Stampin’ Up! has a brand new tool. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp! I’m excited to be sharing information about this great new stamping tool.
This is a long blog post and I don’t expect you will read it word for word. However, I wanted to have ONE place I could point you to find basic information about the Stamparatus. Feel free to bookmark this page and refer back to it with questions you may have about your Stamparatus.
What is the Stamparatus?
The Stamparatus is a stamp positioning too that helps you place your stamped imaged in the perfect spot on your projects. It is a great tool for any stamper…new or experienced!! The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!
What does the Stamparatus let me do?
- Consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
- Get complete ink coverage. There’s no need to start over if part of your image didn’t stamp or needs to be darker. It’s easy to apply more ink and re-stamp until you get the image the way you want it.
- Stamp multiple copies of the same images quickly and precisely.
- Easily combine stamps and line up difficult to place images.
- Save time and money with fewer mistakes. You won’t waste cardstock by having to re-stamp imperfect images on fresh cardstock.
- Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates. The Stamparatus makes it easy to line up each of the images.
- Learn new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.
Orientation to the Stamparatus:
- Base measures 8” square. It is magnetic with rubber feet on the back for stability. Grid marks and rulers on the front of the base help in placement and measuring.
- There are 2 reversible clear plates that also contain grid lines making it easy to get your stamps on straight.
- Clear plates are interchangeable and attach to the base by sliding into the hinges. Plates are completely removable for storage.
- Because each plate is reversible, you have a total of 4 stamping surfaces. Just line up your stamps where you want them to be and stamp, flip, stamp, flip, stamp, flip, stamp!
- When both plates are in place, there are 2 open sides letting you stamp on paper sizes that extend beyond the base. This also allows stamping from any direction.
- The Stamparatus works with both red rubber cling and photopolymer stamps.
- A foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps in included. The mat provides the extra cushioning photopolymer stamps need.
- There are 2 extra-strong magnets included. These magnets help hold the paper in place. The magnets can be stored on the reverse side of the Stamparatus, so you won’t mis-place them. (see picture below for the reverse side of the Stamparatus with its magnets handily stored).
- The magnets have great holding power but, like most strong magnets, they are similar to ceramic. DO BE CAREFUL not to let the magnets get close to each other as they will snap and/or shatter if dropped or allowed to slam together. Treat them like china!
- It may be very hard to separate the magnets if they do jump together. Try sliding them apart if that happens. TIP: Wrapping Duct or Painter’s Tape around each magnet, and leaving little tape tabs for handles, will make it easier to separate, pick up, or move the magnetics around.
- For those with a pacemaker: Do not use these magnets without checking with your doctor first. All magnets can interfere with pacemakers.
Here’s a short (10 minute) video from Stampin’ Up! if you’d like more detailed information, or want to see the parts of the Stamparatus in action.
More detailed information about the Magnets:
High-quality magnets are included with the Stamparatus and enable you to securely anchor your paper to the Stamparatus platform. While Stampin’ Up! does include information about these special magnets in the tool packaging, I want to provide you with additional context regarding their use. I am quoting Stampin’ Up! directly here:
“Neodymium magnets (also known as rare earth magnets) are very brittle; they are also the strongest magnets available for papercrafting and are therefore standard stamp placement tool accessories in the papercrafting industry. When placed on your paper, they attract the thin, magnetic plate inside the stamping tool and prevent your paper from slipping.
Rare earth magnets must be handled with care. Lower quality magnets can snap together without effect, but all rare earth magnets (though strong) can shatter, crack or chip regardless of shape or size. This does not indicate a manufacturing defect. Stamparatus magnets are safe when they are used as intended.”
Watch this short (2 minute) video to learn more:
Other tips from Stampin’ Up! for Stamparatus magnet use:
- Individual magnets are extremely strong; most projects should only require one magnet.
- Store the magnets under the base when they are not in use so they are always separated.
- When using both magnets on a project, be mindful of their placement on the base; the further apart they are, the better.
- If your magnets do snap together, twisting them apart is the easiest way to separate them.
- Handle the magnets with care to avoid injury. If they snap together, Stamparatus magnets can pinch fingers or shatter.
- Children should not play with, touch, or use Stamparatus magnets. Please store the magnets in their storage compartment when they are not in use.
- Magnets can interfere with pacemakers; if this is a concern, please consult your physician for more information.
- Magnets can damage electronic devices, e.g. computer hard drives, magnetized credit and debit cards, etc.
- Magnets are a choking hazard; they should not be placed inside the mouth.
- If the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we do not recommend using them as they may have sharp edges. Replacement magnets are available beginning June 1, 2018.
These magnets are tools used in conjunction with the Stamparatus. Simply use them with care and follow the tips outlined above, and you will ensure a great stamping experience.
Care and Keeping of the Stamparatus
- Clean with absorber cloth and water or baby wipes.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or alcohol.
- Take both plates out of the hinges for storage. The plates don’t completely lay flat when in the hinges and could break or be damaged.
Ways in which the Stamparatus can help you:
- Do you often create multiple projects? This tool can cut down the time and effort it takes to make invitations, notices, wedding thank you cards, and any other projects where you want each to be the same as the last.
- Do you love trying new techniques? This tool opens the door for new ways to use your stamps, die cuts and more.
- Do you prefer having things perfectly lined up and precisely placed? This tool is capable of stamping exactly on top of the same image as many times as you wish.
- Ever stamped an image that stamped a bit unevenly or was not quite filled in? You can fix that with the Stamparatus.
- Is it difficult for you to hold on to a stamp block? This tool picks up the stamps with ease. You stamp by using an easy-moving, light-weight hinged door instead of struggling to hold an acrylic stamping block or a wood block. This is especially helpful when using large stamp blocks, like background stamps.
- Have you ever struggled with applying too much pressure when you stamp? The magnets and plates help you avoid smooshing your stamp too far onto the card stock, preventing those little “oops” marks.
- Do you like adding new and exciting tools to your craft collection? The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!!! It’s likely to become your new favorite tool.
Where Can I Get a Stamparatus??
Are you interested in adding this essential tool to your craft collection? You can purchase the Stamparatus in my online store by clicking here. And, please feel free to email me with any questions or ideas for using the Stamparatus.
In my opinion there is no doubt about it, the Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!