Monday, 11 February 2008

Stamp a ma jig tutorial

Hello again!! I seem to have managed to blog a bit more frequently lately, which surprises me to be honest but hey while the going s good... lol.
For today s post I ve decided to show you a mini tutorial on how to use the *stamp a ma jig*, yes I know it sounds weird but let me tell you this baby is great!! Question:
How many times have you made a card and you spent ages putting it together, only to spoil it by the final *adding* of the stamped sentiment? I know so many crafters that turned to peel offs, for exactly this reason. I am an experienced crafter let me tell you( Lord knows I've had enough practise for the last 12 years) but the amount of cards I discard is quite big,because of my inability to sometimes stamp straight and in the place I want the sentiment to be, and not half an inch out. But I won't do that no more because I have found this little gadget, and I am going to show to you how it works. So you can get a better understanding of just how cool this is I m gonna do it twice.
I am using a two step stampin hostess set from Stampin Up called Heartfelt. I firstly stamp my image on a white base(i ve used SU markers to add the two different colours on my stamp)
Now next step is to take your stamp a ma jig. This is what it looks like, a black handle with 2 straight 90 degree edges at the top ( is got a left and a right side) and a clear plastic sheet smooth on one side and rough on the other(you could use either but the rough side grabs the ink better).

So this is what you have to do, start by butting the clear sheet right into the corner. Now stamp your chosen image onto the clear sheet making sure you but the stamp against the handle like this.
So what you have now is the image of your choice stamped onto the plastic sheet.
Clear? i hope so.. next I take my clear sheet and place it over my image stamped on the card, position it exactly where i want it, and cos is clear this is v easy
When you are happy with your placement butt the handle next to the clear sheet, remove the plastic sheet ink your stamp and stamp again by placing the stamp next to the handle.
Is that cool or what??? my bloom looks perfect!!! I am so made up with this but this is not all, I have now decided I want to add some wording to my topper so you ve guessed it I ve stamped my chosen word onto the plastic sheet, position it over my image
placed my handle next to the clear sheet, remove the clear sheet and stamp straight on my image. Perfecto!!! Every time!! Here is my finished card

This is one gizmo I m actually going to get a lot of use out of, just think how handy it will be for those nestabilities? being able to cut the shape, stamp you image smak in the centre then run it through to get the edges embossed....fab!! Or how about mixing different fonts from two or more different stamps to spell a one of a kind personalised message? ohh my brain hurts thinking of all the possibilities. I ve used Always artichoke, pretty in pink and whisper white cardstock, versamark, alaways artichoke, old olive, pixie pink and ruby red markers, glod brads all Stampin Up.

I love this set and I ve followed my previous post habit of taking one stamp set and making 3 cards, but I can only show you 2 tonight as I ve still have one to photograph. I just love the colours in this next one... love them



Old olive, tempting turquoise and whisper white card stock, black, tempting turquoise and old olive inks, Heartfelt and Circles of friendship stamps, tempting turquoise grosgrain ribbon all Stampin UP, black frilly ribbon May s Arts. Note how I ve stamped the sentiment on a black punched circle and white embossed? I ve just fancied a change but how good are those stamps? you can still read the words clearly even tho have been embossed.. love that!!


Finally I ve got to show you a sweet birthday card i ve made for my team mate over on UKS, it is her birthday tmrrw. I just hope she likes it!!


I ve used white ribbed white card from PaperMill, certainly celery, pixie pink card from SU, pretty in pink, pixie pink, versamark, certainly celery, old olive SU inks, stamps from PapertreyInk, ribbon and brads unknown. Thank you so much for stopping by see ya!!
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14 comments :

Sally said...

Great tutorial...I'll be buying one of those :) Love the cards especially your colour choices. Welcome home!

Jo said...

gorgeous, gorgeous cards Monica! Love that thingy magig tool too. :)

Dawn said...

Stuning Cards as always, your cards are always classy.

Claire said...

YET again - gorgeous cards. You cards would be great to find in a card store... they are so classy and beautifully done!

EllePiggo said...

Stunning cards and a fab tutorial! :)
Vanessa.

Anonymous said...

HI Monica

Needed some inspiration for making Valentines cards for the family, and knew just where Id find it. You are an inspiration. Thank you.
SallyLxxxxx

Stampin' Up! Gal said...

totally beautiful!! I have never used the stamp a ma jig before. Maybe I shall buy one and try it :)

Gail said...

Great tutorial, you've hit on an issue that bothers all card makers! Looks like a great gadget.

Lisa said...

Monica great tut and gorgeous cards, I wondered how it worked, I presume the plastic just wipe clean.

Claire said...

Thank you for the card Mon!

I am the proud receiver of the gorgeous pink flower card at the end of Mon's post! Thank you!

scrappa jack said...

Great tutorial. Lovely cards

Sadie B said...

This is a great gadget.

Your card is amazing.

Jane said...

Fantastic tutorial Monica, thanks for passing it on, and allowing us to see how to be able to stamp as brilliantly as you!!
I will be adding the thingy magig to my SU wishlist for sure...

Jane said...

I forgot to say hunnie, that your cards are truely gorgeous....