Thursday, February 17, 2022

So Little Time & a Sticky Mat Tip

Hello, This is Angie here with a fun quilt-like card and a Sticky Mat Tip!  

Today's card features the Acetate Smooshing Technique.  This is one of my favorite ways to color a background stamp.  First, stamp distress inks on acetate.  Next, spritz with water. Lastly, tap the inky acetate onto the cardstock.  This technique is a favorite as it gives a bit more control over where the ink lands!  

Tips & Tricks:

 Background stamps can be used to create one-of-a-kind art projects.  However, sometimes it can be difficult to achieve a perfect pattern because of their large size.  This is where the Sticky Mat shines!  It holds the cardstock in place during repeated inkings for perfect coverage. 

  I have received questions regarding the stickiness of the mats.  Heavier cardstock comes off the mat with ease but light-weight cardstock might cling to the mat.  Here's my tip to easily remove even light-weight cardstock.  Since pulling the light-weight cardstock might warp or bend the paper, instead, pull the mat away from the paper!  As shown below, (with a little help from my personal handyman).  Simply add a little pressure on the mat while holding the opposite corner of the cardstock.  The paper easily pulls away!

Next,  this isn't so much a tip as just a wonderful feature of the Sticky Mat.  When using open dies, it's easy enough to stamp a sentiment or image and then die-cut. However, when the die is solid the inking needs to take place after it's been cut.  The Sticky Mat will keep the die-cut in place for precision stamping!

I hope you found today's post helpful!  Below you will find links to all the items used today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. Hey, hey, hey! Just today, I was watching a video on Jennifer McGuire's YT channel and I saw the "sticky mats"! Obviously, I had to come over to the shop to take a look and put them on my WISH LIST (I'm hoping to pick them up next month from you), and then I popped over to the BLOG (also, didn't know you had a blog), (my DUH). I was just reading the post and saw the handy TIPS and TRICKS. Thank you for both! I've written them down and hung them up near where I keep my MISTI. Can't wait to keep reading to see what else I can find. I absolutely LOVE my MISTI. GREATEST invention for stamping out there.

    1. Karen, I am so excited that you found the blog!! I hope you find the tips helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I totally agree with you. The MISTI is my favorite tool! :)


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