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Posted 7/27/2004 by djc in General Stamping
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djc
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Posted: 7/27/2004 11:40:15 AM
I've been thinking about starting this thread for quite a while. As a new stamper, I have learned a ton on this board. I have gone to other sites to read Tips for Beginners. I've read post after post and article after article about different inks. My mind could only absorb so much new information. No matter how much we read, we learn my actually making something. My daughter-in-law made me sit down and make my first card.

I thought we could share our Ah-Ha! experiences here. What did you discover while making your project? What tip did you find really helpful? What did you do to save that mistake from the wastepaper basket?

Here are three from me:
1. I was having trouble consistently stamping a good image. I figured out that my Lifetime(?) table had too much give. I have an old acrylic cutting board that I don't use so I put that on my table for a stamping surface. It has made a noticeable difference.

2. Yesterday, while 2 Peas was down, I read a tip on another board. A poster said, when stamping an image, to give the paper time to absorb the ink on the stamp. I had been lifting the stamp quickly. I tried leaving it on the paper bit longer, and that really helped.

3. Here's a link to a card where I had stamped the sentiment crookedly. I like the corrected version better than the original.
Fixed Crooked Sentiment

I hope this helps someone. I hope you'll share your learning experiences too.

One more thing, when you post your cards/projects in the gallery, post the mistakes as well as the successes. In the comment section, describe what worked and what didn't. We can learn from each other.

Daria

alfmn
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Posted: 7/27/2004 12:44:46 PM
Daria
This is a great thread!!!! I will try to see what I can come up. You know I seldom make mistakes - being practically perfect and all (NOT - LOL). Thanks for thinking of this and keep this kind of thread alive and well.

Annie

countryshoe
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Posted: 7/27/2004 1:12:04 PM
What a great thread idea!!
I will share my biggest 'aha!' moment that will seem almost laughable to most - but to me it was almost stamp-life altering!
I had only been to one workshop given by a local SU demo, knew I liked the concept of stamping and card-making but I was getting so frustrated at my inability to cut a basic standard card size without getting out a ruler and much groaning and vexing!
I had purchased a Fiskars 12" paper trimmer but for the life of me, until it was explained, I had NO IDEA that the measurments on the trimmer could acutally HELP me! LOL
Now I know that this trimmer is far from perfect and I don't always get straight cuts but at least I now know that I SHOULD be! LOL!!

djc
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Posted: 7/27/2004 3:02:48 PM
Countryshoe, that's exactly why this is a thread for and by beginners. None of us will find that the least bit strange or can come up with one better. The first time I put in an eyelet, I looked all through the container looking for the backing. It took a while for it to sink in that there is no back. LOL

Thanks for sharing.
Daria

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Posted: 7/27/2004 4:14:31 PM
This will sound kinda silly, but one of my most 'aha' moments was realizing that CS has two sides - if I messed up on one I could flip it over and try again. Also, stamping on a separate piece or panel of CS and affixing it over my 'oops'.

tracyfp
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Posted: 7/28/2004 12:39:58 AM
btt
anyone else?

CrazyHare
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Posted: 7/28/2004 9:22:39 AM
There is a a dictionary in the resources section. (look up under the picture bar and you'll see rescources on the right hand side as you look at it)

But I don't think it lists the store abbrivations. You have to think about common stores and their first letter. W is walmart.

djc
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Posted: 7/28/2004 11:52:55 AM
Mary, did you find the Pea Dictionary? When I first went to Resources, I thought it was a section that was not up and running. There's nothing there except a notice saying what great things are coming. BUT if you look up at the top of the screen, you'll see a green row of links. That's where you'll find the Pea Dictionary. I didn't find it until someone pointed it out to me.

The links in the green row change as you click on different links in the white row above it. Try out the Service Center and Creating Garden.

Since we are not suppose to compete with the 2 Peas Store (Check out the shopping link in the white row.), posters just refer to stores by their initials.

