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What goes better together than ink and stamps? The Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and Stamp Platform Sleeve, that's what! Get the perfect position and ink saturation every time for your clear or rubber cling stamps, and ensure safe, proper storage at all times with this stamp platform and stylish sleeve combination! They're the perfect pair to elevate your stamping to the next level!
Homemade cards, scrapbook pages, gift tags, decor layouts, and mixed media masterpieces have met their match in this stamping bundle! The reversible clear plastic stamping cover is specifically designed with versatility in mind. With one side marked 'Clear' and the flip side marked 'Rubber', you'll always be prepared for the variety of stamps you're using on your project. Built for precision, the workspace area has measurement markings in both inches and centimeters on both ends and the stamping cover has helpful gridlines to align and perfect your stamp placement for single stamps or multiples of aligned designs! It also allows for rainbows of layering and blending since your stamp lands in the same place every time!
Using with ink and clear or rubber stamps:
You will find endless opportunities to utilize your Stamp Platform and be thankful you have such a helpful Stamp Platform Sleeve for travel and storage. Another great use for this handy tool is stamping wonderfully blended watercolor creations! Using watercolor cardstock paper and your favorite colors of Distress Markers (sold separately), play around with various color applications layered with light sprays of water for color-changing creations you've only seen in your dreams!
Whether you're stamping away in your craft room and storing your platform for safekeeping or demonstrating your amazing stamp skills on-the-go at a crop, this Stamp Platform and Stamp Sleeve duo is your new best friend! Think of the endless stamping opportunities that you can create for cards, gift tags, scrapbook pages, and so many more mixed media projects! Your stamping crafts will look so clear, polished, and precise, you'll wonder how you ever stamped without this magical tool!
Number of pieces: 5
True confession: I'm the worlds worst stamper! So when Tonic and Misti hit the scene, I was so excited about buying one of them. After researching both, I decided that Tim Holtz's platform was the perfect choice for me. I'm super impressed with Tim's no fuss dual purpose design (cards and layouts) and the quality of its construction is honestly a vintage throwback to the old rotary phones! The magnets are thick and strong. They don't pinch my fingers or seem prone to breakage. It's definitely not a 'me too' tool and I could go on and on about its thoughtful design, ease of use, superior quality and excellent value. I especially love that it's designed in a way that it doesn't require any consumables to remain useful. I also love the fact that I can use spray inks without worrying about clean-up or damaging the plastic plates. Even thought its sturdy and hefty, its light weight enough to easily stash in my card class tote or take on a crop. I'm amazed at how easy it is to create remarkably detailed images perfectly, layer after layer, color after color, press after press! The Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz has exceeded all of my expectations, put the fun back into stamping for me and its by far the most useful tool I've purchased in a long, long time! If you love stamping, this tool will not disappoint!
Used in this project: Gatefold Birthday Card
Having said that, I will also say that I am a Tim Holtz fan. While his distressed style doesn't appeal to me, many other things do. As I waited to see how the functional differences between MISTI and Tim's stamping platform shook out, I can see there are enough differences between the two tools that I'm thinking they probably settled the patent issue, possibly was a settlement and thus the Tonic platform was allowed to ship again. And I bought one. It is a heavy-duty tool, make no mistake - solid construction, hinges aren't plastic.... And it is bigger than my MISTI (I bought the first one) and yes, I can use the new platform do stamps right on 12x12 pages. I had no intention of buying a new MISTI to do that. As for stamp quality, the two tools are virtually the same EXCEPT that I do find the MISTI to be easier to use at this point and that could be just because I am so familiar with it.
In closing I will say that I will not be lugging the Tonic platform to crops when my light little MISTI does just fine!
Sturdy, well designed, with great attention to detail for the things that matter most to stampers.
-Ease of cleaning
-Ability to be able to spray wet media without damaging any of the surfaces (I've only experimented with light mists just in case)
-Ability to stamp using rubber or clear stamps
-Well designed hinge mechanism
I have a clear stamp that has a lot of detail and it was hard to get a clean impression. After looking at the stamp closely, it appears to be thinner than regular clear stamps. Placing a couple of pieces of paper underneath did the trick. This appears to be an isolated case with this one particular stamp because the others in the set stamped fine.
I'm delighted with my purchase and it was well worth the wait!
Received this wonderful product yesterday and love it!
Strong and well made, should last forever. Works perfectly and would give it a 10 star review if I could....cost delayed me, a few moments but it is worth every cent. Happy I got it, before you were out of stock....appreciated the email letting me know when they became in-stock. The Misty is way too expensive and this Stamp Platform is right on the mark...great job Mr Holtz!
Fast shipping, thanks.....
Extremely happy with purchase! I've gone back and forth between the MISTI and the TH Stamp Platform. In the end, the TH Platform won.
*Price. Hands down--I don't believe in spending huge sums on something as basic as this. The MISTI, is just way overpriced.
*Size/Weight--The Platform is the perfect size for my card needs, plus, as its open on two sides, I can accommodate larger sizes of paper by turning them. The weight is a good, solid one. Others have complained it is too heavy, I disagree...you want a solid platform with the non-skid on the bottom so it doesn't slide all over when you stamp. This is quality construction folks.
