Excited About Stampin’ Blends

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As excited as I am about Stampin’ Blends, it occurs to me that I haven’t talked about them much, other than to inform you of my upcoming class, Watercoloring with Stampin’ Blends.  I also informed you of the Giveaway to launch this new product and talked a little about them then.

Stampin’ Blends are the new Alcohol Markers Stampin’ Up!® just released November 1st.  A lot of us (Demonstrators and customers) have been yelling for the replacement to Stampin’ Blendabilities since they were discontinued in March of 2015.  Stampin’ Blendabilities were the first Alcohol Markers to carry the Stampin’ Up! brand, as well as come in Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors.  Unfortunately, the Markers had less than perfect caps and tips that allowed them to dry out before they should.  I never had a problem with mine, but a 30% fail rate was too high to be acceptable, so Stampin’ Blendabilities were discontinued. Interestingly, the same thing happened with Copic Markers and those from Spectrum Noir.

If you purchased Stampin’ Blendabilities when they were released three years ago, I hope you are using them.  If not, pull them out and test the Markers to see if they’ve dried out.  I had three of the light colors dry up, but the rest are fine.  I, of course, purchased all of them and I have no intention of throwing them away while they’re still good.

For your info, these are the articles I wrote about Stampin’ Blendabilities.  Some of the information can apply to the new Stampin’ Blends, but most of this will relate to your existing Markers.

Blendabilities are Here

Care of your Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

How About Some Comparison Facts for Stampin’ Blends?  These are based on complaints I heard and experienced.

  1. The marker cap is easier to close tight. Just push it on until it clicks.  The Blendabilities cap was hard to position and snap closed properly.
  2. The marker cap is easier to tell which direction it goes. The curved edge fits right into place on the marker body.  The Blendabilities cap looked almost the same on all sides, so you could easily damage your tip trying to close the cap.
  3. With Stampin’ Blends, you don’t need to blend light to dark. This is the same for Blendabilities.
  4. Stampin’ Blends come in light and dark versions of twelve of the core colors, plus Ivory and Bronze Skin Tones. Blendabilities had six Skin Tone colors plus light, medium and dark versions of sixteen colors.  Even though they’re called “Skin Tones”, you can use them for coloring anything!
  5. The Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter works better to move the ‘outside the lines’ ink back to where it goes. The Blendabilities Color Lifter didn’t work as well.  The Stampin’ Blends inks have been reformulated, so that lets the Color Lifter do its job better.
  6. The Stampin’ Blends ink doesn’t bleed the Memento Ink Pad images. Blendabilities required the StazOn ink, which you had to let dry thoroughly before you started coloring.  The Archival Ink Pads required a lot of drying time and they still bled.

These comparisons answer my main complaints and show you why I’m excited about Stampin’ Blends.  They color and blend so easily, you’ll wonder how you did without them!

If you need an answer to any question about Stampin’ Blends or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Blends.

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Perfect Mitered Corners

Want to make Perfect Mitered Corners with your Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer?  This video from a reader, Cringuta (Sandy) Campbell, shows you how.  The video is a little more than 40 minutes long, but you get more than one method to use, depending on your project.

Perfect Mitered Corners

Thank you for sharing, Sandy!  I know we’ll all get a lot out of your video.

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Removing Adhesive from Scissors

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Removing Adhesive from Scissors is necessary to keep the blades sharp and have clean cuts.  Nothing makes your Blade feel duller than Adhesive sticking to it!  I gave a few cleaning tips at the end of my article, Choosing the Right Scissors for the Job, but things have changed a bit with all the different Adhesives.  We’ve also concentrated more on paper-crafting and die-cutting, so our Scissors product line is reduced to the ultra-sharp Paper Snips.

My original best tip about Removing Adhesive from Scissors was to spray on Stampin’ Mist and let it sit for a minute, then rub off the adhesive.  This works well a lot of the time, especially with SNAIL or Adhesive on stickers.  However, with the introduction of ultra-sticky Fast Fuse and Tear & Tape Adhesives, you’ll probably find that a commercial adhesive remover, such as that recommended for adhesive-backed labels.

I personally like Goo Gone or Goo Be Gone gel Adhesive Removers.  Since I only use them for cleaning scissors, one bottle lasts a loo-ooong time.  You can find these type of adhesive removers anywhere and they’re generally not as expensive as the specialty removers in your craft store.

You should plan on coating your scissor blades on both sides with the remover and letting them sit for a minute or two.  This usually makes it easier to wipe off the adhesive residue.  You can spray the blades on both sides just like with Stampin’ Mist, but the remover should be a little thicker. 