HL is Hobby Lobby
J's is Joanne's
M's is Michaels
W (or Wally) is Walmart
LSS is local scrapbookstore
LRS is local rubberstamp store

If you are on a budget, do not go to an LRS.

HTH,
Daria

djc
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Posted: 7/28/2004 12:45:36 PM
Check out this thread. In addition to its original intent, people talk about how to post in the gallery:

Information about how to post a layout in the gallery

Daria

ETA (11/21/2011):

Here is updated information about posting in the gallery and on your blog.

grandmascrapsnow
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Posted: 7/28/2004 12:52:21 PM
Daria, you mean there are no backs to eyelets??? I thought I bought a bad package, and that they had been left out. TFS This must be my ah-ha moments!

djc
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Posted: 7/28/2004 1:00:22 PM
OK, Grandma, are you laughing at me? You should have seen me looking through that little container for a backing. I finally realized that they were all the same size and couldn't figure out how they were going to fit together.
I felt pretty silly when I realized that the back is made when you smash it down. Then my first eyelet ended up with the pretty side on the back of the card. I love eyelets now.

Everybody, here's a wonderful thread from the General Scrapping Board. Check it out:

Tips for New Peas

Daria

Kate-pea
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Posted: 7/28/2004 7:08:31 PM
Mine would have to be NOT to glue down all the layers of a card until they are decorated (stamped, chalked, lettered - whatever).

For example, one of my early cards is a perfectly lovely thing with layered PP and a frame eyeleted (is that a verb? LOL) to the front. When I lettered "Happy Birthday" in the frame, it looked awful! If I hadn't stuck the thing together already, I could have chucked the interior part of the frame and made a new one. As it was, I'd have to toss the whole blinkin' card.

Another "duh" (er, "aha"...) moment came when I realized I didn't have to put the eyelets through ALL the layers of a card - I could just put the eyelets through one or two layers and GLUE the piece to the card front. I've ruined several cards by goofing on the eyelets. Now, I ruin at most only one or two layers at a time. LOL

lslandMom
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Posted: 7/28/2004 7:36:51 PM
I did the same thing with my eyelets the first time! I think, in another world, eyelets are double-sided.


grandmascrapsnow
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Posted: 7/28/2004 7:54:11 PM
I have yet set my first eyelet, At least I know I'm not the only one with eyelet dyslexia. Thanks

djc
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Posted: 7/28/2004 8:22:16 PM
Kate, get some Un-du Adhesive Remover. It really works. I put the wrong front on the wrong card and didn't notice until I was about to scan it into the computer. I used Un-du, the card came apart easily, and I just fastened the cards to the right backing.

Like you, I've learned not to glue anything down until I've finished decorating. Thanks for mentioning that.

Along that same line of thought: I have to laugh when I read in the Gallery Comments that someone stamped and colored an image and then did their tearing. I tore first. When I had accidentally torn a piece of paper I liked, I stamped it. I'm not about to tear after I've stamped and colored something in. Not the way I tear!

Daria

djc
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Posted: 7/29/2004 12:25:22 PM
Here's a link to an important discussion going on right now about what kinds of posts contribute to the board and the kinds that detract from the board:

Let's Talk Stamping

And here are the rules of the road on this board:
Two Peas Rules of Use

Daria

djc
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Posted: 7/29/2004 3:21:23 PM
Mary, I did the exact same thing. My first post is in the Scrapping Gallery. So I just posted it again here.

When you go to the PeaNut Gallery, on the left-hand side of the screen, you can click on the Stamping Gallery. Do that before you click on New Post. Then do everything you did the first time again. If you want, you could delete the posts to the Stamping Gallery, but why? I didn't (Some nice Pea left me praise there. I wasn't about to delete it! LOL).

You don't have to host your cards elsewhere. Just get them off of your computer. In order to use a picture with your name, it must be hosted elsewhere. I forget what you call those pictures. (They're avatars.)

