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Review | New Teresa Collins Stampmaker

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Angela Butler-Carter

Iʼ’m the girl who always carries a pencil pouch with 20 different colors of pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and a large eraser. Ever since middle school I've been fascinated with creating things with my hands. My 7 year old Christmas wish list included a diary, new tap shoes, a pink glitter tutu, and a Barbie dream house. Since those days of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap dance lessons, voice lessons, and piano lessons, I've fallen in love with memory keeping. I have boxes and boxes of “memories” that my grandmother collected over the years that have been passed down to me from my mom. Taking pictures is what our family does but they never went beyond that. We had photo albums but none of the stories that went along with those stories. 6 years ago I became obsessed with YouTube. I've learned so many things from how to apply makeup to how to knit. The one thing that changed my life was paper crafting. After watching my first card making video tutorial I was hooked and I've never looked back. As I searched for more and more information about paper crafts I was introduced to mini albums from Marion Smith, scrapbooking from Shimelle Lain, and Project Life from Ali Edwards. That has been my focus for the last 3 years. Preserving my familyʼ’s history and my new adventures of being a newlywed has fulfilled me in so many ways. It has become my creative outlet. It inspires me to live life to the fullest and appreciate the people that surround me with love and encouragement.

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Teresa Collins is a product designer of “craft and scrapbook products with timeless style and chic appeal” (TeresaCollinsDesigns.com). She has designed some of my most favorite scrapbooking collections including her new Memorabilia Collection as well as her Far And Away collection. I am also a huge fan of her stamps. They are high quality and fantastic for cardmaking.

Today, I am sharing with you her most innovative project yet which is the Teresa Collins Stampmaker. Teresa has partnered with Photocentric, the first company to bring a personal sized stamp maker into the scraprooms of crafters everywhere, to market their Stampmaker machine. Crafters and stampers like myself now have the opportunity to design and create our own stamps. It really is a dream come true as I’m sure many crafters, myself included, have been in the position of wanting just one perfect image that we could not find anywhere in a stamp form. Now with the Stampmaker, that is no longer a problem!

The package arrived in a gorgeous grey polka dot box. And here is the contents:

Teresa Collins Stampmaker

The Stampmaker was very easy to use. It comes packaged with a 12 step handout that tells you exactly how to create your stamp plus sample images that you can use to create stamps. I used one of those samples to create the stamp pictured in the bottom of the image above.

From start to finish, it took less than 15 minutes to create my stamp. That is fantastic!

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The new Teresa Collins Stampmaker kit comes with a timer, gloves, and wash tray to be used when creating your stamp. It also comes with design software that can be used to design your own images and invert them to be able to print the negative image with the black background.

It is important to note that you will need to be able to print on acetate to create your stamp as well as have an inkjet printer.

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In the image above, you can see the finished stamp along with my initial inkings. The stamp is not perfectly clear. It has a pinkish tinge to it, and this picture shows the stamp after stamping with a dark aubergine ink.

I  was pleasantly surprised by how well this image stamped. I used a Hero Arts Shadow ink (Peach) for my initial inking because they are known to be very forgiving since they tend to spread a tiny bit correcting any areas that may not have stamped correctly.

The stamp came out to be about 3/8″ thick so it’s relatively thin in photopolymer stamping terms. I was initially worried that this thinness wouldn’t produce a crisp image but I was happy to see that the image stamped just fine. Also the acrylic block that came in the kit was perfect for working with the thin stamp because the handle provided the perfect place to apply pressure to the center of the image so that all the little details came out perfectly with this particular design.

Below, you can see a close-up of the stamp on the acrylic block and a darker inking of the stamp. I used Papertrey Ink’s Scarlet Jewel ink to really get a good idea of how the stamp would perform. Scarlet Jewel is a dye ink so it isn’t very forgiving if the stamp was not made properly and would certainly show any imperfections in the quality of the stamp.

IMG_1211Above, you can see the stamp on the acrylic block as well as that third inking using the darker ink. The image came out very well and I am so happy with the design and the quality of stamp that the Teresa Collins Stampmaker produces. I love it!

