Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TIPsy Tuesday - Curled Cling Stamps

Today's tip only applies to Stampin' Up! "clear" stamp users. Hopefully you won't even need this at all.  However, if you ever get a stamp mounted like I did, it might come in handy.

When you purchase Stampin' Up!'s clear stamps (what everyone else calls cling stamps), you must adhere the label to the stamp.  When I did this greeting stamp, I got the label on a little too tight so that the stamp didn't lay down quite flat.  Whenever, I would try to adhere the stamp to an acrylic block, it would pop back off.  That is a problem once you ink up and try to stamp; the stamp drops off the block messing up your paper!

Now I kept trying to press the stamp onto the block harder.  And you know the definition of stupidity - doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.  Well, finally I tried something different.  I couldn't take the label off and redo it, so I used sharp scissors to cut through the label in a couple of places and that helped the stamp to lay flat.  Now it doesn't drop off as much - any more than any other cling stamp.

These Christmas cards are for my aunt.  I'm doing a mass production of about a dozen cards.  She only sends a few.  The background is created by applying distress ink and a little classic Not Quite Navy to my craft sheet, spritzing with water and then dipping the paper into the ink.  I use a paper towel to remove the excess and let it dry.  There is quite a bit of gold embossing to make these special without any fancy embellishments.  I wanted to keep the flat so there would be no extra postage.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. That is a sweet card.
    I don't know about you, but I never adhere the backs on my stampin' up clings stamps. They seem to fall off the block when I do, so I just don't add them anymore and they are perfect now :)

  2. Great tip. I've been known to practice stupidity at times, usually involving my computer. I love your card, the Wise Men stamp is wonderful!

  3. Very pretty card. Love how you did the sky.

    Have a great day!

  4. Very good tip and a beautiful card as well! That image is lovely and your sky is gorgeous.

  5. Beautiful card!
    I'm going to have to try your tip on some of my clear stamps. I've had the same problem.


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