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Cupcake Wrappers using Silhouette

I found this awesome link to free cupcake wrapper files.Thank you to the creator Nancy. She’s made such beautiful and intricate cupcake wrappers!

Below is one I created using her base wrapper .studio file. I welded some letters to the top to create this chevron wrapper. I need to mass produce these quite soon. I’d love any tips on the best type of paper to use.

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Color Inspiration from Oprah Magazine

I often see posters use color inspirations from fashionable outfits to guide a card. The “How May We Help you” section of my Oprah magazine really spoke to me and I used it to make a birthday card for my mom.

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My color matching didn’t turn out quite right. For example. I didn’t expect the level of intensity from the Hero Arts shadow ink in Pale Tomato. I also realized that in addition to the color-scheme, I was really drawn to the wispiness of the design.  Other than those two points, for my first color-inspired card, I would say it’s fun and cute. My mom can be really young at heart and the sentiment really fits her cute and whimsical nature. The sentiment comes from the “Good Times” Mama Elephant stamp set and stamped very cleanly using the foam pad Stampin Up Ink pad.

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I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to staple the ribbon to the card and tied a bow around the staple. So cute! It looked a little unfinished after I put on the sentiment so I added some sparkly ribbon. Voila!

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So that's what you do with long skinny pattern stamps!

Many stamp sets I buy often come with a 6 inch strip of repeating patterns. I never know quite what to do with them. They’re actually all stored in a separate container that contains all the stamps I don’t know how to use.

But recently, Youtube recommended I watch some videos about the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I know it took a while but the light bulb finally went off. I didn’t want to invest in the Stamp-a-ma-jig until I was sure that I would use it. So I experimented free hand with some of those long pattern strips to make a card for my dad’s birthday. I love the look – it took me a while but now I understand how to use those types of sets!

Tips – Stamping Solid Images

Last month, I excitedly gifted myself four sets of the foam Stampin Up ink pads. I fell in love with the pads’ smooth deep finish at a stamp camp last fall and when Kim Morris offered a 15% rebate on her blog, I pounced. (Kim provides amazing customer service – even though she lives halfway across the country, she spent so much time helping a total nube – me! – figure out how to use all these ink pads! If you don’t have a demonstrator, I highly recommend her.)

So… the last few weeks have been frustrating for me because my solid images would come out with even coverage but very smudgey lines OR crisp lines with incomplete images. As I mentioned in a previous post, this awesome fellow stamper who just happened to be in line behind me, gave me an impromptu tutorial yesterday and by jove, I think my problems are solved.

This is probably totally obvious to other stampers, but I learned a huge tip yesterday – for a solid crisp image, the give on your stamping surface needs to be inversely proportional to the give of the stamp. Let’s see if I can describe this in a way that makes sense.

The Valentine’s Stamp – on a gift that Kim sent me – was the image quality I aspired to. Unfortunately, everything I stamped fell far far short. Look at the crispness of the lines. I didn’t even realize it was a stamped – not printed – image until 3 days after I received it! I’ll spare you all a photo of my stamping, but suffice to say, my images looked NOTHING like this one until I implemented the following tips.

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PHOTOPOLYMER STAMPS

Basically, high quality photopolymer stamps don’t provide much give when you press down on the inked image. You end of up with two hard surfaces rubbing against each other – consequently, the entire image, especially solid ones may not get complete contact with the paper. I was compensating for this problem by pressing down really hard and squishing the block around which resulted in shadows and blurred edges.

This problem disappears when I used a magazine and a thin layer of packing foam underneath my paper. Basically, when I stamp down, the springiness of the magazine and packing foam push the paper back up, resulting in a crisper AND solid image. Look how smooth the Lawn Fawn partridge in a pear tree stamp came out. I need to work on the crispness of the lines but I’m thrilled with the results!

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Another favorite – and the reason I fell in love with Stampin Up inks -was the vibrancy of “Elegant Eggplant.” Before this tip, every time I stamped something detailed, it came out a hot mess. This is not a hot mess.

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SMALL RUBBER STAMPS

Small rubber stamps are already relatively squishy. For a crisp solid image, I need a hard surface.

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The difference is very subtle, but especially if you look closely, on a hard surface, the lines just came out far crisper.

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LARGE RUBBER STAMPS

For large rubber stamps, I carefully position my paper on top of the inked stamp, put another layer of paper down, and carefully smooth over the whole image. There are lots of videos on Youtube that illustrate that technique. Although I have the Fiskars stamp thing with the orange foam feet, I find this technique to be so much more effective.

LOWER QUALITY PLASTIC STAMPS

For lower quality plastic stamps, I manage my expectations. 🙂

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Hope all that makes sense and helps – this tip (along with applying sufficient even pressure) has completely solved my problem. I can FINALLY stamp beautiful, clean, smooth, solid images. My ink pad purchase was not for naught – thank goodness it was just user error!

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cubes

UPDATE March 24, 2013

I added an additional pic of the ink cube’s ink pad so folks can see it in detail. Hope this helps!

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Apologies in advance for the quality of the pictures – my beloved S100 finally experienced the dreaded recall lens error and is in repair. I just couldn’t resist sharing my love for these great little ink cube packs so I used my cellie’s camera.

I knew I had to get the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cubes as soon as I saw them in the Hero Arts catalog. I’ve been collecting the large ink pads a few at a time since last September and these cubes are a perfect size to try out new colors, take up very little space, and are a perfect size for all my Project Life mini image and word stamps.

The packs were not available from Hero Arts’ online shop earlier this month. My LSS put the order in right before CHA 2013 and I didn’t get them until this past Wednesday, but they are totally worth the wait!

Shadow Ink Cubes

These 8 are from the AF 239 “Just Beachy” and AF240 “Field Notes” packs. They’re super juicy and although I have some duplicates (Pool, Green Hills, and Wet Cement) I find these super easy to use and very convenient. They’re very similar to the Versamark cubes in shape and size, although I prefer the nothced top of the Versamark cubes, which better enable stacking. That said, these came in very handy plastic packaging which is perfect for a crop.

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I also picked up the Neon package. I’ve never used neon in my crafts before and I probably would never have invested in the full-sized neons. But  this the AF 241 Neon Pack is a the perfect sampler. I also picked up a large Neon yellow.

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I started creating a reference page so I could compare these colors to my Stampin Up pads. I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but I think my Stampin Up pads (which are all the new ones reformulated in 2012) have similar qualities to the Hero Arts Inks – they both go on darker, dry lighter, and seem to magically fill in solid images. After playing with both the last few weeks, I love both and now have more than enough ink pads to last me a lifetime… right after I get the Bubble Gum and Raspberry Jam shadow inks. 🙂 TTFN