Monday, 12 October 2015

More stamping tips

Hi ladies,

I am continuing today with some more basic tips for cardmaking.

With all Stampin' Up! punches you put the card into the punch at the top of the punch so if you are punching a stamped image it is easier to stamp at the bottom of the piece of card as shown below.

Also some punches which match a stamped image will only fit the image one way. This flower from Flower Shop stamp set is an example. I have marked all of my stamps so I know the correct way to stamp it and will punch correctly every time.

It most cases you need to stamp your image before punching. When punching a stamped image, turn the punch over so you can see your image that you are punching. 

Framelits or dies are used with the Big Shot with the Multipurpose platform or the Magnetic platform.
You need to make a "sandwich" as follows from the bottom-
                   Multipurpose or magnetic platform
                   Standard cutting pad
                   Framelit or die
                   Standard cutting pad

If using the magnetic platform, some smaller dies will move (caused by the magnets), so just move your card and Framelit slightly till you can line up your image and Framelit correctly.

Embossing folders are also used with the Big Shot. These add a patterned texture to your card
Make a "sandwich" as follows from the bottom- 
                     Multipurpose platform on Tab 1
                     Standard cutting pad
                     Embossing folder with card
                     Standard cutting pad

The multipurpose platform shows you what tabs to use for various folders and Framelits. There are also diagrams in the annual catalogue showing how to make your "sandwich".

2 -Way Glue Pen:
As the name suggests, this glue can be used 2 ways. If you let the glue dry and becomes clear, it can be used as a temporary glue. It is permanent if you immediately adhere it while the glue is still blue and wet.
This glue can also be used with glitter. Just apply glue in the area you want glitter, then sprinkle with the glitter, remove excess glitter and allow to dry.

Crystal Effects:
This also works as an adhesive and is great for heavier embellishment etc. It is also used to create a raised, glossy and lacquered look to your images.

Stampin' Dimensionals:
These are double sided adhesive foam dots which give dimension and depth to your projects.

I use the stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp images so they are straight and exactly where I want them. It consist of the stamp-a-ma-jig and a plastic sheet.

How to use the stamp-a-ma-jig:

Place the plastic sheet into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig

Take your inked stamp and butt it into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig. Make sure it is pushed right into the corner. Stamp your image onto the plastic sheet.

Now place the plastic sheet onto the card where you want to stamp this image.

Place the stamp-a-ma-jig and the plastic sheet together again as in step 1

Remove plastic sheet. DO NOT MOVE THE CARD OR STAMP-A-MA-JIG
Re-ink your stamp, place the stamp into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp the image

The image is exactly where I want it and straight. I'm not very good at getting it straight without the stamp-a-ma-jig

I hope these tips are of some help to you. Any other questions, just contact me.

Till next time,
Happy Stamping!

Lesley Jendra,
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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