*Rubber/Clear capability--LOVE this option. The hinges are very solid construction and easy to switch from one side to the other. When you switch, you hear a very audible 'click' and it goes right in. Again, the keyword here is 'solid construction'.
*Ease of Use--I am only 49 years old, but have severe arthritis (!). Stamping and making sure everything is lined up and looks nice has become harder and harder. With the platform, everything is straight and there is no 'light spots' where I couldn't apply enough pressure due to pain. This platform is a godsend for me.
The only 'con' I can think of is I used some Memento Black ink and got some on the clear area. It was a bit hard to get off, but there was no damage left behind...something I have heard can give you trouble with the MISTI if you aren't careful, however since I don't have one of those, I am only going with what I've read online.
In closing, the question isn't, 'Should I buy the TH Stamping Platform?' but rather, 'WHY haven't I bought the TH Stamping Platform'. Dollar for dollar its the best value and you won't be sorry. I'd recommend buying it from scrapbook.com--the price is terrific and they ship FAST!
Used in this project: Sending Heartfelt Thoughts
I have waited and waited for this version to become available for US customers, and I pounced to purchase it as soon as I received notification that it was in stock..
I have always have challenges stamping evenly (or correctly...LOL!) and wanted a stamp positioner badly. The cost for the platform size I wanted was cost prohibitive for me from another manufacturer, so this version by a Tonic/TIm Holtz collaboration was welcome news. I have several products from them, and have found them a great value for the money, sturdy, and long-lasting.
I have of course, used the platform immediately upon receiving it, and I am so hopeful for my future stamping! I used multiple step stamps with success; I stamped multiple times to get a good image (poor inking on my part, not any thing to do with the platform!) from very solid stamps (the very band of my stamping existence!), and even found success with some stamps I love, but have *never* been able to obtain a good image from (so glad I was to stubborn to throw them out!)
I find that stamping with this platform does NOT require a heavy touch to stamp out a clean image, and I'm sure each stamper will find their own"sweet spot" for each type of stamp they use. It is easy to clean up after (I ask a messy stamper in addition to being shaky!)
Full transparency: I also own and use the WRMK stamp press plus, with its strong suit in letterpress features and the outstanding stencil holder.
That being said, I highly recommend this Tonic product for its usefulness, sturdiness, and value....and if I could only purchase one, I would choose the Tonic!
Before I tried my new stamp platform, I made the big mistake of gifting my Misti to a friend with bad tremors who had given up stamping. My stamp platform seems to have "dead" spots where the ink just doesn't reach the paper. I've tried several options such as placing foam under the card stock, placing increasing layers of CS under the CS I'm stamping on, but no success. I've tested these stamps using an acrylic block even though I knew they stamped perfectly with my Misti. What a waste of $$$.
Full disclosure - I've never had a stamp platform before.
It was smaller than I expected it to be (which is wonderful). I found it to be intuitive, but I have also watched videos about it and knew to check which side it was on. Swapping the acrylic lid over was simple and quick.
It has a slim profile and a small footprint (roughly the size of an 8x8 album).
For anyone who was hesitant to buy the MISTI (for various reasons like price, size,...) this is the perfect tool!
First of all: the price - in my opinion definitely worth it and still much cheaper than the smallest MISTI.
Secondly: I think it's well made. Feels sturdy and like a quality item.
Other pros about the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform:
- the size + the open edges; that way you can even put in 12x12" papers
- the magnets are very strong and thick, so you don't have to worry about them breaking
- the measurements are in inch + cm (THANK YOU tonic studios for not forgetting about us non-US people!)
- you can switch the flap within seconds to use it for either clear or rubber stamps which is really cool! now I can finally use my 6x6" background cling stamps more often :)
- anti-slip base which keeps it from sliding around your table
- the surface of the magnetic platform can be wiped clean when you get some stamp ink on it
- very flat so you can easily store it in a drawer or put it in a bag when going to a crop
all in all, I couldn't find any negative points about this tool! I'm very happy with this purchase and happy that I didn't buy the MISTI or any other similar tool (WRMK Precision Press, etc)
I've had my platform for about a month now and I can't say how pleased I am with this. I actually ordered a MISTI but when I saw that the Tonic was finally released I ordered it and returned the MISTI.
First off, ordering with scrapbook.com was a total breeze and I received my platform two days after ordering it. That really impressed me considering larger retail stores can take up to a week and a half to get an order (looking at you Joann). I will def be giving scrapbook.com more of my piggy bank money.
Now, the platform. This thing is a monster. Heavy duty, well made and easy to use. Being a guy I don't have a delicate touch at times and I was afraid the lid might break but nope. Now I haven't put any strength into it, no need for that, but I have used a fair amount pressure and the lid held up just fine.
The magnets are quite strong but I replaced mine with a bar magnet. I have noticed the magnet can't be too close to the rulers otherwise the lid won't close quite right, no biggie, just move them to the bottom of the cardstock and no more problem.
Thing puppy has been a god send, it makes stamping so much easier, especially layering stamps and now I can do some of the fun techniques that you really need a platform to do.
All in all I'm absolutely pleased with this item and would encourage anyone who wants a positioner to get one.
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