Smooth “Snail-ing” & New WOW! Video!

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Nothing can be more frustrating than inking up a solid stamp and ending up with less than perfect coverage on your card stock.  At times, a little image imperfection can look vintage and chic.  However, I typically like a crisp and complete image.  Today's 1 Minute to WOW! Video Tutorial shares a simple way to use a Stampin' Up! Blender Pen to "fill in" the gaps without having to start over (including a before and after sample).



  • For better coverage with background and solid stamps, I prefer to flip the stamp rubber up and add ink with the pad facing down.  I keep "patting" ink on the rubber image until I can see that it is evenly covered.  Here's the snail stamped with this method.  No touch up required 🙂
  • I have tried to use a marker to touch-up uneven images.  However, the markers can leave a dark, noticeable spot where you have corrected.  The Blender Pen remedy is a softer look that you can control.

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Stampin up punch rubber stamp demonstrator video tutorial
Stamp Set:  Button Buddies (W122735, C122737), Sweetly Said (W122860, C122862)
Paper:  Brights Patterns Designers Series Paper Stack (117155), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Whisper White Craft (101731), Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  Blender Pen (102845), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871)
The Perfect Touch:  Brights Flower Brads (119734), White Baker's Twine (124262), Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons (Holiday Mini Catalog, 125636), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. Mary, I love this idea and am amazed in 8 years that I never thought of it myself. however when I tried it over the weekend it was like the blender pen was actually bleach. Can they decompose over time/

  2. Great tip Mary. Thank you very much. I have always tried using the marker to fix, and agree it is far too dark.

  3. Chris R. from Iowa

    Chalk one up for you Mary! I did a stamp a stack last night at a competitor’s last night and I had some some less than perfect manager scenes. I thought I would try markers tonight to fill in a couple of the spots and I tried this and it worked beautifully! This was last night and it still worked for touching up today! Love the cute card – I hadn’t thought about using a bright red button for the snail – makes for a bright and cheery card!

  4. I’ve used a marker, and I know what you mean. It just doesn’t look right. I am so happy that I came across your wonderful video of how to fix it!

  5. Love your tip Mary. I have had this problem with solid stamps and you are right, the marker shows. Using the blender pen is a great idea, I will try it! Thank you for all your tips!

  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!! It sure will save a lot of cardstock! Because I always want a “perfect” card I have discarded lots of cardstock! This will help immensely!

  7. Adorable! Thanks for the tip – as I have also used markers and not been happy. Thanks, Mary, I will sure use this tip! HUGS, Di

  8. cute card thanks for the video

  9. I’ve had this problem many times and your hint to ink it with the pad facing down so you can see the coverage is a great tip. Thanks so much for the info about using the blender pen to correct the image. These two tips are going to really come in handy!!! Thanks so much. Peace, Love & Joy,

  10. Thanks, Mary. What a great tip!

  11. Adorable card, Mary! I love those crisp, clear colors!

  12. Totally cute card! Love the layout and the button on the snail is the perfect touch.

  13. Thanks for the tip Mary! I have tried the marker with less than ideal results but I never though of using the blender pen.

  14. CAS card and so very striking! Thanks for sharing the blender pen technique. It’s a simple fix for a very frustrating problem.

  15. Thank you Mary! another problem solved thanks to your excellent tips! love the music too…

  16. I really appreciate your comments. Thanks so much. The benefit of the Blender Pen is that you can build color and have so much more control. I hope this technique works well for you. It’s “saved” quite a few stamped images from the trash bin! Hugs, M

  17. Nice tip thanks, cute card:)

  18. Dear Mary,
    Thank you for your nice tips. What a lovely music you chose for your video!!!

  19. Barb in Ontario

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Thanks for the amazing tip! This happens to me more than I like, especially with the solid image stamp. I am so excited that I can now fix them.

  21. Huh, I never thought of the blender pen either… nice tip!

  22. Now this is a WOW type of video Mary. I too have not had much success using a marker to try to fill in the gaps…..Your blender pen technique seems to work PERFECTLY! Thanks for this amazing tip.

  23. Mary, you always give us such nifty tips to make stampin’ life easier – thanks! I have had this problem but never thought of the blender pen. Thanks!

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