HTH
Daria


djc
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Posted: 7/30/2004 6:36:41 PM
Here's a tip about scoring your cards before folding them.

I have a Cutterpede trimmer. I use the optional scoring blade that fits it. It scores great, but when I would go to fold, it almost never folded perfectly straight, and the scoring prevented me from adjusting it.

One day I scored the cardstock as usual, then flipped it around and scored it again using the same measurements. I ended up with two score lines very close together. When I folded the card, I was able to easily match up the corners and make a straight fold. Now I always score twice.

For clarification, I do not turn the paper over and score the opposite side. I just turn it around (the top is still the top) and score again. Once in a while it comes out in the same place as the first time, but usually it's slightly different. When the card is folded, you can't tell that there are two score lines.

Also, fold your card the way it wants to go. At first, I thought the creased line would go inside the card. It doesn't.

HTH
Daria

Ga.peaches
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Posted: 7/31/2004 1:31:59 PM
What a great idea! I had two problems....I couldn't set an eylet that looked good, so I used brads and I couldn't tear so I bought a tearing tool. I'm learning like the rest of you.
My daughter calls me tearing challenged!
Myra

djc
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Posted: 8/20/2004 9:19:23 PM
Here're links to threads with tips for embossing:

Heat Embossing Tips

Dry Embossing Tips

I hope nobody minds when I hijack your threads for the Newbies thread. Thanks for the good advice.

Daria

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Posted: 8/21/2004 7:11:14 AM
For those who are tearing-challenged here are some tips for tearing paper.

tina

djc
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Posted: 8/28/2004 1:00:44 PM
Here's a thread someone posted asking for links to fabulous cards that were easy to make:

Easy but Fabulous Cards

Enjoy,
Daria

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Posted: 8/28/2004 11:50:15 PM
OK -- My big ah HA! moment ( and no one laugh b/c I really AM a newbie! )

1) You can dab dye from an ink pad onto a sponge, then dab it onto your stamp -- that lets you put multiple colors down at the same time. I always wondered how people did that.

debbier
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Posted: 8/29/2004 5:24:49 PM
BTT

djc
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Posted: 8/29/2004 6:27:30 PM
Thanks for sharing, Kris. You can also paint your stamp with watercolor markers (like Tombow or Marvy) or watercolor paints. Just remember to huff on it (breathe on it) to moisten it when you're done. People stamp with acrylic paints too, but I'm not sure if they only do that on foam stamps or if they do that on their rubber stamps too. Maybe someone will tell us.


Edited to add the answers. See, Kris, this is what your comment triggered:

Direct to Rubber Coloring/Painting: What Works?

Daria

djc
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Posted: 8/30/2004 9:06:43 AM
Here's a link to something we can relate to:

An Experienced Stamper Looks Back

Daria

meko
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Posted: 8/30/2004 10:24:41 AM
Great thread! Here are a few tips I can contribute:

1. Inkpad Swatches. One of the biggest time savers for me has been labeling my inkpads (I have more ink than I care to admit!). One night I printed all the names of the ink pad colors on sticker sheets and cut them into small strips. I used tiny stamps to ink a small color swatch next to the name of the color. Choosing ink colors is so much easier now!


2. Organizing Paper Scraps. Another time saver (and space saver) has been finding a system of organizing paper scraps. I started with a file folder, but that soon became a disorganized mess. Then I used a box until that became overflowing chaos. Then I used several boxes but found it was too clunky of a system. Then I decided to use a set of folder pockets, designating one for each color family. I keep it right next to my paper trimmer so scraps can easily be filed away. For almost every project I do, I turn to my basket of scrap folders. If the folders are getting too cramped, I weed through them to lighten the load a bit.


There are a lot of great tips and stories on this thread!

Happy Stamping!

liannallama
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Posted: 8/30/2004 11:12:44 AM
My biggest ah-ha came at my first stamping class. I learned paper has 2 sides for a reason. (luckily someone pointed it out to me, or I swear, I never would have thought of that!)

