Use Those Scraps!

I am like the rest of you; I have a couple of envelopes of scraps from past projects that have gathered on my desk. There’s a small box of papers and a tin full of random embellishments, a few stamped images and bits of ribbons. These things have been accumulating for months and haven’t made it off my desk and onto a project yet.

Let’s start with my scraps of paper. I grabbed a few of my favorite punches. I took the longer, skinnier strips of “Go Wild” Designer Series paper from my scraps and punched a bunch of different size circles using my 1/2″ and 3/4″ circle punches to use on my card.

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I’ve stamped my greeting from “I Think You’re Great” Stamp set in Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink and randomly added my different size circle punches around it.  To finish, I’ve created a faux stitching around the card using my Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Write Marker from 2015- 2017 In-Colours.

Leave me a comment and share how you store and use your scraps and left over pieces from projects.

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Introduction to the Stamp-a-ma-jig

Arguably the most common source of frustration for a stamper is an imperfectly stamped image.  Sometimes the image is incomplete because the stamp was not fully inked or pressed down evenly.  Sometimes the image is blurry because the stamp wobbled.  Sometimes the image is perfect but its location or position is not-for example, a sentiment slanted uphill. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a great way to minimise frustration and turn all those frowns upside down.  

The Stamp-a-ma-jig typically consists of two parts:  the positioner and the plate or imaging sheet.  The positioner is typically a T-shape that forms a right angle.  There's also a transparent square of acetate (imaging sheet) that fits into the positioner's right angle.  As illustrated, the positioner physically guides the stamp's placement – first on the stamping imaging sheet to determine the desired impression location and then on the actual project.

 

How the Stamp-a-ma-jig works

Step 1

1. Slide the imaging sheet into the crook of the positioner

Step 2

2. Ink the stamp, align it with the crook, and gently bring it straight down to impress the image on the imaging sheet

Stamp 3

3. Lift the stamp to reveal its image on the imaging sheet and then remove the positioner

Stamp 4

4. Slide the imaging sheet over the project until the stamped image is in the desired location 

Stamp 5

5. Bring back the positioner to cradle the plate as in Step 1

Stamp 6

6. Holding the positioner in place, remove the imaging sheet

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7. Re-ink the stamp and place it in the crook of the positioner to stamp the project

Stamp 7

8. Lift the stamp and then remove the positioner to reveal the image placed exactly where desired on the project

Stamp 9

Finished project

TIPS:

  • Be careful not to throw away the transparent imaging sheet – its often made of acetate that can be mistaken for packaging
  • When using a Stamp-a-ma-jig that comes with an acetate imaging sheet, stamp on the rough side of the acetate
  • If a project requires solvent ink, stamp the imaging sheet with classic ink before switching to solvent ink for the project.  (the cleaners required to remove these inks can permanently "cloud" the imaging sheet)
  • Any transparent materials can be used as a replacement imaging sheet, provided it has at least two adjoining sides that form a right angle 
  • When stamping a small item, temporarily adhere it to the work surface to prevent it from migrating while moving the imaging sheet or positioner
  • Alight the long end of the stamp block with the long end of the positioner for the most stability
  • After stamping an image with a clear or photoploymer stamp on the imaging sheet do not reposition the stamp on its acrylic block; otherwise, the image placement on the project will not be as expected 

Masculine Cards for Guys!

Many people find it difficult to create masculine cards.  The best way to begin is to get into the right mindset — be open to the possibilities and try not to limit your thinking to what items you can actually use on a masculine card.  For some reason many of us come up with a creative block when it comes to masculine cards.  Often the first stumbling block is colour, try to use warm, neutral colours like browns and black with a pop of colour. 

In today's project  I have used Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

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Another element to think about is patterns and / or images.  Images can set the tone for the card, they can be a focal point like the greetings I have used in today's project or even a background image for example a wood grain effect, which has been clear embossed to add texture to my project 

You can view the video below on how my project was created today

As you can see there are a many options for creating masculine cards, and this is just a small sample.  I hope this has helped you nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create.

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The Ins & Outs of Inking

Are you puzzled by the many options and different uses of stamping inks that are available to crafters?  Rest assured you're not alone.  

