I miscounted when I was prepping for stamp club this month and wound up with a LOT of extra of this rectangle of Very Vanilla and mat of Island Indigo... so I pretended someone had made ME a card kit and I enjoyed using them all up this weekend!
Normally it would have taken forever to stamp all these little pieces, but I used the Stamparatus to line up first the green, then the blues, then the pink--so instead of having to stamp 14 times on each card, I only had to stamp five times. SUCH a timesaver!
Suggested Stampin' Up Color Combinations:
I thought of a couple quick Stamparatus tips while I was working on these and had to share. I am SO excited for the bunches of you who ordered your Stamparatus since the new catalog came out June 1st! The thought of you all getting to open the box with that new toy just makes me smile! You are going to fall in love with it just like I did.
The first tip is for when you're using a project set up on multiple plates or sides of plates, like this card where I was using three plates (I actually own more than one Stamparatus! I hope they'll sell extra plates separately soon.) If you think you may get your ink colors mixed up, just punch a little scrap circle of the correct color and stick it to the plate with temporary adhesive. That way no matter how many pads you have going at once, you'll always reach for the right one.
My second tip is to use the Silicone Craft Sheet for just the right pressure for photopolymer stamps, which are thinner than cling-mount rubber stamps. If you don't use the mat, you may not get a complete impression without pressing hard, which can stress the hinges and cause "ghosting" of ink around your image.
I like the Silicone Craft Sheet in the Stamparatus so much I just leave it in there all the time no matter what kind of stamp I'm using. You can see it in the photo below. It's almost exactly the same size as the Stamparatus, which is nice.
My last Stamparatus tip for today is that you can actually place a small stack of your cardstock pieces in there to stamp on. Say you have five pieces to stamp. Place all five snugly in the corner, stamp, then take off the top one, stamp again, take off the next one, etc. Just saves time taking out and inserting the pieces.
You can still use the VERY strong magnets if you want to. I actually don't use the Stamparatus magnets very much myself, just have gotten in the habit of snugging it up to the corner every time if it happens to move on me. I'm kind of a "seat of the pants" stamper, though--that might give some of you the horrors! : ) You can have my magnets. : )
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