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Mini Misti .vs. HA’s Stamp Perfect Tool

Hello Everyone ! I hope you have had a wonderful New Years celebration. Many of you messaged me in how much anticipation you have for my product review post on the Mini Misti and Hampton Art’s Stamping tool. My husband got me these for Christmas online and my impression was pretty surprising. I have heard and seen about the Misti for so long and was happy to learn about the Mini Misti made specifically for cardmakers. So it’s been on my Wish List for quite some time.

So my husband ordered both from Amazon and the Mini Misti he ordered also came with two(2) ink pads: Blue and Black and two(2) embossing powders: Silver and Gold. The price is pretty decent for the fact that you get these extra items included. Below ↓ is the link to it if you wanna grab one yourself !

https://www.amazon.com/Misti-Stamp-Bundle-Embossing-Powders/dp/B01M302BBB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483407676&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=mini+misti&psc=1

The Hampton Art Stamp Perfect stamping tool was pretty amazing price wise and I have to say it surprised me as I’ve tried Hampton Art products before and they were always a terrible quality or product. But this has to be a One Up↑ for the Hampton Art company. Below ↓ is the link to that one as well !

https://www.amazon.com/Hampton-Art-Stamp-Perfect-Tool/dp/B01MXDHPN9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483407894&sr=8-1&keywords=hampton+art+stamping+tool

I’m going to start first by reviewing the Mini Misti. My first gripe which is minor is the fact that on packaging as well as online they show the Mini Misti has a Fuschia or Magenta pink color which I didn’t mind but when I opened the box what I got was a pale salmon pinkish orange colored Mini Misti. Color doesn’t really matter as far as performance but it does kinda bug me that the color is deceiving. So hopefully that doesn’t matter or bug you so much as it does for me.

Umm … the 1st thing I did was to take the magnets and wrap them in washi tape as I have read many comments about them sticking together and being unable to separate them. I have not had any issues with that or with them breaking *yet* but I can tell you it’s a BIG help to wrap them in washi tape or masking tape leaving a small tab to pull them apart of pick them up off the Misti surface.

Now for the stamping the back of the packaging says to remove the black foam sheet when using Clear Stamps and I mainly only own Clear stamps so for my 1st go I removed the black foam sheet and the grid paper sheets mat. (¬⌂¬) Uhh … no ! Leave the black foam sheet. Either my clear stamps or cardstock is flatter than most or ??? but when I removed the black foam the stamped surface would not touch the cardstock completely. It worked best with the black foam sheet in place. Either they got weaker magnets after the many complaints of broken magnets or magnets sticking to themselves and not coming off but the magnets seemed pretty weak to me and didn’t really keep my paper in place. One other issue I had was the Mini Misti didn’t close completely flush with the magnets in place so you needed to restamp your image a few times to make sure it completely transferred over.

Overall the Mini Misti does make stamping a lot easier and less fussy. Especially with layered stamps. I was able to better align my Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set a lot easier with the stamping tool and making multiple quantities was a breeze. I would recommend a Mini Misti but continue reading on before you place your order for one.

So now let’s move on to the Hampton Art’s Stamp Perfect Tool. This is my winner from the Product comparison. Like I stated above I was quite surprised by the Hampton Art product as from previous experience they weren’t that great. But the Stamp Perfect tool is AMAZING !! It is bigger than the Mini Misti !! The stamping surface of the Stamp Perfect Tool is actually the size of the Mini Misti. Below ↓ is a picture of the size difference and what I mean by how the stamp surface of the Stamp Perfect Tool is the size of Mini Misti. *Sorry for the poor lighting and picture quality*

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You can see from the top photo that the size different is pretty dramatic. I’ve read reviews of people saying it’s a tiny bit bigger but that is not tiny !! I kinda like the larger surface as it gives you more space should you want to make larger cards than just an A2 size. I felt that this Stamp Perfect Tool outperformed the Mini Misti. The magnets stayed put, the stamping surface is larger, it closes completely flush, the flap that you apply your stamps on is a bit more flexible so you can press down to get a good impression whereas the Misti is kinda stiff and hard, it has a pleasant teal blue color like the photo on the box and online shows, and price wise it’s a lot more affordable than the Mini Misti.

I found the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool to be a lot better as it’s lighter, more flatter, and even though it’s a tad larger than the Mini Misti I feel like it’s less bulky to transport around in a backpack or messenger tote. Both overall performed equally well and does what it’s supposed to. Both are invaluable tools to have when mass producing cards and wanting to get the most outta your stamps. But I think to me I prefer the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect over the Misti. Everyone has different opinions and taste so if you’re on a tight budget and been wanting the Misti but can’t see yourself paying the price for one … Get the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect but if you have done your research and don’t mind paying the extra go for the Misti but possibly go with the original Misti over the Mini Misti so you have more surface space and card size options. The Mini Misti is definitely only for an A2 or 5×6 card base.