Pros:

  • From start to finish, the stamp making process is less that 20 minutes
  • Very clear directions
  • Video tutorials as well as software included

Cons:

  • Kit includes very limited supply of cling material (only enough to create one medium stamp or two smaller stamps)
  • Included brush was cheaply made and shedding bristles
  • Availability of the refill materials is quite limited.

The Teresa Collins Stampmaker is available from retailers such as Scrapbook.com, HSN.com, and Amazon.com.

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16 Responses to Review | New Teresa Collins Stampmaker

  1. Mic October 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    This looks really cool! Thanks for the review. I hope they start carrying this at larger stores.

    • Angela Butler-Carter October 10, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Thank you!

  2. Elaine Allen October 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Angela,

    Thanks for this review. It was very informative.

    Elaine Allen

  3. Lysa Colonna October 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I love my TC stamp maker and use it often. The bonus was I use the UV curing light to cure all my Lisa Pavalka UV resin. It works like a charm. I love any supply in my small craftroom that will do double duty!

  4. fonda rush October 4, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    this is not the first machine of it’s kind. i believe there was a photopolymer stamp-making kit years ago. apparently, it wasn’t well-received then. perhaps adding a prominent name in the industry to it will draw more attention. there are still machines out there, you just have to investigate. i used “personal photo polymer rubber stamp maker” and got hits.

    • Nancy Nally October 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      The earlier version of this product was first sold by Photocentric a few years ago without the Teresa Collins name on it.

  5. fonda rush October 4, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    also, the price of about $175 might be cost-prohibitive for some.

    • Angela Butler-Carter October 10, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Yes for some. Right now it’s priced at $129 however stamp lovers like myself would consider it if designing stamps is something they are passionate about. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Coco Martha October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Great review.

  7. Natalie October 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    The TC stampmaker has been out for a little while, and I’ve had it for about a year. I’ve been mostly happy with it, but there are a few things that are troublesome. The first is that my Epson inkjet printer doesn’t like transparences. I have to tape the acetate to a piece of white paper to get it to read that there is something loaded. Then the transparencies may load or may get jammed. There’s also a bit of trial and error to get the print-out black enough, solid so that it will make a good stamp. Third, I found the chemicals in the stamp material react with the black paint on the included scrubbing brush, so now my brush is all gummy and has paint loss. Make sure to wear gloves, as that gummy chemical goop is very messy. Last, my friend was able to get me a good deal on refills for the machine, so I stocked up. After about a year, I’m not sure if the refills are still good. The last stamp I made turned out horrible! It was just simple bold block text, but the edges were all fuzzy. I even tried remaking it, with not much better results. So, I’ve just had some frustrations with the machine and haven’t used it nearly as much as I thought I would.

    • Natalie October 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      P.S. – I just remembered another gripe. The resulting stamps don’t just cling to the block like other acrylic stamps. You have to apply them with a sticky 2-sided tape sheet, cut to fit. There is no good way to store them without the sticky backing getting all gunked up, and if you leave the stamp on a block for a while, it’s cemented in place!

      • Angela Butler-Carter October 10, 2013 at 10:47 am #

        Thanks for sharing those concerns. From my experience with brand new product I didn’t experience that. The cling sheets were quite frustrating but necessary since the stamp needs something to adhere to during the curing process.

        Have you tried purchasing a new stamp pack to see if that would yield a better stamp?

  8. sage taber October 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    joanns online has refills for the stamp maker. love mine!

  9. Rebecca Ednie October 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    Are you sure 3/8″ is accurate? Sounds quite thick yet later you refer to the stamp as thin. And hasn’t this product been on the market for 2 years already? Not really New anymore.

    • Nancy Nally October 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      I can’t speak to the dimension since I didn’t write the piece but I can tell you that the “new” refers to the fact that this is a new version of the machine and kit.

    • Angela Butler-Carter October 10, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      You are absolutely correct. The finished stamp comes out to be 1/4 in thick not 3/4 in.

      Thanks for pointing that out.

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