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Posted on October 23, 2017

Common Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Customer Q & A

Hi stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I was busy with stamping events and putting the finishing touches on the homecoming mums. If you didn't see my post about these and want to catch up, click here. Today I wanted to share with you some common stamping mistakes and how to avoid them! I get questions from my customers all the time so I've compiled a mini database of the most frequently asked questions.

Q. Why are my images looking blotchy or uneven?

A. There are several reasons for this: too much pressure has been applied, pressure has been unevenly applied, or too much ink has been applied to the stamp. When Stampin' Up! redesigned their ink pads a few years back, they switched from felt to foam. The new foam pads are much juicier! The technique to use is “tap, tap, tap” rather than “knock, knock, knock”. I tell my customers to start out softly and then add more ink if necessary to cover the stamp. It's much easier to add than to take away.

Q. I keep seeing cards on Pinterest I want to create, but I've blown my craft budget for the next ten years; what can I do?

A. This is a common “challenge”; we want it all! Beginner stampers can (and often do) spend a small fortune buying stamps for every occasion! Instead of purchasing every stamp you like, be smart about your purchases. Simple floral images, for example, work well for birthdays, weddings, thinking of you, sympathy, etc. Instead of purchasing tons of stamps, try using different coloring tools like colored pencils and markers. Vary your techniques and colors; the same stamp set can give you varied results. In the photo below, the Pieces and Patterns stamp set was used for both cards but they look so different.

Common Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemCommon Stamping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Q. I get bored making cards all of the time; what else can I do with my stamps?

A. Great question! Stamping isn't just for paper. Try stamping on something new like glass, fabric, clay, ribbon and more.

The bottom line here is HAVE FUN! Like any other hobby, or business, stamping should bring you joy and RELIEVE stress, not cause it! 🙂

Speaking of joy, I am all about adding color when I create so I am so uber excited about my new Stampin' Blends! As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order this fabulous new tool and let me tell you, you are definitely going to want the whole set of markers! They will be available to order on November 1 at my online store. In the meantime, here's a brochure you can download to read all about the features and benefits of this awesome new product!

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Posted on October 3, 2017

What’s Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey stampers! In today's post I wanted to answer a question I've been getting a lot from my customers. What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder? The answer is NOTHING! Let me explain the question and I'll give you my answer.

Customer Question: Anne, I just opened my new Stampin' Up! Quilt Top Embossing Folder (EF) and noticed that the design inside the folder is not centered (side to side). On the left side of the EF there is about 1/8″ open space before the design starts.  However, on the right  edge of EF, the design ends right up on the edge of the folder. Because the design is not centered, you have to fiddle with the CS to get it lined up before running through the Big Shot when using a larger piece of paper. Is there something wrong with my folder?

Answer: NO, there is definitely nothing wrong with your Embossing Folder! It was designed so you could get a continuous pattern on larger paper without the creased edge that happens when it is centered. Simply run the paper through, then rotate the previously embossed paper 180 degrees and run it through the Big Shot a second time. You'll get a continuous pattern without the creased edge. (You won't have this problem when embossing a regular-sized card or card layer.)

Here are pictures to show you what I explained above.

Run first time through Big Shot like this:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Rotate paper 180 degrees and run through second time:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Voila! A perfect patterned piece to use on a larger card or project, with no pesky ridge in the center:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

I hope this answer to “What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?” has helped you today! If you have a question about any technique or stamping “challenge” you are having, please email me or post your question in the comments section below and I'll be glad to help!  I don't want to just sell you products. I want to help you get the most out of them! 🙂

 

 

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