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Help with Rubber Stamping Halos

The problem of  catching corners”, “catching an edge”, or leaving halos can be so frustrating  when stamping on your project, leaving an extra edge mark behind  Here’s a photo of the problem I’m describing.

Halo problems with rubber stampingI’d like to share some solutions to prevent this from happening on your rubber stamping projects.

  1. First of all, make sure that you aren’t pressing down too hard on the ink pad.  It’s really easy to press too hard with Stampin’ Up’s! new firm foam ink pads because they have a bit more “give” than the old felt pads.  The secret is to remember to lightly “tap, tap, tap” them.  If you look on the photo above, you can see how the ink is not only on the raised sentiment image, but also on edge of the base rubber of the image.

  2. Secondly, lower the stamp straight down onto your project, pressing firmly but not too hard.  Also, make sure not to “rock” the stamp from side to side.  After stamping,  lift straight up off the project.

  3. Sometimes there is excess rubber around the stamp design, and this is the area that can collect excess ink.  The edge shouldn’t extend more than 1/4″ past the design area.  The excess can be cut off with a scissor, but make sure you cut STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN and not at an angle and be careful not to cut into the rubber design.  Of course, if the stamp will be mounted on a wood block, this trimming must be done before mounting.

  4. A “creative adjustment” is also a solution to the halo problem.  If a halo occurs, simply add a ribbon or embellishment over “oops” area.

My hope is that you have found this post to be helpful in your rubber stamping endeavors.  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment letting me know what other challenges you face in your paper crafting and I’ll try to address them in future blog posts.

Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Happy St. Pats Day!!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and even though this handmade card doesn’t contain any Leprechauns or pots of gold, this would be a great card to send to let someone know you are thinking of them!

Petite Petals, Four You, Sweet Sorbet Designer PaperHere are the project notes:

  • Pistachio Pudding card stock and coordinating Sweet Sorbet designer paper were used.  I LOVE the soft, subtle color of Pistachio Pudding!
  • Stamp sets used were (sentiment) Four You (W130535, C 130538)  and Petite Petals (W 133152, C 133155)
  • The In-Colors of Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana were used to stamp the flower images.
  • Banner pieces were created using the Hearts A Flutter framelit die for the Big Shot.
  • Baker’s Twine was used to “hang” the banner on the card front.

I’d like to encourage you to brighten someone’s mailbox today by sending a card letting them know you’re thinking of them.  In the hustle and bustle of the world we live in, taking time to touch the lives of others can easily fall by the wayside.  However, I feel it’s one of the most important things you can do!  TAKE THE TIME TODAY!!

May your day be filled with rainbows on this St. Patrick’s Day!  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

So Very Grateful Gatefold Card

Here’s another card I created using my Gatefold Card Tutorial and the So Very Grateful stamp set.  I think that this stamp set is my favorite one from Stampin’ Up’s! 2014 Occasions catalog.


So Very Grateful Gatefold

The So Very Grateful stamp set is one that I LOVE to color.  On this card I used a Blender Pen (102845) and ink pads to color the flowers.

Project Notes:

  • Pool Party is the dominant color.  The green “ring” around the opening is Wild Wasabi and was created using Oval Collection Framelits (129381).
  • Subtles Color Collection Designer Series Paper 130135 (Pool Party) was used for the background.
  • I stamped color-on-color on the four corners of the card, using the smaller coordinating stamp from the So Very Grateful stamp set.

This is such a fresh feeling card that reminds me of SPRING (I hope it will soon be here!!). If you are interested in directions for how to create the base for this Gatefold Card, I have them available for purchase here.  Once you learn how to create this card base, the possibilities are endless!!

I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by today.  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Chevron Punch Lattice Technique


I’ve seen many projects like this on the internet where the Chevron Border Punch was used to create a lattice. I was happy to learn how to create it at the Sale-A-Bration Expo I co-hosted earlier this month.  Attendees learned SIX new techniques and this was one technique my upline demonstrated.

