In today’s post I will be reviewing;
- Manufacturer/Brand; Anna Griffin Clear stamps
Reason For Buying
I have been a big fan of Anna Griffin’s wood mounted stamps for many years now. However they are very difficult to get in the UK. A few years ago I discovered that the shopping channel QVC occasionally stocked Anna Griffin stamps and other products. Now I kep an eye out for her products on there. At first I was wary of buying clear stamps as some other brands I’d tried were not very good, but I trusted Anna and felt sure she wouldn’t risk her good reputation with poor quality stamps. Here are the results of my purchases of many of the Clear stamps by Anna Griffin through QVC
- Ease of use. Positioning is SOO much easier with clear stamps.
- Good quality image. Be gentle with these stamps, you don’t need much pressure to get a perfect image.
- Storage! These kinds of stamps take up much less space than their wood mounted versions.
- With pigment ink these stamps work perfectly every time. They will accept dye ink, it takes some practise to get a perfect image but you can do it.
The only downside is you don’t get the pretty coloured image on the back of the stamp, just a printed sheet with the stamp design printed in black. It would be nice if the printed sheet still had some colouring tips, by which I mean a coloured in image, as some of Anna’s later wood stamps had.
Excellent! Be gentle with the stamps, as they are a little more delicate than red rubber, so don’t rip em off the backing sheet. Tease them off, as some can be more intricate, especially the frames. This kind of stamp is great if you have dexterity issues (like me). When you stamp your image you don’t need to press anywhere near as hard as you used to with wood mounted stamps.
Value for Money
Excellent!! You get whole ranges of stamps in a single sheet. It’s nice to have coordinating collections like these. They work as stand alone stamps but also combine with earlier sets which gives you so much scope to design.
Would I buy them Again?
Definitely! I have even bought designs that I already had as wood mounted stamps, in their clear versions. In some cases they were a different size, but mainly for the positioning options that the clear stamps give you.
Don’t think all clear stamps are created equal, they aren’t. Anna Griffin clear stamps are excellent quality, keep them out of the sun and stored nicely and they will last you a long time. You get all the quality of Anna’s wooden stamps in a more versatile medium and one that is easier to store. If you haven’t got a set yet…why not? If you love Anna’s style they are definitely worth it. Anna has even designed binders to help you store your stamps.
Anna Griffin’s Website
Anna Griffin’s Blog
HSN.com If you are based in the USA you can find Anna’s products on there too. (The do not ship to the UK from there though)
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon