Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beginner Stamping Tips

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are ok.  It's finally getting cold here.  And by cold I mean it's about 70 degrees as the high.  But it's cold in the mornings and at night.  

The other day, I helped my friend Madison make a card for a coworker.  While I tried to let her have her own creativity, I did give her a few tips here and there.  In the end, I think all I did was save her from making a few small mistakes that would have made her start over.  I've heard a lot from my "non-crafty" friends and my friends who do pocket scrapbooking or digi scrapping say that they don't know how to stamp, so I thought I'd give a couple BEGINNER tips.  I'm not an expert or anything.  I'm just thinking that if you knew how EASY stamping was you would incorporate it into any crafts that you might do.  
1. Buy a nicer ink pad.  I use Memento Tuxedo Black since I mostly stamp in black (i.e. sentiments and line images.)  The stamp pads from the $1 section might be ok but they will not give you the crispness that a nice stamp pad will.
2. Don't stamp sentiments on busy patterned paper.  The sentiment will not pop and it's just not good. If you want to emboss, that might make it pop but I don't emboss so best of luck to you.  ;)
3. If something seems too small for the scale of your project, just mat it.  Madison had that issue with her sentiment.  A simple mat will give you more area to work with.

I hope these simple tips will get you to pick up those stamps and add a little something extra to your projects.  It's so easy and so fun!  If you have a simple tip that you want to give a beginner, leave it in the comments down below.  If we get a few tips, I will write another post with tips from stampers as a reference.

Have a great day, friends!

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