Stamp Perfect

Bold Balloons Using the Stamp Perfect

Hello friends. Today's blog is all about birthdays and balloons.  What's impressive about these cards is not so much the final results -- although I hope you like the cards -- it's the technique for achieving them.  If you recently bought the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool or if you have another brand tool, you can learn these techniques in my Birthday class on Saturday, February 4th at 10am.  You will learn how to mass produce stamped die cuts; how to perfectly align two images (in this case the string on the balloon); and how to repeatedly stamp an image in a perfect row.  I hope you can join us -- I promise you will have fun and learn a lot!

For more information on classes, please click on the Classes link on the Navigation Bar above. 

Enjoy these samples created with Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Bold Balloons. 3-Balloons-Pink-Dot3 Balloons Pink Dot – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; design inspired by Michele BoyerWhoop-dee-doooWhoop-dee-doo – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Whoop-dee-dooo4 Balloons Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Banner – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Happy Birthday Banner; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Balloons – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Gayatri Murali
Whoop-dee-doooWish Big – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This next card is an example of creating a border by repeatedly stamping a word, in this case "happy."  You will learn a couple ways to do this technique.Happy-BirthdayHappy Birthday – Paper Smooches stamp set Fun & Flirty; Paper Smooches die Happy Birthday; design inspired by Penny Ward

Mirror image stamping is trending these days because using the Mirror Image Blocks from Paper Smooches and the Stamp Perfect makes it easy.  Aren't these the cutest little dogs?!!  I will be teaching this technique in the Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class on Saturday, February 4 at 2pm.Dog-WonderfulDogs Wonderful – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches dies Woofers and Linked Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

More cute dogs achieved with mirror image stamping.  And another tip:  I die cut the "Smooches" sentiment from red cardstock and did not remove the word.  Then I inked the entire piece with Versamark ink and embossed it with Iridescent embossing powder.  Easy way to achieve a sparkling sentiment for your card!Dog-SmoochesDogs Smooches – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches die Smooches; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing you soon!


Stamping with Layering Stamps

Hello friends.  I hope your new year is starting off well.  I have been working with the Stamp Perfect and Layering Stamps from Taylored Expressions and I am really enjoying both.  Because TE's layering stamps are red rubber, having a stamp positioner is a must in order to align the stamps accurately.  There are two different techniques for aligning the stamps and I will be showing both of them in the upcoming Stamp Perfect class (see classes link on the navigation bar above or click here).  Please enjoy these samples -- the stamp sets are perfect for making cards for all occassions.

 SimplystampedrosesTaylored Expressions Simply Stamped Roses $19.79

Simply-Stamped-Tulips-stamp Taylored Expressions Simply Stamped Tulips $19.79

For stamping the tulips, roses and leaves/stems, I used 2 or 3 shades of ink. The most solid image is stamped in the lightest shade of ink; the semi-solid image is stamped in the medium shade; and the most detailed image is stamped in the darkest shade of ink.   For this card I made a template (stencil) using TE's Floral Lattice die and sponged various shades of Distress ink through it for a soft colorful background.

Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Thank You – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Floral Lattice; design inspired by Jen Shults
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Tulips Just a Note – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE dies Stitched Banner Stacklets and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vine; design inspired by Jean Manis

I love TE's Picture Perfect die Sunny Days and it makes a perfect frame and background for the colorful tulips.
Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Sunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Picture Perfect Sunny Day; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Melody Rupple
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Tulips Spring – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Pocket and Pages April; TE embossing folder Leafy Vine; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Full Bloom– Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; TE embossing folder Garden party; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Tulips-EasterTulips Easter – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE dies Label Stacklets 8 and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swirls; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jen Shults

Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Just Because – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses

TIP:  To add double dimension to the Hello die-cut sentiment, I also cut it from white fun foam and glued the black die cut  on top. Not only does this add depth to the sentiment, but the white fun foam forms a shadow that adds a nice dimension also.Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE die Script Hello; design inspired by Jen Shults
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Roses Hello Valentine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; TE die Pocket and Pages February; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen
Roses-Just-Because
Roses Hello Lovely – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Jean Manis
Roses-Just-Because Roses Thinking of You –
Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; TE die Stitched Banner Stacklets; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

TIP:  Attach vellum to your cards with 1/8" scor tape.  It does not show!

Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Kaleidoscope; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Roses-BirthdayRoses Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; Mmeory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Roses-LovelyRoses Lovely – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE die Frame in Frame and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

Stamp Perfect Stamp Positioning Tool News

Bar-magnetIf you follow Jennifer McGuire's blog (see her video here), she recently published a post with tips for using stamp positioning tools like the Stamp Perfect.  One tip that she gave was to use a bar magnet instead of the little round magnets that come with the tool.  She cited several advantages: (1) you can use just one of the larger bar magnets (3” x ½” x ⅛”); (2) you won't have to be so worried about the little round magnets clinging to each other then breaking when you have to pull them apart, or losing the magnets; and (3) the larger/heavier bar magnet holds your paper more securely.  I thought this tip sounded good so I have ordered these bar magnets and will have them available to you in about a week.  They will retail for $5.99.

For more tips and tricks for using the Stamp Perfect, come to one of our upcoming classes.  You can see them listed here.

 Another tip she gave was to laminate a sheet of grid paper so you can easily wipe off inks.  This makes a lot of sense and in fact I had just laminated a sheet of the grid paper pad that we sell to accompany the Stamp Perfect Tool.  Now when you buy a pad of the grid paper, I will laminate one sheet for free!

As many of you know, the crafting industry is holding its big wholesale merchandise show right now.  There will be lots of new products released at the show and I will bring you interesting news about new products as I receive information.  Here are some I saw today:

Tim Holtz -- Ranger is releasing a new line of Oxide Inks which are a hybrid of dye and pigment inks.

Impression Obsession -- is also releasing a new line of Hybrid Inks.

Tim Holtz --Tonic is releasing a "Tim Holtz" stamp positioning tool.  It is 8.5" x 8.5" and will be released in late March for $39.99.

Stamp Perfect -- is releasing another size stamp positioning tool.  It will be 10" x 10" and retail for $29.99.

New Dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps

We have new dies arriving from Memory Box, Poppystamps, Taylored Expressions and Impression Obsession, and you can see all of them with prices on our What's New Page (see navigation bar above or click here.

Thanks for reading the blog today and please stop in soon to see everything in the store.  It's a new year so resolve to stamp and paper craft more!  Have fun!