Ink Types

Dye

Dye inks are great for basic stamping.  Dye inks will penetrate into your cardstock and leave a nice, clean, image.  These inks dry rapidly, which is perfect for when you want to stamp and quickly continue on with your project without having to wait for your ink to dry

Classic Stampin' Pads

Ink pads

Features: Firm foam pad with flip-top that stores ink upside down to keep the pad moist. Coordinates with exclusive Stampin' Up! Cardstock, Stampin' Write Markers, and Classic Stampin' Ink Refills.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Basic Stamping or tone-on-tone look when stamping on coloured cardstock

 

Classic Stampin' ink Refills

ink refills

Features:  Refresh Stampin' Pads to keep the pad fresh and well-inked or use for various techniques outside of stamping.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Refilling pads, dyeing, spritzing, or colouring

Tips:  To refill pad, put a few drops of ink onto pad and use a bone folder to spread the ink around the surface

Stampin' Write Markers

Stampin write markers

Features:  Dual-tipped including a .5mm fine point for details and journaling, and a flexible brush tip for colouring and inking stamps.  Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Writing, and colouring directly on stamps and paper.

Tips:  After colouring on stamps, breathe on it to moisten before stamping.  Store markers horizontally. 

 

Memento Ink

momento

 

Features:  Fade resistant, alcohol resistant, and fast drying

Best For: Good with fine details and even coverage for bold images

Tip: Keep the ink pad fresh with the Memento Refill

 

 

Solvent

Solvent inks are great for nonporous surfaces such as acetate, glass, metal and glossy cardstock.  Solvent inks dry quickly and do not need to be heat-set

Stazon Ink

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Features:  Crisp, permanent ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Stamping images that you can watercolour or for nonporous surfaces like Window Sheets

Tips:  Clean stamps with StazOn Cleaner

 

 

Pigment

Pigment inks are also great for basic stamping applications.  Pigment inks have a thicker consistency and tend to sit more on the surface of cardstock.  Because of these attributes, these inks take longer to dry.  Pigment inks are great to sue for heat embossing, because they stay wet long enough for you to add an embossing powder.  Pigment ink used with a clear embossing powder creates a great, ridged design with stamped images.

Craft Stampin' Ink

craft ink

Features:  Rich, permanent pigment, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.  If heatset, you can use to stamp on cloth

Tips:  Allow plenty of time to dry before continuing with project

 

 

Watermark

watermark ink has no colour and leaves a subtle tone-on-tone image when stamped on darker cardstock.  This ink is great to use for creating a nice subtle stamped background for your projects.  Like Pigment inks, watermark ink can be used for heat embossing.

Versamark Ink

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Features:  Versatile clear ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or creating tone-on-tone or watermark effects

Tips:  Use with a Heat Tool to adhere embossing powder to stamped images

 

 

Don't let the mystery of inks intimidate you.  Just have fun and enjoy experimenting with different types of inks and techniques.  You'll be creating beautiful, perfectly inked projects in no time!

Card Making On the Go

Have you taken your card making on the go? “On the go” can mean creating while on a trip or when taking a class to learn new ideas and techniques. Most of us craft at home with all of our supplies close at hand. After a short time of paper crafting and card making you start to see what supplies you use all of the time. These are the supplies that you will need when you’re “on the go.”

When you want to be mobile with your craft supplies, you will want to put together two things: a basic tool kit and a basic supplies kit. A basic tool kit has those items that you simply cannot craft without. Many times when you sign up for a class the instructor will request that you bring a basic tool kit.

Basic tool kit list:

  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesives: dry (tape runner), wet (liquid glue), specialty (dimensionals and glue dots)
  • Black and/or brown ink pad
  • Clear acrylic block (for stamping)
  • Stampin’ Mist & Scrub
  • Other items that you use often: tweezers, adhesive remover, basic punches (such as a corner rounder)

Cardmaking on the Go

These are the items you should gather and pack into a small portable bag to take with you. A bag with a lot of pockets is perfect for a tool kit. It will keep everything organized and easily accessible.

Cardmaking on the Go

If you aren’t attending a class where supplies are often given to you to use, you will want to pack up basic supplies to have on hand to make cards while you’re traveling or if you are getting together with friends for a fun day or evening. When packing supplies, especially paper, I like to use a rigid plastic box or tote. There are boxes that measure 12 x 12 x 3 inches that are perfect for mobile crafting. These protect your supplies but will also fit in most craft totes or rolling bags.

