Stamping Tips

Stampin'Up! Leaf Trim Turns Gold- the Midas Touch Trick!

Stampin'Up! Trim Turns Gold - the Midas Touch Trick! It's a fun and easy trick that will turn that really cute Leaf Trim into a shiny gold amazing trim...here's a close up of what it can look like after you perform the Midas Touch Trick! Gold leaf trim

Fun, right? Below is a card that I trimmed with the golden Leaf Trim...it's really cute in just green but adding that Midas Touch just takes the card to the next level of awesome, right? Gold leaf trim card

It's really easy with the silicone craft pad, Versamark ink, a sponge Dauber, Gold embossing powder and your Heat tool. I"ll give you the step by step directions for the Midas Touch Trick. Following that will be the list of supplies for the the trick and for creating the card too. I'll also provide the measurements for creating the card.

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Now for the Midas Touch Trick:

1. Place a strip of Leaf Trim on your silicone craft mat (I used glue dots to hold it down -- you can just roll off the glue dots when you are finished).

2. With a sponge dauber dab Versamark ink on the leaves and stem---you don't need to cover the entire leaf---leaving some green showing really sets off the gold. Sprinkle liberally with Gold embossing powder. Remove strip from mat and heat with Heat Tool until shiny gold.

The trim is now ready to apply to your project! Isn't it quick and easy! Doesn't that just set off those leaves?

Here are the measurements for the card:

5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Crumb Cake cardstock score long side at 4 1/4 (card base)
3 1/2 X 5 1/2 Share What You Love Designer Paper (leaf design)
3 1/8 X 3 1/8 Mint Macaron cardstock
2 7/8 X 2 7/8 Whisper White cardstock
Coloring; Aqua painter with Crumb Cake reinker, Crushed Curry reinker, Old Olive reinker
Stamp set: Animal Outing (this set is retiring from the big catalog June 3)

Here's the supply list for the leaf work and for the card.  Click on the Shop Now button or on one of the product images below and you'll be in my store--order your suppliesnow.


Here's a great glue trick!

I love intricate die cut designs -- so Here's a great glue trick! for working with them.

One of my favorite die cut designs is from the Flourishing Thinlet set: Die cut

Gorgeous, right? But gluing them onto your project can be messy and a bit tricky sometimes. Of course, the adhesive sheets are a great solution, but I'm going to show you a quick and easy trick if you don't have those on hand (they are retiring from the big catalog). 

You need a silicone craft pad, a dauber, and the multipurpose liquid glue...that's all.

The silicone craft pads are great to working with any glue....snail, glue dots, dimensionals, glue guns, and liquid glue. Just use the pad under any of your projects that use an adhesive...when finished, just roll any residual glue off the pad with your fingers or with a paper towel...it just rolls off.

I'm going to give you the step by step process that I use below and after that is the list of supply items that you'll need.

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Here's the quick and easy glue trick:

1. Cut out your die cut with the die cut machine--I recommend the Precision Base plate (Item #139684) and removing the small bits with the Die Brush (item #144262).

2. Lay the die cut face down (lay it upside down) on the silicone craft mat Silicone craft pad

3. Squirt a puddle of multipurpose liquid glue on the corner of the mat and get a clean dauber Glue + Dauber

4. Dip the dauber sponge gently into the glue (keep the glue amount small) and then dab it gently on the back of the die cut.  Note: do not drag the glue across the die cut--this will deposit small globs of glue in the corners where it will seep to the front of the die cut.  Just dab it on the back. You do NOT need to cover the entire back of the die cut--go for the outer edges and some spots in the center.

5. Let this dry for a couple of minutes (the less glue you apply the shorter the time to dry). When you can touch the back of the die and it just feels sticky but  no glue comes off on your finger...it is ready. Now apply the die cut to your project....and, if it doesn't get placed precisely where you want it, lift it off carefully and re-apply it to your project.  When  this  glue  dries, it  is  clear  but  remains  tacky....thus the  object  is  removable.Press onto project

Isn't that quick and easy? I recommend washing the dauber immediately under tap water so you an use it again. Just  roll off any remaining glue on your mat with your fingers or a paper towell.