If the adhesive residue is light, you can soak a cotton ball with the remover and wipe it over the blades.  The adhesive may come right off.  If your remover is in a spray bottle, spritz some on a paper towel, then wipe on the blade.

If you have excess Adhesive on any of your projects, and they’re on paper or card stock, pat the Embossing Buddy over the Adhesive and gently rub off with your finger.  Then wipe off the Embossing Buddy residue.  If you have excess adhesive on a Foil or Glossy Paper project, put a little commercial remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and gently rub off the Adhesive.  The commercial remover will not stain if you just use a little and wipe off quickly.

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If you need an answer to any question about Removing Adhesive, Paper Snips or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the product or tool, such as Removing Adhesive or Paper Snips.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet continue my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I am continuing to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  The first part was detailed in my article, 2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow.

Reminder:  The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  As you know, I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Green Color Group:

  • Emerald Envy is the Hue.
  • Wild Wasabi is the Tint.
  • Garden Green is the Tone.

Blue-Green Color Group, Green-Blue Sub-Category:

  • Bermuda Bay is the Hue.
  • Pool Party is the Tint.
  • Mint Macaron, a Tint, retired.
  • Island Indigo is the Tone.
  • Tranquil Tide is the Shade. Although Tranquil Tide looks like it should be in the Green Color Group, it has enough Blue in it to be put in the Green-Blue Color Group.

Blue-Green Color Group, Blue-Green Sub-Category:

  • Tempting Turquoise is the Hue.
  • Soft Sky is the Tint.
  • Marina Mist is the Tone.

Blue Color Group:

  • Pacific Point is the Hue.
  • Dapper Denim is the Tone.
  • Night of Navy is the Shade.

Blue-Violet Color Group, including both Sub-Categories:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Violet Color Group:

  • Wisteria Wonder is the Tint.
  • Elegant Eggplant is the Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Violet-Red Sub-Category:

  • Sweet Sugarplum is the Tint.
  • Perfect Plum is the Tone.
  • Rich Razzleberry is a Shade.
  • Fresh Fig is a Shade.

Red-Violet Color Group, Red-Violet Sub-Category:

  • Melon Mambo is the Tint. Melon Mambo is bright enough to be put in as the Hue, but the color is lighter than a really Hue should be, so it remains a Tint.
  • Rose Red is the Tone.
  • Cherry Cobbler is a Shade.
  • Berry Burst is a Shade.

The new Neutrals Chart is coming up with a bonus of Neutral Color Combinations.

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2017-2018 Color Charts: Red to Green-Yellow

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2017-2018 Color Charts, Red to Green Yellow, lead off my changes to the Real Life Color Coach Charts this year.  I decided to go over them Color Group by Color Group and explain the moves I’ve made with the latest Stampin’ Up!® Colors.  Previously, I’ve just posted the newest charts, as in the Real Life Color Coach Charts for 2016-2017 article, but this time, I thought you’d like more detail.

The Color Chart is laid out with my eighteen categories of colors.  Remember I split tertiary colors (Green-Yellow and Yellow-Green, for example) to place the colors as accurately as possible.  I’ve included these color sub-categories (or Groups):

  • Hue –  the truest form of the color
  • Tint – the color plus white
  • Tone – the color plus a degree of gray
  • Shade – the color plus black

Red Color Group:

  • Real Red is the Hue
  • Pink Pirouette is the

Red-Orange Color Group, Red-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Watermelon Wonder, the Hue, retired.
  • Calypso Coral moved to the Hue.
    • There really isn’t enough White in the color to let it remain a Tint and its intensity is similar to the Orange-Red Hue, Tangerine Tango, so I moved it.
  • Powder Pink, from the 2017-2019 In Colors, is the lighter
  • Flirty Flamingo is the deeper Tint.

Red-Orange Color Group, Orange-Red Sub-Category:

  • Tangerine Tango is the Hue.
  • Blushing Bride is the Tint.
  • Cajun Craze is the Shade.

Orange Color Group:

  • Peekaboo Peach is the Tint.
  • Pumpkin Pie is the Tone.

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Orange-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • No colors in the Collections this year

Yellow-Orange Color Group, Yellow-Orange Sub-Category:

  • Crushed Curry is the Hue.
  • So Saffron is the Tint.
  • Delightful Dijon, the Tone, retired.

Yellow Color Group:

  • Daffodil Delight is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Yellow-Green Sub-Category:

  • Lemon-Lime Twist is the Hue.

