What the heck is a stamp-a-ma-jig?
This tool with a funny name is a stamp positioning tool. In other words, it’s a tool that’s been designed to make it easier for you to make sure that your image or greeting gets stamped exactly where you want it on your card.
Now the stamp-a-ma-jig isn’t the only stamp positioning tool on the market – but I would say that it’s the most economical, which makes it a good stamp positioning tool to get when you are just starting out, building your card making stash.
And, if your stash includes cling mounted rubber stamps, then you’ll definitely find this to be a good addition to your stamping tool kit.
Why do I think a stamp-a-ma-jig is essential if you love to work with cling stamps? Because most of the larger stamp positioning tools (like Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus, Misti, or any similar style tool) rely on you being able to see through your stamp.
You can’t see through rubber. So, it’s a bit more challenging to be accurate when working with these other stamp positioning tools.
Well…what about the fact that cling mount stamps have a picture on the cling side? Here’s the thing. With Stampin’ Up!’s cling stamps, YOU have to mount the sticker to the cling foam. If you are the teensiest bit off (which happens quite often), the picture on the stamp won’t correspond exactly with the position of the stamp.
Now if you don’t need absolute precision, then that’s okay. But if you do, as when stamping a greeting that needs to be straight – it can take a bit of finagling to get it positioned properly. More finagling than I usually want to do. So that’s why I reach for my stamp-a-ma-jig in those scenarios. And I save my Stamparatus for my photopolymer stamps, and for scenarios when absolute accuracy isn’t needed.
So let’s take a look at what is included when you buy a Stamp-a-ma-jig. First off, let me mention that I bought this particular stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin’ Up! over 10 years ago. And unfortunately, they no longer sell them. However, you can buy the exact same thing online from a variety of different manufacturers. The color is different, but everything else is the same.
When you buy a stamp-a ma-jig it will come with two pieces – a t-shaped tool, which for simplicity I’ll refer to as the t-tool. And an acetate sheet. Now the acetate sheet is thicker than the ones you buy at the office supply store. It’s transparent, but not quite as crystal clear as a transparency or window sheets.
If you take a close look at the t-tool, you’ll notice that the bottom is not completely flat. There is the teeniest little lip. You need to pay attention to this when you are aligning your acetate sheet in the corner.
In the video below I walk you through how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig so that you get perfect results every time. As I demonstrate, I am also showing you how I made this simple, yet striking card.
Tool Tip Video: How To Use A Stamp-a-ma-jig For Perfectly Placed Stamped Images
There you have it friends! The Stamp-a-ma-jig!
I will be creating a video on the Stamparatus – which is one of those larger, more robust stamp positioning tools I mentioned earlier. And I’ll also make a video that compares and contrasts the Stamp-a ma-jig with the stamp positioning tool.
In the meantime, I hope that you found this video to be helpful. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below. I’ll be back soon with another tool tip video. See ya!