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Old 05-14-2022, 01:10 AM   #1  
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I am thinking of getting a stamping platform. I am seeing alot of different ones...and some utubes about misti and Tim holtz and stamparatus....do any of you wonderful stampers have these tools...and could you give me some reviews so I can head in the best direction? Thank you so much!!
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Old 05-14-2022, 02:00 AM   #2  
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Do you have any nearby friends who might have one that you could try? Personally, I think you'd likely be happy with any of them.

That said, I know that Misti was the first and is a Splitcoast "sponsor".

I am pretty sure I've read that the Tim Holtz is no longer available in the US.

I like the Stampin' Up! one because it's open on two sides and you can move the plates for "hinge stamping" (Google that if you don't know what it is). It's also because I am a demonstrator.

I will suggest that you put duct tape on the magnets whichever you get as they're very strong and will snap together and possibly break otherwise.

Good luck with your decision and enjoy your new acquisition.
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Old 05-14-2022, 03:32 AM   #3  
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To add to what Linda said, another advantage of the Stamperatus is that the hinges of the covers automatically adjust to the stamp thickness regardless of whether your stamp is photopolymer or cling-mounted rubber. The Stamperatus comes with two covers and you can use both sides of each, which can be really handy if you're making a lot of one design of card with multiple stamps on it (e.g. when mass producing Christmas cards).
The Tim Holtz platform works with either type of stamp, but you have to put the cover on the right way up (one side is labelled 'rubber' and the other 'clear'). The Misti comes with a thin mat which you use with photopolymer but remove when using rubber.
The advantage of the platforms which are open on two sides is that you can use them with any size of paper so, for example, you could stamp near the corner of a scrapbook page with the Tim Holtz or the Stamperatus, but not the Misti.
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I agree with Linda and Stampnnatter. There is a challenge here each month sponsored by My Sweet Petunia that you can participate in even if you do not use a MISTI. The winner received money toward the purchase of a new MISTI. It is $50 which is a bit help in the investment of this device.

If you are scrapbooker or like a larger surface, there is a Memory MISTI which covers a 12 inch piece of scrapbook paper. You can place the paper so it hangs out of the side of the MISTI in a way that you can still close the door. I do not own this size, but there are videos showing ways to use this size.

I love my MISTI's. I have a mini and an original size. I use both on a regular basis. Whatever you choose to purchase and use, you will love it! It will change the way you stamp and create and open a world of possibilities.
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The MISTI comes with a single bar magnet now, so the double magnet/breaking thing isn't an issue anymore.

And the newest version of the MISTI has a bunch of new features, like an overhanging lip on the lid that makes it easy to grab, engraved rulers instead of the sticker, a spot for the bar magnet to be stored and new hinges - it's really nice.

That would get my vote - for your first, get the original, not the mini, but the mini sure is nice to have!
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I love the MISTI. I have two original sized ones—one from early days and one from Hero Arts. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the newest but still works just fine for me. I use at least one in every crafting session. I also have the Tim Holtz platform but I’ve never gotten as strong of an impression on that one, and I miss having two corners. Word on the street is that Altenew will be launching a platform soon too, so I’m eager to see what that looks like.
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I have both, the original Misti and Stampin Up stamparatus. I prefer the SU platform, layered stamping is so much easier, love that the hinges are adjustable & takes larger pieces of cardstock. I still occasionally pull out the Misti, but not often.
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I have both ( several sizes of the misti and one Tim Holtz platform) the platform from Tim Holtz is more awkward to use, (mine is in its padded case in the closet) because you have to pull it apart and flip things around to use it (one side for clear stamps one side for foam cling stamps ( I find the opening the hinges of a Misti to be much more user friendly to me. Maybe its just me but, that is where my money goes, I have one at work and 4 at home and I buy them as gifts as most my family members who stamp have arthritis in their hands its a game changer.
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I saw a comparison video (Misti vs Stamparatus) somewhere on here. I had planned to get a Misti but when I saw the video, it convinced me to get a Stamparatus instead. For me it was a combination of having to use a special cleaner with the Misti and that the Stamparatus is open sided which tipped the scales. The Stamparatus just seemed easier in both senses.



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Here's another very similar and recent thread from the Tool and Product section here on SCS: Easiest stamp positioner by Jen Stevenson at Splitcoaststampers
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I think it's also a good idea to research the companies/owners to see which one(s) you'd like to support - if that's something that's important to you.
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Here's a link to a demo of the Altenew tool. I have 2 Mistis and 2 Tims and I like them all for different reasons. But I might need this one too; love the ability to stamp in the round without templates. The currently unknown price in today's economy might have something to say about that though.

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That looks kind of amazing!

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Ooooh, thanks for sharing that vid. I’m so eager to see more of how the Altenew platform will work—especially to do layered stamps on one wheel (I hope!).
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I would not buy a MISTI because I do not approve of her litigation against Tim Holtz., and I don’t like that the MISTI has a Bible verse on it. Not very Christian of her to go after competitors.
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I am just going to say that I think people should have a platform-whichever it is.
Not only is it great for layering. (I am not great with the stamp a ma jig) but it also is great for STRAIGHT sentiments-which I can struggle with and make me totally nuts if they are crooked. I do ones that I attach after instead of direct stamping bc of that, but now with the platform I feel much more confident.

The only thing about the Altenew I am wondering about....she mentioned the CS sticks bc the base is "sticky" so no need for magnets....ok, but is that going to get all fuzzy with dust etc?

With Memorial day coming up...there are bound to be sales.
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Check out Ecstasy Crafts. They have several models of stamp positioners. I have the Stamping Buddy and use it all the time, even though I also have the Misti and Holtz versions.
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