Doing arts and crafts is such a therapy for me. Parallel to that, spending my hard-earned money to shop for arts and crafts supplies is such a joy!
The first time I saw some clear stamps, I know that I want to have my own set – my own collection. However, some of the quality clear stamps that are being sold here in the Philippines are expensive – some ranges from Php800 to Php1,200. For quite sometime, I held back from buying my own clear stamps because my ‘kuripot side’ persuaded me that it was not worth the splurge. From time to time, I found myself scouting for cheaper yet quality clear stamps.
It was such a blessing in disguise when the planner that I intended to use for 2016 did not work out. If you want to know the back story how and why I changed my 2016 planner after using it for 3 days, then you might want to watch my video below:
Going back to my story, the planner that I want was only available abroad. I am glad when Fraffee informed me that a local store in the Philippines offers the Happy Planner that I want – and that lead me to Saffytenten. Yahooo!
I received my planner few days after I placed my order! However, I could not stop browsing at Saffytenten’s shop! You have to check it out yourself! (click the link “arts and crafts goodies” to know what I am talking about).
As I was browsing through their site, I saw the clear stamps that I’ve been dreaming of! My eyes widened when I saw the price! WOW! I know the brand of those stamps! Those are high-quality stamps – and they are reasonably priced!!! There are clear stamps for as low as Php180.00! Yahooo!
Of course, I placed my orders right away! Let me share my haul. *insert drum roll*
Not all clear stamps are created equal. As for me, if ever I would invest on something, I want to make sure that I purchase the best quality that I can afford. Now, you might ask, “How can you determine a high-quality stam from a low quality one?” Let me share with you some of the pointers that I researched online:
Consider purchasing clear stamps made in the USA. Stamps manufactured in China or Taiwan are made from inexpensive vinyl, silicone, low-quality polymer, acrylic, or other inferior materials. These substances won’t stick well to an acrylic block, causing ink to pool on the stamp, and don’t produce well-defined images. In addition, these lower quality stamps are made from materials that may weaken or even break down when they come in contact with ink, paint, or other common household materials. A high-quality stamp should be clear and not cloudy, will feel firm, but not hard, and will give when you press on it without feeling gooey or squishy.
Look for thicker stamps. To cut costs, some companies use less material and rush the manufacturing process. This produces thin stamps that are easy to tear. These thin stamps also have shallow peaks and valleys. When you press down, the peaks flatten out and produce poorly defined or partially stamped images. Before you purchase a set of clear stamps, look at the stamps from the side. High quality clear stamps will be about 1/8 of an inch thick, and you will be able to see distinct peaks and valleys.
Look for very little material around the stamp image. Some companies make stamps with wide areas around the stamp image. The wide areas mean that the stamps can’t be placed close together on a block to spell out words or phrases. The extra material or cut edges can also catch extra ink and easily mar your project. Look for images that are in the center of the stamp and have less than 1/16 of an inch of material all the way around the ends of the stamp image.
I chose this finger grip pink stamp block! Yes, It’s pink! How cute is that?! This is laser-polished block so I don’t have to worry of rough edges! Plus, plus, plus – there are guidelines which will be of great help as I stamp!
I chose this lawn fawn black licorice ink pad because it is acid-free and fast drying It also has a durable ink pad surface.
TRAVEL SIZE DESIGNED PAPERS & WASHI TAPE STRIPS
This booklet is perfect whenever I am on the go. There are times when I can’t bring rolls of washi tapes and specialty paper with me. Hence, this booklet can just stay at the dashboard of my planner and I can design my spread whenever and wherever I want!
This booklet contains eighteen 4×6 inch double-sided cardstock cards with different designs on each. This could be used at the sidebar or dashboard of my planner!
… and those are my planner supplies haul. It made me happy!!!
What do you think of this haul?
Do you know of other stores here in the Philippines that provide reasonably priced supplies that are of good quality? Please let me know by commenting below!