Making cards is a really fun thing to do, sometimes nice to take a break from playing with fabric, and play with paper instead. I have some Craftsy videos on stamping, and in December I watched a bunch of youtube videos on stamping and playing with different techniques. One of them was on using a stamp platform with a clear acrylic cover. I looked that one up and almost choked on the price. So, I looked around a bit more, and found this one. I let DH know, and Santa brought me a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (affiliate link) for Christmas.
This is just a brilliant idea, new to me. The platform has a magnetic base with two rulers, one across the bottom and one on the hinge side. The ruler edges give a base to put the paper against, holding it straight. The little button magnets hold the paper still. The acrylic cover has two sides for use with the thinner acrylic stamps or the thicker rubber unmounted stamps. It disengages and flips around easily.
I pulled out one of the sets of letters, and spelled out a personalized greeting. How cool is this? I usually have a person in mind when I make a card, and I can now put the name right on the front of the card. The letters are arranged with the stamp side down on the paper.
Then close the acrylic cover, which picks up the letters.
Open the cover, and the letters can be adjusted easily.
I set closed the cover back down to be sure of the placement on the card.
Opening it up again, I inked the letter stamps by bouncing the pad on the stamps.
I used green ink this time.
Close the cover, pressing on the cover to stamp the image of the letters.
Now, here is the really cool part. See the ‘a’ and ‘n’ on ‘thank’ is not really stamped well? Those letters seem a bit light. The end of the ‘u’ on ‘You’ isn’t the best either.
Just re-ink the stamps and press again.
Look at that!! Perfect second stamp on top of the first one with all the letters clear.
Spritz the letters with water, and wipe clean with a cloth. I use moist towelettes.
Whoopee, now I can use the three fonts of letters I have to say anything!
It also worked well with the two part flower acrylic stamp set. I pulled the outer flower, then selected a center.
I arranged them together, and auditioned them in a couple of places on the card.
When I liked the position, the cover was closed to pick up the stamps.
This set was inked in red.
I got some ink on the cover outside of the stamp area, so used a moist towelette to clean that up before stamping.
Close the cover, and press evenly.
The flower crosses over the two papers and onto the green base.
A few stickers to finish it off and it is ready for my personal note inside.
So, my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (affiliate link) is a hit with me! Do you have something new to stamp with? What do you think of this technique?