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Old 02-11-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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I need some advice on the best way to stamp/cut the postage stamps dies and stamps. I can't seem to line them up and get an even stamped image over the die cut piece. I have also tried stamping then cutting and I can't seem to get it in synch. If anyone has any advice or tips on how to line them up it would be greatly appreciated.

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nobody has any suggestions??
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have you looked at this tutorial?

Splitcoaststampers - Faux Postage Technique Tutorial by Beate Johns
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Thanks, but I am looking for help using the love notes stamp set and the postage stamp dies from TCP and how to line them up properly.

Thanks anyways though
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Hi Jen,

I'm sorry you're having a hard time lining them up. I don't have any great tips unfortunately. The way I do them is I cut out the cardstock first, take it out of the die and then line up the stamp looking through my clear block. I also find that when I take my ink pad and dab it onto my stamps I get better coverage than the other way around.

I hope that helps a little...I'm sorry I don't have more advice
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Thanks Sony! I just wanted to be sure that I wasn't missing a tutorial or some great tips out there...lol. Thanks for the steps of how you do yours.
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Hi Jen:

The stamps are designed a little smaller than the die so that there will be a little border around the stamp. This gives you a little wiggle room.

The best way that I have found is to cut the die first and then stamp. They won't be perfect every time, but because you can see through the stamp you can place it on the die pretty well.

Your ink is important when stamping with clear stamps.

With polymer stamps I like to use Versafine. It's a detail pigment ink that gives really good coverage. I stamp the ink on the stamp, rather than the stamp on the ink. It seems to give me more control with ink coverage. And with your clear stamp, you can see if you've missed a spot or given uneven coverage, by turning the stamp over and looking through it, like you are going to stamp.

If you have to use a dye ink, because you are coloring with copics, try Marvy ink. Even though it's not a detail ink like Versafine, it gives really good coverage and it's the best dye ink I've found to work with polymer stamps.
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I will say that it does take a little practice to line up the stamp with the die. And have a steady hand. But, it's okay if it's not perfect. It's a craft, and you are making something by hand. If we wanted perfect we could print it out on the computer, right?

But that's what makes stamping so fun, the challenge and the fact that you are making it with your own hands.
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I don't have any "magic" advice either but when I stamp with the postage stamps on the die-cut I usually look on the outside corners of the stamp (rather than trying to line of the holes for instance). If I have a thin even edge around the corners it usually means the stamp is in pretty good position! So I do the 2 outside ones first and then try to match up the center one. Hope this helps!
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Have you tried using a positioning tool like the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig? It could help if you're worried about placement when stamping...
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Have you tried using a positioning tool like the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig? It could help if you're worried about placement when stamping...
Oh that is a totally smart answer that I didn't even think of!!! THANKS Cindy - that's the beauty of the forum!
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@------> Julie

I think with the clear stamps, we totally forget to use the SAMJ... I still need it to line things up properly sometimes, especially with sentiments. I hate when it's crooked but not crooked enough to look like it was meant to be this way!
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I, myself, have sworn off the SAMJ. With the clear stamps, I tossed it. And I haven't dug it out of the trash, yet.

What does Tim Holtz say? Embrace the imperfections.
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