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How to pick rubber stamp images

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Years ago, when I was just starting out, I picked images I liked. I never really focused on a particular company (Hero Arts, Stampendous, Penny Black). I just picked out what I liked (as I just said!) I found to my dismay that I really needed to focus on my growing stamp collection. For instance, I had rubber stamps of birthday images but no sentiments, Christmas rubber stamps (snowmen, trees, candy canes) but no Holiday sentiments.  I began an inventory of my collection and that actually helped. I found that I could, in a pinch, make a birthday card with nicely stamped cake on it but I had to type, cut out and paste the sentiment inside the card, ’cause I could not write legibly. I could create a sentiment but could not draw a flower. That’s when organization finally kicked in.

I took a 3 ring binder and gathered dye ink and the stamps, I listed and stamped the image twice once on regular paper and the other on a blank index card. That way, if I needed to pick an image to correctly compliment a sentiment, I had the perfect size of the stamped image. Once I started die-cutting, I could tell which images fit an oval, scallop circle or frame.

I would suggest that a beginner collect birthday, holiday, flower images first, then sentiments. Keep your creative mind open for which images/sentiments are on sale and buy them. You never know when they will come in handy. Case in point: years ago I bought an image of Snoopy (Charlie Brown), used it with the children then forgot about it. This past year, when Charlie Brown’s movie came out, so too did my rubber stamp!

If you have any additional questions about beginning rubber stamping, just email me at uniquelyyourscards@outlook or comment below.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Questions

What the heck is Flock?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Flock
    Flock

Flocking powder is made up of masses of tiny fibers which when applied onto adhesive, sticks to it and enhances the surfaces. It is sold in small tubes or jars and comes in many colors. My favorite colors are white and pink.

One of the easiest ways to use flock is to simply add glue to the surface of the project like the “fur” of a teddy bear stamped image or the petals of a die-cut flower and pour the flock onto it. Regular glue sticks are not wet enough.  Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue  works well. Sprinkle the flock on the glue covered area and use your finger to press lightly, securing the flock to the image. Wait a few minutes, then tap the flock to remove any excess and pour back into the jar.  You can also use a glue pad and rubber stamps. Another way is to use double-stick tape or adhesive sheet with die cuts. Flock is found usually with embossing powder in craft stores.

Some  on-line companies that I recommend are Stampendous Tsukineko ,Inkadinkado.and Therm O-Web.

Happy Flocking!

~Sallie

PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting 101

Paper Crafting 101 Jan. 13th 2014
Embossing Powder
Embossing powder is a fast melting powder compound that is applied to wet pigment ink and when heated (with a heat gun) causes a raised design to appear. The powder, usually sold in small jars with lids, can be found in most craft stores. There are many web sites you can research for directions on how to emboss. My tips are:
1. Be sure to liberally apply ink to the stamp image.
2. Sprinkle embossing powder all over the design.
3. Gently tip the paper up and tap off the powder onto a scrap paper and funnel it back into the jar.
4. Use a heat gun to heat the image until it melts. Leave the image to cool.
Type of Powder:
1. Standard Embossing Powder (EP) – if you’re a beginner – use this type.
2. Detail powder – use if you have an intricate image.
3. UTEE – is a large particle type of powder that is extra thick and usually used to create jewelry.
4. Transparent _ clear is one of these types.
5. Opaque – the color of the powder dictates the final color.
6. Puffs – creates a fuzzy image or snow effect.
Colors: Vary from black, white, clear and black detail and others. Semi-transparent (use with colored paper) colors range from antique gold and silver to gold or silver pearl. Opaque and hologram create other types of looks.
One of the best sources for embossing powder is Stampendous for more information. You can reach them at http://www.stampendous.com
~Sallie

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