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Getting Started

Go Back to School: Learn Basic Stamping Techniques!

By | Big Shot, Cards, Getting Started, Techniques | No Comments

Simple techniques like sponging can add a lot to a card with little effort.  Sponging ink onto punched out butterflies gives them added dimension.  On the card above, I sponged the same color ink over the edges of the butterflies and over any dimension like embossed dots.  By the same color, I mean that I used Calypso Coral ink on the Calypso Coral card stock butterflies and switched to Baja Breeze ink for the Baja Breeze butterflies. Stamping sponges are an inexpensive tool that can be used in many ways.  Stretch your stamping sponges by cutting them into six or…

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Setting Up Your Stamping Space

By | Getting Started, Organization | 7 Comments

Whether you have a full room, a corner or just a couple bins to hold your stamping supplies, it never seems like enough space.  Having too many supplies can actually bog you down and limit your creativity. So what’s the optimal set-up for a stamping space?  Recently I went on a craft retreat where I had the set-up below.  I had an incredibly productive weekend – made 34 cards while taking time out to read an entire book!   It’s a personal thing, of course, but this set-up worked so well for me that I wanted to share it with…

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Cracking the Adhesive Code (Part 2)

By | Getting Started, Product Tips | 5 Comments

Which adhesive should you use on your project?  If you haven’t read Cracking the Adhesive Code (Part 1), you’ll want to start there.  Here are some more adhesive choices and what you should know about each. Glue Sticks are an economical choice for card making, but can get quite messy.  Anywhere Glue Sticks have square corners so that you can go all the way to the corners of your card stock, a must if it’s the only adhesive you’re using to keep your cards together.   The nice thing about using glue sticks on your card layers is that you have…

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Reason to Smile Cards

By | Cards, Getting Started | 4 Comments

Cards can be sent for any number of occasions, but a handmade card always gives a reason to smile.  Sometimes making the cards you need at the right time can be a challenge though. Making a batch of cards can be quick and easy when you take one design and add different words of greeting.  Flowers are a great image to use when making "generic" cards.  Just leave a blank space for a greeting and you can stamp the words when you know what you need the card for!  Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Sympathy, Thank You… any of these…

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