Yellow-Green Color Group, Green-Yellow Sub-Category:

  • Cucumber Crush, the Hue, retired.
  • Pear Pizzazz is the Tint.
  • Old Olive is the deeper Tint.
    • You may ask why Old Olive isn’t a Tone. The reason is that Old Olive doesn’t have enough Gray or Brown in its composition to make it a Tone.
  • Always Artichoke is the Shade.

Next, look for the second part of the 2017-2018 Color Charts: Green to Red-Violet.

I’ll also post the new Neutrals Chart by itself so you have the complete reference.

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How To Tell Which Clear Mount Block You Need

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There are a few ways to tell which Clear-Mount Block you need to mount your Clear-Mount and Photopolymer stamps.  You can measure the stamp and compare it to this list:

  • Block A: 1-3/16″ x 1-1/4″ (3 x 3.2 cm)
  • Block B: 1-5/8″ x 1-15/16″ (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
  • Block C: 2″ x 2-1/4″ (5.1 x 5.7 cm)
  • Block D: 2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″ (7.3 x 6.8 cm)
  • Block E: 3-7/16″ x 4-7/16″ (8.7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Block F: 4-7/8″ x 6″ (12.4 x 15.2 cm)
  • Block G: 2-1/2″ x 3/4″ (6.4 x 1.9 cm)
  • Block H: 4-7/16″ x 1-5/8″ (11.3 x 4.1 cm)
  • Block I: 5-7/8″ x 2-1/4″ (14.9 x 5.7 cm)

This method works well for the older Clear-Mount sets before Stampin’ Up!® started putting the blocks used on the stamp set insert.  It also works when you lose your liner or reorganize your stamps and no longer have the information.

The easiest way to tell which Clear-Mount Block you need for the newer sets is to look on the bottom of the stamp set insert.  The Blocks to use are also listed in the current catalog, so you know if you need to order any when you order a stamp set.

I take the easy way out for all of this.  I purchased the Clear-Mount Block Bundle (118491), which is the best deal on Blocks, by the way.  I put the Blocks in the Clear Block Storage Caddy (120279), which keeps them from getting scratched or chipped.  They’re also readily available for me to pick which one I need and then use.  The Clear Block Cleaning Cloth is now retired, but you can use any microfiber cloth instead.

If you need an answer to any question about the Clear Mount Blocks or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Clear Mount Blocks.

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12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

12 x 12 Cardstock Collections

The 12 x 12 Cardstock Collections have been reconfigured to give you more sheets of the same color, but fewer colors.  The Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla 12 x 12 Cardstock packages are available individually.  The photo shows my personal collection organized.

Here are the new 12 x 12 Cardstock Collection colors. 

Brights Best 12 x 12 Cardstock PackBermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Regals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Night of Navy

Subtles Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky

Neutrals Best 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate

Each package contains 24 sheets: 8 each of 3 colors.  This gives Scrapbookers the ability to make four 2-page layouts from one color.  Previously, you would have to buy four 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments to get the same results.  Plus, you’d have nine other colors to store or use.  Stampin’ Up!® has packaged the three most popular colors from each collection into the new Cardstock Packa.

If you want a 12” piece of some other color, adhere it to a backing page such as Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  I recommend cutting it into 4” or 6” pieces, then adhering to the backing page.  You can cover the joins with photos, embellishments, ribbon or Washi Tape.  If you want to adhere the 8-1/2” x 11” sheet to the page, center it on the upper part of the page, then attach an additional 11” strip to get the coverage you want.

Another thing to try is finding a sheet of Designer Series Paper in the color you want, then attaching it to the backing page.  I personally don’t like using DSP by itself as a page because I find it too limp.

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If you need an answer to any question about 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as 12 x 12 Cardstock Assortments.

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Patterned Paper Organizing

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Patterned Paper Organizing is pretty simple.  I discussed Organizing Your Card Stock in a previous article, so I thought you’d like to know what I do with my Patterned Paper, also known as Designer Series Paper (DSP).

When I get my package of Patterned Paper, the first thing I do is open it and look at all the patterns.  Then I label the backing page with a divider and file it with the paper in a paper keeper.  I use a Round Tab Punch for the divider label, but since that’s retired, you can make dividers from any label punch.  I’m fond of the Pretty Label Punch (143715) myself.  Just punch a label from Card Stock and fold it in half.  I use a home labeler to identify the Patterned Paper, but you could just as easily write the name on the label front half.  Adhere the label to the backing page and your paper is ready to file.

