Have you seen how to use a hinged stamp positioner? In fact, have you ever tried a stamp positioner? They’re ideal for lining up your stamps and getting wonderful placement time after time.
There are several available and you may even have one. Even the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a simple positioner. (Have you got one of those hiding in the depths of your stamping tool drawer?)
But just like everything else, stamp positioners have gone high tech! Better features, more neat techniques. Plus the super cool Stamparatus allows you to do this now too!
See those cute coloured lines in the background? This is what the Stamparatus, Stampin’ Up!’s positioner has over every other positioner out there! Hinge step stamping that’s SO easy, you can do it with your eyes closed! (Well, maybe not completely closed 🤪!
The Amazing Life stamp set works a dream for this. It’s my Product of the Week!
I’m having fun playing with it and I’ll be featuring it on Wednesday on my Facebook Live (4:30 MST on my DesignwithJo Page.) Hope you set a reminder to join in the fun too!
How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner
Creating these repeating lines is a simple process with your Stamparatus. I show you exactly how hinge step stamping works in this YouTube video.
Jo’s Steps for this Happy Happy Birthday Card Background
- position your first image at the top of your page and pick up with your Stamparatus plate
- hinge step one colour (Pacific Point) all the way down your page as shown in the video
- clean and remove stamp and insert plate back in top hinge
- position stamp about 1/8″ below the first image and ink with second colour (Bermuda Bay)
- hinge step one colour all the way down your page
- repeat 3-5 for last colour (Granny Apple Green)
The Stamparatus is one cool tool, don’t you agree? If you have one and want some more tips for how to use it, you’re going to want to check out my YouTube playlist.
And if you haven’t gotten yours yet, check out why I think they’re a stamping tool MUST HAVE. Then click on the little image below to get yours on that little UPS truck delivered straight to your door.
How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner
This may come as a surprise (not!) seeing I’m trained as an accountant, but I like things to line up nice and neat. So it’s no wonder the Stamparatus quickly became my favouritist rubber stamping tool.
Grab yours and get started making fun backgrounds like this one. Take a peek at your stash of stamps to see what stamps you have that will work especially well. Here are a few of my go to’s:
- lines and dots
- words and sentences
- smaller images both solid and open
Which ones will YOU use now you know how to use a hinged stamp positioner?
Happy New Year 2019
Get off to a fab 2019 with this fun card!
I pulled out my Journaling pens and the Celebrate You thinlits to wish you best wishes for 2019 – Zentangle style. I love the size of the celebrate. It really takes centre stage.
Have you used word dies as the focal point on YOUR cards? Being a calligrapher, I absolutely love words and letters, markers and writing. So it makes sense my Product of the Week is…
Over on my Facebook Group this week, I’ll be sharing a cool deal, my Live and tips and tricks for using word dies in your crafting. Why not join in to have some fun along with us?
Using Word Dies in Your Cardmaking
With word framelits, lots of the creating is done for you already. You just need to add a little more decoration. But only if you like. This other congrats card is so vibrant all on its own, I didn’t think it really needed decoration.
And when you use words as your focal point, the rest is just gravy. Yummy, luscious gravy. Like:
- the Swirls & Curls embossing folder on thick Whisper White
- a bold Basic Black frame – and card
- or the sparkly gold glimmer Starburst punch framed with a stitched circle shape
- the swirly metallic gold thread popping up like fireworks
- how about the metallic sequins dotted around for added glitz?
Here’s everything you need to make this fun card to celebrate a Happy New Year 2019 too! Or what about a great birthday card for a fab friend? Or a congrats for your kid brother who just graduated?
Happy New Year 2019 Zentangle Card
My mom always says, you want to make sure to start the year off right. Don’t do anything on New Year’s Day that you don’t want to be doing all year!
So that means, shelve the laundry and dishes and the snow removal. And amp up the paper crafting! Make your own Happy New Year 2019 TO ME card to get your 2019 started off on the right foot!
2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set
Today I’m going out of my comfort zone to make you a simple birthday card with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.
But why is this out of my comfort zone?
Well, I have to admit it. This wasn’t a favourite suite of mine at OnStage in November. Eeek! (Yes it IS possible.) I think it’s the colour combinations that didn’t jump up and down and say “Pick ME”! But I went ahead and ordered it specifically to CHALLENGE myself!
Now why would I do something like that?
- It’s not like there aren’t PLENTY of suites and sets in the new catalogue calling my name.
- It wasn’t because I don’t get all KINDS of technical challenge with constant learning of my online business. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Facebook, WordPress and Youtube!)
- And it wasn’t because I thought the set was going to be HARD to use.
It was because I want to make sure I’m not limiting YOU with some of my choices with new designs, colour choices and product. And because sometimes my crafting needs a shot in the arm. Something just a bit different to keep me on my toes.
And just like you, once I started to play with this suite, I found I quite like it. Especially the colours!
I know. Newsflash right?
Let’s take a closer look at the stamp set.
Look What’s New
Lots of two-step stamping options to keep us entertained…and our card recipients charmed. Different flower shapes and sizes, whimsical dots and leaves that can stand on their own as design elements.
And the Happiness Blooms paper? Well, I have a surprise. It’s not the designer series paper you see tucked in behind the flower panel and the banner.
It’s the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack! Another first for me! Isn’t that pink and orange so darned cute peeping out from behind?
Bold, bright and FUN with deep Night of Navy tones mixed with Lovely Lipstick and Calypso Coral (among others). Two sizes of double sided cards make card crafting a breeze. Plus stickers and specialty cards with glossy elements to coordinate with the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.
The greeting is from the new Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. One you’ll use over and over again and great for small banners and tags. Easy to punch with multiple punches and perfect for everyone and anyone!
Once again all these items are available in the 2019 Occasions catalogue available January 3rd to order. It’s getting closer!
Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set
Card Crafting Challenge
Do you sometimes feel that your crafting needs a shot in the arm? Do you tend to stick to tried and true and your favourite designs?
Why not try something just a little out of your comfort zone with this new catalogue? Challenge yourself to experiment with different colours, designs and embellishments.
Heck! You never know what fantastic creations you’ll come up! Just like me with this 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set.