Good Afternoon and welcome to another Freshly Brewed Projects with the Latte Girls Blog Hop and this week the theme is Hot Air Balloons so I’ve opted to use the Lift me Up bundle.
I am guilty for not using this set more. It’s a great set with lots of framelits (14) in the coordinating Up & Away Framelit Pack. The stamp set has 16 images so whether you buy it by itself or in the bundle it’s great value!
Now I have a wonderful friend who is also a Demonstrator and she promoted this week to Gold and since she doesnt have an upline I thought I’d make her a card to congratulate her and here’s what I made with this bundle …
She likes arty and eclectic so hope she likes this card.
Now I also want to share with you a little tip about using your stamps – especially when they are new.
During the manufacturing they spray or condition the plates they use before pressing the rubber. Once the stamps are pressed they are cut and packed into their cases. I had the great privilege of visiting the Office at Kanab in Utah back in 2013 when I earned my first Incentive Trip – it was a wonderful day and one I wont forget in a long long time!
Now when you get your stamps there could still be some residue from the pressing process and this is why you should always ‘condition’ your stamps before using them for the first time. Especially if they have a solid image but I just do this to all of them.
Why do this? this is why ….
See the difference in the two images? You’ll get a much clear and stronger image once you’ve conditioned your stamps.
So how do you Condition your Stamps? Simply get a sanding block – you want a fine one so it wont damage your stamps so one like the nail buffers you can get in Department stores & Pharmacies or if you have one of our old Sanding Blocks – they are perfect for this! You simply sand the stamp till it looks smooth and all the same colour – it should only be a matter of 5-15 seconds depending on the size of your stamp.
Try it … ink up a new stamp and stamp it. Then Condition your stamp and stamp it again. Works wonders doesnt it?