Welcoming back someone special... with a personal tag in the mail. November 01 2013
She is also at this very exciting point in her career life to start something creative, thoughtful and yummy using her special talents. You can follow her adventure through her blog The (other) Kennedy Compound.
So here is Susan!
I like the process of sitting in my studio and creating “just a little something” to send to someone. It’s probably not their birthday, or a holiday, or any specific time that they might expect to receive something. It’s usually just when I’m thinking about them and I want to let them know. Email, Facebook or a texts don’t send the same message.
Background stamps are my favorite and often the stamp that people don’t know how to use. Almost anything you do can be jazzed up with stamps, especially background stamps. They create depth and can totally change the look of something. An otherwise boring, clean sheet of paper becomes antiqued or distressed giving it character with a simple background stamp.
Different inks have different purposes. This website about stamping explains each type it in great detail. I like Versafine (crisp images) and Stampin’ Up (so many colors!). I always test stamp a few different times/kinds to get my image just right.
Here you can see the difference in the stamp quality of Traveler's Notebook Star Edition Stamp depending on stamping pads used.
- Tap, tap, tap (on stamp pad) then tap (and hold for 3 seconds) on item
- Don’t rock! It’s best not to rock the stamp back and forth on the stamp pad when inking OR when stamping image on item. Rocking will blur image &/or create “lines” from the rubber edges.
- “Huffing” with your breath will re-moisturize ink on a stamp. Good to know/use if your ink pad is dry or you don’t use the stamp right away.
- You can buy ink refills (little bottles) for your ink pads instead of buying all new ink pads.
- If using a large (background) stamp, ink the stamp, place it upside down on a surface, put paper on top and gently rub with your hands or a brayer to transfer the image.