Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #351 February 19th 2013

Celebrating 10 fabulous paper crafting companies with our first ever set of Member Company Love Fest Challenges. Plenty of crafty inspiration, friendly faces and fun prizes. Join us anytime, through February 28th.

The Splitcoast Crew
Digital Paper Piecing  
New guest author Tiffany Richards will show you how to paper piece digital images.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Digital image
  • Printer
  • Patterned paper
  • Removable adhesive
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Sue asked: "I have a difficult time getting a sharp image with cling (clear) stamps. Is there something I can do to condition them to receive the ink better?"
    A: Try using a white art eraser on the stamps when they are brand new, and then clean the stamp and use it. That usually helps.

    However, the type of ink pad you use makes a huge difference too. The "firm foam" dye based pads do a much better job with solid stamps - clear or rubber - than the linen style ink pads do. Try a few different brands with the same stamp to see the difference. Also, visit our Tool & Product talk forum for lots of chatter on this subject.

    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Donna has a suggestion for the stapled pleated ribbon tutorial: "Instead of staples, I lay down the extra strong red double-sideed tape as a strip to run my ribbon along - bending the ribbon over to form the "ruffles" as I go along. Beautiful, clean ruffles and infinite run lengths not limited by how far your stapler can reach."

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
    Quilted Card
    Quilted Card tutorial
    Quilted Card gallery

    No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
    Splitcoaststampers Appreciation Sale has been extended. Visit this week for great savings.
    The only system that can die-cut
    and letterpress in just one pass.
    Ranger Ink
    The World of Distress just got better . . . with Ranger’s New Tim Holtz® Distress Paint.
    This Week's Hot Topics
    Old Rubber Stamps
    Cleaning and conditioning
    Do you have a favorite?
    Alcohol Based Markers
    What cardstock works best?
    Ink Pads
    What's your story?
    February 13 to February 19
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Wishy Washi tape.
    Inspired by a quote.
    Try this color combination: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
    Rose petals, rose hips.
    Use this sketch for your card.
    Free for All: Friday
    [F4A156] Go to your happy color place.
    MIX-Ability Mixed Media
    [MIX3] What's WHITE and READ all over?
    Limoges Box Collector.
    Check out MaryR917's gallery, then upload a creation inspired by your work.
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