Well, hopefully this 1st product review of the 2017 year was helpful and if you have any questions about either of the products … Comment below and I’ll reply back the best I can. I’m planning to start working on comparison reviews for Brush Marker Pens next as well as Alcohol based markers since I have now acquired a few other brands than just Promarker. As always I thank you for viewing my blog, reading my posts, and liking/following my pages. In case you don’t know them and wanna give a peek … My Facebook page is : Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV and my Instagram is @MYTCR8TiV Have a great week and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2017 !!

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*MIA* Missing In Action …

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Happy Holidays everyone ! Wow !! I really can’t remember the last time I wrote on my CR8TiV Art blog. So many things have changed that I don’t have the time to blog and there’s a long list of things I wanted to blog about like Brush Marker pen comparisons as I’ve collected quite a few now … I also wanted to blog about Art subscription boxes as my BFF gifted me a subscription to Sketch Box. Also wanted to blog about the non-Art subscription box which is the Pusheen Box that my Sister gifted me a subscription to on my Birthday this year. So many things I want to share with you guys. I wish I could just think it and immediately get’s posted on here. L0L

Umm … my BFF got me the 150 color Primacolor Premier Colored Pencil set and Amazon has them on sale for really good deal right now so if you’ve been wanring them whether for yourself or as a gift … Nows the best time to get them as they’re just over $100 I believe. Normally this set will cost you like $200. If you follow me on Instagram @mytcr8tiv You’ll find me most active there. I do still post occasionally on my Facebook page but if you want to see my most recent works … follow me on Instagram.

Uhh … let’s see what else can I update you about ? Oh ! After almost 18+ yrs. of trying to get my 1st time job I got hired in October @ Walmart. I applied as a temporary seasonal but just on Sunday I found out that they are going to keep me. So that’s part of the reason I haven’t been so active on my blogs and posting on my sites. Work takes up my energy and time but when I am off like today I am busy trying to finish unfinished projects, squeeze some CR8TiV time in, all while trying to relax and enjoy my day off. The main issue is laziness where I just don’t feel like doing anything on my day off.

But I promise that soon I will get you updated and post up a comparison review of the Brush marker pens as I have a lot more to compare not like my previous post of Tombows and the Brush set I bought from Amazon. I know have Tombows, Pentel Touch, A few that came in the recent Sketch Box, Sharpie Brush, Kuretake Fudebiyori my Mom brought from Japan, and a few more that I can’t recall off the top of my head. I’ll create a detailed comparison of them soon.

I also just ordered my Christmas gift to myself which is the Mini Misti from My Sweet Petunia but also ordered the Hampton Art Perfect Stamp Tool which is pretty much a knock off version of the Mini Misti. I’ve heard the surface of the Hampton Art version is a wee bigger than the Mini Misti but I will definitely do a comparison post on those two as I am sure it’s a gonna be a popularly viewed on.

I’ll do my best to try and stay active in my blogs when I have the time to do so. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday and I deeply want to say Thank you to all the dedicated followers/subscribers for following my blog(s) and liking my Facebook posts. I am hoping that in 2017 I can push MYT CR8TiV™ towards a 2nd attempt at Etsy shop and sell many of the things I make as well as a destash of some stamp sets and supplies I have and no longer use. So I hope 2017 is prosperous and positive than the previous not just for me but for everybody !!!

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Goodies from Japan … Thanks Mom ! (n_n)

Hi, CR8TiV Birdies !! So my Mom just got back from a trip to Japan and she always brings me back some goodies from Japan. This time she brought me some Kuretake, Tombow, and Sakura items. Yay !! \(n D n)/

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Umm … I’m not really sure how or what the Kuretake letter set is *Pictured above ↑*. I’m gonna have to clarify with her what it is. But I’m really loving all the items she sent me. The one I am really loving is the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pen set *Pictured below ↓*

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In case you don’t follow my Instagram or Facebook accounts *@MYTCR8TiV – Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV* I’ve been getting into Hand-Lettering using Brush Pen markers. My last blog post was a product review/comparison between Tombow’s and Immersive Color Brush pens.

Now for these Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens they’re a lot like Tombow Brush pens and the Brush tip on them is very similar to that of Tombow as well. The medium stiffness of the Brush tip made it very easy to do Brush lettering. So if you are a beginner in Brush lettering I’d recommend trying the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens. I know JetPens.com sells them and I’m sure you might be able to find them on Amazon. I was told that the Fudebiyori Brush pens are just Japanese versions of the Kuretake Zig Brush Pens here in the US. But since I haven’t tried Zig Brush pens, yet ! I can’t confirm that. I’ll get back to you on that once I get a set of Kuretake Zig Brush pens.

Umm … a short update to the Tombow .vs. Immersive Color post is I’ve been using the Tombow Brush pens more than the Immersive Color Brush pens as I stated in the review the Brush tip of the Tombow Brush pens are a bit more stiffer making thin strokes and thick strokes a bit easier where as the Immersive Color Brush pens the Brush tip is soft so you really need practice on the pressure to get the consistent thin and thick lines.

