Stamparatus cards

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Yesterday on my Tuesday Tips post, I posted some tips you can use with your Stamparatis. However today, I wanted to share a few pictures made with the stamparatus. Just by moving the plate down the hinges at the top or side, it allows your stamped sentiment to be perfectly aligned for your next stamp. Once your paper is placed, just line up your sentiment (do a test first) then you are ready to stamp. These were so easy to make for a quick card when you need it.

Ombre effect

With this card, I stamped the Happy Birthday stamp at the top of the page in full ink, then I moved the hinge down one hinge at a time until I reached the bottom of the card stock. I stamped each sentiment without adding any additional ink. I love the ombre effect as the stamp’s ink gets less and less with each stamp. The right side was a piece of cardstock I ran through the Cut & Embossing machine to give it the embossed brick texture. A thin ribbon was added in between to tie the two pieces of card stock together. I also coloured some pearls to add some bling to the front of the card. We always need a little bling, right?

With this card, it was made basically the same way. However this time, I Stamped in the middle first with full ink before moving the hinge down twice. I re-inked my stamp, then stamped in the middle again before moving the hinge upward. I like how the middle sentiment is bold while the sentiments above and below have a more faded look. This would also make a cute card if each sentiment was a different colour. I may have to try that…

This card was a little bit different. I positioned my paper then placed my stamp at a angle. I inked up my stamp at full strength each time I moved the hinge downward so all the sentiments have the same ink strength. Just for some added interest,

I stamped the flower and leaves on the bottom and added the ribbon and then the stamped sentiment was added with dimmensionals. Bling was also added for no other reason then I liked how it looks with some bling.

USING A TEMPLATE TO MAKE A WREATH

This was the very first card I made, using a template. I like how this allows you to make wreaths with evenly spaced stamps all around.

Note; As a first attempt, I was pleased with my effort, but I also see a few marks that shouldn’t be there (pressing too hard). I also flubbed it, the first time I tried this by inking up the wrong stamp with the wrong colour. So if you try this technique, make sure you are inking up the right stamp if using more than one colour. Lesson learned, I trashed my card stock and had to start over. We learn from our mistakes, right?

To start, make a template by cutting out a 3″ square of card stock, as shown below, and then rotating and cut again, so you have an 8 point star shape. If you want, you can make this smaller or larger, by decreasing or increasing your square accordingly, the pencil mark scribble is what you would cut out (image 1).

Image 1 Template – scribble is cut out

To make your card, place the template on your stamparatus and secure it with the magnets so it won’t move. Cut and place a 3″ x 3″ piece of card stock in your template.

Arrange your stamp(s) so they line up over the card stock (image 2). In my example, I placed a single leaf on one plate and a leafy branch on the other plate. Ink and stamp your cardstock then rotate your cardstock (image 3) and repeat. Continue to move your card stock around, stamping as you go, until you are back to where you started. In my example I chose not to re-ink with each turn, stamping off so the leaves and branches have some variance of colour.

Image 2 – Yellow Post It note represents your card stock
Image 3 – Card stock is rotated in the template then stamped again.

Templates can also be used for making multiple stamped sentiments or images of the same thing. If you had to cut and stamp 20 images it becomes a bit tedious. If you take a piece of card stock and stamp and cut out your image,( i.e. such as a Moose or butterfly) the cut out becomes your template. Now place that template on your stamparatus and position your stamp over it. Always do a test run. Once you are happy with how it looks, you can then die cut all your images. Place each one in your template to stamp, remove then add the next one. You can ensure every image is stamped exactly as you want it.

I hope these examples inspire you to give these techniques a try. They are simple and easy to master.

As always, I welcome your feedback so please leave a comment.