Lisa’s CardMaker Tip
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Hello! It’s Lisa with card-making tips and projects to share with you. When thinking of what tip I might share with you today, I found myself struggling a bit. What advice could I share with stampers, new and seasoned, that might help? To get the rusty gears in my head turning, I thought the best thing to do is start creating a project.

As a scientist, I tend to be methodical and process oriented. In creating this duo of cards, I’m going to enumerate a few general tips that can help in recreating these cards exactly or translate for your own creations.

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As you can tell, these cards are very similar! In fact, this is really a two-for-one deal! And who doesn’t love a deal?

To help in creating the cards, I thought I’d share my first tip. Create two or more cards when you create. Your supplies are already out and messy. If mass-producing cards is not something you enjoy doing, create slightly different projects with the same supplies. Use a different sentiment on the second card or change the layout. Getting two projects completed is a big win in my book!

Another tip to share with you relates to die-cutting stamped images. Many stamp companies sell matching dies for their clear sets. In some instances, the dies are solid shapes (as they are for this set), which makes it very challenging to align for placement of pre-stamped images. You have two options in this case. You can die-cut white cardstock first and stamp second. Or you can create a template.

I have a confession here … lean in a little closer … I’ve never, ever been successful at lining up my stamp on a precut image. Ever. I have zero accuracy. I realize that the stamp images of this set are clear, but that just seems to damage my self-esteem even more. I should be able to do this, folks! Inevitably, I miss, smudge, or accidently knock the die cut across my desk to some random location and must start again. To combat my lack of aim, I opt for a die template.

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This is so simple to do. Die-cut a scrap of cardstock, running it through your machine as usual.

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Place the negative of the die-cut over your stamped image until perfectly aligned. You can opt to hold it in place with a piece of low-tack tape. With the template in place, nest the die over the stamped image, running through your machine as usual.

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Success! The die-cut has the perfect border around the image!

Repeat for each stamp image and die shape.

Now that we have the die cuts ready, it’s time to finish the cards. That brings me to my last tip, which was born of necessity and a great reminder. I couldn’t find a black ink pad on my work surface for anything! This meant looking at my ink collection and finding a good alternative. This time, I selected a soft navy ink to stamp my sentiment. This was such a great choice with the soft pink background and something I’ll remember in the future.

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Because I tend to think in bullet points, I’ve summarized my tips below:

  • Plan and stamp for at least two cards when you create
  • Create a template for solid shape dies to allow for perfect placement over pre-stamped images
  • Reach for alternate colors (rather than black or brown) for stamping sentiments

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So, I’d love to know if this helped you. If you have any great tips related to stamping on die cuts, you know I could use them!

Thanks for visiting!

Lisa

Supplies used: Classic Crest solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.;  Gingham Background, Fall Florals and Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp sets and Fall Florals and Cross-Stitch Circle STAX dies from My Favorite Things; dye ink pads (cotton candy, hollyhock, hot mama, soft navy, hydrangea, sunshine, orange peel, green apple and green leaf) from Simon Says Stamp!Big Shot die-cutting machineStandard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies and Standard Cutting Pads from Sizzix; adhesive foam tape from 3M.

8 Responses to Lisa’s CardMaker Tip

  1. Wendy says:

    Hi Lisa, I love your tips, esp for stamping die cuts 🙂 I have always thought the negative of a die cut could be a great card, but I never thought of making it right then! It makes so much sense 🙂 I’m doing this from now on!!

  2. Great idea, I always just throw the pieces in my scrap bin to use later but to make another card at the same time is a great idea!

  3. Muriel says:

    Hi l am like you my stamping is a bit to be desired so I tend to stamp some part of the background then use my die to do the rest I love what you are doing and I do think speaking to you and watching you I may learn how to do my cards a lot better as I would like to sell them at some time Muriel x

  4. Muriel says:

    I do like stamping myself but I am not too good at it so I stamp some parts to the background and the rest is done with die I think I would like to learn more so my cards could be good enough to sell m x

  5. DawnL says:

    Great cards and great tip about the template!

  6. Sheila H says:

    Two cards at once is a great idea! And I love the template idea. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Great tip, Lisa! Love the idea of the template. Don’t know why I’ve not thought of that before.

  8. Linda says:

    Great die cut template tip. I will definitely use it

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