Good Morning Ladies,
Something a little different this Saturday, I hope you don't mind.
Now I know that most of you ladies are fantastic stampers and have no problem getting a perfect image every time, but there are a few of us that despite our very best effort cannot get a perfect image every time we stamp. Mind you I will add that the Stamps that I bought from Stampin Up do seem to stamp fine (even for me)!!
Anyway there are a few of us that have this.........
On our wish lists, but the huge price tag is a little off putting, particularly as so many of us have so many 'guaranteed to solve' tools in our craft stash, most of the reviews are good though.
So I have been doing a bit of research into alternative solutions to this problem, I bought this....
But to be honest neither Sue or myself found it to be successful, maybe we were pressing too hard or not hard enough but boy we tried as it wasn't cheap either, I have the large one and it was over £25 !
While searching through the internet I came across a "Copycat" 'Misti' tool, it consists of this
Hemingsbo opening Picture Frame
It costs £3, yes that's all !! With the addition of a couple of extra inexpensive bits and pieces you have yourself a very useful stamping tool!
A sheet of 2mm Perspex in the 'window' of the frame as the piece of thick acetate that comes with the frame is not very strong and moves in the frame, the 2mm perspex is a lot better fit and is much stronger when inking up your stamps. It cost me £1 per sheet (measured to fit). I also added a thin sheet of tin that Paul cut from a sweet tin for me, but magnetic sheet would work fine, I topped that with a thin sheet of 'funky' foam to make a better surface to stamp clear stamps on. You can also add a loop of ribbon to the inside of the frame to make it easier to open and close.
There are a few good videos on YouTube about using this frame as a stamping tool.
Our Brenda went and bought one on Wednesday and has made a few modifications to hers, adding perspex
Brenda's Stamping Frame
Brenda has printed off a Grid sheet from the internet to pop inside the frame, which would help with making sure your stamps are straight. Brenda used low tack tape to hold her paper down, as it tends to lift with the stamp.
Strong magnets would also work if you have a magnetic sheet behind the funky foam too. (That's what the Misti uses)
Here are a few of my first attempts.......
I stamped the snowflake first then the flourish & Sentiments
I die cut star first THEN Stamped image on
First Stamp (not perfect)
Second stamp perfect image
I then added a flourish !
I was so excited once I started stamping with this new tool, I never have success with stamping, all of these stamped images were made busing clear stamps, it is so reassuring to know that if you don't get a perfect image first time, you can confidently stamp again, getting a perfect image! As you can see from above even the silhouette stamps (butterfly) even came out perfectly.
The Kraft card star I die cut first and then was able to accurately add the detail stamp afterwards, how amazing is that ??! (Can you tell how excited I am!!??
So if any of you want to buy one they are from IKEA, the frame is called 'Hemingsbo' and costs £3.
I am going to order a A4 thin metal sheet and some strong magnets, when I find a good deal I will add the link here.
Having said that mine is working fine as it is, I would just like to have the base more securely fixed.
It really does work though ladies !
Day 2 of Cheryl's Adventure
Cheryl travelled from New York to Philadelphia and then on to Washington DC,
Here are a few of Cheryl's photos from day 2......
Cheryl's Amazing Hotel
Faith, Hope & Charity Memorial
I am pretty sure you all know what all of the photographs above are of, Hopefully Cheryl will pop in and tell us all about her day in Washington DC.
Thank you so much Cheryl for sharing your adventure with all of us xxxx
PS...did yoiu buy those Chandeliers??? I could imagine them hanging in your downstairs loo !! Haha
Love and hugs to all,