In my previous article, I also talked about making my card bases and layers and keeping them in a ready-file.  You can do something similar with your patterned paper.  Personally, I don’t like a bunch of scraps, so I cut the DSP into 4” x 6” blocks and file them in a photo pocket page.  The 6” x 8” Kraft Album (144764) makes a perfect storage unit for the DSP in the Variety Pack 6” x 8” Photo Pocket Pages (144205).

I use the name of the DSP pattern to file my paper.  However, you can label your paper by color, pattern or occasion.  The key is to make it easy to find so you can use it when you’re ready!

If you need an answer to any question about Patterned Paper Organizing or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Patterned Paper Organizing.

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Being Bow-Challenged: Another Solution

I wrote about Being Bow-Challenged and How to Get Around It last month.  Now, with the release of the Stampin’ Up!® 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, I have another solution for you!  Bitty Bows!!

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The 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows (144217) are pre-made and self-adhesive.  They mount with a small dot of foam adhesive and stick really well, even to ribbon!  The bows are about 1” wide and tied from 3/8” felt strips with a piece of 1/8” baby ribbon wrapping around the center.  The colors match the 2017-2019 In Colors.  The best part is – you just peel off the backing and stick it on your project!

As you can see from the photo, the Bitty Bow coordinates well with the texture of the Powder Pink 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon (144134).  The felt texture of the bow itself plus the satin texture of the center tie allows it to coordinate with any other ribbon material.

Or… you can attach a row of the Bitty Bows by themselves!

You don’t have to worry about crushing the Bitty Bows for mailing.  The bows are made to lay flat right out of the box!  They still look great, don’t you think?

It’s too early to order the Bitty Bows or the Finely Woven Ribbon, but you can put them on your Wish List for June 1st.

If you need an answer to any question about the Bitty Bows or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Bitty Bows.

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What Have I Got Against Liquid Glue?

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I included the liquid glues (Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Multipurpose Liquid Glue) in my article a few years ago titled,What’s the Best Adhesive-2015 Edition.”  In it, I hinted at what I’ve got against liquid glue, but I didn’t spell it out.

Today, I’m going to give it to you straight!  I avoid using the liquid glues unless I really HAVE to.  So what have I got against liquid glue?

  1. It’s wet. Both glues require drying time.  I’m a “stick it and go” girl and I hate to wait around.
  2. SNAIL and Fast Fuse accomplish the same adhesive tasks and they’re ready to go immediately.
  3. It’s messy. The liquid glues seep out from under whatever you’re gluing and you can’t erase them.  In some cases, it’s so bad you have to start over.
  4. Because it’s wet, paper buckles easily. If you’re not using the buckling in your design, the paper doesn’t flatten out.

The liquid glues may work better than the tape adhesives in places with high humidity.  However, the drying time is longer.  Liquid glues do hold my hated sequin trims better, but again, they’re messy and take a long time to dry.

When the new Stampin’ Up!® 2017-2018 Annual Catalog comes out, I’ll be doing another Adhesive report.  Be sure to check it out the beginning of June.

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If you need an answer to any question about Adhesives or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Adhesives.

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Being Bow-Challenged & How to Get Around It

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I am dreadfully Bow-Challenged.  You may have noticed if you’ve been reading me for any length of time.  And, of course, you can tell by the photo.

I last mentioned this several months ago, in my Snowflakes on a Field of Green article.  In the article, I mentioned one of my ways I get around the issue.

I decided to collect some of my tips to help you if you’re Bow-Challenged, too:

  • Tie a bow around a card layer upside down, then turn the layer right side up.
  • Tie a knot (my #1 go-to)
  • Tie a bow from a separate piece of ribbon and adhere it to an attached strip of ribbon
  • Attach pre-made bows.
  • Make bows from the Bow Builder Punch (137414 – my #2 go-to). You can make single or double loop bows with this tool.
  • Tie a knot before you tie a bow if you’re using thin or slick narrow ribbon or twine.

If you need an answer to any question about being Bow Challenged or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Bow Challenged.

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Eek! Stains On My Wood Block!

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I hate to tell you, but stains on your wood block are going to happen.  This is a sign that your stamp is well-loved and well-used!  The more stains you have on the wood, and the more colors of the stains, the better!  I did a small article on this, Stains on Your Stamp’s Wood Block, several years ago, so I thought it’s time to mention it again.

