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April 28, 2009

Three Things : Classic Letter Stamps

(1) Educational Insights See and Stamp Jumbo Lowercase
• I think these, along with the uppercase set, are probably my favorite stamp set right now.


(2) Hero Arts Basic Uppercase Letters • a classic wood-block sans-serif mini-set. I also love their Printer’s Type Alphabet.

(3) Studio Calico’s Noah clear stamp set • these are similar to the Educational Insights set, but the nice block serif sets them apart. These are clear acrylic stamps.

Do you have a favorite alphabet stamp set? What do you turn to over and over?

Edited: Thank Typepad for featuring me as a Favorite Blog today.


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  • 1.
    Hannah said…

    i do! I have a mini alpha set from Michaels, it was like 99 cents….not even sure of the font, or brand…but, it works perfect for small amounts of journaling, and for dating layouts…I turn to it quite often!
    love you choices!

  • 2.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    I have an old rubber set (think I bought it at Michaels also) – they are about 1 inch in height – love them for headers especially. Brody loves them for his scrapbook also. They just get used over and over again. Don’t know what I would do without them.

  • 3.
    Kel_eh said…

    I love my little PSX antique alphabet that I have had for years both LC and UC. I also use a set from Gelatins that is called antique too come to think of it. I love Making Memories misunderstood foam alphabets, but I think I use Philadelphia more often.

  • 4.
    Courtney Newton said…

    I love Tiny Typewriter from Close to My Heart. It’s itty bitty, but super cute.

  • 5.
    Helen said…

    Technique Tuesday Williamsburg – I wish they’d bring them back – mine are almost on their last legs now :( I also use tiny alpha sets from Studio G that cost around $2 – I use them all the time for journalling.

  • 6.
    Ann said…

    I don’t have a stamp set. But I’m constantly turning to my Cricut “Pooh Font” all the time. I use it on almost everything these days.

  • 7.
    Molly Irwin said…

    all of my alpha stamps are small. I’ve been holding off for one basic set of large, that studio calico font is looking pretty tempting right now.

  • 8.
    UKjo said…

    I haven’t got a fave stamp set, but I always turn to my Thickers or Scenic Route Alpha Stickers, I just couldn’t live without them!

  • 9.
    Megan said…

    I love the stamp sets you have chosen. I am also a fan of very clean, very traditional stamp sets.
    The stamp sets I turn to most often are my Making Memories foam stamps. I think I have every set. I love love love stamping with paint. The only problem…my crafting office is downstairs with no water source and I have to run upstairs to clean out my brushes and then I ultimately get distracted by something.
    Must have hubby put in sink downstairs!!!

  • 10.
    Lisa Truesdell said…

    i love that hero arts set’s big brother :
    and the studio calico carter set :

  • 11.
    Carol E said…

    I don’t really use stamps that often in my scrapbooking. The product I use ALL the TIME are my sticker tweezers by Cutter. They are perfect for peeling and placing stickers and they don’t get all gummy! The sharp point is also great for piercing paper for brads. I honestly don’t know how I functioned without these tweezers. :)

  • 12.
    ShellyJ said…

    I love love love my Noah stamp set too! I just got the Studio Calico Carter last month… another favorite for sure! :)

  • 13.
    HeatherC said…

    I have a stampin up set I got a long time ago called Quirky that I really like.

  • 14.
    april foster said…

    thanks for featuring the Noah alpha :)
    I too, love the other sets. they’re just classic and easy to use.

  • 15.
    Jen said…

    I was thinking digitally. I have fonts that I go to over and over. But I was thinking I always keep coming back to your brushes The Story Word Art + Hand Drawn Brushes and Everyday Hand-Drawn Brushes. I use them over and over and over! Love them! Thanks for your creative genius!

  • 16.
    Fletch said…

    The set I find myself going to over and over? Technique Tuesdays Willamsburg lowercase. Its my very first stamp set that i purchased when I started this wonderful creative adventure oh so many years ago…and its the one I grab over and over.
    I am an admitted fontaholic and love all things fonts – mostly drawn to lowercase well rounded styles like the Studio Calico Noah set…wow love that – the little serif just gives it something special.