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Easy Trick Picking Up Stampin'Up Mini Dimensionals

Today I'm going to show you and Easy Trick Picking Up Stampin'Up! Mini Dimensionals! I don't know about you but sometimes those little mini dimensionals are a bit tricky to grab especially if your hands are large like mine. Those little minis are just perfect for some spots and I love using them but sometimes they are somewhat of a challenge to grab, place, and remove the topping!

I was watching some of my stampers hard at work when I saw one of them grab the Take a Pick tool with the piercing tool attachment and attack a mini dimensional. (Thanks to Mary Volpe for this awesome tip!) She was so quick that I almost missed it...so I watched again and, sure enough, in no time she picked it up, placed it, removed the topping and disposed of it. Wow--that was awesome!.

I'm going to describe exactly what she did and show you pictures so you can use this wonderful trick next time you are working with those mini dimensionals.   Below that is the short list of supplies you'll need...

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*If you place your order online and use this month's host code (6AXPWQXE) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you  purchase.

*The retiring list is in effect....remember stamps are guaranteed until May 24th--all other products on the retiring list are only available while supplies last....some products are already out of stock. If you have questions about what is out of stock phone me at 410 836 8016 or email: sandilovesstamping.com, The retiring lists are available for download here Download AC 18-19 Retiring List_US and here Download OCC 19 Retiring List_US

*Everything is Rosey product medley is available until 5/31 or until supplies run out..the brochure is available here Download 04.01.19_FLYER_Q2_OOP_US

Mini Dimensional Trick

*Grab your Take a Pick tool and attach the piercing tool Piercing tool accessory

Here's a pad of mini-dimensionals Mini dimensionals

Take your piercing tool and spear through one mini-dimensionals--go for it--give it a good jab Pierce the mini dimensional

Then with a sideways move, remove the mini from the pad (by pulling sideways you'll remove the mini from the remaining dimensionals quickly Pull dimensional off pad

Adhere the dimensional to your project, then with the tip of the piercing tool lift up the edge of the topper (paper topping)Lift off topping

Pierce the topping and dispose in the trash...
Pierce topping and disposeThis whole process takes only a few seconds! Try it out!

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Clever Handy Storage Solution for Die Cuts

Today I'm going to show you a Clever Handy Storage Solution for Die Cuts! But first I want to give credit where it is due--one of my stampers, Jackie Silvestri, has passed this wonderful tip to me and suggested I might like to share it with all of you...so thanks very much to Jackie for her cleverness and her willingness to share with us.

Do you ever prepare some dies cuts and then find you don't need them...they are the wrong size or the wrong color?  But, hey, those are great cuts that you can use later....do you do what I've been doing---just toss them in a box to sort through later? And, if you are like me....I forget what's in the box or am too lazy to sort through a couple of hundred cuts to see if there's one in there I want to use. 

Here's a great way to store them and keep them organized---they'll be just where you need them when you want them....Jackie uses the Clear translucent envelopes in the Stampin'Up! catalog (item #102619)...I'm going to walk you through this clever solution so you can put it into use today! (One of the best parts is there's no labeling involved--I hate labeling stuff!)

Here are some extra die cuts I had left over from a project (note I'm using a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 piece of red cardstock so that you can better see the die cuts---this isn't necessary if you are doing this yourself)

Extra die cuts

They coordinate with this stamp set (Meant to Be in the Occasions 2019 mini catalog) Coordinating stamp set

I slip these die cuts into a clear translucent envelope Slip into envelope

Peel off the seal covering Remove seal cover

Adhere the seal to the inside cover of the coordinating stamp case (note: I put the envelope opening to the back side so the die cuts won't spill out if I drop the case or something) Adhere to case

Then when I need to access the die cuts I just flip the envelope up reach in and pull out what I need and flip the envelope down again--the opening remains to the back to protect against pieces (especially small ones) from falling out. Flip up

Isn't this a clever easy quick solution...no more searching through the scrap box, no more wondering if you had any leftovers, the are right there in the coordinating stamp set box ready for use!

If this was a helpful hint for you, leave me a message below. If you have a helpful hint email me at sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com and I may share it with our other stampers---share the wealth!