The photo shows my Go-To stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I first got it before the Clear-Mount stamps were available, so you can see my most-used words!  I prefer Wood-Mount for words because it’s easy to line them up and you don’t have to fuss about getting the word straight.  I also like Wood-Mount for large background stamps, but that’s another story.

The wood blocks are unfinished, so they love to soak up whatever liquid is around.  Unless you ink your stamp with robotic precision, you’re going to have stains, and you won’t have time to remove them before the ink soaks in.  There is no difference to the image you get from using a stained wood block.

I thought of using a Pledge® wipe or similar to help keep the wood conditioned.  However, you don’t want to use the wipe until after you’ve mounted the stamp, since you want all the gripping power you can get.

So in conclusion, stains on your wood block are no big deal.  They mean you love the stamp and use it often!

If you need an answer to any question about the stains on wood blocks or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stains on Wood Blocks.

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Glimmer Paper to Dye For

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(Sorry… I just couldn’t help myself!)  I’ve been making a new color of Glimmer Paper by dying it.  I got out a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and the Emerald Envy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill plus some isopropyl alcohol and got ready to start creating a different color of glitz for my project.

The scrap was about 4” x 3”, so I decided to dye all of it.  I was using it to punch out three hearts, as shown in the photo.  I didn’t want to soak the Glimmer Paper, so I used a cotton ball and dripped equal numbers of drops of alcohol and ink refill on it.  Then I started daubing the color into the paper.  This method goes a long way and I found I didn’t have to re-ink the cotton ball before I finished.  To get the color depth, you do need to go over the area several times.

Lesson learned:  use gloves!  Even with water-based ink, it can take a few days to get the stains off your hands.  Let the dye job dry long enough, too.  I should have let it go overnight OR got out my Heat Tool and set it.  Luckily, I didn’t start making the project the same day or I would have had smears galore!  I recommend keeping the gloves on while you punch out or die-cut your shapes, just in case.

The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper will give you a truer color, but it’s not as glittery.  The Silver or the Gold Glimmer Paper will give you the metallic glitter effect but with a less intense color.

Using Stamping Sponges instead of cotton balls will also work, but you may need to squeeze the sponge from time to time.  The sponges soak up the liquid more, so squeezing encourages the dye to come out.  In either case – use gloves!

I don’t recommend submerging the paper or floating the ink & alcohol combination over it.  The paper can warp while it’s drying and it’s harder to use the Heat ToolNever mind the time it takes to dry.  The only advantage is, you wouldn’t necessarily have to use gloves!

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If you need an answer to any question about Dying Glimmer Paper or any other product, tool or technique, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product, tool or technique, such as Dying Glimmer Paper.

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What To Do With Teeny Tiny Dies

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I used teeny tiny dies from the Up & Away Thinlits™ Dies for my Cupcake Carnival Birthday Card.  The images that coordinate are in the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and are also teeny tiny.  The balloon basket doubles as the cupcake base and one of the clouds is shaped perfectly for cupcake frosting.

The dies to cut the images are so small that they’d be swallowed up by Post-It™ Notes, even the 1-1/2” x 2” size.  They really need to be taped down so the image doesn’t shift, even on the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform.

Then I remembered my Washi Tape.  The Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set has a variety of widths, so I could use a small one.  The photo shows a larger die from a different set, along with the Washi Tape to hold it, because the photo of my teeny tiny die was too hard to see.

Washi Tape is translucent, so it’s not too hard to see the stamped image through it when you place the die.  Just be sure you use a dark enough ink pad to stamp the image and a light enough piece of tape to see through.

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If you need an answer to any question about Teeny Tiny Dies, Washi Tape or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the product or tool, such as Teeny Tiny Dies or Washi Tape.

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Cloud Template You Make Yourself

I was working on a project for my newsletter and realized how handy my DIY Cloud Template was.  I also realized I hadn’t talked about you making one yourself in quite some time!  Like, 2008Part 2 was also in 2008, but part 3 was in 2009I think it’s time I put them all together for you.

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Making a Cloud Template is very easy.  Grab your Card Stock scraps and your circle punches and start making cut-outs!  I had the most scraps in my Whisper White bag, but any color will do.  If you prefer, you can use the Layering Circles Framelits™ Dies (141705) with your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (143263) and cut out a bunch at once.

I used these sizes of Circle Punches, making 1 of the largest and 2 each of the others:

Stroke adhesive along one edge of each circle with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), then let the glue dry.  The circles are repositionable, so you can adhere them together to make your Cloud Template, then separate each one to make circle masks.

