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Posted on July 10, 2020

The History of Stamping Ink

Papercrafting/ Stamping

OK, I'll admit it. I am a history geek. I love learning about past generations, especially as it relates to the papercrafting industry. I thought I'd let you go off on this little rabbit trail with me today and learn a little bit about the history of that all important part of rubber stamping…the ink!

Along with the invention of the block, for printing, an important sister-invention made the evolution of stamping as we know it today possible – and that's ink, specifically intended for printing and stamping. 

When the Gutenberg press was invented (1450), books were printed with an oil-based ink spread – which was tricky, slippery, and did not dry quickly. These original inks were created with linseed oil and stuck easily to the metal surfaces of the press in order to create a clean print. Creating these inks was a lengthy process due to the nature of the oil. Once created, the ink had to sit for at least a year so that any sticky substances within it could settle and not be floating around in the oily ink. 

Because of oil's debilitating dry time, it's possible that litharge (lead monoxide, often used in ceramic glazing) was added to help speed that process up. Over time, other vegetable oils were used, in trial and error. By using heat and vegetable oils rich in fatty acids, the dry time was also shortened. 

In the 19th century, the addition of petroleum distillate (a solvent) shortened the dry time even more. This discovery was very important in the invention of color printing inks. Because of petroleum distillate's excessive use in ink making, a new way to create inks was sought after during a petroleum shortage in the 1970s, which led to the eventual creation of water and pigment based inks.

ink mixing

An antique commercial pricing kit from the 20th century – including a bottle of violet ink, an ink solvent, and a pricing stamp gun

Ink pads, which came in tins with pre-inked pads that soaked up and held ink, not unlike ink pads today, could be purchased earlier than the turn of the 20th century. Another option, popularly used in commercial stamping, was mixing the ink oneself, with a concentrated bottle of the pigment and a separate bottle of the solvent. 

Today's craft stamping version of these mixing bottles would be reinkers – though the pre-mixing is already done for you!

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Posted on July 8, 2020

Christmas in July

Papercrafting/ Samples/ Stamping

I know, I know, have I gone mad? It's 100 degrees outside where I live in north Texas and I'm posting about Christmas!

I really am already thinking about my Christmas cards. Do you ever start that process in July? When we were still out and about more, many retial stores even had Christmas in July sales and promotions.

I just pre-ordered some fall and winter stamp sets from the upcoming Stampin' Up! seasonal catalog and I guess that's put me in a festive, Christmas spirit! One of the perks of being a demonstrator; we get to see and order products a month early. I'll be posting lots of samples once these arrive so stay tuned for that!

I hope you enjoy today's share which is actually made using the Sunflower Dies in our annual catalog. The card base uses Poppy Parade, one of my favorite “reds”.

If this card is something you'd like to make, directions and supplies are listed below. Just click on any picture to order.

Christmas in July using Celebrate Sunflowers


  • Card Stock: Poppy Parade (119793); Just Jade (153079); Whisper White (100730)
  • Misc: Flowers for Every Season 6”x6” Designer Series Paper (DSP) (152486); Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Card Pack (153058); Sunflower Dies (152704); Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder (152718); die-cut machine; Stampin' Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)


  • Poppy Parade: 5” x 7” scored at 3 ½” – this will be your card base; 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” and 3 ½” x 3 ½”
  • Just Jade: 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”
  • Whisper White: 3 1/8” x 4 5/8”
  • Poinsettia Piece from Flowers for Every Season DSP: 1” x 4¾”


  1. Run the 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” piece of Poppy Parade through your die-cut machine using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.
  2. Add the embossed cardstock to the center of the card front.
  3. Die-cut the large sunflower from the other piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.
  4. Attach the sunflower to the back of the DSP so that about 2/3 of it is showing.
  5. Add that to the card front.
  6. Cut ‘season’s greetings’ from the 3” x 4” card that has the word strips all over it.
  7. Add greeting to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  8. Attach the white cardstock to the jade cardstock (this goes on the inside).
  9. This is a notecard sized card and will fit into one of the notecard envelopes.
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Posted on July 3, 2020

Playful Pets Suite Collection from Stampin’ Up!

Projects/ Samples/ Stamping

This new suite is so delightful! Today I'm featuring a project made with the Pampered Pets bundle and Playful Pets Trinkets. This images in the set remind me so much of the Disney movie, Lady and the Tramp, which is one of my favorites!

You'll find instructions and supply list. If you need any of these supplies or any others, you can just click a picture to go right to my online store.

  • Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets – Band Together (149231)
  • Card Stock – Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
  • Misc. – Playful Pets Designer Series Paper (152489), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (104108), Dog Builder Punch (108543), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Seal Adhesive (152813), Paper Snips (103579), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Hippo & Friends Dies (153585), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)
  • Measurements:
  • Real Red: 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • Designer Series Paper: 4” x 5 1/4” (Dog or Cat paper with words)
  • Whisper White: 3” x 3” or small scrap
  • Linen Thread: 14”
  1. Instructions:
  2. Score the Real Red card base at 5 1/2” and adhere the DSP with Stampin’ Seal.
  3. Fussy cut two of the Playful Pets from a piece of the DSP.
  4. Die cut the second largest label out of Real Red Card Stock and the smallest label out of the Whisper White Card Stock. Adhere the Real Red label to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Stamp the sentiment on the small white label and add to the center of the Real Red Label with Stampin’ Seal.
  6. Add Stampin' Dimensionals to DSP pets and adhere to the card.
  7. Punch a small heart from the Dog Builder punch. Add to the card with a Mini Stampin' Dimensional.
  8. Snip the Linen Thread in half and make a double bow. Add below the heart with a Mini Glue Dot.

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