Remember that the Retiring Lists are published and stamp sets are guaranteed until 5/24, but all other items are only available as long as supplies last...order now before it's too late! Below are the current lists for you to download

Download AC 18-19 Retiring List_US

Download OCC 19 Retiring List_US

When you place an online order and use this month's Host code 6ZXPWQWE you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.  Order those retiring products now before the supply ends...once they are discontinued...they are gone forever!

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Stampin'Up! Big Shot Die Image Organization

Today I'll show you how I manage my Stampin'Up! Big Shot Die Image Organization!

With the new Stampin'Up! Occasions Mini catalog products I've collected tons of new thinlets and framelits. I often can't remember which leaf die is in which set framelits. So I've developed a system that will help me quickly identify what images are in which set of framelits! Here's a close up of one set of dies... Single

I took the die set (Catch of the Day) and if there was a coordinating stamp (Best Catch) I stamped the image on cardstock and then die cut it. This way I'll know what stamps have a coordinating die. If there is no coordinating stamp I simply cut the image with the die.

I cut a contrasting piece of cardstock 6 X 5 1/2 (this way you get 2 pieces from a single sheet of cardstock) --this size will fit in one of the Stampin'Up! 6 X 8 cello bags (Item #102210, 50 bags in a pack). I adhere the cutouts on this cardstock and slip it in the cello bag. 

I cut another piece of cardstock (I used white) 3 X 6 1/4, scoring the long side at 1 1/2 inches.  On one side of this "header" I write the name of Suite/Dies/Stamps, the page number in the catalog...and now that I'm thinking about it---I would also include the name of the catalog.

Fold this piece on the score line and staple it to the top of the cello bag...now you have all the images and the relevant info about this set of dies. 

I'm storing mine in a plastic shoebox but one of my stampers thought it would be great to file it in a 6 X 8 album (#144764, p. 195 in the Annual catalog) which is an awesome suggestion!

Here are several of the ones that I have completed. Multiple

Now when I need a leaf die, I can quickly thumb through the cello bags and find just the right die in seconds rather than trying to see what they look like and what size they are in the catalog or opening up the die envelope and rustling through the dies...that just takes too much time for me. I need something quick and easy...so far, I've loved the efficiency of this!

Speaking of the new Occasions mini catalog...there are tons of great new products...if you don't have your own copy and would like one...contact me (just hit the button) and we'll get one to you. (In the meantime click on the Catalogs button and see them online)

Also, did you know that Jan - March is Sale-a-bration? For each $50 in product that you spend you can select something free from the SAB mini brochure---stamps, framelits, wooden elements, designer paper, foil!

Plus if you shop with me,  for every 4 SAB rewards you earn from Stampin'Up!, you will receive  a hand-decorated box of chocolates and a $5 coupon for Stampin'Up! products.

And, if you order online and use the current host code (UDWJNNDR) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products from me!

So, let's get started earning those Sale-a-bration rewards and the $5 Stampin'UP! products....go hit that Shop Now button and order you favorites from the new Occasions mini and the Annual Stampin'Up! catalog! Happy shopping!!


No Sponge Sponging

For all those who do not like coloring--even sponging--today we are doing No Sponge Sponging!  Aaaah, I knew that would grab your attention....this is a really fun quick way to get some multi-colors on your card with minimal effort and "no sponges."

Look at this card...see that multicolor layer under the leaf stamp? That is the "cloud" stamp from the Beautiful Blizzard (Stampin'Up!) & 3 lovely colors of ink that blend well. (Note: You don't have to clean the stamp between colors--see the instructions.) Leaf card

I used a wash of Wink of Stella which in real life looks fantastic...I did a close up here for you to see: Leaf

I used Melody Mango, Calypso Coral, & Pumpkin Pie--- lovely fall colors that blend to have the appearance of brushing the colors together. Such a simple technique & simple design & what an awesome resulting card!

Below are the directions--simple & quick with a couple of fun hints to save you time & money. Following that are the supplies you'll need & how to order them.

Remember:
*This is the last week to use your August Bonus Days coupons---after Sunday they will expire
*If you place an order online & use this month's host code(4UGP9PMX) you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you order.

