When I just started stamping I asked myself ‘why would anyone want to use rubber stamps when clear stamps are so much easier to store and position?’

Now that I’ve been doing this for a while I’ve come to the conclusion that clearstamps and rubber stamps are two different tools that can have different strengths and weaknesses, so asking “why use clear stamps?” is in my opinion akin to asking “why use a scalpel when I have scissors?”.

Clear stamps’s foremost strength is the ability to position it with accuracy.
Clear stamps don’t have a bulky wooden handle so they are also much easier to store. I store my clear stamps in a expanding file at home. It’s easy to browse through them this way and they don’t take much space.
The bad thing about clear stamps is that unless you’re careful they may tear when you take them off the plastic sheet, and also, they are sensitive to chemical and light and should not be left uncleaned or left in the light for long.

I use rubberstamps when I need good picture quality and don’t care where on the paper the stamp ends up.
For example, if I’m stamping on unpatterned paper and know that I’m going to cut away the edges around the stamp, I prefer to use a rubber stamp.
I find that when I use clear stamps the picture is not as sharp as when I use a rubber stamp. Long clearstamps are also hard to position straight on the block, but Fiskars seem to have found a solution to this problem by making long stamps that fit on a wheel called “continuous stamp”.
My rubber stamps are, like the clear stamps, stored in order to not be exposed to sunlight. Because most of my rubber stamps have annoying wooden handles, they are stored in a large box.

Lately I’ve started buying rubber stamps with cling foam instead of wood blocks. The cling foam attaches itself to the stamp block, the same way that the clear stamps do. The cling foam stamps are much easier to store than their wood block counterparts: I actually store them in the same way as the clear stamps.
Still, there are many wonderful stamp creators out there that sadly insist on putting their creations on wood blocks, so I guess my box of stamps will continue to grow.

And here’s a really good link showing the differences between rubber and clear stamps at blockheadstamps.com.
Their technique pages are full of really cool tips for stamping and I will make an effort to try their out of the box stamping idea soon.