I adhered the circles together in random order like this:

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Now your cloud template is ready to use.  I am going for a sunrise effect here, so I used different colors.  The retired Stipple Brush is shown, but you can use Stamping Sponges (141337) to get a similar effect.  Another trick you might try is to use the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731) on colored Card Stock.

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If you need an answer to any question about making your own Cloud Template or any other technique, product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Cloud Template.

 

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Your Questions Answered – Right Away

question mark - visit http://www.3amstamper.comI had a couple of people email me last week with questions on different topics.  I replied and then realized that A) answering questions is a large part of what I do, and B) you may not have realized that I answer your questions as part of my business.

When you ask a question, I try to answer right away.  This is usually within hours of the time I read your email, but I don’t read my email all the time.  If you need an answer immediately, the best way to reach me is through my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product, tool, technique or subject you’d like to know more about.

I also reply to comments on my blog, if I see them.  Lately, it seems the update has reduced the ability of the blog to automatically notify me.  So, if I don’t answer you within a couple of days, e-mail your question or comment to me at mary@3amstamper.com.  Let me know you commented on my blog, to, and I will put my reply both on the blog and in an email back to you.

In Summary, If you need an answer to any question about a product, technique, tool or any other subject of color or papercrafting, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comRemember to make your subject line the product, tool, technique or subject you’d like to know more about.

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Puffy Bow for Metallic Ribbon Pack

Puffy Bow with Metallic Ribbon Pack

There are several projects with Puffy Bows featured in all the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  This box is wrapped with ribbon from the 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration free accessories you may select with a $50 purchase.

I found a video that shows you how to make a Puffy Bow.  The tutorial is for a hair ornament, but you can easily use the method for wrapping a box as you can see in the photo above.  Personally, I would sew the completed bow to the felt circles and tie it to the ribbon rather than using hot glue because you want the box to be openable.  If you decide to use hot glue as in the video, be sure to use a Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) to glue everything together and to attach the bow to the ribbon wrap-around.

Loopy Puffy Bow Tutorial Video

If you need an answer to any question about the Puffy Bow or any other technique. product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.comI’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.comJust make your subject line the technique, product or tool, such as Puffy Bow.

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A Quick Tip for the Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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The Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) is great for holding parts of your projects in place while you pierce a design with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189) as well as helping protect your work surface.  But did you know you can use it for Stamping?

The Stampin’ Pierce Mat helps you get a good impression with your stamped images because it has a bit of give to it:

  1. Put your project layer on the Mat.
  2. Ink up your stamp and press it on the project. Be sure to press it straight down, then lift up.
  3. Solid stamp images get a particular benefit from this technique.
  4. Try stamping with scrap paper first to get the feel of stamping on the Mat.

If you need an answer to any question about the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

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Lining Up Diagonal Cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer

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This card inspired me to write about how to line up diagonal cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (126889).  We made it at my Holiday party in December.  Everyone who RSVP’d, whether they were attending or not, received a free tutorial of the card.

There are a couple of methods to use to make diagonal cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Mark the start point and end point with a pencil, then line up the dots with the center of the cutting groove and cut. You may want to use Washi Tape to hold the paper or card stock in place – it’ll remove easily when you’re done.
  • Stamp your image in the center of the card stock or paper. Line up the edges of the image with one of the straight lines on the paper holder of the Trimmer. 

In the sample, I lined up the farthest edge of the image with the line that was about 1/4” away.  I did the same for both sides.  Then I used scissors to cut off the excess after I aligned it with the background.

If you need an answer to any question about the Stampin’ Trimmer or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Stampin’ Trimmer.

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Coordinating Envelopes-Yet Another Tip

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I thought of another tip for your Coordinating Envelopes while I was making some cards.  If you make your envelope out of Designer Series Paper, you’ll probably need to use self-adhesive labels to address them.  I find the 2” x 4” shipping label to be a great size, since I write so large anyway.  If you get a label in the business card size (2” x 3” or 2” x 3-1/2”), that would probably work well, too.

Put your return address on a smaller label in the upper left corner.  I just use pre-printed ones that I get with my checks or from other sources.  Or you can print out your own on the return address label size – sheet of 80!

I checked the other articles I’ve done about Coordinating Envelopes to see if I mentioned this before.  Couldn’t find any mention, so the other articles are listed here:

Another Tip: Coordinating Envelopes & Cards

Quick Tip: Coordinating Envelopes

Easy Coordinated Envelopes

Envelopes to Mix & Match – Quick & Easy!

If you need an answer to any question about Coordinating Envelopes or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com.  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Coordinating Envelopes.

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