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Tuesday’s Tip: Holding Framelits in Place

24 Jul

Stampin’ Up! has recently come out with all kinds of new framelits that coordinate with our stamp sets.  If you haven’t seen all the new ones in the catalog and the new Holiday Mini catalog, you really need to check them out.  Anyway, today’s tip is very simple.  It’s a quick way to hold framelits in place when using them to cut.  Most times, I will just place the framelit on the stamped image and cut without worrying about keeping it in place as it usually just stays put, but sometimes, I really want to be careful with my placement.  In those times, I just use a post-it note across the framelit to keep it there.  It’s not only an easy fix, but a cheap fix as well!

 

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Tuesday’s Tip: New Foam Pads

10 Jul

If you’ve seen the new catalog, you’re probably aware that Stampin’ Up! has come out with a new style of ink pad.  In my opinion, these new ink pads are fabulous!  They are much juicier than the others and produce a really sharp, stamped image.  Today I wanted to share some tips that will give you the best use of these pads.  Here goes…

  1. When inking up a stamp, do not push too hard on the pad.  Unlike the old pads, the foam pads will allow the stamp to “smoosh” down into them and you’ll end up getting ink on the edges of the stamp and thus producing unwanted ink lines.  Instead, just lightly tap your stamp onto the pad.
  2. Because these new pads release more ink onto your stamp, and they retain less ink, they will need to be re-ink sooner than the old felt pads.
  3. All the colors have remained the same so your old refills can be used to re-ink the new pads.  There are, however,  five colors that have been reformulated, you should not use the old refills on these colors if you get the new pads.  Note, however, that you can use the new refills to re-ink the old pads.  The reformulated colors are:
  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum

4.  When you first get a new pad, you will find labels for the case itself on the bottom of the pad.  These labels are offered in 4 languages.  You should peel off the label of your choice and adhere it to the end of the pad where you push to open.

I hope you enjoy using these new ink pads as much as I do!

Tuesday’s Tip: Marker Storage

3 Jul

Today’s tip serves one purpose….how to get the longest life out of your markers.  It seems easy, but most of us don’t do it because it’s not as convenient.  Markers need to be stored lying down, not in an upright position.  I’ve found that there are two easy ways to do this;

  • Store them in the original case if you buy them as a set
  • Obtain flat, plastic baskets to store them in.  You can even get a number of different ones so that you can separate the markers by color group.

That’s it!  Simple!  ‘Nuff said!

Tuesday’s Tip: Sharpening Punches

26 Jun

If you’re like me, punches are a favorite tool.  Anymore, I want all my stamps to have coordinating punches.  Unfortunately, lots of use can eventually dull your punch.  You’ll know it’s dull when punched out edges are no longer smooth.  But of course, there’s a fix and it is most likely in your kitchen!  To sharpen a punch all you need is tin foil.  Here’s what you do…

1.  Fold the foil so that you have multiple layers and punch away.
2.  For best results, after you have you punch sharpened, you can do the same with waxed paper just to smooth things out.  This step is not a must, but many feel it gives the best results.

There you have it, a very simple, inexpensive fix to a very common problem!

Tuesday’s Tip: Getting The Most From Your Designer Series Paper

19 Jun

Today’s tip is nothing new, just something I, myself, tend to overlook.  It’s all about getting the most from your Designer Series Paper.  The new Patio Party paper is a perfect example of what you can do with DSP.

Patio Party DSP #126916

Always look for ways to use punches with paper to get a new look.  In this first example, I used the 1-3/4″ punch to cut out the large circles to make  a fun background.

Colors:  Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze
Stamp Set:  Layered Labels #127072
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Pearl Basic Jewels

On this next example, I used a strip from the DSP to make an accent for the card.

Colors:  Night of Navy, Summer Starfruit, White
Stamp Sets:  Mixed Bunch, #125537, Itty Bitty Banners, #126257
Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Blossom Punch, 3/4″ Punch

Finally, if you don’t have a particular stamp, look for a way to use a cute image from your DSP.  In this case, I used the cake.  All it took was a pair of scissors!

Colors:  Baja Breeze, White
Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners, #126257
Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Designer Frames Folder (Oval), Extra-Large oval Punch

And there you have it.  Do you have some examples you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear about it if you do!

Tuesday’s Tip: Clear Stamp Storage

31 Jan

I can’t get enough of clear stamps!  (Never thought I’d say that!)  But, it’s true, they save on storage space, weigh less when traveling, allow me to see where I’m stamping,  and are less expensive which allows me to buy even more stamps!!!  You may be asking why I’m posting about storage of these little gems since they already come in the perfect-sized case, but I have started doing something that is helping me to make sure I’m not missing stamps when I put them away.  When I first mount the stamps, I am now keeping the excess rubber.  This allows me to have a place to put my stamp back into when I finish using it.  If there’s a missing stamp, I know right away!  Give it a try!

New Feature: Tuesday’s Tip

24 Jan

I thought it was about time that I get to posting on a regular basis, so, I’d like to introduce a new weekly feature, “Tuesday’s Tip”! Each week I’ll do my best to share a simple tip to make your stamping and scrapping a little easier. Be sure to let me know what you think!

This week’s tip is for how to fix those little white spots where the ink doesn’t quite cover your stamped image. In order to fill in that spot, just take a blender pen, dip it on the ink pad, and blend the ink into the white spot. It’s a snap to fix your image and no one will ever know!!!

This image was fixed using a blender pen, can you tell?