Posted on March 8, 2014

Customer Q&A

Papercrafting

I frequently get similar questions from my customers, so today I thought I'd share a few of their questions and my answers.

Q: How can I make sure that my solid stamp gives a clear, crisp stamped image on my cardstock?
A: Sometimes the surface of solid stamps, especially when brand new, will not hold the ink evenly, so the image is not uniformly covered when stamped.  One way to eliminate this from occurring is to condition your stamp.
Using a vinyl eraser, rub back and forth over the surface of the stamp several times, so it will become “scuffed”. This will help the ink to better adhere to the stamp's surface. You can also just rub the stamp back and forth on your jeans to “rough it up”. Be sure to clean your stamp with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394) before inking.


Q: When I cut cardstock with the Stampin’ Trimmer, sometimes the edge of the paper looks frayed. Why does this happen?
A:  Time to change the cutting blade. (Tip:  the blade will last longer if you cut only one sheet of cardstock at a time). If you cut a lot of Glimmer Paper, this will wear down the blade more quickly.
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Q: Stampin’ Up! has so many adhesives;  which one do I use?
A:  I like them all, and use them at different times, depending upon my projects. SNAIL (104332) and Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) are both great adhesives for any papercrafting project.  The 2-Way Glue Pen (100425) is great for adhering tiny pieces to your projects, and for adding  a small dot of glitter here and there.  Our Anywhere Glue Sticks (104045) fare perfect for any project involving children; they are fairly inexpensive and easy for those small hands to use. Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) are the perfect choice when you want an element on your project to be “raised”.  Adding a button or bow is a snap with Glue Dots (103683). Lastly, three  dimensional projects (like boxes) are much sturdier when put together with Sticky Strip (104294).
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Q: What's the best way to dye ribbon to match my cardstock?
A: The best way is to use a Classic Stampin' Ink Refill in the color you want. Just mix a few drops of the ink refill with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and soak your ribbon in a small container. If your color isn't dark enough, add more ink, one drop at a time. If you want a lighter color, add a few drops of water. Lay the ribbon out on a paper towel to dry.
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