Basic supplies kit list:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Sentiment stamps (birthday, thank you, thinking of you, etc.)
  • Ribbon
  • Punches
  • Markers
  • Embellishments

The top five items are always good to have in standard colours and designs that fit your personal style. Another thing to consider is putting together kits of items that are more specific if you want to work on certain themed projects. Gather together different embellishments, and paper designs that fit birthday cards or Christmas cards. While you are working on these specific projects, you may need additional basic supplies such as cardstock or a punch. That’s where your basic kit comes in handy.

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Now that you are ready to roll and paper-craft on the go, gather some friends and have a card-making afternoon together.

Back to Basics

Whether you’ve just ventured into the wonderful world of card making or you’re a seasoned crafter who has amassed more paper and tools than you know what to do with, understanding and reviewing basics of tools and terminology will ensure years of successful card making

For many experienced card makers, browsing through your current Stampin’ Up! catalogue or wandering the isles of the craft store is the equivalent of a child walking through a lolly aisle in the supermarket .  The beautiful papers, glittery embellishments and the latest must-have tools are all tempting us to add them to our shopping basket.  However, for the beginner card maker, deciding where to begin and what to buy can be overwhelming.  Learning the basics of any craft and establishing a strong foundation is essential to achieving success and alleviating frustration – after all, creating should be an enjoyable experience  Let us help you build that foundation here with Back to Basics.

The Tool Kit

As a new card maker, one of the first things to put together is a basic paper- and card crafting tool kit.  Key items to include are;

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (variety)

Your kit will evolve according to the interests that you develop, adding tools that may not necessarily be the bare-bones basics, yet making creating easier.  Some suggestions are

  • Punches
  • Tweezers

Paper

Various styles of paper are available for your to choose from – plain, printed, textured, mat, glossy single and double-sided.  The weight of the papers will vary from heavier, sturdier card stock ideal for use as a card base, to lighter-weight papers such as Designer Series Paper in a rainbow of colours and textures which are more commonly used to add layers or embellish.  Vellum and window sheets and can be available with coloured, plain, printed, textured and iridescent effects.

Adhesive

There are so many adhesives as types of paper.  It is important to choose an adhesive that works well with your paper.  For example, vellum is translucent and may adhesives will show through.  Always read the packaging and look for an adhesive designed for use with the product you are using.

  • Glue dots- good for hard embellishments such as buttons, ribbon, wooden elements
  • Stampin’ Dimentionals – use to raise or lift elements to create dimension
  • Tear & Tape Adhesive – Great for off the page projects, 3D items
  • Fast Fuse or SNAIL – quick to use, come in a hard case, and refillable
  • Glue Stick – great for large coverage
  • Glue Pen – good for tiny areas

Card size & Style

Any size of shape that you can think of is possible when it comes to creating cards.  Some of the most common sizes are:

  • 4 ¼” x 5 ½” (11 x 14cm)
  • 6” x  6” square (15 x 15cm)
  • 3”x 3” note card  (7.6 x 7.6cm)

Create a card in a top, side or gatefold orientation to best fit the design you’ve chosen.  Accordion-style cards, window cards and shaped cards are further options to consider and are an easy way to add interest to your project.

If stock envelopes are not available for a particular card size, simply modify a large envelope, design a custom one using the envelope punch board, or use a small paper bag as a creative alternative.

To create a clean professional base from which to begin, score your card stock before folding.  Several tools and methods are available to assist you with this, the most basic being a bone folder or stylus, either of which can be used with a ruler or create a smooth straight score line.  Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer includes a score blade designed to be used just like the cutting blade.  There are also boards that measure groves and a scoring tool, like the Simply Scored tool from Stampin’ Up!.  Whichever method you choose, practice first, as each will react differently depending on the paper and the amount of pressure that you use.