Directions:

1. Cut Thick Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 3 5/8 X 4 7/8. Stamp the "cloud" (Beautiful Blizzard) near the top in Melody Mango (lightest color). Note: since we're working from light to dark ink pads & in the same color family you don't need to clean the stamp between colors --you do if you are going to repeat the card--clean after stamping the darkest color. Now ink up with Calypso Coral & stamp about 1/2" down over the first stamped image.  Re-ink with Pumpkin Pie & move down another 1/2" from the previous stamp.

3. Do a Wink of Stella Wash. Using your Heat Tool, dry the ink/Wink well.

4. Stamp the large leaf (Falling for Leaves, Stampin'Up!) in Early Espresso & immediately sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder; heat until shiny with Heat Tool.

5. Stamp verse (Falling for leaves) in Versamark; sprinkle with Gold EP, heat with tool until shiny gold; adhere 3 gold metallic pearls.

6. Cut Gold Glimmer 3 3/4 X 5 (note: cut out the center for use in another project leaving a "frame"); adhere the frame to the back side of the stamped image with glue dots; adhere this unit to card front with liquid glue.

Your card is ready for sending!

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Great Storage Solutions for some Stamping Supplies

Earlier this week we looked at one  storage solution and today we're continuing to look at another Storage Solution for some Stamping Supplies and a bonus method of tracking our punches,

One of Sandi's Stampers, Jackie Silvestri, has also contributed another "neat" idea.  Do you ever have to chase your rolls of Washi tape around the drawer or have to dig through a container to find the right design? Washi tape

Let's l0ok at Jackie's method of storing our Washi Tape...Jackie has taken jewelry storage bags--the kind that hang you your door--thus not requiring additional wall or shelf space. She has deposited the Washi Tape in each of the pockets. Since the pockets are clear--there's no need to actually label the pockets but you can tear a piece of the tape and stick it on the pocket for very quick identification of the patterns.

This keeps your drawers tidy--no rolls of tape running around or on the counter top....this is a quick set up and you can easily identify which pocket to which to return the tape when you are finished using it by just matching the piece of like tape on the pocket.

Now she also provided a bonus idea for us....if you are like me you have quite a number of hand-held punches. Sometimes I forget exactly which shapes are current or which tag punch will be quite the right size. Jackie has taken a piece of cardstock and punched each of her punches creating templates. She slips these into clear baseball card holders and hooks these onto a large key ring. Punches

Not only does this provide a great catalog of punches but you can take these "cut outs" and hold them over a stamped image to see if that punch will fit your image. For example, stamp the "Thank You" on a piece of cardstock and then hold the templates over the stamped image to see which one fits best.

Two great ideas today and we want to say a BIG thank you to Jackie for sharing her ideas and storage solutions.

Before we go, just a reminder that if you place an online order through my store and use this month's host code (click on the Rewards button for this month's code) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product (my choice) for each $50 in product that you purchase.


How Do You Keep Track of Your Embossing Folders?

How Do You Keep Track of Your Embossing Folders?  Are you like me--I just stuff mine in a plastic box and have to root around to find the one that goes with my current project--here's my box.. pretty pathetic, right?My boxI can tell you that this is not the most convenient or expedient way to store them or to look for just the right design--I"m constantly getting frustrated by having to look through the box or not finding what I'm looking for.

Today I'm going to share with you a method of keeping track of your embossing folders and of being able to quickly review the designs that you have.  It's a much faster way to track and to review designs for your current project.

One of Sandi's Stampers, Jackie Silvestri, was kind enough to pack all her stuff in the car and drive it to me so that I could see her system and take pics which I'm going to share with you today. 

First, Jackie numbers her folders--you can easily do with with a permanent magic marker--be sure to put the number up in a corner so that it is easily seen when you store them in a container...here's a few of Jackie's that she has numbered--she just brought a few in a bag to demo her system. Embossing folders  numberedThen Jackie found this cute little photo holder that you can sit on your work station....this is the front of it Embossing folders closed

You could get really fancy and put a picture of you stamping at one of our classes on the front cover, right?

Next step is to run a piece of cardstock through the Big Shot with each of your folders--fit the cardstock to the size of the plastic photo holder sleeves --probably about 4 X 5. Then number your sample with the same number that is on your embossing folder, slip it in the holder sleeve in numberical order.

