so you do not need an extra foam mat for them). The Stampin' Up! foam mat also has gridlines on it
There are rulers and gridlines for quick measuring. No need to hunt up a ruler in the middle of a project and it keeps your desk a little bit tidier, not having a ruler on it
It has 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper. You can make those large square images for larger cards much easier and can even fit 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) scrapook paper in it. It has 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with. Just line up your stamps where you want them to be and stamp, flip, stamp, stamp, flip, stamp
There are 2 long magnets to help hold the paper in place and there are places to easily store those magnets on the tool itself. You won't lose them so easily because you can store them on the reverse of your tool (see picture below for the reverse side of the Stamparatus with its magnets handily stored). I bought extra long magnets just in case I lose any, break them and so on. I also wrapped mine in masking tape to make them easier to lift up and less likely to snap together with force
The magnets have great holding power but they are the consistency of ceramic, like most magnets are. DO BE CAREFUL not to let the magnets get close to each other. Being strong magnets, they will snap if allowed to slam together, or if they are dropped. Treat them like china! (also see my masking tape tip in the above point)
You may also find it very hard to separate them once the magnets are together. Try sliding them apart if that happens
Donot use these magnets if you have a pacemaker. All magnets can interfere with pacemakers
TIP: Try wrapping Washi Tape or masking tape around each magnet, leaving little tabs on top so they are easier for you to pick up and move them from the magnetic base of the tool
More about the Magnets:
High-quality magnets were included with the Stamparatus and enable you to securely anchor your paper to the Stamparatus platform. While Stampin' Up! did include information about these special magnets in the tool packaging, I want to provide you with additional context regarding their use. I am quoting Stampin' Up! directly here from their first release of the Stamparatus:
"Neodymium magnets (also known as rare earth magnets) are very brittle; they are also the strongest magnets available for papercrafting and are therefore standard stamp placement tool accessories in the papercrafting industry. When placed on your paper, they attract the thin, magnetic plate inside the stamping tool and prevent your paper from slipping.
Rare earth magnets must be handled with care. Lower quality magnets can snap together without effect, but all rare earth magnets (though strong) can shatter, crack or chip regardless of shape or size. This does not indicate a manufacturing defect. Stamparatus magnets are safe when they are used as intended.
Here are some great video tips about the magnets from Stampin' Up! for you:
Here are some tips to follow when using Stamparatus magnets.
Individual magnets are extremely strong; most projects should only require one magnet.
Store the magnets under the base when they are not in use so they are always separated.
When using both magnets on a project, be mindful of their placement on the base; the further apart they are, the better.
If your magnets do snap together, twisting them apart is the easiest way to separate them.
Handle the magnets with care to avoid injury. If they snap together, Stamparatus magnets can pinch fingers or shatter.
should not play with, touch, or use Stamparatus magnets. Please store
the magnets in their storage compartment when they are not in use.
Magnets can interfere with pacemakers; if this is a concern, please consult your physician for more information.
Magnets can damage electronic devices, e.g. computer hard drives, magnetised credit and debit cards, etc.
Magnets are a choking hazard; they should not be placed inside the mouth.
the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we will be unable to replace
them; they are not under warranty and cannot be returned or exchanged.
If the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we do not recommend using them as they may have sharp edges.
magnets are great tools when used in conjunction with the Stamparatus.
Simply use them with care and follow the tips outlined above, and you
will ensure a great stamping experience."
So there you go. I hope
you have as much information about the magnets now to go ahead and
enjoy crafting with the Stamparatus. It sure does have high quality
More Features and Benefits = Problem Solving For You
There are quite a few problems the Stamparatus could help solve for you, such as:
Do you often create multiple projects? This tool can cut down the time and effort it takes to make invitations, notices, wedding thank you cards, Christmas cards and any other projects that you want multiple copies, each the same as the last
Do you love trying new techniques? This tool opens the door for new ways to use your stamps, die cuts and more
Do you prefer having things perfectly lined up and precisely placed? This tool is capable of stamping exactly on top of the same image as many times as you wish
Ever stamped an image that was not quite filled in, that stamped a bit unevenly or a bit patchy? You can fix that by using the Stamparatus
Is it difficult for you to hold on to a stamp block? This tool will pick up the stamps with ease, and you can't drop them so easily. You can stamp by using an easy-moving, light-weight hinged door instead of an acrylic stamping block or a wood block
Have you ever struggled to apply just the right amount of pressure when you stamp? The magnets help you avoid smooshing your stamp too far into the card stock by providing a physical barrier for your stamps. They can go as deeply onto the paper as the width of the magnet, and not much further. You can also confidently apply some pressure to your stamping if you want to do that
Do you like adding new and exciting tools to your craft collection? It is something I believe has the potential to become a favourite tool for you to reach for
Where Can I Get a Stamparatus?
Unfortunately at at April 2023, Stampin' Up! no longer stocks this magnificent tool.
There is a possibility you can find one from eBay or similar sites that sell craft tools. You may find someone is selling their stash and advertises one in the local newspapers or community notice boards in your town.
There are a number of other types of stamp positioning tools on the market as well. You may find one in your local craft store.
I am always going to keep mine and will continue to use it. I have grown used to having it and find it so handy.
Maybe one day Stampin' Up! will bring this tool back into their offering. I hope so.
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