The Language

Understanding what people and instructions are saying is important.  Like the langue of e-mail and text messaging, there is also a language of crafting.  Some common terms are:

  • Score – create an indentation in the paper in order to have  a crisp fold
  • Burnish – reference to the use of a bone folder on the score line when folding, or to rub the surface to secure when adhering
  • Mountain Fold – upward fold like a mountain
  • Valley Fold – downward fold like a valley
  • Portrait – card orientation similar to a portrait of a person, longest measurement being vertical
  • Landscape – card orientation similar to a picture of a landscape or the horizon, longest measurement being horizontal
  • Gatefold – Style of card with a right and left flap that join in the middle like a gate
  • Accordion – Style of card where vertical score lines create panes resembling an accordion, or scoring a strip to create accordion pleats
  • Die cut – a shape cut use a die and Big Shot machine
  • Pressure Emboss – texture or designs created with embossing folders, dies, stencils, stylus, with and or machine pressure
  • Heat Emboss – created with inks, embossing powders and a heat tool
  • Direct to Paper (DTP) – technique where inks are applied directly to the paper from the ink pad
  • Dashed line – usually refers to fold line
  • Solid Line – usually refers to cut line

Techniques

A vast amount of techniques exist, you may find yourself drawn to one or more so, than another.  Combine techniques to create further visual interest.  There are no set rules or limitations to card making, so jump right in and enjoy getting back to the basics with your card making.

Card Worthy Bargains

Here are the final four (4) of my Top Ten Tips for Card-making on a Budget.  You can view my previous post Econimical Techniquies HERE

7. Card Worthy Bargains 

There are 33 bargains scattered throughout the catalogue, they are our Bundle and Save collections.  Bundles combine a stamp set and usually a Framelit Set, or punch or Sizzix Die which the stamp set is designed to perfectly coordinate. All bundles are 15% off the price you would pay if you purchased both these items separately.

Plus, each week 6 or more products are discounted at 25% off the original price, but hurry as the product offering changes each Wednesday. 

View Bundle & Save Collections HERE

View this weeks "Weekly Deals" HERE

8. Take Care of your Tools & Supplies 

Spend time sharpening tools and cleaning supplies.  Paper-punch blades benefit from regular sharpening by punching through Alfoil several times.  Blades tend to dull from repeated use, and this keeps them functioning well.  

Monitor paper trimmer blades and change as needed.  This is a big one for me.  I have wasted many sheets of cardstock by not changing the blades when needed.  This leads to frayed edges and a lot of frustration.  Adhesive and other materials can build up on scissor blades, which can dull them. Regularly remove buildup with a cleaner especially designed for the job. Use a stamp cleaner (Stampin' Srub & Stampin' Mist) to clean rubber stamps and stamping blocks to keep them in top shape.  Spend time caring for your tools, and they will last for years to come.

9. Be a Minimalist

Less is more.  To save money, use fewer embellishments on your cards.  Today, lines are cleaner and more sophisticated, which affords you the opportunity to use fewer products on your cards.  Do you really need five different embellishments on the front of that birthday card?  Two or three carefully and well-chosen embellishments will make much more of an impact.

10. Get in Line​

Many card makers swear by the assembly-line method of creating cards in an effort to save time and money.  Cards can be made several at a time, often with friends and family members pitching in over coffee.  Thank you notes are an ideal project to make in large batches.  Gather some friends togther and I will supply all the materials and suppliesfor a fun night at in your home.  Contact me to learn more 

I hope you've enjoyed my Top Ten Tips for Card-making on a Budget!

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Economical Techniques

Here are my next 3 tips for 10 top tips for Cardmaking on a Budget, you can view the first 3 tips on this blog post HERE

ECONMICAL TECHNIQUES

There are many wonderful techniques you can use to spice up your cards without spending a lot of money.  Many of these ideas allow you to stretch your supplies by using them to achieve different looks.

For instance, colour washes bring beautiful pastel effect to your cards.  Stamp kissing, a popular technique that involves a solid stamp, paired with a patterned stamp, enables you to stretch your stamp collection by creating different looks with them.

Learn these techniques and more in my online classes HERE

GET ORGAINSED 

Whether you have the most extensive collection of card-making materials or the most limited, if your supplies are not organised, you will waste a lot of money buying things you forget you have, cannot locate, or things that have been damaged due to poor storage.  

For instance, keep cardstock scraps together (an envelope for each colour works great) and check these first when you need just a small piece to use in your card design.

scraps

UP-CYCLE YOUR STUFF

We all are looking for ways to save time and money, and help the environment.  There are a whole host of household items that you can "up-cycle" and use in your cardmaking – used dryer sheets, postage stamps, old maps and calendars the list is endless.

