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Tips, Tricks, n’ Techniques Thursday


Hi everyone! The weekend is almost here!!

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for tips, tricks and techniques.  I have come across some great techniques lately and couldn’t decide which one to post this week — however! I made an executive decision and am posting 2 videos on making a great little gift card holder.  The videos are from StampTV and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

and part 2

This technique is on my list to make tonight during the hockey game 🙂

Card sizes and score marks:

  • Base cardstock: 4 1/4″  x 10″
  • Base scored at: 3″, 4″, 5″, and 8″
  • Inside pattern paper: 2 @ 4″ x 2 3/4″; 2 @ 4″ x 3/4″; 1 @ 4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Outside pattern paper: 2 @ 4″ x 2 3/4″; 1 @ 4″ x 1 3/4″
  • IMPORTANT.. If you use pattern paper that has a right/wrong direction make sure you put it on the right way!  I admit I have experienced this mistake and didn’t discover until after I had adhered all the pieces — Save yourself!! 🙂

To see my card holder and another one in an envelope style.. click HERE

Ok! now for my trick of the week: 

My sister, Zoe, mentioned to me that she had tried to colour a stamp using markers.. she had spent a lot of time inking the stamp with a variety of colours and when she went to stamp — the ink had dried and the image didn’t transfer to paper.  Obviously, after all that work, Zoe was very disappointed.

There is a trick for this.

The trick is quite technical so pay attention..

Ready?  Huff!

Huffing on a stamp once you’ve markered (another technical term!) all over it will bring moisture back to the surface and allow you to stamp it.  You’ve got to be fast though, it dries again quite quickly.

My tip this week revolves around cleaning your stamps. 

You most likely have a stamp cleaning dauber.  The dauber is a little crude, doesn’t quite get the ink off, all of the time, (especially in very detailed stamps.)  You’ll notice the dauber sponge quickly becomes muddy from the ink, even after stamping the image on paper-towel before cleaning.

That’s what I had too, and it was ok to use — mostly because I had no idea there was an amazing tool out there that would put my cleaning dauber to shame!

Stampin' Scrub

Stampin’ Scrub
Dual-sided tray containing extra-large, washable, plush, black fiber scrub pads. Each tray side: 7″ x 7″

My first thoughts when I saw this was, “Do I really want to spend over $20 for this and will it even work?”  I can say without hesitation, Yes!! It is worth every penny and it’s an amazing cleaner.  Nothing beats it to clean detailed stamps.  It’s very easy to use and closes up for storage.  And I’m saving tons of paper-towel, so I’m being green too!

How does it work?

On the side with the water drops you spray Stampin’ Mist Cleaner.  You don’t need to saturate the pad, just a misting.  Lightly scrub your stamp around the pad you misted with cleaner, and then lightly scrub on the dry side with the sunshine.  Within seconds your stamp is cleaned and conditioned.  The clean the Stampin’ Scrub just remove the pads and rinse under water, leave to dry and then reinstall.

  • Stampin’ Scrub 126200 $23.95
  • Stampin’ Mist (2oz spray bottle) 102394 $5.50
  • Stampin’ Mist refill (8oz bottle – no spray) 101022 $11.95 (best value and can be poured into any small spray bottle for application)

If you’re interested in this fantastic product, visit my web store site, click: Products; shop now; then look under tools; cleaning.