Foam stamps make great cards.

Creating a stamp is not hard.  Creating one that lasts and has great quality…I will leave that to the experts.  If you read Tuesday’s technique post you already know what I am talking about.  For today I will finish the card.

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For a video please go to DIY Stamp Video.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using foam to make stamps.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that you can make your own stamps?  I am not saying to go buy another machine.  I am saying to use what you already have.  So grab your fun foam from the dollar store and your Big Shot.  You will need foam, Big Shot, and Embossing Folder of choice.  Run the foam through in the folder just like you would with a piece of card stock.  Then grab some glue dots and tack the foam to a clear block to create a “stamp”.  Then ink and use normally.

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To watch how this is done tune in tonight on the Live at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Larger stamps can be backgrounds too.

Any stamp can become a background.  It doesn’t matter how big or how small.  Today’s background is created by the stamp set Crafting Forever.  For the finished card please come back on Thursday for the tutorial.

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Tip:  Make sure if you are coloring to stamp with memento ink for the stampin’ blends or in archival ink for the watercolor pencils, aqua painters, or stampin’ write markers.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamp naked…

Do you think I have completely lost it?  I have not gone off the deep end.  And if I have, more than half of you are out here treading and floating with me. 🙂  Here’s what I am talking about when I say to stamp naked.

For those of you that prefer the clear mount stamps (I am starting to get there), please stamp naked.  Keep your sticker off the back of your stamp.  Draw a line, trace the image, whatever you have to do.  The stamps stick better to the blocks if they are “naked”.  And after a while and they begin to not stick as well make sure to clean them.  If all else fails take a chapstick with no tint and apply a little to your block.  This will “glue” your stamp on quite nicely.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Have you tried the new stamps?

Have you tried the new photorealistic stamps from Stampin’ Up!?  They are awesome!  We have the bear, the flower, and the bunny.  And they are amazing!

This is a new technique in stamping and you will think the stamp is broken or defective.  It is relatively flat but it works.  Sweet Little Something is the cute bunny that looks like a blob when you first start.  Here is the steps pictured.  The first step is stamped with Sahara Sand.  The second is with Crumb Cake stamped off.  The third, and last, is Crumb Cake.

If you have questions or would like to order one of these three sets please contact me.  To order online please use host code MGPDGHD4 to help Sandy.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tear tape is for more than projects.

Sometimes you find a use for something that is not how it is supposed to work at all.  Did you know tear tape holds stamps together?

The other night I was stamping with a few crafters that had dropped in for a class.  The rubber decided to separate from the cushion of the stamp.  This set has been through the ringer.  It’s about 10 years old and gets used all the time.  Can you guess which set?  So I grabbed my tear tape and proceeded to tape or glue the stamp back together again.  Teeny tiny wishes is whole again.

So next time something comes apart at the seams ask yourself if there is something that can fix that.  Contact me if you are coming up against a wall.  But for now, I am back in the studio.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Contests, sales, and FREE shipping!

We just finished the contests leading up to the Christmas party.  Drop by from 10-4 today.

But we are not done yet.  For every $25 order you will get a ticket for the stamp sets to be raffled off today at 4 pm (a $75 order would have 3 tickets).  This promotion is only through me.  Here are the stamp sets for raffle.

And if that’s not enough…Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE shipping on Monday!  So, anyone that places an order through me from now through Monday night at 9 pm will get FREE shipping!  If you already have a FREE shipping voucher I will take an additional 10% off!

If you would like to place an order online please use host code C2DAE7FM.  For all other orders please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