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We're Late!
Our apologies for this week's Inkling, delivery is supposed to be Wednesday, this week it's Thursday. We're tired and cranky, see the home page news item to find out why.

Something New
A new feature in the Inkling today, and we're excited to introduce it to you! We're calling it Product Focus, in which we attempt to be the last word on new and innovative papercrafting products.

In our first Focus (expect them approximately monthly) you'll be introduced to a brand new rubber stamp mounting system that accommodates both mounted and unmounted stamps.

We're determined to make this your best source for product information, so we need your feedback. What would make this new feature even better? Let us know.

- The SCS Crew
Gatefold Card
With two panels that meet in the middle, the gatefold closure is a great alternative to a standard card fold.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Patterned paper
  • Card stock
  • Paper cutter and scoring tool
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Adhesive
  • Product Focus
    Unity Stamp Company wants to change the way you stamp. With a unique mounting system that marries the convenience of acrylic to the comfort of traditional wood mounts and deeply etched red rubber images to fit all of your paper crafting needs, they're well on their way to that goal. We share the Unity experience with you in our first ever product focus.
    Ask Beate
    Beate Johns answers your technique questions
    Q: Darcy asked: "I Recently purchased an unmounted rubber stamp sheet from Cornish Heritage Farms. The directions say to cut images apart and mount to "any" acrylic block. Does the size of the acrylic block need to be as close as possible to the size of each individually cut out rubber stamp? Can I use the tiny images on a big acrylic block? What do I do now that I've got all these big and little things cut out?"
    A: "You want to make sure your block is at least as big as your stamp so that you can apply pressure evenly to the entire stamp when using it. You can use small stamps on a big acrylic block, but I find it's easier to use an acrylic block closer to the size of the stamp."
    Your Comments
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Sharon has a hint for the Acetate & Tissue Technique: "I did this technique and found the colours came out better if the re-inkers or alcohol ink was dappled on to the tissue AFTER it was glued to the stamped acetate. Since the tissue is wet from the glue, the colours spread sort of like watercolours. They are brighter, and you can control where you put the colour. They don't get muddy at all!"
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