The MISTI stands for “Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented.” It was designed by Iliana Myska from My Sweet Petunia. It features a hinged design to create consistent stamping, making multiple cards in the one design, or doing techniques involving layering stamps.
What’s great about the MISTI? It’s very easy to use. It comes with a foam pad so you can use both clear and cling stamps. There are two strong magnets to help you keep your cardstock in place, and there is additional grid paper to help align your stamps. I found the MISTI particularly helpful when re-inking an image. I often will stamp an image or sentiment and not have it all come out clearly. You can keep the stamp on the MISTI and re ink it to stamp over the original image. It is lined up perfectly so you can always get a good crisp image. This is particularly helpful when stamping on watercolour cardstock which is textured.
I love all the multi-stamp sets that are coming out – where you layer the stamps with different gradients of ink. You don’t have to spend forever lining the right angle up, only to have to move your stamp away to ink it. The MISTI solves this problem and you can get the perfect placement every time.
If you’re in need of a lot of cards in the same design, the MISTI can cut the time down significantly by allowing you to mass produce cards. By leaving the stamp on the MISTI you can just change your cardstock and re ink the stamp.
There are other great benefits for this tool like creating your own backgrounds, ombre stamping, or stamping on co-ordinating die cuts. It also comes in two different sizes which is great if you are wanting to take it travelling, or if you’re on a budget.
What’s not great about the MISTI? As a stamping tool, it’s fantastic. I can’t fault it. The only thing that concerns me is the price. The mini MISTI retails for $50 US, and the large original MISTI retails for $110 US. There are cheaper versions of this product available, one by Hampton Art and one by We Are Memory Keepers. The MISTI is the original and is of great quality. But if price is your concern, one of the cheaper versions may be for you.
Overall, I don’t think any crafter will be disappointed with this tool. It will be a valuable addition to your craft table!