Paper Crafting 101 – Punch Happy

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Craft or paper punches for use in rubber stamping are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Punches vary from tiny, intricate designs to large bold shapes. In Part One of this post, I’ll talk about punches in general and some ways you can use punches. In Part Two, we’ll get into the different manufacturers and the type of punches they make.

The most common punch is the table punch. You place the punch on a hard, firm surface, place the paper inside and press down firmly. If a punch stops cutting clear shapes, they may need sharpening. Punch  a sheet of aluminum foil several times to sharpen the punch. You can also use wax paper to lubricate. The more intricate the shape of the punch, the more force is required to punch a clear shape.

In the beginning, I amassed a great many little punches: apples, stars,hearts etc. My collection grew when I visited The Great American Stamp Store in Westport CT. I was overwhelmed by the choices! There were so many small and big punches as well as stamps and paper products.

Here are a few uses for paper punches:

1.  Cut 3 or 4 green hearts to make shamrocks.

2.  Punched out circles make buttons

3.  Confetti

4.  Flower petals

5.  Background paper

In Part Two, we’ll explore the different shapes such paper corner, basic, extra-large multi-shape, border punches, squeeze punches, lever, and the ones I’ve bought.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

 

 

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Cleaning Stamps Part 2

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In Part 2 of Cleaning Stamps, we’ll talk about acrylic stamps and solvent stamp cleaners:

Acrylic stamps, unlike rubber stamps, are made of plastic and fit onto large clear blocks for stamping. You can clean the stamps with mild soap and water and they need a few special cleansers which can get rid of both water-resistant and water-based inks.

The things you’ll need are:

Liquid acrylic stamp cleaner

1-3 soft cleaner cloths

Mild liquid dish soap

  1.  Apply the liquid cleaner onto the acrylic stamp while it is still set on the block and rub with a soft cloth. By cleaning on the block, it makes it easier to handle the surface. Some archival-quality pigmented ink such as Stazon may stain the stamp permanently. Red and purple non-archival pigmented inks can also stain the stamp. This is normal.
  2.   Put a dime-sized amount of mild dish soap and water on a clean cloth and rub the mixture over the stamp to make it sticky again.

  Solvent Stamp Cleaners

 Staz on Solvent ink cleaner is “loved” by many stampers, but use it with caution. It can “eat” through paper towels. It is sold in a cleaning bottle with a dauber top. Other brands are Inkssentials, Ranger, Tsukineko and Judikins. The Ranger cleaner is also great removing Sharpie Markers from metal.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Sallie and uniquelyyourscards with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You can reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscards@outlook.com

Halloween sentiments

Dear Fellow Halloween Revelers,

 

Haunted House

Haunted House

I have a few sentiments for your batty greeting cards this year!

~Sallie

Give up your candy and no one gets hurt.

I’d have to haunt high and low to find anybody as spook-tacular as you.

Today is a special day. You’re granted 3 witches.

Hope your day is glowing with fun.

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween.”

Bbb…Bbb…Bb… Bat’s all folks!

Witching hour is here again. Brew up the unexpected.

~Sallie