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Inque Boutique Stamps

Reported by Mary Chong

I’ve seen the ads for Inque Boutique Stamps online on Splitcoast Stampers and other websites but I had never seen them in person, and quite honestly I thought they were just another hybrid stamp company. Now that I have them in my hands I realize that they are oh so different.

Inque Boutique carries the following stamp collections:

  • Sugar Shoppe Stamps
  • Savoir Faire Stamps
  • Stephanie Barnard Stamps (she is on their DT and writes their blog)
  • Morsels Stamps
  • Lil’ Stamps
  • Inque Boutique Clear Stamps

Why they are fabulous:

  • Price point is great. You can get single small multi pack stamps for under $2 Cdn. and larger sets of 10 stamps or so for around $13. Cdn. (That’s a steal!)
  • They are hybrid meaning that they are unmounted rubber that clings to acrylic blocks. I personally prefer rubber to acrylic/polymer stamps because I always find if you put too much pressure on an acrylic/polymer stamp, the image squishes and gets distorted. PLUS, we aren’t superhuman and we don’t have x-ray vision to see through wooden blocks. Hybrid stamps are the best of both worlds.
  • They have ingeniously taken the step to print the image of the stamp on the back side of the rubber. Now you can see which stamp is which and whether you have it upside down or not.
  • You get a storage case with the large sets. (one tip is that if you wanted to, you could cling your stamps directly to the case instead of using the mounting card)
  • With every stamp set you get what they call “the secret weapon” – a black stamping mat. This is a foam sheet for you to place your card stock on top of so that when you stamp with the rubber – you get a perfect impression – much like stamping on a mouse pad. The mat has some “give” versus the hard surface of a table. Plus, if you stock up on a lot of Inque Boutique stamp sets and you end up with a lot of these mats you can either put one in every crop bag (just in case) or I’m sure you can recycle them into a craft of some sort (wink).

One item they carry are these fab plastic cases called “Stamp Keepers”, that are 3 hole punched so that you can store your cling stamps inside binders….I plan on stocking up on these….but I digress as this is a review on the stamps themselves.

Here is a photo of a typical package.


Stamp set shown is called “Flurries” from the Savoir Faire Collection.

Here’s what you get in the package with a larger set:

  • plastic case for storage
  • black stamp mat
  • die cut rubber
  • image sheet of all the stamps in the set
  • mounting/storage card to cling your stamps to
  • preprinted label to adhere to the plastic case
  • additional cling (just in case you need to replace something)
  • bonus little heart stamp – is stuck to the inside every package as an example.


Here’s what you get in single sets:

  • die cut rubber
  • mounting/storage card
  • image sheet
  • black stamping mat
  • additional cling

photo of the rubber on the cling mounting card

If you visit their website (http://www.goinque.com/) you will see that they sell all kinds of items for stamping. While you are there, become a member – it’s free and with it you get access to an idea gallery, contests, tips, downloads, videos, newsletter, blog, store locations etc. The contests are great, specifically the weekly gallery contest – 1 winner every week gets $50 in free stamps and all you have to do to enter is upload to the gallery!

One thing that I should add is that Inque Boutique is trying to promote their products so as an added incentive, get your LSS to carry their stamps and you BOTH will get some freebies (download the consumer referral form from the downloads area)

They did have a designer referral program where if you use their stamps on a project and it gets pubbed you will also get freebies but sadly they have suspended this program for some revisions…but stay tuned.

Here is a layout I created with my Inque Boutique stamp set – “Flurries”

(Basic Grey PP, Bazzill CS, Versamark and Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink pad and marker)

Pros:

  • rubber is printed on the back so that you can see the image through the acrylic block
  • comes with a storage case and a preprinted label
  • price point is awesome for this quality
  • stamps are deeply carved and you get a pretty crisp impression when you use their snazzy stamping mat
  • additional cling just in case is a nice touch

Cons:

  • pink rubber stained easily
  • once I started stamping with them I couldn’t get them to fit back on the mounting card – it’s like a puzzle trying to get them back where they were (or is this just me – LOL??)

I really like this stamp company, the styles are cute and with this price point and quality you can’t help but want more and more and more.

(Inque Boutique was previously known as Sugarloaf Stamps and was relaunched at CHA-Summer 2007. At this past CHA-Winter 2008, they announced the expansion from their stamps, inks and stamping accessories into paper. At time of writing this review I found out that Inque Boutique had been bought out by Darice….not sure what the implications of this are but I do hope that this brand stays as it is.)

Rating: 9 out of 10

Check the Inque Boutique website for full store listings but you can find Inque Boutique stamps at Scrapalicious and Scrapping Turtle in Canada or at Scrap Gal and Scrapbook Dreams in the US.

Do you have any of these stamps? Do we share the same opinions of inque boutique? We’d love to hear from you….leave a comment and share your opinion.

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11 Responses to Inque Boutique Stamps

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    sew_crafty_girl October 1, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    I adore Inque Boutique. Sugarloaf was my introduction into unmounted stamps and I’m hooked. I love how affordable they are and the cute designs. I buy mine at my LSS.

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    Ali October 1, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Mary, that’s really interesting re: sugarloaf, etc.. I had no idea. Sugarloaf stamps I have here are some of my FAVES: oldies but goodies. An excellent review of Inque Boutique stamps! THANKS!

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    java diva October 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    I like IB stamps, I just don’t use them as often as I should. I also have problems fitting them back on the plastic storage sheet. 😛
    I love the affordable price, but wish there was a better variety at my A and that the other craft stores carried them.

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    Paula October 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    I have a lot of Inque stamps sets. I love them, they stamp clearly each and every time. I can’t fit them in the case either, guess that’s a universal problem. Wish they were more available in stores!

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    Linda B October 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    I have solved the getting them back on sheet problem. I took sharp drawing pencil and lightly outlined them before removing. This also works if you use a teeny point pen.

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    Mary October 1, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    great idea linda b on tracing the outline. I thought it was just me that was space-ially challenged!

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    Nora October 1, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    I did the outline thing too! Worked well. I’m a new fan of IB – just bought a BUNCH off of eBay for a song this last month! Love the variety & how they perform. I cannot find a big enough block to accommodate some of the pieces from the “Boutique Grunge” set, tho.
    Love their incentive program to sign up new retailers – I’m showing them off this Friday to a local store!

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    Stefani Riley October 2, 2008 at 2:27 am #

    I love IB stamps. Have a few sets. The images are very nice, and there is something for everyone. As for the storage, I solved the fitting back on the mounting ard problem by transfering the sets to the Little Monkeys Storage system from store morestamps. If you haven’t yet checked them out hurry and do so, it’s the best system for storing unmounted and clear stamps.

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    Jen October 2, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    I recently got a few smaller sets. I like them and agree about the benefits of the ‘hybrid’ design, although personally I find the placement isn’t AS perfect as using clear stamps and remembering the little mat a bit of a pain. I did use one of the mats to help store my nestabilities dies though, so that was handy!

    I’ll have to check out their website- thanks for the tip!

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    Cathy January 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    These stamps are remarkable and I appreciaqt you including us in your links. I would like to offer a special for any of your fans, mention your blog and we’ll send you a treat with you order.
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    scrapbook dreams, Cathy March 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    I am looking for some ideas for Inque boutique stamps, can I link to your page ? We still have the entire Inque boutique line
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