If your collection of discarded items does not grow fast enough to keep up with your cardmaking appetite, ask a neighbour to pitch in and help.  They will love the idea that their trash is being "up-cycled" into something beautiful and useful.  To thank them for their efforts, you can present them with a smart and beautiful card created from items they donated.

View my next 3 Tips for Cardmaking on a Budget HERE

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Joy Holiday Wreath Card

Today's project has been created using the Bow Builder Punch.  Something a little different to than your average bow, right?  If you love punch art then you will love this project.

Joy Holiday Wreath Card

I've created my cardbase using Real Red cardstock, cut at 11 1/2" x 5 3/4" and scored at 5 3/4" mark to create a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" card base.  I've matted the card using vellum designer paper from the Holiday catalgoue, overlayed onto Whisper White Cardstock.  Tip: add the adhesve to the center of the vellum where your wreath will be so you can't see the adhesive show through.

I've cut a Whisper White Circle usign 2 1/2" circle punch, and a Mossy Meadow Circle using my 4 smallest circle framelit.  Center and stick these together and then stick to the center of your card front.

Using the Builder punch cut out multiple tales from both Mossy Meadow and Wild Wisabi Carstock.  Adhere the Wild Wasabi tails to your card around the circle as shown in the picture below

 

Joy holiday Wreath

I've added my greeting "Joy" by cutting the word JOY from Alphabet thinlits, and silver glimmer paper.  Next add your layer of Wild Wasbi Bow tails, but first cut the ends off to you only have the tail.  stick these along the outer edge of the Whisper White Circle. Add Real Red Candy Dots to fill in the gaps and top with a complete bow using the bow builder punch.  

Learn how to create a bow using Bow Builder Punch in the video below

Want to create this project yourself?  Here is a list of supplies

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Card Making on a budget!

When people discover that I make my own greeting cards, they immediately assume that I create cards not only for their uniqueness and beauty, but also because making them, verse buying them, offers significant cost savings.  True, I spend much less time searching for the perfect greeting card among store options than I do crafting one, and time is money, right?  But the cost of materials to make the cards can be considerable.  

GET PLUGGED IN

This may seem self serving but as we're talking about Card Making on a Budget there are ways you can learn new skills and techniques for FREE, which can simply be done by connecting with me in the below three (3) ways.

  • Connect with me on Facebook HERE
  • Pin with me on Pinterest HERE
  • Watch with me on Youtube HERE

I will be posting updates, FREE video tutorials and tips for you to use during your cardmaking experience.

 

CARDSTOCK

Cardstock comes in an impressive array of colours, textures and patterns. It is often less expensive than patterned paper and far more versatile.  It can be inked, sanded, cut , punched, torn, stamped, pieced, scored, etc.  Solid-colour cardstock also provides great versatility, making it useful for many different applications. 

One of my favourite card-stock techniques is to use VersaMark ink and a rubber stamp to subtly add a background to darker colours of cardstock.  The rubber stamp can then be used to stamp a coloured image on a coordinating colour cardstock for the foreground.

What I love best about Stampin' Up! Cardstock is that it is dyed all the way through – no white core.  

 

STAMPS & PUNCHES

Unlike stickers, chipboard or run-on embellishments, acrylic and rubber stamps, and paper punches can be used multiple times in your card-making.  This make them great investments. Choosing generic images for stamps and basic shapes for punches offers the most bang for your buck.  

For instance, a stamp with a baby image, while adorable, would likely be used for a new-baby welcome, shower etc.  On the other hand, a stamp in a bird motif can be used for a new-baby card, spring greeting or an Easter card.  The bird is more general and therefore more versatile.  

Stampin' Up! offer 3 types of rubber stamps

rubber stamps

Wood Mount – The high-quality wood-mount rubber stamps are precut and come with farmed-maple wood blocks.  Mount these stamps permanently on the blocks, and they're ready to go when you are.  The premium red rubber will last for years and give a crisp, clear stamped impression each time. 

clear stamps

Clear Mount – The high-quality clear-mount  stamps are made of the same high-quality rubber as the wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable.  Temporarily mount these precut stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage.  

photopolymer

Photopolymer – The top-quality photopolymer stamps have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.  They're entirely transparent for perfect image placement, and they adhere well to our clear blocks.  They're flexible, giving you even more creative possibilities with each set. 

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For punches, general shapes like circles, ovals, hearts, stars and flowers offer more design options, as apposed to more specific shapes like trees or Baby accessories.

View my next 3 Tips for Cardmaking on a Budget HERE

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Easy-to-Make Cards for Men & Boys

Do you find it easier to create cards for the women in you life versus the men?  It is because we are drawn more to products and projects we can identify with?  Creating cards for guys can be just as easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.

The items that are always in my card-making arsenal are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbon and punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.

For your card base, select a neutral colour card stock such as Crumb Cake, Whisper White, or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try embossing your cardstock.

happy birthday

You can watch the video below / watch on youtube

Dimensions

  • Basic Black Cardstock: 29.5 x 10.5cm 
  • Whisper White Cardstock: scrap piece 

Supplies

Stamp : Crazy About You Wood Stamp Set , Crazy About You Clear Stamp Set , Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Ink : White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen , Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad , Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker , Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad , Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Refill
Card Stock : Basic Black A4 Card Stock
Big Shot : Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


Ink Blending With Masks

Today I will share with you a fun way to create colourful, geometric patterns for one layer cards, that I recently learnt from Laura Bassen.   A great thing about this technique is that you can do it using whatever you have on hand.  Check out that great colour!

Ink Blending with Marks

Tips and Tricks to note

  • Any shape die will work well with this technique.  How cool would gradient stars look?
  • You can use a number of different materials for creating masks, but keep in mind the sturdier materials, such as window sheets, create masks with greater longevity.  Save time-create reusable masks.
  • The secret to smooth ink blending?  Start light!  You can always add ink, but you can't take it away.  Try tapping off the excess ink from your sponge douber or stampin' sponge on a piece of scrap cardstock or grid paper before starting your project 

Ink Blending with Marks

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Ink a stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers

Welcome to today’s tutorial, in this video I want to show you how you can ink up a stamp using your Stampin’ Write Markers.  Stampin’ Write Markers come in handy when you want to give an image multiple colours, for example I want my words to be Crumb Cake and my boarders to be Basic Black.

But before I share with you my project, let me tell you how you can use this technique.

Choose Happiness Journal {Stamp Club Mar 15}

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when working with Stampin’ Write Markers. 

  1. You always want to work with the lightest colour to the darkest colour. 

You can apply ink to your stamp with either the brush tip or the fine tip, in general if you’re covering a large surface area, then you are going to want to use the brush tip, if you have a very tiny little area then you may want to use the fine tip.

I myself will find that as long as you are careful to preserve the point on your marker you can use that for all but the very tiniest details.

  1. When using Stampin’ Write Markers in order to prolong them long term is to try and preserve the point. 

What that means is that you have to pay careful attention on how you are using it to colour.  You never want to scrub down on your image or press hard, but rather you just want to take the tip and gently brush it on the image.

You may notice as you colour is that the individual parts of the stamps come very close together  that’s why you want to make sure you colour in order from lightest to darkest. Because let’s say I coloured the other way darkest to lightest, and as I was colouring my lightest colour I accidently touched over to the next colour (darker) I would then stain the tip of my marker with the darker colour.  This way if I go over light to dark if my darker colour accidently goes over the lighter colour, then it doesn’t really matter because it’s not going to show up on the darker marker tip.

Once you have your image completely coloured, the next thing you need to do is remoisten the ink.  One of the things you will notice as you colour images, especially the larger images is that by the time you get to the very last colour the ink won’t look as shinny and moist it will look like it is dried a little bit.

Quickest way to remoisten is simply bring the inked image up to your mouth so that it is a couple of inches away and open your lips up wide and gently breath hot moist air onto it.  This is called huffing on your stamp.  Once you’ve done that you then stamp down your image onto cardstock as you would any other stamp.

That’s all there is to using your Stampin’ Write Markers for basic colouring of a stamp. 

Stampin' Up! have created this video to show you a fabulous technique with a fun tool that is perfect for any stamper. It's a Stampin' Write Marker! It inexpensively expands your ink selection—allowing you to stamp images in any colour (or colours) you choose!

Here's a project I've created using the same technique.  The Stamp Set I have choosen is Choose Happiness and I've coloured my greeting using Crumb Cake and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers.

Choose Happiness Journal {Stamp Club Mar 15}

Here's the video tutorial you can watch on how I created this project

So why not give this technique a try, you can purchase the Stampin' Write Markers in my Online Store HERE

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