Petite Petals, Chevron Punch, You're Lovely

What I learned was that the trellis is created by punching two card stock strips using the Chevron Border punch and then moving the strips against each to create the desired look.  The tips of the punched chevron border click into one another to hold them together until they can be attached to the project.  (Did that make any sense??  Hope it did.)   You can see this in my photo.

Project Notes:

  • Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are the card colors.
  • Arrows Textured Embossing Folder (132187) was used to add texture to the background.
  • Petite Petals stamp set (W 133152, C 133155) and Petite Petals punch (133322) were used for the flowers.
  • You’re Lovely stamp set (W 133575, C 133578) is the sentiment.  This is a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set you can choose with a Stampin’ Up! product order of $50.
  • Little Leaves Sizzlits (114511), used in the Big Shot,  created the leaves.
  • Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102) were also used.

The You’re Lovely stamp set wasn’t one of my top picks from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, but it sure makes a beautiful card.  I’m curious to know which Sale-A-Bration choices are YOUR favorite.  If you’re willing to share, please leave a comment below.

So glad you took the time to stop and visit!  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

See Ya Later, Alligator!

See Ya Later Sale-A-Bration

This make-and-take project from the Sale-A-Bration Expo we hosted two weekends ago uses Stampin’ Up’s! See Ya Later stamp set that can be earned FREE with a $50 product purchase.

Creating this card took a bit of brain power!!  The Chevron Punch was used on the right hand side of the card, and the chevrons are punched through BOTH layers of the card.  Stampin’ Up! punches are designed to only punch through ONE card stock layer at a time.  I think attendees might agree that the biggest challenge of the day was figuring out how to hold the punch and paper and get it to come out correctly.

Project Notes:

  • Always Artichoke and So Saffron are the color choices for this card.

  • Ovals Collection Framelits (129381) were used to create the graduated oval shapes.

  • The designer series paper pattern used for this card reminds me somewhat of texture of an alligator’s hide.  This sheet can be found in the Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (130139)

  • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) add a nice finishing touch to the project.

March will soon be half over…and the chance to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products with a $50 purchase ends on March 31.  Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the fun!  You can shop my online store here.

Thanks for taking time to visit today….have fun “stampin’ it up!”

A card in the hand….

craft supplies photo

Do any of you card makers find when you need a card in a hurry you don’t have any extras on hand?  Since I’ve started making my own cards I have become picky about the cards I send and want them to only be handmade.  This can sometimes present a dilemma however when my extra card supply is low or non-existent!!

Well, I have a solution to that problem, one that I have started practicing in my own life.  When creating a card to mail or for a special occasion, create at least two extra (or four or even six!!).  It really doesn’t take that much more effort as long as all the supplies are out.  Sometimes I assemble all the extra cards at the same time I create the original.  If time is short, I will create all the elements for the card and assemble them at a later date.  If I plan to assemble them later, I take a photo of the original card (so I can remember what it looked like) and then place all the prepared pieces together in a plastic storage bag.  Then, on a day that I have more time available, I will get the bag out and assemble the extra cards.

Do any of you readers have tips you’d like to share to make sure that you have extra handmade cards available for “card emergencies”?  If so, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks for taking time to stop by.  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Ghosting Technique

Ghosting Technique Flower Shop Label LoveIf you have ever used emboss resist in your card making, then you already know about the ghosting technique.  This is the second card/technique that I taught at last weekend’s Sale-A-Bration Expo.  (You can see my other card and technique here.)

Ghosting takes the principle of emboss resist and applies it using designer paper.  The technique gets its name because as the ink is applied over the clear embossed, stamped image, the patterned paper underneath pops through…clear and transparent like a ghost.

Project notes:

  • Baked Brown Sugar card stock and ink were used.
  • The project also uses Retro Fresh Designer Paper (132993) and Washi Tape (133001).
  • Stamp sets: Flower Shop (W 130939, C 130942) and Label Love (W 130619, C 130622)

If you are interested in learning about ghosting, I have a video demonstrating the technique here on my YouTube Channel.

That’s it for now…

Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”