Thursday, January 24, 2013

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear (DT Product Review by Linda Phinney)

Inkadinkado Stamping Gear Product Review
by Linda Phinney

I was intrigued by the Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear line because it reminded me of the Spirograph I played with as a kid and the "cog" made me think of the Steampunk genre that's currently so popular, of which I am also a fan. I also like repetition, and this stamp line appealed to my sense of order.

I purchased the Stamping Gear Intro Set (pictured above.) There are other cling stamp designs, an oval cog, and two wheel shapes, as well as a deluxe set in the line that are available for purchase from Frantic Stamper.

Deluxe Set

Things I really liked about the product:
  • Clear instructions for use of the stamping parts.
  • The clean line aesthetic of the cling stamp designs in the intro set.
  • As I mentioned before, the repetition. You can repeat the image almost perfectly every time.
  • The stamp paddle block where you attach the cling stamp has a grid on it, so you can line up the image correctly.
  • There are several "techniques" described in the instructions.
  • The cog that remains stationary in the center of your design not only has a non-skid bottom, but additionally has a marker/arrow in alternate spaces so that you can do an "open basic" design where every other slot is used or a "closed basic" design where every slot is used.

Things I didn't like about the product:
  • The parts were hard to remove from the packaging. They were packaged similarly to batteries or camera memory cards blister wrapped in hard plastic, sandwiched between stiff cardboard. Sharp edges! The good thing is this is not a commentary on the product itself.
  • There are no instructions for what paper size to start out with. I'm not a tremendously spatial person, so I had to think hard and imagine the image around the center cog before choosing the size of the paper I was going to use. (I started out with an 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of cardstock.)

You could use this product to make cards or background paper for scrapbooking.

You could even use some of Frantic Stamper's smaller cling mount stamps like Butterfly or Paris Tower to make some lovely pieces!!!

I'll definitely want to spend more time playing with this product and will purchase more stamps in the line. I also found some really fun ideas and more ways to use all the implements on YouTube to expand my knowledge-base.


  1. I am totally in love with the 2 cards you made using our stamps (Eiffel Tower and Butterfly). It had never crossed my mind to use other stamps with this tool. DUH!!! Very cool!

  2. Thank you so much for your review. I, too, have purchased this product but haven't had time to play with it yet. I was afraid you were going to have worse things to say and then I would have regretted my decision. Now it makes me just want to break through that awful packaging and PLAY! :D

  3. Your post finally made me break through the packaging on my set...but that took so much effort and energy I had none left for stamping. LOL. Seriously, though, thanks for the review, and the tips about Fran's stamps. I LOVE the Eiffel Tower done that way. So cool!