What is stamp block?

Put simply, a modern stamping block is a solid surface to attach your stamps onto; there are available in a range of different shapes and sizes, feature a grid and often measurements and can hold a range of stamps made from varying materials.

What is a stamping platform?

A new addition to the world of stamping blocks, are stamping platforms - these are alignment tools which allow you to carefully place, ink and lower your stamp onto a positioned piece of cardstock. You can reink and re-stamp in the same position, which is very difficult to do by eye. This also makes for easy batch stamping as you can see here in this tutorial video and it means you can experiment with where you want your sentiment without risk of ruining your original design. You can achieve advanced techniques with this equipment.

Watch below as Lou Collins takes you through four different blocks and platforms on the market, highlighting the pros and cons of each with a handy demonstration as to how to use them!

Products tested;

  • Rare Earth Load 'n' Fold
  • Papermania Stamping Block
  • Hampton Art Magnetic Platform
  • Crafter's Companion Stamp Press

This is the perfect way to 'try before you buy' and add the right tool to your stash. Learn about the price, weight, pressure, guidelines, size and more to make an informed decision.

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Have you seen out Top Tip videos comparing stamps and ink? Click on the links below to access each of Lou's handy videos and become a stamping guru!

Comparing Inkpads

The amount of inks on the market is overwhelming, and of course many are designed with different jobs in mind! Learn how to select inks to get the best crisp image for your stamping, to create art effects with water or to master the art of heat-embossing.


Comparing Stamps

Have you ever wondered why the materials used to make stamps are so different, and how this has an effect on your stamping? Check out our quick comparison video and learn which stamps are best suited to your crafting.


We hope you've picked up some tips and tricks for stamping more efficiently, as ever, please share your makes with us!

Happy crafting,