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Heartfelt Creations Stamps & Dies 


Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps and detailed dies. The stamps paired with matching dies offer a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D depth to any project.

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JustRite Stamps n' Dies 


New products from JustRite. Their Cling and Clear Stamps were designed to match Spellbinders dies.

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Clear Stamps 


Clear Stamps is our new line of stamps. These stamps are easy to use. All you need to do is peel and stick to an acrylic block.

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Pampered Pets Clear Stamps 


Clear Stamps are easy to use. All you need to do is peel and stick to an acrylic block.

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The Different Kinds of Craft Stamps 
by DeeAnn Young

All of your stamps can be used for different types of crafts Knowing what you can do with each kind of stamp will help you to know what you should be purchasing for your craft.

Clear Stamps with Acrylic blocks: Clear stamps are becoming more and more popular. These clear stamps will stick to your acrylic block making is easy to have precise placement when stamping. They are usually sold as sets so you get more stamps for your money. They also come in a protective case that makes it easy to store and organize them.

Wooden Mounted Rubber: These stamps will give you the best detailed images when you use them. They are deep etched and are ideal for stamping on soft surfaces like fabric. These stamps are supplies ready to use in a wide variety of different styles.

Un-mounted Rubber: These stamps are like your Wooden Mounted stamps, but just consist the 'die' part of the stamp. You can mount then yourself to a block or use temporary mounting like cling foam that you would use with an acrylic block. Unmounted stamps will usually cost less than the mounted stamps, most of your manufacturers will have both types to choose from.

Foam: Foam stamps are great for children because they are easy to use and light weight. They are great for stamping large and bold images. You will most likely use foam stamps when you are using paints. These stamps are great for any interior decorating projects.

Digital: These kinds of stamps have become more popular with the use of computer in your home. They give you an entire new range of creative opportunities. They are much different than your traditional stamps, but have great advantages.

Make sure that you decide what type will work best for you and the type of craft you are doing. Every one you use can be used for other crafts, so keep that in mind when purchasing them. The better you take care of them the longer they will last and the more creative crafts you can do with them. I suggest that you find a way to store your stamps for better organization and to keep them away from different elements that can cause them not to last as long. Remember when you decide on a type of stamp you can also use different ways to ink them, you can use normal stamp ink or they do make special markers that you can use to make each stamp different colors. Have fun with them and you will be sure to enjoy them.

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Rubber Stamps : 10 Great Tips For Making Multiple Cards 
by Kathy Williams

You know the feeling. The kids have tons of demands, vacation is just around the corner, that big project at work is eating all of your free time. How will you ever make those handmade cards for the big party, or mail the invitations for the guests at the big wedding? What started out as a great idea for some very special cards has turned into a stressful project. These ten simple steps will maximize your time and free up your creativity when making multiple cards for any size project.

1. Determine and plan your cardmaking schedule. Do you want to set aside a few hours or just 30 minutes at a time? Pick a design suitable for the available time. Make a simple "assembly line" schedule to maximize the time you have to spend on the project.

2. Work on individual elements, individually. It may sound silly, but working on one element of the cards will retain the "look" of the cards while creating a "unity" among them. Start by stamping all of the impressions, then work on cutting out all of the backgrounds, folding all of the paper, tearing all of the sheets simultaneously. You don't want to spend too much time on any one card.

3. Have a party! Kids and relatives love to involved. Make the work fun and don't be overly concerned about the smaller details of the project. You will ultimately put all of the individual components together, giving you plenty of time to add any special touches. Working together with other people will also add a new level of uniqueness to your cards.

4. Stop writing. One of the most frustrating tasks of mass producing cards is hand writing messages. Find "handwriting fonts" available online, at your nearest craft supply store, or your local computer store. Sign the finished card or pen in any details or RSVP information as you would with a store purchased card.

5. Use a paper trimmer. If you need a fast way to make background frames or trim down embellishments, scissors just won't cut it! Stacking paper in 5-10 sheet groups and trimming all at once will provide perfect multiple shapes. Often, your scraps can be stacked in such a way to trim them into useable pieces with a trimmer. Rotary trimmers will also allow you to add perfect "scalloped" edges to the base of the card(s).

6. Punch It. Remember your time is valuable. Whether it's a heart, circle, flower, even a fork and spoon, your local craft store will have a perfect punch for the card. Cutting out shapes by hand is tedious and rarely looks well. Circles can be particularly difficult.

7. Stamp, Stamp, Stamp. When placing stamped images on a card, use one stamp at a time and make as many impressions as needed. Don't clean stamps or switch colors until all of the cards have been stamped. This keeps your ink pads from becoming "mixed" and makes the impressions uniform.

8. Avoid difficult embellishments. I am sure that rows of bows, lines of brads, or glued dots would look wonderful on each card. Finding a simpler alternative will save you hours. Paper tears, taped bows, even stylish stickers can be just as attractive without the hours of difficult handy work.

9. Customize backgrounds. If you absolutely must have a "look" provided by a stamped background, make a "master" copy on white paper EXACTLY how it should look. Scan the paper design into a computer at 300 dpi. (If you're already confused, spend a minute with the scanner manual.) Print onto colored cardstock or paper. When done properly, no one will even notice!

10. Have fun...with a budget. These are the two biggest factors when mass producing cards. You don't want to get partway through the project only to realize you have far overspent your intended budget. That special patterned paper and those cute hologram stickers can max out the cost of the cards. Alternatively, when the project simply becomes a duty, it is unlikely you will ever finish. Remember to always plan lots of time. After all, this is by far the greatest hobby in the world!

Kathy Williams is a rubber stamp addict! She writes informative rubber stamp articles that focus on techniques, trends, and styles. From chalking, antiquing, crimping, trimming, inking, and even shadowing, her ideas are sure to inspire hours of stamping creativity. Find more of her great ideas, stamping articles, and favorite rubber stamps at http://www.rubberstampingfun.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kathy_Williams



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