July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tips or Techniques!

Are you one of those lucky stampers who has the coordinating products below from the Stampin' Up! catalog:


The "Flower Shop Stamp Set" and the "Pansy Punch". What fun! But oops....
How do we get a perfect stamped image facing the right direction for the punch without spending lots of time lining it up correctly? If you look at the stamped image below, notice that all the petals are different:


At first, I turned and turned and turned my stamp image until I finally had it lined up correctly. I kept thinking...there must be an easier way.....


Look at what I did:


I figured out which two petals belongs at the very top of the punch when lined up and cut a notch in each flower stamp as shown above. I make sure the notched area of my stamp is facing the very top of my clear block as shown below:


And make sure it is facing in the correct position on my cardstock when I stamp the image. Notice the notch is facing the top here:


So the punch lines up perfectly:


Perfectly punched flower:

 
I've seen other stampers use a Permanent Marker and place a dot on the rubber but that dot will be scrubbed away at some point when cleaning the stamp. I thought this would be more permanent. Oh and one last tidbit of information, no I don't use my clear labels on my stamps, they stick better without them! 
 
Thanks for stopping by to visit!
 
 


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20 comments:

  1. Fabulous tip Debbie, thanks so much. It's a bit frustrating to find the right position on the stamp that matches the punch or die so I think this will work for all sets that come with a companion die or punch.

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  2. This is a super tip, but had to admit telling you don't put the clear labels on your stamps was the BEST! TKS

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    1. I do so many classes and workshops that I don't always take the time to clean my clear blocks like I should and this is the answer! Glad you liked it also!

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    1. I think it's a time-saver myself, thanks Alison!

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  4. Wonderful tip! Thanks so much for helping reduce the stress of finding the correct placement!

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    1. I agree Margaret, it was quite stressful. Glad you enjoyed this!

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  5. Great idea - I had watched a video about putting a permanent mark to make the bottom of the punch but, you're right, it wears off. This is brilliant!

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  6. Thank you so much...I thought I was losing my mind.......LOL

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    1. I was so frustrated and knew that there must be a better way! So glad to help!

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  7. Great tip! That will make things MUCH easier!

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  8. Thank you so much for this tip! Great idea.

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    1. You are very welcome! Thank you to you for visiting!

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  9. Thanks so much for this idea...it's definitely made this stamp set much more appealing to use...the first couple of times I found it so frustrating turning the punch round and round...and round...and nothing seemed to fit!

    I also don't put the stickers on my clear-mount stamps...never have issues with them falling off the block!

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    1. So glad you liked the idea Louise and thanks for commenting!

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  10. Great idea, Debbie! I like this much better than using the marker which as you said will disappear in time. Thank you for the tip.

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    1. Glad you liked the tip Maggy. I think it works rather well and so do my customers!

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