Sunday, 20 January 2008

Stamp-a-ma-jig Tutorial

1) The Stamp-a-ma-jig arrives to you packaged with an instruction leaflet, an imagine sheet (this is clear but I have put some white paper under it so you can see it) and a strange black thing, this is your Stamp-a-ma-jig!

2) To demonstrate how to use it I have chosen two stamps from the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set which work well together. They form a Two-Part Stamping partnership!

3) Stamp your primary image, this is the one where the exact position of it is really not that important, if it is a few millimetres out, it really won't matter!

4) The next image to be stamped is the one where placing may be really important. In this case I have stamped it without the Stamp-a-ma-jig. You can see that it does not line up at all. Sometimes the being slightly off is actually a preferable look, but when it is this 'off' it really does not look great and can be very frustrating if you have ruined something you have already spent time and effort on...this is where the Stamp-a-ma-jig can help!

5) Place the Stamp-a-ma-jig so it is like an inverted 'T', put the Imagine sheet right in to one of the corners, which one doesn't matter, if you are right handed you may prefer the right hand side and if you are left handed you may prefer to work with the left hand corner.

Which ever corner you like just make sure it is really tucked in!

6) Ink up your stamp and tuck it into the same corner as your Imaging Sheet and keeping it tucked in stamp it down.

The image will now be on your imaging sheet.

7) Place the imaging sheet over your primary stamped image and move it about until you get it exactly where you want it.

8) The next bits are a little fiddly but it does get easier - I promise! Put the Stamp-a-ma-jig so that the corner of the sheet tucks in to the corner it was before, make sure it is well tucked in there.

Without moving the Stamp-a-ma-jig, remove the imaging sheet.

9) Ink up your second stamp once more and stabilising the Stamp-a-ma-jig, place the stamp in the corner and stamp down.

Remove the stamp, 'et voila' your second image should be stamped exactly where you wanted it to be. The key thing is to make make sure the Stamp-a-ma-jig does not get moved about once placed.

You can see the difference it makes when you look at the images below, the one on the left has used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and the one on the right did not.

Stamp-a-ma-jig are great to use when placing the cargo on the back of the Ute in the loads of Love Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp set, the Heartfelt Thanks set can really benefit from it and of course there are used for it in almost any set. The thing to remember that Handmade cards are exactly that, they are handmade and therefore not perfect and no two are ever a like. Not everything has to be perfectly placed, but there are times when you to need to accurately place a stamp to give your card a well finished and professional look.


Becky said...

Great Tutorial! I have always been a fan of the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I can't seem to convince my friends that they need it.

LoopyLyndaLou said...

I am so pleased you found it useful! They are fab things aren't they but you really need to see one being used to understand how great they can be!

I have to admit that I don't even attempt to demonstrate it to beginners as they find it too over whelming even though it is soooo simple but I do find many of my more experienced customers understand that you NEED one (or perhaps they are just as addicted to collecting craft stuff as I!!).