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How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

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!

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

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!

how to use a hinged stamp positioner

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

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner to Make Cards Quick

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

  1. position your first image at the top of your page and pick up with your Stamparatus plate
  2. hinge step one colour (Pacific Point) all the way down your page as shown in the video
  3. clean and remove stamp and insert plate back in top hinge
  4. position stamp about 1/8″ below the first image and ink with second colour (Bermuda Bay)
  5. hinge step one colour all the way down your page
  6. repeat 3-5 for last colour (Granny Apple Green)
I LOVE how EASY This IS How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

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

Amazing Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Starburst Punch
2" Circle Punch
2-1/4" (5.7 Cm) Circle Punch
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Marker
Bermuda Bay Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
Paper Snips Scissors
Stampin' Dimensionals
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
Repeated Lines are SO EASY Once You Know 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
  • letters

Which ones will YOU use now you know how to use a hinged stamp positioner?

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Get off to a fab 2019 with this fun card!

Happy New Year 2019!

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…

Happy New Year 2019

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

Happy New Year 2019!

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

Big Shot
Happy New Year 2019 with Zentangle

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

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.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


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.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


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.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


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?


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set


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.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


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

Calypso Coral 3/8



Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


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.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Need male birthday card ideas to make?  Look no further than this project!  Today I’m using the First Frost suite. Yup you read that right!

Take a look at how it makes a perfect masculine card.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Are you surprised?  There’s so much versatility to this suite, there’s absolutely no way you can go wrong purchasing it.  Greetings not just for the festive season.  Stamps both flowery – and not.  A perfect tag with its own border matting two ways.

Plus right now until Jan 2nd (or while supplies last), you can still get the bundle at 10% off.

male birthday card ideas to make

And what about the Frosted Florals designer series paper?

Easy Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

I know you only saw flowers and pretty colours right?  Well this Soft Suede striped paper was hiding on the backside of one of the designs – imagine! 😋

We often bemoan the fact there are so few masculine sets.  Well maybe we just need a fresh take on what we DO have!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Early Espresso cardstock – 4 1/4” X 11”, scored at 5 1/2”, scrap at least 2” x 3”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”, scrap at least 2” x 3”
  • DSP – 2 1/2” x 4”
  • Copper metallic thread – about 20”

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Let’s Make It

  1. Stamp large fern-looking stamp onto right hand side of Early Espresso card.
  2. Glue DSP to Very Vanilla and adhere to left side of folded card.
  3. Stamp greeting in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla scrap and cut out with the SMALLER tag shape and your Big Shot.
  4. Cut LARGE tag frame from scrap of Early Espresso.  Glue greeting on top.  Add dimensionals to the back.
  5. Wrap thread around your fingers 3-4 times and hold ends with other hand.  Lift off and place onto a glue dot.  TIP:  This is easiest if you have the two cut ends meeting up where you pick it up.
  6. Affix to card and arrange circles of thread.  TIP: You can pick up a circle and place it halfway on the glue dot to get some variety in your shape.  TIP: Place a second glue dot on top to hold the thread in place.
  7. Place greeting on top.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Make sure you use the First Frost bundle for more than just flowers.  And way more than just the holidays.  It’s a true year round set your won’t regret adding to your supplies.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Hope you enjoyed this project and will start to look at your sets and papers with a slightly different eye.

Stay tuned here on my blog.  ‘Cause you never know what others we can consider for male birthday card ideas to make.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Who says handmade birthday cards for men are hard?  Let me show you a classy yet simple card with the Country Road stamp set, (one I think is a bit underrated) in the Annual catalogue.

Create Classy Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

How gorgeous are those pussy willows?  Remember looking for those when you were a kid as the first sign of spring?  Now, I know it’s not spring right now, but with the fall-ISH copper embossing powder it works, doesn’t it?

Emboss Some Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

So let me ask you…

Have you got a – or more than one – guy who fits this description?

  • Likes subtle colours?
  • Is a family guy?
  • Enjoys the outdoors and nature?
  • Is a western-kind of fella?
  • Has a birthday occasionally? 😜

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this card is for you!

I LOVE These Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Admittedly you might not find as many stamps that lend themselves to masculine greetings.  But for handmade birthday cards for men, this Country Road set is a no-brainer!  Let’s take a peek.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Wanna know something else?  This is a really economical set too.  You can pick up the clear set for only $27 CDN.  So I know it won’t take me long to get my $$$ back.  Gotta love it! 

In fact, I made two of these cards already.  One for my dad’s 80th birthday and another for my adult nephew’s special day.  They were pretty quick, simple and a perfect choice to help them both celebrate.


What are MY favourite parts for these handmade birthday cards for men?


  • dry embossed Pinewood Planks panel sponged randomly with Early Espresso ink
  • a two-tone Happy Birthday banner.  (True Story – I didn’t even know that framelit in the Bunch of Banners made a border like that😉!  Guess I need to use it more!)
  • subtle colour selection.  The WOW factor is the copper layer and of course,
  • beautiful copper embossed pussy willows…


EXTRA Special Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

  • a fully decorated inside. 


Want some great ideas to help you make these sometimes challenging cards?  Check this one out.  

I’ll bet you have most of the other supplies already in your craft room to make this card.  And if not, you can add whatever you need here.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Who Said Handmade Birthday Cards for Men are Hard?

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you find challenging about making cards for the guys in your life?  Leave me a comment.  

And let me know what other favourite Stampin’ Up! sets you love to use to help your men celebrate their happy day. 

Lovely as a Tree?  Coffee Cafe?  Picture Perfect Birthday?

And be sure to stick around.  I’ll share more ideas for handmade birthday cards for men over the next little while.

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