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I saw a demon­stra­tor at a craft show us­ing clear stamps with a kind of han­dle – a flat, clear base with an an­gled han­dle. What are these?

It sounds like the acrylic block you spot­ted is the light­weight ‘Clar­i­tyMount’ han­dle, de­signed by Clar­ity Stamps. Avail­able in sev­eral sizes, the block works like other acrylic blocks you may be used to. Some stam­pers pre­fer to per­ma­nently mount their stamps with an ad­he­sive layer, like this one, but the mounts can be used by tem­po­rar­ily fix­ing ei­ther clear or cling rub­ber stamps. The shaped han­dle is use­ful for a good grip while ap­ply­ing pres­sure.

I’ve been try­ing glit­ter pa­per for lay­er­ing and die cutting but can’t find one that doesn’t shed ev­ery­where and lose its fin­ish. Any tips?

It’s true that lower-qual­ity pa­pers just don’t have the same stick­ing power where the glit­ter sur­face is con­cerned! There are some high-qual­ity prod­ucts around that give a longer-last­ing fin­ish, so aim for a rep­utable brand. We love the ‘Glit­ter Silk’ card by Core’di­na­tions – it’s non-shed, even when cut or torn!

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