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Which is better? the Red Rubber Stamp or Clear Rubber Stamp

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on January 31, 2018
Click through to find out which is better Red Rubber or Photopolymer

Actually both the red rubber stamp and the acrylic stamp are good stamps but they each have unique stamping qualities.

Red Rubber Stamp

Red Rubber Stamp click through to read about advantaged of red rubber vs clear stamps

The Red Rubber stamp is the traditional stamp that comes mounted on a wood block.  However you can now buy them without the wooden block so as to store them with less space.

The advantages are:

  • Image – red rubber gives a cleaner image
  • Ready to use – because they are typically already mounted on wooden blocks they are ready to use
  • Durable – red rubber does not tear due to peeling off acrylic blocks and can withstand high temperature, for example when you press them into molten embossing powder for deep embossing techniques.

The disadvantages are:

  • cost – red rubber is slightly more expensive than clear stamps
  • placement – because you cannot see through them it is harder to know where you are stamping
  • storage – wood mounted rubber stamps take up more room


Acrylic Stamp

Clear rubber stamps are know by different names such as acrylic stamps, polymer stamps, photo-polymer stamps, clear rubber stamps. At Stampin’ Up! we call them photo-polymer stamps.

The advantages are:

  • Cost – clear stamps are often cheaper than traditional red rubber stamps
  • Ease of Use – the stamps can be used immediately with a single acrylic block without having to pre-mount or prepare the stamps in any way.
  • Accurate Stamping – the clear stamps and clear stamping block mean that it is easy to accurately place stamps
  • Storage – clear stamps are simple to store and do not take up much room.

The disadvantages:

  • Loss of Stickiness – the stamps can lose their stickiness due to dirt or dust (although washing the stamps in water may help to restore the stickiness)
  • Image Quality – many clear stamps give a slightly softer stamped image than traditional rubber stamps.
  • Tearing – the stamps are soft and can tear when being removed from the backing sheet or block
  • Fiddly – some of the tiny stamps can be fiddly to use and to clean.
  • Blocks – blocks are required in order to use the stamps and this can add to the cost

The way I see it is, if I want a good clear detailed image I will use a red rubber stamp but if I need to see through for exact placement I will use clear photo-polymer stamp.

I hope this information was helpful.

Don’t forget SALE-ABRATION is still going on and I just found out the second release of FREE items will be announced tomorrow February 1

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Seasonal Lantern Card | Step it Up

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on September 18, 2017
Seasonal Lantern Step it Up

This Seasonal Lantern Card shows how with just a few simple changes you can take any project and adapt it no matter what type of crafter you are.

Seasonal Lantern Card New Crafter

Are you a new crafter? This beautiful card focuses mostly on stamps, ink, and paper. It’s a great place for new crafters to begin, especially if you want to send cards to multiple people this year.

Seasonal Lantern Card New Crafter

Seasonal Lantern Card Casual Crafter

Are you a casual crafter? This next version of the card really steps things up. The lantern and candle are cut out with the Big Shot and raised up on dimensionals.  The Garden Green cardstock is replaced with Garden Green and Burlap ribbon. And the sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Seasonal Lantern Card Casual Crafter

Seasonal Lantern Card Avid Crafter

Or maybe you’re an avid crafter and to you more is better. The final version of this card adds even more wonderfulness. More leaves, more ribbon, more stamping. And the white cardstock is embossed which gives the lantern more depth.

Seasonal Lantern Card Avid Crafter


So no matter what kind of crafter you are, there is always a project for you.

All the supplies used to make these cards are listed below. Clicking on the image will take you to my shop.

Product List


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Watercolor Background and Coffee

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on August 7, 2017

To jazz up today’s card I added a fun watercolor background in two shades of green.  I’m using the new Coffee Cafe stamp set with matching thinlit dies by Stampin’ Up!.  The instructions are listed below.

Watercolor background is all the craze these days and it is so easy! All you need is watercolor paper, ink, water and a plastic bag.

Watercolor Background Instructions

First to keep the water color paper from warping too much, tape down all the sides on a hard surface.  I use an old wooden clip board.

Watercolor Background 2

Next wet the paper with water using a wide paint brush.

Watecolor Background Instructions 3

Add ink to a plastic bag.  I am using water based pens in Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist to color the plastic bag, but you could paint water color onto the bag as well.

The magic happens when you smoosh the ink from the bag onto the wet paper.

Watecolor Background Instructions 8

Watecolor Background Instructions 7

Watecolor Background Instructions 6

Let it dry.  You can use a paper towel to absorb some of the pooling water puddles if you like. To speed up the drying process use a heat tool like I do here.

Watercolor Background Instructions 9

And now to decorate.

