I’m Rockin! {Rock-A-Blocks that is…}

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…not every image I stamp is perfect. Yes, it’s true…alas I ruin sheets of lovely cardstock trying to stamp a nice crisp image, especially with some of my larger unmounted stamps. So, when I heard about the Rock-A-Block stamp mounts from Crafters Companion I wanted to give them a try. I asked around on various stamping groups I am a member of to see if anyone had tried them and what they though and got mixed reviews and one lady said “If you buy them please do a tutorial because I have them and I don’t know what to do with them” So I did some reasearch online and found both sets of the Rock a Blocks on sale for $8.99 each set {Score! It was at Joann.com BTW not sure if it is still on sale though, if not they have the 40% off stamping sales every month or so} and free shipping so I decided to give them a whirl.

My first attempts were miserable. They worked no better than my regular acrylic blocks, then I decided to do something I don’t normally do…

I read the instructions 🙂

Here is what I made with my Rock A Blocks. I stamped everything in this set with the rocking stamp mounts. The large doily stamp and lace border I have had for months and I loved the design but never got a decent impression. I ruined sheets of paper trying to stamp it with my traditional acrylic block but with the Rock a Block it was perfect! This is one of the cheaper stamps that doesn’t like to hold ink and I used a dye based pad for this and it still worked well. I made this card for my niece’s birthday today and the purse (from the Bag Bonanza SVG set) is just large enough to hold a gift card 🙂

 

I usually stamp on a foam pad but that is not recommended with Rock A Blocks, but I think my stamp table is not perfectly smooth so I used a few sheets of scrap paper under my cardstock as a mild cushion. As you can see in the video these blocks are very easy to use once you get the hang of it:

Here are the blocks I bought: the set of 4 smaller blocks and the set of 2 larger blocks:

Note: I have the Claudine Helmuth set of Rock A Blocks,they are aqua, the original ones are purple. Sizes are approximate.

Here is what the block looks like from the side, the rails on the edge act as a guide for the stamp.

Drawbacks:

  • The largest stamp size you can use is 4.5″x7″ and I have a couple of finicky unmounted stamps larger than that.
  • You have to be careful not to get ink on the side rails or you will have tracks on your paper. You can wipe the rails with a tissue before stamping if you think you have gotten ink on the rails.
  • Since you are “rocking” the stamp and not stamping straight down placement can be tricky and these mounts cannot be used with a stamp positioner like a stampamajig.

Bottom Line: If you have trouble getting a good impression with your larger detailed stamps try them, keep in mind the largest stamp you can use on these is 4.5″x7″ but if you have no trouble with your stamps and acrylic blocks currently you can skip them. Personally I know I will save a lot of cardstock using these!

I hope this was helpful to crafters that already have the Rock A Blocks and those considering buying them. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

11 Responses

  1. Those look pretty cool, thanks for the review and video. Have you ever tried the Mega Mount from Impression Obsession? It is the same sort of thing, it is curved, and it’s large enough for their 6 x 6 Cover-a-Card stamps. It has a nice handle on it and it heavier acrylic.

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    • I have not tried it, it is expensive I understand, like $25…I’m such a cheapskate:) I’ll probably keep standing on my plain 6″x6″ block for now LOL!
      {yes, I stand on it to get a good impression}

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  2. REally interesting! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. LOL, Lindsay, I’m a *standing* alumni as well. Good review and video. I got to use these at a stamping night recently. QK sold a version a few years back and the r-a-b’s are almost identical to those. I’ll be honest and say that the 2 best ways I have found to get a great middle impression on a large stamp is to either stamp upside down or use Fiskars Stamp Press. The first method (put your inked stamp face up on table, place paper on it and use a brayer to make contact) is sometimes too hard to keep from moving the paper or smudging the image. I get the best best best transfer with the stamp press. The sponge legs allow the acrylic to behave as if it is bendable enough to get it all stamped. Again, they cost money, both sizes. Got mine on sale at joann.com.

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  4. Oh my gosh, almost forgot! I have a friend who SWEARS by her used and warped Cuttlebug plates. You know how they get a bit bowed after using? She says it bows the acrylic just enough in the middle that if she puts the center of her big background stamp in the bow, it helps! I am still trying to get a used plate bowed enough to try it out myself, but if you have one, you might try that. Heck, what an awesome recycling idea, eh?

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  5. Thanks for the video and the review. Like your new hair style too.

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  6. I have the Mega Mount and would not give you 2 cents for it…guess I need a tutorial – LOL!!!

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  7. Thanks for posting this as I tried to stamp a large background stamp with a Fiskars stamp press and broke it instead. I remembered your video but couldn’t remember the name of the block. This post answered the question for me. Thanks!!!

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  8. Im glad to hear you also had problems with these rocka blocks. Its good to know the professionals struggle too 🙂 I couldnt get it to work and felt so stupid that a simple piece of plastic was getting the better of me. I too then read the instructions only to find i was trying to stamp from farthest away from me and not starting close to !!!

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