I have to go a loooong way back to remember when I first learned the basics of stamping. I’ve been stamping for nearly a third of my life. Sounds crazy when I put it like that! Anyway, even though I learned the basics long ago, I still use them every time I stamp!
Our brand new Stamp It! Techniques issue is full of these amazing tried and true basics, such as masking and embossing. The step-out photos on p. 51 illustrate perfectly how to mask, so if you’re a little rusty on the subject, you should really check it out. I’m sure you’ll find a whole new world of creativity opens up when you try this technique!
Now back to the basics…I’ve put them to the test in the projects below using three different types of inks: dye, pigment and solvent. (For a detailed explanation of these inks, turn to the Stamping Basics section (p. 91) of Stamp It! Techniques. You’ll also find solutions for cleaning and storing your stamps, as well as some designer tips.)
I’d love to hear your tried and true tips, short-cuts or solutions for stamping. Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Stamp It! Techniques, Stampin’ Up!’s Classic Stampin’ Spots (11 inks from their Getting Started collection) and their A to Z Background Stamp (the same one I used on all three projects above!). All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, Feb. 18.
P.S. Why not put those stamping skills to use and enter our 2011 Stamping Royalty Card Contest? Simply submit a stamped card(s) in ONE or ALL of these five categories: Birthday, Christmas/Season’s Greetings, Hello/Thinking of You, Love or Thank You. We’ll pick 15 winners to take home an AMAZING prize package (worth over $450!) and be published in our November/December 2011 issue. (FYI: Those cards not selected as winners will be donated to Operation Write Home. As a courtesy, please do not write your personal information on the back of your submissions. Instead, use a sticky note or write on a separate piece of paper and adhere with repositionable adhesive.)