  • 17.
    Melissa LaFavers said…

    Great alphabets, Ali. When I first discovered Stampin’ Up!, I bought one of their alphabets. I can’t recall the title, but it looks like a classic typewriter font, which is what drew me to it. I have used it so, so much, and I still like it. Probably always will.

  • 18.
    christine drevo said…

    I have 3 rubber alphabet stamps and one foam alphabet stamp set I purchased them all at Michaels and I there are two stamp sets that I use the most a really small set and a large set. But I’m always looking for new one’s but it must be different and all alphabet stamps look the same to me.

  • 19.
    Vickie said…

    I have a few stamp sets, but the one I seem to use alot is Stampin’ Up’s Brushstroke upper and lower case. I am trying to find bigger letter stamps. Sometimes the Brushstroke is too small for some of my layouts.

  • 20.
    Anna Vollmer said…

    I love all of the mini alphabet stamp sets from he dollar spots micheals and target, I have like 5 of them, I can’t get enough! But my favorite set I just bought yesterday(the technique tuesday timberline capital set), I haven’t had the chance to use it yet, but I’ve had my eye on it for a year or so now, and I went into my LSS and it was on sale for $10 from $40! CAn’t wait to see what I’ll use it on first!

  • 21.
    Sam said…

    I love the Noah set also. I think it is my favorite lately, but I also have a set from my local stamp store, Impress Rubber Stamps. I just bought a set of “mixed” letter stamps from Heidi Swapp that I’m excited to try out too!

  • 22.
    christy said…

    My very favorite alphabet stamp right now are the Autumn Leaves Rhonna Farrer Scribbles. It works perfect for almost any layout since I have girls!

  • 23.
    Suz said…

    Adorable layout.
    I love alpha stamps! I have a couple wood sets I use all the time from Hobby Lobby & last week won a great rubber alpha from Unity Stamp Co (it’s a wonderful basic font & perfect size).
    I have a Heidi Swapp acrylic set too that I don’t use much because it just doesn’t give good coverage no matter what ink I try.

  • 24.
    adelina said…

    I just picked up a new one from Martha Stewart called sans serif typeface. It’s awesome, it’s a clear stamp set and I love it so much. I love using clear stamps.

  • 25.
    Leslie said…

    My favorite stamp is a small alpha set that is a Winnie the Pooh font. I LOVE it and use it on sooo many pages!! I love the size and the font!! It was so worth the 12 bucks I spent.

  • 26.
    Steph H said…

    I *just* got Noah with my last Studio Calico kit! I also really like the smaller alphas from Close to My heart. They have a serif and a sans that are both really useful!

  • 27.
    Julie Howard said…

    I am an alpha stamp addict. I have (at last count) 85 sets of letter stamps.
    My absolute favorites?
    Playful Heart, by MaVinci’s Reliquary
    Antique typewriter by PSX (I use this one a TON)
    Eiffel Tower Tall Capitals by Technique Tuesday
    Chocolate by Close to My Heart
    Kate Text by Penny Black

  • 28.
    Amy said…

    I have a few sets of foam stamps. But I’m not very good at using them for titles, etc. I find it difficult to line up. Any tips?

  • 29.
    sharna said…

    I love the Big Timber stamps from Technique Tuesday!

  • 30.
    {vicki} said…

    I have several sets of alphabets stamps—they are what I use the most!
    Would love to have the ones you use from educational insights–I have admired them on your layouts before.

  • 31.
    Nancy said…

    The one set I seem to turn to lately is Williamsburg by Technique Tuesday. I used it in a class and I was hooked!

