Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I have been asked more times than I can count how I use unmounted rubber stamps. While there are many ways to use them, I have found a system that works for me that I am comfortable with. I am sharing my method here...if you have been hesitating about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of unmounted rubber, this tutorial is meant to help you get your feet wet!
This is a brief synopsis of what I do: I use unmounted rubber on acrylic blocks using glue sticks and store them in labeled CD cases. My "long version" is below...in it are the tips and tricks I have picked up along the way...
First, you will need the following supplies:
- Empty, regular-sized CD cases (not slim-line, not double): I buy mine in Staples, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Target, etc. I like Staples the best because they sell the biggest pack (25), and since I am constantly adding more stamps to my stash, more is definitely better.
- Good Rubber Cutting Scissors: I use Kai scissors. I think they cut rubber better than any other I own. I am also particular about this -- my Kai scissors ONLY cut rubber. God forbid one of my children pick them up for ANY reason!
- Unmounted Stamps
- Glue Stick: Any kind will do.
- Acrylic Blocks: This is an investment that you make ONCE. I own a bunch of these in various sizes; My suggestion is to get 4 to start: a big one for background stamps; a medium/large one (3-12" square is a nice size) for medium images; a little one (think 2" square) and a long thin one for alphabets. You can always add to your collection as you think you need them, based on the images you are stamping.
- Stamp Cleaner or Water & a Scrubbie or Paper Towel: This method has unbelievably good and easy clean-up. Good for those of us who hate to clean anything!
- Label Maker or Regular Labels: Easier to keep track of what you have if you label it, right?
Use the rubber cutting scissors to cut out the images carefully. Do not "undercut" the images; a little around the edges stabilizes them and will not leave a shadow of ink when you stamp. Be conservative -- you can ALWAYS cut more off if need be.Place the cut images into the CD case. The example here fits perfectly, but many times there are too many stamps in a sheet to fit neatly in one layer in a case. Guess what? You can stack images two-high! MOST rubber stamps are thin enough to do this. I only have one company's stamps that are too thick, so I make multiple cases for these stamps. If you have too many stamps to fit double-stacked in the CD case, simply use a second case and split the stamps up so that they have room to play in their cases : )
If the stamps came with one, cut the Index Print to a size that fits into the top of the CD case. If you are double stacking the stamps, the index print will be too large, too, so simply cut it in two and put one on the top and one on the bottom. This step important -- you will be more likely to use the stamps because you can see the images in Black and White.
It the stamps did not come with an index print, you have a few choices: You can print the set image off of the stamp company's website (I do this ALOT), or you can stamp an index print yourself!
Here is the shamefully easy part.To stamp, simply apply glue to the back of the rubber stamp with the glue stick and adhere to the acrylic block. Don't be afraid! The glue will come off both pieces, I promise : )
Before stamping, condition the stamp. Directions for doing that are HERE in case you missed that post.
Here is the best part!!! Just ink the stamp and stamp image where you want it. This is one major advantage over wood -- you can see exactly where you are stamping. For large images, use a mouse pad under the paper so that you can press evenly with a bit more cushioning.
If you are a scrapbooker, you will LOVE using unmounted Alphabet stamps. You can line up several letters at once and actually see where they are going. Just remember to line up the letters backwards -- start the first letter on the right side of the block, then the next letter on it's left, etc. I also like to stamp the word on scrap paper first to check placement of the letters (I invariably put the b,d,p's backwards). The beauty of using a glue stick is that you can move the letters a nudge if need be to adjust spacing and alignment. Once you use unmounted alphabets, you will have a hard time going back to the wooden ones!
Now for the fun part. To clean the image side of the stamp, simply spritz with stamp cleaner and rub over your scrubber (or do whatever you normally do). To remove the rubber from the acrylic block, simply peel the rubber off, spray both the rubber and the acrylic with stamp cleaner OR water, and wipe off with a paper towel.
Okay, time to label and store the stamps....
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
ANYONE can enter this give away. One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Saturday, March 1st. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck! I have blog give aways every week -- come play!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
To take advantage of this sale you MUST email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org and use TJ Sale in the subject line.
This sale is good for EVERYTHING in the store!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Here is how I created the rub-on border:
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Stampin' Up! stamp.
When the set of 9 blocks came in the mail (very fast service!), I immediately went to seperate the stamps. Because some of the images are close to each other, I used a ruler and craft knife first to create guide lines before I used my Kai scissors to cut the rubber.
Our techniques are just slightly different -- hers is easier than mine, so try them both out!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
ANYONE can enter this give away. One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Friday February 15th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck!I have blog give aways every week -- come play!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- Run cardstock and embossing folder through the Cuttlebug.
- Gently rub Pigment Ink over raised areas.
- Dump on Stamp and Stick Powder and Remove Excess.
- Heat according to manufacturer instructions (usually until it just gets shiny).
- Pour on the Glitter; remove excess.
- Heat set (not necessary, but it does blow off the extra glitter!!!)
Try this card and let me see what you do! Leave a link in the comments or simply email me a .jpeg image (TJ members, you can put them on the group) and I will put them up here!
Monday, February 11, 2008
This is my version of the Technostamper Sketch Challenge #4. I used the Magic Pattern Technique for the focal point image. Magic Pattern is featured in the February 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I wish my photo showed the texture on the image in more detail -- you will have a better view if you click on the image to make it larger.
Let me tell you, it took a considerable amount of Jockeying to get the Cuttlebugged edges on the long side of the card!!!!
The layout for this challenge is here:
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The title on the layout was printed in word, printed out, then stamped with images from Stampin’ Up (Bronc Buster & Wanted) and a stitch stamp from Just for Fun. I also inked the edges. I repeated this on the labels for each photo and on the stamped elements, too.
I had one extra element that was too big for the layout, so I make an oversized card out of it, below.
The paper on the layout is Bohemia Paper from My Mind’s Eye (my favorite line of paper, ever), as is the frame in the right corner. The paper, stamps and ink on the card are from SU.
Thanks for looking -- have a creative weekend!