August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools - those Stampin' Up! tools that we just can't live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from September Gray at SeptemberGray.com on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

So what is MY favorite tool? The Big Shot? Stampin' Dimensionals? Well, I do love those tool very much, but (sorry Big Shot and Stampin' Dimensionals) my all time favorite tool is the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!!! I know, you are soooo surprised, right? lol

My very first time ever stamping, the Stampin' Up! demonstrator used the SAMJ and I fell head over heels in love. I had looked at cards for years and could never figure out how they stamped things so perfectly! Now I knew the answer and I was off and running!

Today I wanted to showcase my favorite tool so here, without further ado, is my card :)

August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

I love this birthday sentiment from the Four You stamp set. It is a neutral font and a great size, very useful. And how did I chose my colors? Very complicated process...I opened my catalog to the Brights collection on page 180 and started down the list :) In alphabetical order no less! Makes my orderly heart very happy!

How does one use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig? I'm glad you asked! I have put together a quick tutorial and added a few of my pearls of wisdom (for what they are worth!)

First, pick out a sentiment and adhere it to a clear mount block. Then take out the clear acetate sheet and line the SAMJ up with the edge of the clear acetate, like so:

Then, ink up your stamp and position the clear block with the stamp on it against the edge of the SAMJ, like so:

Or, for those of you who are right-handed, line it up like so:

Two pearls of wisdom: adhering your clear mount sentiments to the block at a diagonal makes it easier to stamp without the aid of a SAMJ and also gives you a cleaner stamped image than if you were to line it up horizontally with the block. Don't ask me why but it works and; stamping the image in black onto the acetate sheet makes it easier to line up your images. Again, I have no idea why:)

This is what you will end up with:

Now take your piece of clear acetate and line it up on your project, like so:

Did you notice that I tacked my cardstock down with Post-It tape to keep it from shifting while stamping? It works well and lifts off your project easily without tearing or marring. Next, line the SAMJ up with the edge of the clear acetate. like so:

Remove the clear acetate and stamp, being careful to line the clear block up against the edge of the SAMJ:

This is what it will look like after stamping.

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Two hints about stamping: When inking up your stamp, remember "pinkies up" like you are drinking tea. With the new firm foam pads you don't need to press hard to pick up ink and doing so will over-ink your image, particularly with words. Next tip is to stamp straight up and down, no rocking or pressing hard. Words will distort if you apply too much pressure. Then we line up our clear acetate again, and stamp again, like so:

And that's how the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig works! The best $11.95 investment I ever made! And here's my card again in case you've forgotten what it looked like after all of these pictures:

This card is gender neutral and  age neutral, it would be great to give to ANYONE! There's no cardstock, no embellishments, is easily mass produced and is mailable :) All because of one tool...the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Once last pearl before you hop along...to save your sanity and to make stamping less stressful, do stamping like this on a separate piece of cardstock. This way, if you goof, you have only used one 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock rather than an entire card base. I just popped mine up with Stampin' Dimensionals for a bit of added interest and ditto for my sentiment, which adds a bit more interest and a bit of fun to the card.

Thanks for stopping by and please hop along with us, there are lots and lots of great ideas in store! And if you have the time and/or inclination, all of the artists featured today would love a comment or two! Thanks!!

The next stop is Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradleyEvents on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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