  • 32.
    cheryl said…

    I am still investigating stamps so I will check these out for sure. ms.cheryl

  • 33.
    Amanda Rettke said…

    Hi! I am here because you have been nominated for an Awesome Blog 2009 Award!! Stop by and see what category someone thought you rocked!
    God bless-

  • 34.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    I use the Antique Typewriter upper and lower case stamps from EK Success all the time. They’re convenient and the perfect size for cards and layout journaling. I also like the Kate and Jack Jr. rub-on alphabets from American Crafts.
    For larger alphabets, I turn to Technique Tuesday’s Big Timber Tall stamps and, of course, Thickers. I can never get enough of Thickers!

  • 35.
    Maureen said…

    too many to name, I have several sets from Stampin’ Up that I love as well as techinique tuesday, if pressed I would say TT Provance.

  • 36.
    Sherri P eh said…

    I love Stampin’ Up’s big alpha sets, and the itty bitty $1 bin alphas by Hampton Arts are also in my go-to category.

  • 37.
    Alease said…

    congrats on being featured on typepad.!!!!!!!!!

  • 38.
    Joscie said…

    I love alphabet stamps too! :) I just ordered that set from studio calico this morning, how funny! I also love my Stampin’ Up! Jumbo outline alpha, Schoolbook serif Alpha and contempo alpha.

  • 39.
    Autumn said…

    Adorable layouts!
    I love the Educational Insights stamp sets too! Question for you: my set is very dirty (stained from staz-on ink). What do you do to keep yours clean and clear so you can see where you’re stamping?

  • 40.
    tania said…

    I never thought of using my printing practice stamp sets for my pages. I have an upper and lower case set for making practice sheets for my children. Got them at a home school convention booth. That Williamsburg seems popular, have to check it out.
    I reach for my Headliner Set from Stampin’UP! all the time for LO’s, monograms on cards and tags. I LOVE it. This set owes me nothing, lol. And I just got their Jumbo Outline Set to use by filling with stickles. Still a glitter addict, sigh.

  • 41.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Autumn – mine are pretty dirty too. I try to wipe them off fairly quickly after use (but sometimes that is just not possible).

  • 42.
    Lizzy said…

    I only have a few (3-4) alphabet sets that I use when stamping titles and other words on my layouts. When I buy an alphabet set I look for something that’s a different size from anything else I have, but that will “match” what I already have (something classic that will go with any type of layout or card or subject). That way I get the most use out of my stamps, and the best value for my money!

  • 43.
    Ramie said…

    My faves are the Stampin Up Rough Edges mini alpha and their Big Deal alpha too! Love them both and turn to them alot!

  • 44.
    Kate said…

    I like a couple of the Close To My Heart alphas. I use Rustic a fair amount and Charm- both upper and lowercase. Just depends on how much space I have and what looks good with the layout.

  • 45.
    Katie said…

    I have quite a few alpha stamp sets. I love them.
    ps could you please let us see bigger photos of your layouts? I love to read the stories on peoples pages about what is happening. :)

  • 46.
    TrishaS said…

    I have a favorite alpha stamp set – bought it in the Target $1 aisle. LOVE IT. It’s a simple typewriter style font and it’s just the right size for notes on my pages. I even found the number set that matches it – of course it wasn’t $1 – but still at $3.99 a very good deal for as much as I will use it.

  • 47.

    I have a tiny alphabet stamp set I inherited from my Grandma, which was intended to be used for labeling clothes. Apparently, it hadn’t been used for ages before I dug it out in a box of “art and craft stuff” she used when she was much younger. In the inside of the cardboard box, she had tested the stamps – it’s the name of her first daughter, my aunt (born 1938). No other stamps where used, as only the characters for the name were blackened underneath. It’s a tiny all-caps stamp set with tiny serifs and so far, I’ve used it twice. :)

  • 48.
    Katie Squires said…

    i’m too lazy to stamp :( Shameful I know… I use Thickers stickers (AC) :)

  • 49.
    Abby said…

    This post reminds me how much I need to use my alphabet stamps.

  • 50.
    ~kathryn~ said…

    testing ….
    can’t seem to post

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