Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #607 February 21st 2018
Contact Paper Masking  
Guest tutorial author Deb Valder has some tips for reverse masking using a common household item.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Cardstock
  • Adhesive shelf liner (repositionable)
  • Inks or pastels
  • Applicators
  • Embellishments
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    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Laura asks: "How do you decide which stamps you should buy from a given catalog or stamp line? In another life, I'd love to have them all, but realistically that can't happen. Are there questions you ask yourself to decide, etc?"
    A: My general rule is to think of 3 ways to use a stamp or set before I buy. If it's kind of a 'one trick pony', then I don't buy it. I like to buy sets that can coordinate - either with each other or with something I already own. That helps to shape a decision as well. For online shopping, I keep a Pinterest board of "stamps I need", then save up and wait for sales.
     
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Mary has an idea for the Easter Basket tutorial: "I really enjoyed making several of these for my Grandkids. I added one of those tiny little yellow chicks that I remembered in my Easter basket as a child. Thank you once again for such a sweet idea."

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    No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
     
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    This Week's Hot Topics
    Keeping clear stamps straight
    Tips for alignment
    Dimensional cards
    Mailing options
    Scoring heavy cardstock
    Prevent cracking on the fold
    Studio lighting
    What we use
    Portable marker storage
    Ideas and options
     
    February 14 to February 20
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Stained glass.
    It's all about backgrounds.
    Try this color combination: Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist.
    500th Tea Party.
    Kissing.
    Schreiner's.
    Check out Susy's gallery, then upload a creation inspired by your work.
     
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