You use the clear acrylic stamps on an acrylic block...these come in many sizes. The main advantage of these stamps is they take so much less room for storage! I keep mine in a loose-leaf note book in page protectors. You just peel them off of the plastic card they come on, stick them to the acrylic block, stamp and then peel them off again. I had some trouble using Stamping Up inks until I saw a tip for scrubbing the new stamps with my adhesive eraser block...this removes the filmy finish and lets the ink adhere better. SB.com carries the acrylic blocks. A friend has a block with a grid on it...really helpful for lining things up straight.
I love clear mount stamps, they save room, I just don't have room for wood mount sets. Saves room and money!!!!
I use Stampin' Up ink but you can use any ink that you like, just make sure to clean them off when you are done. And some inks are prone to staining your stamps. It does not affect the way they work though!
Edited by binkiemonstermom on 01-14-13 03:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
Sometimes I wonder if it is the stamps or the inks. The cheaper clear stamps are hard to get good ink coverage sometimes. I agree, not ALL inks work with clear stamps, there is some trial and error but there are a lot of brands that work with clear stamps. While I love distressing inks, I don't get good coverage on stamps with them, others do though. I am sure it is in part to user error!!!