INQUE BOUTIQUE Stamps: (REVIEW)
These gorgeous images are the two sets that I own from Inque Boutique. I discovered this company at the Summer CHA in Chicago IL in July. The images are breath-taking, trendy and stylish. There are SO MANY DIFFERENT IMAGES! Check them out
All of the stamps are rubber and very reasonably priced, these are the large sets that retail for $11.99 and have stamps as big as 4 and 5 inches long. They are all unmounted and I will admit it's a different / new system so it took a little getting used to but once you do, it's very easy. The stamp itself is thin rubber and a bit rigid with a self adhesive side that sticks to an acrylic block, (or any block). Easy to apply, remove and reapply.
One fantastic feature about these stamps is that it comes inside a self contained storage area, they are all PRE TRIMMED, so there is no cutting and no mounting of adhesives or foam etc. There is no work to do when you get a brand new set.
There is one draw-back that I would like to note. These stamps are made, it seems to me, for paper-crafters. Because the rubber itself is thin and rigid, then you mount it onto a block, it is stiff and not flexible. No problem right? unless you need to squish the image into a surface that is not perfectly flat, like a paper mache box. The system is designed to be used with a foam base that goes "under" the paper to make an ideal stamping surface, but hardcover books and paper mache shapes are not flexible like paper, we need the stamp to be flexible; which is the case when you mount rubber on to EZ mount foam.
So there it is, if you do altered art or other such similar art, be fore-warned that you may end up with a partial image stamped on your project if it's not perfectly flat and not flexible.
However, if you scrapbook and make cards and stamp mostly on paper, these images are so beautiful, I'm sure there's room in your collection for a few sets :o)
I am using these two sets in the classes to be held at The Paper Tree in Manchester NH on Sat. Nov 10th at 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there!