Tuesday Tips

Today’s tips will definitely help you with your rubber stamping. If you use stamps or stamping tools in your scrapbooking, which many do, these should make your crafting easier, too!

When using solid images or large background stamps, do you sometimes end up with an image that looks muddled or part of it is missing? The best way to achieve a clean, crisp stamped image is to use a sheet of grid paper in the process. Instead of inking your stamp in the traditional way (tapping on the top of the ink pad surface), turn your stamp with the image facing up and apply the ink to the stamp. Gently put your cardstock on top of the inked stamp, and carefully lay your grid paper on top of the cardstock. Use a brayer or the palm of your hand to apply even pressure to the inked stamp. Carefully remove the cardstock and you should have a perfect, crisp image!

Don’t you just love using Framelits and Thinlits on your projects? I sure do. However,  when I use more delicate or intricate Thinlits like the Darling Doily or Hexagon Hive, it can be hard to remove the paper from them; it often tears or sticks.  Who wants that?   I’ve found by putting a piece of waxed paper  between the Thinlit/Framelit and cardstock when I run through the Big Shot,  it lifts right off. This tip works with Framelits and more intricate Dies as well.

Last, but not least, let’s talk about scoring with the Envelope Punch Board.  I sometimes  find that my scoring tool “jumps” off the track when I am following the directions to “align and score”; especially if I start at the top and score down. When I start at the bottom of the score line and score upwards  it is much easier to control the tool and my line is perfectly straight.


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