I also learned to do a test stamp on scratch paper first! Save yourself a lot of trouble this way.

I also learned that stamps need to be cut close, but if they aren't close enough, they will leave marks sometimes when you stamp. You can just carefully peel it off the mount, re-cut it and paste it back on. Then to "fix" your booboo, be creative--make tiny marks everywhere, or cut your image out to remove the mark and pop it up on a 3-d dot, etc. Or, remember hint #1 and flip your paper over!

djc
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Posted: 9/14/2004 10:04:54 PM
Hi, Everybody. By now you may have figured out that the Search function here at Two Peas isn't the greatest. I've searched for the exact name of something I know is on the board and still get the dreaded response "No Posts!" It's so frustrating. And yes, I double-check to make sure I'm searching the right board.

If you are having trouble searching for a technique or other basic information, you might try searching for Classic Threads on the Stamping Board. There are so many links on that thread now that I often use it to search for something. Of course, you won't get everything available, but it is definitely better than getting "No Posts!"

Here's a link:

Classic Threads

Enjoy, Daria

ETA: Scroll down and find the new links to the new Classic Threads I, II, and III. The original one fell victim to the new policy of deleting old threads. Almost everything we saved on it is gone.

Daria

livreblanc
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Posted: 9/15/2004 6:23:37 AM
I like this thread, thanks Daria for starting it and all the other peas for adding so much info.

When I did my first um-alpha stamping I couldn't prevent the acrylblock from wobbling (rocking?) especially when I used a tiny type. Now I add some uninked letters around the inked letter or word. No wobbling anymore just a firm imprint.

Dymphie

djc
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Posted: 9/15/2004 7:41:00 PM
Dymphie, that's a great idea! I just thought I needed to practice a lot more. Practicing did help, but . . . I think I'll save a couple of strips of rubber the next time I cut out stamps. Maybe if I put one along each side of my little letters and words, they'll be OK. Thanks for the suggestion. Daria

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Posted: 9/17/2004 1:10:48 PM
i scrapbooked for two years without a paper trimmer.(you know, decorative-edge scissors, every photo was a circle or a heart?) anyhoo....when I discovered the clean look of sqares and rectangles, I started stamping and card making. 1 WHOLE year later (just a few months ago) I learned that 1/2 sheet of 8.5 x 11 made a standard card size(folded)!!! Who knew? you should have seen the sizes and shapes of some of my cards!(and heard what came out of my mouth when I couldn't find an envelope to fit!)short story long, ladies.........use your paper trimmer and the measurements on it! Now my cards always have envies that fit!!

djc
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Posted: 10/24/2004 8:08:58 PM
Here's a thread you might find useful. It tells what colors are in each of the Ranger's Adirondack Rainbow Ink Pads and other Ranger Rainbow ink pads.

Ranger's Rainbow Ink Pads

Daria

djc
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Posted: 11/4/2004 9:34:32 AM
If you've been afraid to try Resist Technique, read this:

Resist Technique -- "Easy," says a new stamper

Daria

djc
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Posted: 11/11/2004 9:41:04 AM
Sweetpickles tried the Iron Out The Details Technique and ran into a problem. Read how she solved it here. There also a couple of links to the Batik Technique on this thread.

Iron Out The Details

Don't forget that anyone can add to this thread. Share your experiences.

TIA
Daria

djc
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Posted: 12/4/2004 1:52:17 PM
I was just looking through my bookmarked sites for Beginning Stampers and came across this thread I'd saved:

Advice for getting a good image

Daria

shanlae
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Posted: 12/4/2004 5:07:26 PM
these are some great tips.
adding to my book of scraps.

my tip is for instricate cutting i use a pair of cuticle scissors, that i bought at the doller store.
i used pliers to straighten them out but for $1 its great to get into small places.

ChefMessy
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Posted: 12/7/2004 11:53:17 AM
OK, this might sound so silly, but in the beginning, I had no idea that embossing had to involve embossing powder! I was trying to just heat pigment ink and had no idea why it wasn't working!

