There are many different types of stamp available. We take a look at some of the different types of stamp for use in craft and what stamping projects they are particularly suited to.
Wood mounted rubber stamps are perhaps what most people think of when they think of rubber stamps. These stamps are supplied ready to use in a wide variety of styles. Good quality rubber stamps produce very detailed images. 'Deep etched' rubber stamps are ideal for stamping onto fabric or into soft surfaces such as pottery or air dry clay.
Unmounted rubber stamps are an increasingly popular alternative to mounted stamps. These stamps consist of just the 'die' part of the stamp. Users can either permanently mount the stamp or can use a temporary mounting system such as cling foam to use the stamps with acrylic blocks. Unmounted stamps are often cheaper than their mounted counterparts and most stamp manufacturers offer both mounted and unmounted stamps.
Clear or acrylic stamps are very much part of the 'stamping revolution'. These clear stamps temporarily adhere to acrylic blocks making the precise placement of stamps simple and straightforward. They are available in all sizes and styles. After stamping, clear stamps are simply cleaned and popped back onto a backing sheet ready for the next use. These stamps are typically sold by the sheet and represent excellent value for money.
Foam stamps are great for stamping large or bold images. These stamps are light weight and are also ideal for children. Foam stamps are best used with paints and are often used for interior decorating as well as smaller stamping projects.