Woohoo! It’s Time for Thursday Techniques, Tricks, n’ Tips

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Happy Thursday everyone! We’re past hump day.. the weekend is just around the corner, and I have a great technique for you.  There’s a reason I love spending time in the local hardware store — there are great ideas just waiting to be hatched by wandering around those places.  And this is one of them!

Aluminum embossing sounds like you would need lots of tools but it’s a very easy technique, using aluminum tape (normally used on duct-work,) a Big Shot and embossing folders — and, bonus! the aluminum tape is sticky so adhering to your project is a breeze.  Lisa Curcio, another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator created the video.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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My Tip of the week is:

Condition your new stamps

There are several ways to do this but make sure you clean your brand new stamps before stamping with them!

This is called: Conditioning your stamp.  The reason you want to do this is that on occasion, after the manufacturing process, there can be residue left on the rubber.  By conditioning your stamp before using, you will find you obtain a cleaner, crisper image when you use it.

How?

I’ve heard there are several ways including: sanding; or rubbing the stamp with an eraser.  I find that the easiest is to use whatever cleaning method you normally would to clean your stamps.  The Stampin’ Mist cleaning solution (you’ll recall I plugged it last week HERE) has built in conditioning properties so you’ll be conditioning your stamp every time you use it.

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And now.. for the Tricks!

How to Avoid Halos Around Your Stamped Images

Place your stamp on a flat surface, rubber side up.  Holding the ink pad, bring the pad to the stamp and ink in a straight up and down motion several times to get coverage but avoid inking the edges.  Stamp as usual.

And now, I’m off the my craft room to continue with my own card creations.

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