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Reported by Anne-Marie Teo
One of the most innovative stamp companies to emerge onto the crafting scene this last year has got to be Unity Stamp Co..
I first saw their unique mounting system for rubber stamps at the Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, California in 2008. I have never been a fan of wood-mounted rubber stamps simply because they take up a lot of storage space and they cost noticeably more than their acrylic counterparts. But Unity Stamp Co. has devised a unique mounting system that not only helps you to save on storage space, you can use these ‘handles’ with your acrylic stamps as well.
The handles come in 4 different sizes and are made to fit perfectly with Unity’s wooden cassette stamps. Match the letter on the handle to the letter on the stamp, slide the cassette into the handle and stamp. You can turn the handles over and use them with your acrylic stamps as well.
Unity Stamp Co.’s range of stamps include the cassette-mounted stamps as well as unmounted rubber stamps. They have released an extensive range of images over the year, and there are singles as well as sets to choose from. There are new releases almost every week, and Unity stamps cater to all paper crafters: from cardmakers to scrapbookers.
- Unique, space-saving mounting system
- Stamp handles that can be used with all other unmounted rubber and acrylic stamps
- Deeply-etched stamps for cardmakers and scrapbookers
- Not as extensively available in brick and mortar or online stores since they are still a relatively new company
You can buy Unity Stamp Co.’s mounting system and stamps from their online store at unitystampco.com.
In conclusion, I have preferred red rubber stamps since I’ve started using Unity. The stamped images are much clearer than images from acrylic stamps, and I haven’t had to think of how to store wood-mounted stamps.
Have you tried Unity yet? Let us know what you think!