On April 10 I posted photos of the book I made with the new “Kid’s Quotes” stamps. Yesterday I was delighted to receive an email from Kate Harper, the artist who created them for Inkadinkado. She wrote: “I accidentally ran across your blog and absolutely love the designs you made out of my rubber stamps.” Isn’t that awesome? I was thrilled. She went on to say: “I like to collect the art from people who make things out of my designs. Do you mind if I print out your images and put them in my portfolio (with your name credit) as an example of what an artisan can make with my stamps? I'd like to put a link to your website from my website too. Thanks so much!!!” Thank you Kate!
Don’t miss your chance to make this darling little book in our class on May 10. Check out class details here. Shown below are 7 more
pages I stamped for the Kid’s Quote book. Enjoy!
Stamping on Clear Surfaces
It’s been a few days since I posted an entry. I have been busy placing orders and getting ready for classes. This week I taught the Clear Card Class twice and I just got a call from a customer in New Mexico who wants to bring a group for the same class in May. Clear is definitely the “in” surface for stamping and scrapping! And while it’s fun to have a new surface to stamp on, one thing to keep in mind before you start a clear project is that you must think all the way through the card or book’s design before starting. You really have to know the design of each page before starting on the card front or the book’s cover.
What ink do we recommend for clear surfaces? Stazon, a permanent ink designed to dry on non-porous surfaces like acetate, acrylic or plastic, works the best. On the Wishes card at left, I used the Stazon opaque cotton white, blush pink and soft lilac. I also stamped the sentiments on cardstockusing the same inks.
Because it is so dry in the Southwest, be sure to buy the re-inker bottle whenever you buy Stazon ink pads. These inks are meant to dry quickly and therefore the ink pads can dry out quickly. Nothing is worse than reaching for your favorite color ink and finding it too dry! FYI, other inks that need re-inking frequently are Versa Magic Chalk and Brilliance.
A final tip for working on acetate or acrylic: watch the heat! If you choose to heat set the Stazon ink with your heat tool, you absolutely must keep the tip of the tool 12” to 14” above your acetate. Otherwise it will seize and melt. The Stazon ink dries very quickly so why risk it? Need more tips for working on acetate? Stop in and ask us!
What’s new at The Stamp Act?
Free Stamp Program from Inkadinkado
The new stamps from Inkadinkado are here and they are gorgeous! Remember these stamps are very reasonably priced ($5.99 to $8.99) and they are “Buy 2 get 1 Free!” We sold out of some of them the first day but I have already re-ordered. Call or email me to reserve yours today!
Coming Soon to The Stamp Act
We have so much new merchandise on order that I am wondering where it will fit! Of course we all love new papers and here are the collections that are coming soon: K & Company Blue Awning; Bo Bunny Teen Chic; Upsy Daisy Designs’ Cupcake and Ice Cream Shoppe; and Fancy Pants Designs Papa and Sweet Spring.
A very interesting cardstock that just arrived is Bazzill’s Cardstock with an Edge. We have the new mini scallop edge and the eyelet edge – both 12” x 12.” These “edges” are gorgeous and add a real “zip” to any card. Just cut the edge to any length and add as a border under your stamped image. I promise to do a sample as soon as they arrive!
Stamping Products You Can Use
I was very surprised recently when I discovered that many of you are not using stamp cleaner to clean your stamps. JudiKins permanent ink cleaner ($4.69) is our choice as the best stamp cleaner. It removes all inks, including permanent ink like Stazon, with ease. The dauber top makes it easy to apply. As an added bonus, JudiKins cleaner will remove ink from acetate or acrylic if you make a mistake stamping on these surfaces. So next time you’re in the store grab a bottle of JudiKins permanent stamp cleaner and be prepared to have cleaner stamps and surfaces.
Cutting and scoring cardstock are often the first steps in making hand-stamped cards. If the cardstock is folded without being scored, it may crack and fray and generally look unprofessional. This week I treated myself to the relatively new Mini Scor-It Scoring Tool )($32.99). This is smaller version of the Scor-It tool I have been using for over a year. The Mini Scor-It is only 9 3/8” x 7” and weighs only 1.7 pounds. It has the same zero centering ruler across the top and is perfect for scoring A2 cards (4 ¼” x 5 ½’). If your card/paper is wider than 9” across you will need the larger Scor-It or the Scor-Pal. If you are uncertain about which of these tools to choose, come in and ask us for a demo.
Speaking of scoring, when we brought in the very popular Scor-Pal, we got a wonderful bonus product: Scor-Tape. Scor Tape is a double sided tape that has the adhesion of the “industrial-strength” red liner without being so difficult to work with. Scor-Tape is an amazing product. It is a premium double sided adhesive, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes and books. We carry Scor-Tape in 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 1 1/2" sizes.
Go To The Head of the Class
We've got two dynamite classes on Saturday, May 3 and they are filling up fast. In the morning we will be making cards and frames with the Stampendous mini clipboards. Cute! In the afternoon, Jeri will teach you how to make a very colorful explosion box that's all about friendship. Check out class details here. I am thrilled that my good friend Agnes Wilkins from Alamogordo has rounded up a group of stamping buddies including Bunny and Kathy to come to the box class. Please join us too!