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’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.
- die cut rubber
- mounting/storage card
- image sheet
- black stamping mat
- additional cling
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”
- 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
- 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
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.