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Studio Calico’s Funnel Cake Digital Stamp

Knowing that chances were slim that I’d be able to buy the stamp, I decided to purchase the digital files. We’re tiling our backsplash today so I’ve been super busy all day but when after I bought the file, I just had to see what it looked like. I quickly print-and-cut the image on vellum with my Silhouette. The image is so fun and distinctive. I used regular print settings (printer paper) and set my blade to 4. The image came out perfectly without requiring a double cut. After all these years, the precision of the Cameo cut is still so fun to watch.

I’ll definitely have to try to create projects with individual states – the California example on the product page was very inspiring for me. Since I’m from LA, it’ll be a perfect die cut for all sorts of specialized kits. Even though Studio Calico is restocking, I may not actually need to buy it because the digital stamp seems like it would be much more versatile.
funnel cake on vellum

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Creating my own stamps – Silhouette Cameo Stamping Material

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A while back, I fell in love with some cards blogger Lisa  made and posted on sideoatsandscribbles.wumple.com. Even though I LOVED the card that inspired the version above, at the time, I decided that I needed to hold off on buying more stamps. I got so caught up in the hype around the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story line earlier this summer that I have tons of stamps I don’t even use right now.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I bought some Silhouette America stamp material. After watching a few reviews on YouTube, I created a rectangle and triangle stamp to see if I could use the same techniques. Rather than buying the new dedicated stamp mat, I used the regular cutting mat. I had no problem using the regular mat but if I end up creating more stamps, I might try it out to see if there’s any difference.

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The stamps are pretty thin and flimsy. It was hard for me to get ink on the stamp without also getting it on my acrylic block so I ended up having to wipe the block before each time I stamped. Even though I used the Hero Arts shadow inks, which usually fill in missing spots, it was pretty difficult to get a good image and I ended up stamping the same area two or three times – yes – many of the blocks on the card are still spotty after multiple restampings. All in all though, I really like the effect although I’m not sure I’ll be able to successfully use her layering techniques with such flimsy stamp material. The image quality didn’t improve even after I used the arm trick.

Bottom Line
I really like the stamping material. For five dollars, I have enough material for probably 100 stamps. Although the quality isn’t the BEST, the stamping material makes it fun, easy, and more affordable to experiment with new stamping techniques.