(Flowers – Hero Arts, Text – Stamp Oasis)
I was in my local big box craft supply store to purchase a supply I needed for an upcoming eArticle. I actually don’t usually buy a lot from the big craft stores normally; I’d rather support the smaller companies that cater to stampers especially. But I needed the supply and it was two miles down the road. Of course, once I was in the stamp supply aisle, my eyes wandered over to the stretch of stamps they had on display. And I couldn’t help myself. I purchased two sets of acrylic stamps and a cling cushion mounted Hero Arts stamp (the flowers above.) I didn’t exactly NEED these stamps. I have lots and lots (and lots) of stamps. But sometimes you just want something fresh.
Do you do this? Or do you plan out your purchases carefully? In the early days of stamping, you only rarely saw art stamps in a store and so you did most of your purchasing via mail order. You’d order a paper catalog in the mail. Then you’d go through it page by page, deciding on which stamps you wanted and which stamps you needed. I did a lot of swaps back then and I bought a lot of stamps based on the need for particular images for a particular swap. Some of those stamps never got used after that one swap, but I usually purchased them unmounted and so they only cost a a couple dollars or less.
These days I try to be more careful to pick stamps that I think I’ll get a lot of use from and/or fill a “need” in my stamp collection. So while the stamps I recently purchased were definitely an impulse buy, they were all silhouette type stamps rather than the more detailed realistic stamps I usually purchase. So they will help round out my collection a bit so I’ll have this type of stamp when I am doing particular types of projects . . . or at least that is my rationale here.
What is your approach to purchasing stamps? Do you buy online, via mail order catalog, in stamp stores, in big box stores or in conventions? Do you go looking for a specific image for a specific need or do simply purchase stamps that say, “take me home with you!” when you see them on display?
By the way, the card shown above was made with one of my acrylic paint backgrounds made with the Gelli Plate as seen in the “Gelli Plates and Stamps” eArticle. I stamped the flowers and the text on the background with black StazOn ink and used a white gel pen and gold Liquid Pearls to embellish the flowers just a bit.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, I’m working on a new eArticle now, but I’m going to try something a little different this time around. I’m not ready to spill the beans on it just yet, but I will once it is ready – probably next month.