Happy Christ{Mouse!}

I love the new clear House Mouse stamps! Right now there are Halloween and Christmas clear set out and they are fabulous! (and I’m not getting paid to say that LOL!)

Stamps: House Mouse Clear, Anna Griffin (sentiment) Paper: K&Co., Doublemates

Stamps: House Mouse Clear, Anna Griffin (sentiment) Paper: K&Co., Doublemates

I Expected to have a couple less than perfect images when i stamped the mice out so I cut 4 squares of cardstock to stamp and everyone came out perfect! I truthfully like these more than my wood-mounted House Mouse stamps. Please make more of these sets House Mouse Honchos!

The sets have been out for a few months but I have been waiting patiently for my local stamp store to get them in. Why? Because the prices are the same as online store and local shops need all the support we can give them and because Judy is just about the nicest lady you could meet! Also before I shelled out any dough I wanted to be sure they were good quality.

Want to know how to tell if the clear stamps you are buying are good? Take a look, they should be very closely trimmed. Take a whiff, if they are the high quality stamps they will have a slightly sweet oder to them while cheap stamp will have nearly no smell at all. Also the high quality stamps can yellow, that is a good indicator that the stamp is the high quality kind, often you can get great deals on the yellow stamps because no-one wants to buy them but it won’t affect their performance one bit, be a smart shopper and snag those babies on sale, I got a couple of $30 stamp set for $4 bucks each because they turned yellow and the store couldn’t sell them! The higher quality stamps often will stain with ink, especially black ink but that doesn’t effect their performance either, just make sure to clean them each time you use them.

Don’t get me wrong, I buy the cheap clear stamp when they are on sale, they are fun and some designs are brilliant but they don’t stick to the blocks as well or give the crisp impression that the high quality ones do (don’t push too hard when you stamp!) Here is a list of stamp companies who make high quality clear stamps:

The Rubber Cafe, Pink Persimmon, PSX (retired), Close to my Heart, Hero Arts, Limited Edition, My Sentiments Exactly, Crafty Secrets *if you know more leave me a comment!

Some of the cheaper clear stamp are made by the companies listed below. Stick to the line art when buying these stamps, or use thicker pigment based inks for best results. I am not knocking these companies by any means, I think their designs are wonderful and I purchase them on sale ($6 for a stamp set on sale and dollar clear stamps, I’ll deal with it for those prices LOL!)

Studio G, Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, The Paper Co., Craft Affair, EK Success, Fiskars and Imaginessence

* To improve performance with these stamps rub the stamp side of the stamps with a pencil eraser before use.

Price is a good indicator as to what you are buying but it is good idea to open up the package and take a whiff to be sure.

Thanks for sitting through this long post, now you can be an informed shopper and get the best results from your clear stamps. Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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