Anyways the next product my Mom got me were these Tombow highlighters *Pictured below ↓*

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I did not even know Tombow had highlighter pens. But the chisel tip is perfect for doing calligraphy and the ultra-fine tip on the other end is great for journaling or planner writing and the colors are very vibrant ! I think I will use these for vibrant Florescent Doodle arts and Calligraphy of course.

On to the next items which is the Sakura Coupy-Pencil *Pictured below ↓*

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I’m not really sure what the Coupy-Pencil really are. They feel like long crayons without the wrappers. Each one is about 4½” long and come in 12 colors. I tried to see if they are colored pencils as they are called Coupy-Pencil but they feel very waxy like crayons. Only difference is unlike Crayola crayons that leave white spots when you color … these lay down a smooth even coverage of color.

Umm … as far as blending ? I tried to blend the colors into each other like I took Red and Yellow to see if it’ll blend into an Orange color but it didn’t blend at all ! I then took a cotton swab with Rubbing Alcohol to see if I can blend it out like I do with my Prismacolors colored pencils and they did not blend out or do anything at all. Next I tried using vaseline *Petroleum Jelly* to see if they’ll blend out with that … It also did not blend out or do anything. Lastly, I tried Baby oil and again it did nothing ! Oh and I tried a water brush to see if they are water soluble but like I suspected they are highly wax based bcuz all the water did was bead up on top of the area I colored aka water resist.

As far as coloring they work like ordinary crayons ! You can layer colors on top of each other but they don’t blend together via blending mediums or blending into each other. They just seem like ordinary crayons. Unless I’m wrong ! Comment below if you’ve used Sakura Coupy-Pencils and got them to blend or have other techniques for using them other than coloring books.

My Mom is still awaiting another large package of goodies shipped from Japan so I will definitely post up another post of what Goodies my Mom has brought back from her trip to Japan. Until then have a CR8TiV Summer, Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and I’ll post again reall soon !!

 

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo …

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Hello, Everyone ! Hope you are having a great weekend ! Aside for the rain these past few days it’s been a great week and the weekend has started off pretty positive as well. Today I attended the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and if you noticed I scratched out the Stamp from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

The Expo was great and there were so many inspiring projects but there weren’t too many stamp vendors to really validate the Stamp part of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. It seemed more Scrapbook oriented. Stamp companies where are you ? Definitely need more stamp companies like LawnFawn, HeroArts, MamaElephant, Ellen Hutson, My Favorite Things, Avery Elle, etc. More stamp companies need to register for this expo so that the name of Stamp & Scrapbook can live up to it’s name.

I mainly shopped the most at the Stamps of Life booth but to be honest everything was pretty expensive. $120 dollars dissolved so quickly and not much freebies either. This was my first time attending a Expo specifically for Stamps & Scrapbooking but I’ve attended other Expos such as the Japan Expo which my Dad did a few shows at and when the LA Auto show rolls in town we try to go check it out.

Often times from attending those Expos we go home with a tote full of freebies like keychains, lanyards, magnets, pens, etc. I was kinda expecting more from this Stamp & Scrapbook Expo to give out more freebies but only freebie I got was a glue stick and a ink pad from the Stamps of Life booth for my purchases. I really hope that next year more stamp companies step up to the plate and give the Stamp part of Stamp & Scrapbook Expo more meaning.

Now on to the review part … Like I said above I spent most of my money @ the Stamps of Life booth since they were pretty much the only worthy stamp selling booth aside from Judith’s rubber stamps. Which were priced pretty reasonably ! I bought two(2) flower stamps for about $15.

But my review isn’t about that stamp. My review is about the Stamps of Life ink pad. They are made by Color Box under the Stephanie Barnard brand. I picked out the color Candy which is a soft cotton candy pink color. The ink pad is really great !! It stamps very clean and clear with no smearing or smudging. The color is also very vibrant ! I could see myself buying more of her ink pads in the future.

As for the stamp sets I purchased … I cannot say how much I adore the Stamps of Life stamps. If you read my previous blog post about her subscription plan if you haven’t subscribed yet … do it ! Every month is like Christmas when you go to your mailbox and find her monthly stamp set awaiting in your mailbox.

Her stamp sets always stamp beautifully without requiring any priming. What I mean when I say Priming is sometimes *new* stamps don’t take ink very well and either you have to rub a pink eraser over the image so that it will scuff and make ink adhere better.  Works like a charm every time !! But with the Stamps of Life stamps you don’t need to take that extra step. Just ink up and stamp away !!

I also bought some dies which I am eager to try as well. I purchased the Stitched Rectangles die and the Grid die set which I will definitely post up a card made with these dies soon. So stay posted on my Facebook page @ Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV or follow me on Instagram @MYTCR8TiV

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