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Old 01-15-2005, 02:54 PM   #1  
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Default WHY didn't I try this sooner!!!!

What are some of the techniques/stamping tips you've heard/read about here that you never thought you would ever need to use because your way was better/easier ONLY to find out EVERYONE else's way was BETTER?! (check out that loooong run on sentence!)


I buy tons of background stamps, only I don't use them because I NEVER get good coverage with them. But when I actually DO use them, my arms hurt because I press so hard to get it to work. Anyway, I've read here about using either your butt or a brayer with a sheet of paper over your cardstock to get even coverage. I just never thought about trying either because lets face it: I'm stubborn! LOL

Anyway, stamping away, decided to use my Love Swirls and By Definition and I was dreading it. I look up and see my brayer so gave it a try. IT ACTUALLY DID A GREAT JOB! I did forget about putting the paper between the cardstock and brayer so my fingers are pink but that is nothing new. I'm NEVER going back to my old and inferior way of background stamping!
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:01 PM   #2  
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I use my big BG stamps a lot.

I ink them til I can see the ink wet on them, but I do it with the stamp rubber facing up. Then I take the quarter sheet of CS and place it carefully on top of the rubber. Then I place a piece of scrap paper (8.5 x 11) over it, and carefully rub over it, one hand pressing to keep it from sliding, and when I'm happy that it should be all covered, I lift up the scrap paper and then the CS. Voila! Works great for me. I feel more secure holding it than using the brayer.

Somehow I got the impression the brayer was to actually apply the ink to the stamp, rather than the pressure? But I haven't been here for that long...
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:18 PM   #3  
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Try butt stamping, it works! There are a few threads around here that discuss it in more detail.
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:37 PM   #4  
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I use the brayer to ink up the stamp (rubber side up) and then put the 1/4 sheet of cardstock on top of the stamp and then brayer over the top of the CS. It will ink up the back of the CS, but if it's just glued down anyway, it doesn't matter if the back is inked up.
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Since you ask what techniques you haven't tried, I finally used the heat gun to age/curl some ribbon. WOW! I loved it I'm totally hooked.

TRY IT!!!

Oh, but do be careful as overheating will melt holes in the ribbon.
Great fun. Cool effect.
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Old 01-16-2005, 09:34 PM   #6  
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OOH! I've never tried to curl the ribbon. I will have to try that next time I use ribbon.

The thing about the brayer and pressure: When people lay vinyl flooring they put the flooring down and then run something that looks suspiciously like a brayer over it to smooth out the bubbles, so I figured if they can do it with floors, I can try it on my cardstock.
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The thing about the brayer and pressure: When people lay vinyl flooring they put the flooring down and then run something that looks suspiciously like a brayer over it to smooth out the bubbles, so I figured if they can do it with floors, I can try it on my cardstock.
OH! I just saw that yesterday on a design show. They were putting down vinyl tiles and this guy had what looked like an acrylic brayer and I was like, HEY!!!!
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Regarding the ribbon- my mother in law straightens her ribbon (if it's curling form being on the spool for too long) by holding it next to a light bulb for a couple of minutes. It works great!
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Try butt stamping, it works! There are a few threads around here that discuss it in more detail.
That's how I became a convert to background stamps! Brayer the ink on, butt stamp it to the paper! I am never going back!
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I use my big BG stamps a lot.

I ink them til I can see the ink wet on them, but I do it with the stamp rubber facing up. Then I take the quarter sheet of CS and place it carefully on top of the rubber. Then I place a piece of scrap paper (8.5 x 11) over it, and carefully rub over it, one hand pressing to keep it from sliding, and when I'm happy that it should be all covered, I lift up the scrap paper and then the CS. Voila! Works great for me. I feel more secure holding it than using the brayer.

Somehow I got the impression the brayer was to actually apply the ink to the stamp, rather than the pressure? But I haven't been here for that long...
My method too! Works great!
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I use my big BG stamps a lot.

I ink them til I can see the ink wet on them, but I do it with the stamp rubber facing up. Then I take the quarter sheet of CS and place it carefully on top of the rubber. Then I place a piece of scrap paper (8.5 x 11) over it, and carefully rub over it, one hand pressing to keep it from sliding, and when I'm happy that it should be all covered, I lift up the scrap paper and then the CS. Voila! Works great for me. I feel more secure holding it than using the brayer.

Somehow I got the impression the brayer was to actually apply the ink to the stamp, rather than the pressure? But I haven't been here for that long...
My method too! Works great!
LOL...that is how I do it too and have great results I did a ton w/ Soft Swirls last night and they all came out great and missed spots
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What is this "butt" stamping I'm reading about. I haven't heard of this technique. Please explain.

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Default Brayer v. butt or brayer + butt?!!

Haven't got my brayer yet and I use the same method as Kathy (Stampin Wrose). I love these background stamps and use them loads but on the odd occasion get a missed spot. Like Brenda asks, would someone please explain the 'butt' technique? American/Canadian English is quite a lot different to my English English and I'm still learning!

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What the heck is this? I have this vision of inking my background stamp, laying cardstock over it and then SITTING ON IT!!!!!!!! Someone please enlighten me!
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Try butt stamping, it works! There are a few threads around here that discuss it in more detail.
That's how I became a convert to background stamps! Brayer the ink on, butt stamp it to the paper! I am never going back!
is this what it sounds like-I'm laughing like crazy at you gals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Read this thread for the answer to the Butt Stamping Technique and the fame it has on SCS!!



http://forums.splitcoaststampers.com...e+affair+jeans
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Keri, Thanks for the link! What a way to start my morning! You gals are a riot!
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I am cracking up! I would have never thought to actually sit on it! I'm going to try it when I get home from work today! Thank you!
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Thanks for the link! What a hoot!!!
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Another way to get the ink on your bg stamp with the brayer is to use a plastic plate, the large powder pal, or similar to drop reinker ink onto. I use about 5 drops and then use my brayer to smooth it out & brayer onto my bg stamps. Works slick & you don't get the lines you get with the stamp pads.
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OMG!! You guys are so funny! Now I have added Just Jeans to my wish list. I am a new demo and thought I had ordered everything (almost) I needed, but now I need this stamp!!! I already have the butt to use on it!!!
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