Embossing folders openNow you are ready for your project....get your supplies assembled, pick out a design, go to your embossing folder design holder and flip through all your folder designs to select the one that coordinates with your project. When you select it--then note the number on the sleeve and go to you box of folder to that number.  Just a hint here--try to keep the actual folders in numerical order so you don't have to search for it! LOL

Give it a try--let me know what you think--you can leave me a message at the end of this post or shoot me an email: sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com. Do YOU have a hand hint for our stampers? If so, let me know and we may share it with our fellow stampers?

Thanks to Jackie for sharing with us!


How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich!

 Several of you have indicated you'd like me to explain How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich! These are the layers you need to cut framelits, thinlets, and use embossing folders. Today is the day!

If you often have difficulty deciding what base or how many cutting pads to use when trying to use your Big Shot--today's post should add some clarity to the issue...you may want to print this out and keep it nearby your Big Shot for reference when you have a question.

If you need to "see" what the product looks like as I explain what/when to use them....check out the pictures below under the Supplies section.

If you need any of these products you  can order them in my store--just click on one of the product images below or use the Shop Now button and you'll be in my store. If you place your order online and use this month's Host code (QK6UFZNJ), you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Here are the sandwich layers for you:

Note: Your Big Shot comes with the Big Shot Platform and a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, plus an adaptor for use with thinlets/framelits.

One huge CAUTION - NEVER put  ANYTHING THROUGH THE BIG SHOT WITHOUT A CUTTING PAD on TOP!

Big Shot Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)     

    *Embossing Folders (Textured Impressions) --these are the regular depth folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

    Big Shot Platform + Cutting Pad + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Dynamic Embossing Folders (3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) --these are the thick folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

      Big Shot Platform + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Framelits (simple designs)

    Big Shot Platform + Adaptor + Cutting Pad + cardstock + framelit (cutting side down) + Cutting Pad

Magnetic Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)

    *Framelits (simple designs & designs with scoring) - use Precision Base plates below for stitched designs.

    Magnetic Platform + cutting pad + cardstock + framelit + cutting pad

Precision Base Plate: (note: you WILL be cutting directly on the surface of this plate)

    *Framelits/Thinlets with intricate designs or stitching (not for use with dies that have scoring)

    Magnetic Platform + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + die (cutting side down) + cutting pad

    Note: flipping the cutting pad over after each use with prolong the life of the pad and decrease the amount of curvature that will happen when using the precision base plate).

    Note: If you want to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot Platform...this is the sandwich:

    Big Shot  Platform + Adaptor + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + framelit/thinlet + cutting pad

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How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads

Today I'm going to show you How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads. You know especially when using the Precision Base plate (even when you turn it over each time you use it) that your cutting pads develop a curve. This isn't the end of the world but eventually the curvature becomes too bad and it would be great to flatten them back out. This is the "before" view of a cutting pad on the counter--see the big bubble....Pad before

A couple of years ago I worked out a formula that seemed to work fine...but lately that formula wasn't working well and I've redone the formula so that it works better with the current cutting pads.  So today I'll show you what I'm currently doing to prolong the life of those cutting pads. Yep, Sandi's cooking again!

First, get an old cookie sheet and cover it with foil Cookie sheet w foil

Next, lay 2 curved cutting pads side by side--not touching but fairly close together is fine. (Bubble up like the first picture above)2 pads

Set a big heavy casserole on top of the cutting pads. Casserole

Set on the middle rack of your oven. Now turn oven to 350 degrees and set your timer for 16 minutes. Be sure to remove the tray from the oven when the timer goes off to avoid further "melting" of the pads.

Set the tray with casserole in place on cooling racks and let cool. When all parts are cooled, remove the casserole and your cutting pads should look like this (side shot)! FullSizeRender
You'll probably be able to flatten your pads a couple of  times and then you'll need to replace them. I recommend not waiting until they are too curved before flattening them---they can get too curved and then they do not flatten to the point of being able to use them again.

If you need to replace them you can order a new set in my store by clicking on the image below or by hitting the Shop Now button.  If you shop online and use the current month Host Code (QK6UJZNJ) when you check out, you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products for each $50 in products that you purchase.