Thursday, August 5, 2010
I am going to give you a little info about this card then give you a tutorial below. The stamp set used is the JustRite "Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions" set. The design paper is from the Making Memories "Wedding" paper pad. The roses were made out of card stock the same way I make my vellum flowers. Have to tell you that making them out of vellum is much easier. The layers of the JustRite stamps were each attached on dimensionals.
I have had a few questions about inking up JustRite stamps. Here is an email I received yesterday and I thought I would do a tutorial to answer these questions.
"I noticed you use JustRite stamps at times, and not always with the frames around them. I bought several myself and just got the Groovy Snowmen. But I am having all kinds of problems trying to use any of the sentiments alone without the frames, and even sometimes with the frames! I have tried inking putting the stamp on the pads and using the pads on the stamps! But I seem to get ink on the stamps AND the writing both. So then I CANNOT get a clear, crisp image! Can you give me any hints?"
There is a wealth of information on the JustRite Stampers blog but I will attempt to answer this question with the way I do it. After reading my tutorial, I encourage to go over and check out all the info on the JustRite blog.
Here are some pictures of how I ink my stamps:
First, here is a picture of the supplies I am using for the card above. I am using the new clear stamping blocks and stamps from the "Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions" stamp set. The ink I prefer to use when inking my JustRite stamps is the "Memento Dew Drop" ink pads. I like these little pads because it is easier to ink smaller areas without getting ink everywhere.
This shows how I tap the ink pad around the frame.
When it comes to stamping the sentiment, you can see that the ink has smeared on the outside edges. You can take a baby wipe and clean around the edges for a clean edge but there is an easier way.
I like to trim around my JustRite stamps just like you do with many different stamps you purchase to use on acrylic blocks. The rubber is thin and very easy to cut. What I love about the JustRite stamps is they fit in the grooves of the stamper and you always can get the stamp aligned perfectly straight on the block. With these new clear stampers, it also makes it so easy to line it up within the frame because you can see right where you are placing it. This is also important when you want to mix and match your stamps with different JustRite borders, which I do a lot.
In the email above, she was having problems with getting ink on the snowman set. Here you can see how I trimmed around the image.
Here are the three stamped pieces I used on my card.
I hope this tutorial helps those of you having a problem inking up your stamps. I really encourage you to visit the JustRite Blog for lots of tips, videos, challenges and inspiration. I have had several people comment that they think I work for JustRite -- I don't work for them but I am a huge fan of all their products.
Well I am off to make jam today. Have a wonderful day and please let me know if this tutorial helps. I love to read your comments. This card is a Thank You to all of you who read my blog.