Reported by Dana Vitek
I came across the PSA Essentials booth at the Summer 2010 Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show & Conference. They were literally the last booth I stopped into, on the last day of the show. I’m not gonna lie; it was the big posters of Hello Kitty that stopped me in my tracks. I love Hello Kitty.
After chatting the fine folks up for a bit, I got a quick demo. This system is super quick and easy. The stamps literally do “peel & stick” and the ink pads click in and out like a dream.
I make a lot of bulk cards, (meaning lots of the the same one; invitations, birth announcements, etc.) so I’m always looking for something that will speed the process along. The PSA Essentials System is it! I never realized how much time I spend with traditional stamps, lining up the stamp on the block, tap, tap, taping the ink pad, inspecting the stamp for any missed areas of ink, tapping the ink pad again, lining up the image, and then, finally, stamping. With this system, it’s (almost) all done for me. Line up the stamp, press down, move along. Done.
I received a custom stamp (I chose the Gillian model), and got to pick the words that went around the outside. I’ll be using this stamp a lot; and I LOVE that I can switch out the middle if I want to. That outer ring fits right into my 1 3/4″ circle punch.
Ca-Chunk! Ca-Chunk! That’s the sound the stamper makes. So satisfying!
Today is my son’s 8th birthday (happy birthday, Max!), and we always give out something little and fun to his classmates on his special day. It took less than half an hour to whip these up, including the cutting and scoring.
|I printed up a couple of sheets of cardstock that I cut up into ATC (2.5″x3.5″) sized cards|
|Back of the cards|
|This is the outer ring from one of the Hello Kitty sets. Don’t tell Max.|
|1 3/4″ circle punch|
|We made 20 in all.|
My daughter didn’t want to be left out (naturally) so she got in on the game and helped me make a card and a little book to keep her stickers in. She did the background on the card below. She’s 4.
This is what a middle stamp looks like loaded in the handy stamp assembly guide. There’s a notch on the top of the stamp that lines up with a doohicky on the guide. Then you fit the stamper down on top, and ca-chunk. It really couldn’t be any easier.
And then I quickly whipped up a card & party favor. I could knock out a bunch of these in no time. Not every project has to take 3 hours. Or 3 weeks. These took about 3 minutes.
- EASY! Easy to change the stamps, easy to change the ink, easy to keep clean. Easy.
- FAST! Whip out those bulk projects in no time. Valentines for 40 kids… hello!
- The black ink comes loaded in the stamper, but there doesn’t appear to be a cover for the pad included, so when you swap out the ink, you’ll need to remember to swap the black ink back in when you’re all done.
- Learn from my fail: don’t try to stamp an already punched circle. The stamp is sticky enough to snatch that bad boy off your work surface and transfer it to the ink pad. Ask me how I know. No, don’t.
I highly recommend the PSA Essential Stamps, and look forward to adding to my collection.
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