CHA Report… A New Stamp Company

Today’s sneak peek from CHA showcases a stamp company that is new to U.S. markets. One look and I was smitten!

The company is called La Blanche, and is located in Germany. (You’ll be able to find them in the U.S. soon.) Besides the gorgeous designs, the stamps are intriguing because of how they are made. The stamps are foam-backed, making them very light, and the image is made of white silicone. When I first saw the stamps on the display board, I thought they were soaps! Because the stamps are silicone, you can impress them into hot material, such as Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

Look at the exquisite detail! I have not had time to try the stamps out, but here are some samples from the booth:

(The boy on the mushroom looks shiny because a coat of clear embossing powder was melted over the entire image. So elegant!)

The company also carries a line of its own crisp, white paper. Before stamping for the first time, use a stamp cleaner or baby wipe to clean any release resin from the stamp. At the show, the artists were stamping in archival black ink then coloring with Ranger Distress inks. I’m thinking Memento and VersaFine would also be good choices.

I hope to report more on these after I’ve had a chance to play with them myself.

In the meantime, check out the company website at www.lablanche.eu, and tell them I sent you!

Come back for more CHA news over the next few weeks.

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2 Responses

  1. I won some La Blanche stamps, and have had trouble with them. They don’t pick up ink well, don’t distribute ink well, and just don’t work well generally. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve never used this type before. I love the little boy on the mushroom, but don’t want to spend money on it if it’s going to give me trouble….Thanks.

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for writing and visiting my blog! The La Blanche stamps are a little different from traditional wood-mounted rubber stamps. The silicone and the foam base give a different “feel” than traditional rubber.

      Because they are very fine-lined, I have found that the paper and ink makes a big difference. Also, because the image is mounted on foam, you don’t have to press down as hard as you would with a wood block. (where sometimes I press with my whole hand and full body weight!!)

      According to the company, they work best with Memento Tuxedo black, VersaFine, StazOn and Ranger Archival inks. I have tried them with Memento and VersaFine.

      Also, the paper is important — it should be smooth. They seem to work well on glossy cardstock. (non-coated). The company does offer it’s own paper, which is just right, of course! Their paper is delicious. I also worked with some old cardstock I had from Judikins, which also has a nice, smooth finish.

      You can find several helpful tutorials on YouTube (under LaBlanche111). They are in German and English.
      Here’s one link:

      I hope that helps a little! I love the boy and mushroom image, so after you’ve played around with it, send me a photo!
      Let me know if this helps.

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