Friday, 1 July 2011

A quick question...

Have any of you got one of these acrylic blocks?  I really want one to use with large background stamps, but want to know if it's really worth it first... cos, you know, £20 seems a LOT for an acrylic block.  So - good buy or waste of money?

**Edited to add - I should probably have mentioned that I've tried using a big shot plate, but because of my sore hands (I have some silly skin problems that seem to mainly affect my hands) I struggle to get decent pressure for a large stamp**

11 comments:

  1. Hiya Hun!! I would personally recommend the Crafters Companion Rock-a-blocks. Not just saying that cause I'm on their dt but they really are marvellous and are £14.99 for a set of 4 different sizes or the same price for 2 larger ones. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

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  2. omg lisa that is alot how big is it and i use several but are small inch to about 6x7inches but if you dont need them too thick and larger how about one of the big shot plates have used mine before and it has worked

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  3. Hi Lisa, I have that acrylic block and just 1 of the cover a page stamps, big investment but I'm really hooked, I have the thin stripes stamp and love it. I would like so many of the others but they are £10 a stamp so will have to wait a while. I didn't have an acrylic block big enough for those stamps. Don't know whether it's good investment on not yet but everything that's flat has now got thin stripes all over it, LOL Gay xxx

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  4. Hi Lisa, I have a large flat acrylic block for my hero arts background stamps and it can a nightmare to get them to print the whole design because of the difficulty getting even pressure. Whilst this is expensive I would definitely go down this route of a curved block but you may find a cheaper version...do rock a blocks go that large ????
    Jenny x

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  5. The kanban acrylic block is pretty big (not as big as the one in the link but big enough for any large stamps I've ever used). I got it in with some kit but I'm sure you'd be able to buy one on it's own and I bet it's less than 20 quid. OR I've heard one craft expert or another say that you can use your cuttlebug plates as acrylic blocks - and I don't see why you couldn't! HTH. Hugs, Marie xx

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  6. I have used DVD boxes and used DSST to stick a smaller acrylic block to it to use as a handle ,, works fine ! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  7. I use my Cuttlebug plates when I am using large stamps. Works fine for me xx

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  8. Hiya Lisa

    I would recommend the Crafters Companion rocker blocks too...they are fab and good for people with hand & joint problems, i have them & they are soooo easy to use!!

    Hope this helps!
    Hugs and xxx

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  9. I only use the wood mount background blocks but I was talking to a fellow SU demo recently who says she doesn't mount her backgrounds onto the wooden block they come with, just uses it directly on her biggest acrylic block. She said it works well - obviously you have to add pressure to the centre of the stamp as you would with any large stamp. Hope this helps! Vx

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  10. Why dont you have a look on Ebay you will pick up them a lot cheaper than else where, and yes a large one is a real godsend with those big stamps. hugs Shirleyxxx

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  11. I too have trouble with my hands & pressure plus I'm very short. I've tried Rock-A-Blocks & they do not work for me just because of my problem with pressure. I stamp onto a glass mat with ordinary flat acrylic blocks - if that doesn't work I put the glass mat on the floor & apply pressure with my knee. Chocolate Baroque do a 6in square acrylic block for around £8 (http://www.chocolatebaroque.com/6-x-6-Acrylic-Block_p_2908.html).
    Paula (PEP)

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