I fussy cut the coffee pot and cups from the Coffee Break designer paper and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  Water color paper can be difficult to stamp on so I used the Misti stamping tool by My Sweet Petuia to reink several times.  Stampin’ Up! also has a reinking tool called the Stamp a ma jig listed below.

The final touches are a few coffee beans and some Wink of Stella to bling it up a bit.

If you have a coffee loving friend, you will love this set.  There is also a “Thanks a Latte” sentiment when you need to send that special thank you note.

Product List

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will try this fun technique. And until next time, keep calm and stamp on!

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Post it Note Holder Tutorial

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on July 10, 2017
Post it Note Holder Instructions Title

You are going to love this Post it Note holder I’ve been making to sell at a local craft fair I am going to at the end of the month.  They are so popular and all my crafting buddies keep asking how I made it. Yes I’m giving away my trade secret here but don’t tell anyone.  Shhhh, it will be our little secret.

If you make crafts you might consider selling them at a local craft fair also. They are a fun way to make a little extra spending money for all those new stamp sets that are coming out in our new Holiday Catalog this September.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful.

Post it Note Holder Instructions

To make a Post it Note holder first cut out your base

7 3/8″ X 3 1/4″

Then score on the 3 1/8″  3 1/2″  3 7/8″

Post it Note Holder Instructions Score Marks

Fold on the 3 1/2″ and cut two slits. This will be the pen holder.

Post it Note Holder cut slits

Use a strong adhesive such as tear tape ( item #138995 in our catalog)  and put between the 3 1/2″ and 3 7/8″ score marks.

As you adhere the fold be sure to push out the pen holder.

Add another strip of tear tape to the back inside to hold the Post it Note pad in place.

Post it Note Holder tear tape


Finally decorate.  I always start with a layer of designer paper cut 3″ X 2 7/8″

adhere a 3 X 3 Post it Note and pen (I got my pens at Party City)

Because I sell mine in a craft fair I also put mine in a  4″ X 6″ self adhesive clear bag and attach at topper cut at 4″ X 2 1/4″ I score it at the 1″ and then cut a scalloped edge on the 1 1/4″ side.

Post it Note Holder Bag Topper

Post it Note Holder

I hope you found this tutorial useful.  I want to give credit to Dawn Griffith who made and awesome video showing how she makes her Post it Note holder.  You can see that video HERE.

And if you live in the North Texas area I’d love to meet you at the fair.

And until next time, go and do more of what makes you happy.

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6 Steps to Hosting an Amazing New Product Open House

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on May 31, 2017
6 Steps to Hosting Open House

So you just got back from this years conference and you have all these great new products you want to share with your customers.  So you decide to host an Open House.  But where to start?

6 tips for hosting an open house

When hosting an open house you want your home to be inviting and the area well laid out so your guests get excited about all your new products.

Start with a theme

A theme will help make the room feel pulled together and give the event order. Your theme can be a color, something that is trending, seasonal or even a time in history.

For my Open House I chose to highlight one of our new products as the theme.  I love the new Delightful Daisy Suite and so went with a daisy theme and the color yellow.

Use a theme to pull the room together

Next be sure to have a welcome area where guests can sign in

Staying with my theme I found a sign in sheet on-line with daisies.  I also made thank you treats for my guests to take home. I got the thank you idea from Mary Fish on her blog HERE

Have a welcome area with sign-in sheet

Serve some yummy refreshments

A place where you can go all out with your theme is at the refreshment table.  I went to Pinterest and searched daisy party and got the idea for these cupcakes and daisy sugar cookies.  You can find almost any shape cookie cutter for sugar cookies these days.  And the best sugar cookie recipe hands down is from Susan Keuter.  These are the cookies Cathy Zielske raves about on her blog and they really are the best! You can get the recipe from her blog HERE

Serve theme based refreshments

Display your new products

You will need an area to display your new products.  You can use shelves and a table for this. Be sure to use different heights to give interest to your display.  Lynn Bordowski has an excellent tutorial on this technique you can read about HERE. Also have a place where your guest can browse through the new catalog to place an order. You can incorporate your theme here too with a simple banner.

Display new products

Hands on area

If you have a product that your customers can try out be sure to have an area for this too.  I sell stamps for making greeting cards so here I have set up an area for my guests to make a card using the new products for themselves.

Let your guest try out some new products

Door Prizes

And it wouldn’t be a party without door prizes. Have small inexpensive items you can give away every half hour and then you might also have something really nice for a grand prize too.

Don't forget door prizes

An Open House is a great way to showcase your business. It is a time to present what you and your business have been working on and what you have to offer the community. I hope these ideas help.  If you have any other ideas that you would like to share, please leave them in the comments below.

Thanks and remember, to do something creative everyday.

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