Today I am going to share with you the first part of a series of beginners guides which I hope you will find helpful. I know I use a lot of Docrafts products but a lot of the tips and hints will apply to any brand.
Today my tutorial will be on how to line you stamps up with the matching dies. Its a new trend hitting the craft industry at the moment with companies such as Papermania and Sizzix having there own products. I prefer the Papermania ones because they are cheaper and still provide the same quality as the other brands but its up to you to decide.
For this tutorial I have used the Papermania Butterfly Stamps ( PMA 907322) that match the Xcut A5 Buteerflies die-set (XCU 503196). '
3) carefully place the die-cut shape over the matching stamp but do not press down until you are happy its in the correct position. once I position press the die down all over using your fingers so that the ink covers the die evenly.
4) your finished item should look like this, you can then use embossing powder to gloss over the details or decorate with adhesive gems. the possibilities are endless.
A quick tip on maintaining your stamps
as you use your clear stamps some staining may happen and I know there are a load of expensive cleaning products available for keeping them clean. but I just use alcohol free baby wipes to clean mine after use. for a deeper clean I use warm water and washing up liquid and give them a rub down. always let them air dry otherwise the clingy bit on the back wont be as effective.
if you have any questions or feedback then drop us a comment.
My next tutorial will be for the end of April on how to use misting sprays.