Big Kid on the Block

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Have you ever stamped a solid image and it looked a bit uneven or splotchy?  Often it's caused by new rubber.  Here's a simple TIP on how to get your solid images to stamp their best from the very start.  Gently scuff your stamp rubber with a sanding block. 

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I did a quick before and after of a stamp that had never been used (right) and then scuffed with a sanding block and re-stamped.  Got it?

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TIP:  Sanding blocks act like magic erasers for quick clean-up of a rough edge, too.  I had a tiny imperfection on a punched circle which cleaned up neatly with a little friction from the blocks.  TIP: Stampin' Up! offers 2 blocks for $3.50, an inexpensive and versatile craft investment.

Hugs and Pretties, M

COMING UP . . .
"The Envelope Please"  is a quick demonstration on how to jazz up your envelopes with designer paper.
"Background Check" puts it all together with today's card creation and and this week's Splitcoast Color Challenge. 

8 Comments:

  1. So glad to see that the crzy lady has her computer troubles fixed!! Thanks for the great tips!! Have a fabulous weekend!! Kelly

  2. colleen kramer

    You know, I’ve never heard of “conditioning” stamps before you use them…off to find my little sanding block…

  3. I use my sanding blocks all the time but had no idea you could scuff stamps with them. I’m a newer demo who has just that problem. I can’t wait to share this new tip today at my workshop. Love your site. Visit it daily.
    Thanks!!!!!

  4. Thanks soooo much for the tip. I’ve had that problem a few times and wondered what to do about it. Maybe sometime you could talk about uneven inking. With some ink pads, I find that they ink stamps unevenly – sort of blotchy in some areas and not in others. Is there something we can do when this happens?
    Karren

  5. Hi Karren:

    Most of the time uneven inking is due to ink pooling on the rubber (an even greater issue with acrylics . . . although I think they have advantages, too). New rubber tends to pool more . . . hence, a little scuffing with the sand blocks tends to knock down the smooth texture.

    I’m not sure if I provided you with anything new . . . let me know if I’m not getting your “drift.”

    Hugs,

    M

  6. love this card, every time you do a card I want that stamp :), but I must wait until new catalog. comes out :), Im sure by the time you are through Ill own every stamp 🙂 hee heee

  7. as usual, a stunning card. i do SO love your layouts and your sense of color!! and am excited about jazzing up my envies, which you mentioned is coming soon. oh, loved reading your *interview* several days ago. a little peek into where you came from (real estate agent).
    blessings, jo ann.
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