So, if you want to emboss, you have to have powder AND ink!

justjohanna
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Posted: 12/7/2004 2:37:24 PM
Major learning experience with embossing:

I stamped my image. Poured the powder on. Poured off the excess powder onto a sheet of paper underneath. Put my stamped image down (on top of the pile of unused embossing powder) and embossed my image. Turned out great. Except for the thick wad of melted embossing powder on the back of the image. OOPS!

liannallama
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Posted: 12/10/2004 10:41:13 AM
btt!

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Posted: 12/10/2004 3:19:20 PM
I'm new to stamping and just want to say thanks for such a great thread!!
You've all given my helpful tips and made embossing sound, not quite so intimidating!!

djc
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Posted: 12/10/2004 7:51:11 PM
Valerie, thank you for your comment. You just made my day. I hope people keep on adding posts and links to this thread whenever they think of something to share or find something useful.

Daria

djc
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Posted: 1/10/2005 3:54:56 AM
Here are links to the new Classic Threads posts that will replace the now defunct Original Classic Threads:

Classic Threads I: Techniques and Tools

Classic Threads II: Adding Color

Classic Threads III: Selected Supplies

Right now there is very little posted to these. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we can rebuild our library of resources.

Daria

djc
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Posted: 3/5/2005 11:28:49 PM
Here's what I learned today:

Cutterpede Mat

I hope this helps someone. I wish I'd known this a long time ago.

Daria

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Posted: 3/6/2005 10:51:52 AM
This is my first Pea post - I'm a long time lurker. But I jsut started adding stamping to my scrapbooks and this post dragged me out of my lurkhood. So here is my true newbie question - how do you keep the edges of the stamp from getting ink on the paper? Do I just need to wipe them down first? Does this make sense? For instance, I have a letter, and you can see the corner of the stamp as well. Do you use a q-tip? The stamp seems kind of small? O.k. there it is. Thanks,

Holly

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Posted: 3/6/2005 1:29:10 PM
Welcome to posting Holly!
You may want to try to trim the excess rubber around your stamp to keep from picking up extra ink. Pull the rubber and foam mount away from the block (a few seconds in the microwave may help) and trim. It may have enough adhesive to simply remount or use rubber cement or something similar. However, you mentioned that the stamp is small so don't trim too close or it may be a bit wobbly. If you don't want to trim, you can hold the stamp upside down and carefully tap your ink pad onto it (easier to avoid inking the edges that way!). If all else fails, cotton swabs work just fine!
Anita

djc
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Posted: 4/23/2005 5:31:47 PM
Since I'm btt-ing the Classic Threads, I thought I'd do this one too. Don't forget to add your posts.

Daria

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Posted: 4/23/2005 6:42:29 PM
This is a great thread! I have experienced many of the "Ah-ha!" moments here.

My best advice to cardmakers and scrappers is to make friends with your exacto knife and self healing mat. This are my absolute favorite tools! A really good self-healing mat with accurate grid lines is an invaluable investment.

Beam Me Up Scotty
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Posted: 9/7/2005 2:40:29 AM
Well, this doesn't involve stamping but it DOES involve cardmaking/SBing, which I'd imagine that everyone here does at least one of:

Someone on another board here (GS maybe?) was commenting that they couldn't get their eyelets to look nice and even on the back. I recommended an eyelet finisher (just a piece of solid metal with one concave end) to use after they've set the eyelets. OOPS - as it turns out they weren't USING the setter, so after getting the finisher their eyelets ought to REALLY look a lot better!!

If anyone wants to know where to get a great finisher (I've had mine for about 5 years and won't set eyelets w/o it), PM me for the site.


God is too big to fit inside one religion.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi

djc
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Posted: 10/9/2005 11:15:32 PM
Here's great advice that includes suggestions about supplies:
Basic Questions About Stamping


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