Before I get on to today’s topic of DistINKtive Stamps I, most importantly, wanted to ask, have you had a wonderful weekend? I do hope so. It’s great to get time to get your batteries recharged.
Although I must admit I had a very busy weekend with running my monthly Saturday class then rushing home to get ready to go to a comedy event run by Féile an Phobail. (This is Ireland’s Biggest Community Arts Festival, showcasing a love for the arts and cultural events in Belfast).
Thankfully Sunday was much calmer with the opportunity to visit my husbands relatives in their new home. I enjoyed Gil and Nigel’s fabulous home, cooking and gardens. It was a really relaxing few hours with time for a long overdue catch up.
What did you get up to this weekend? I would love to hear. Leave me a comment underneath.
DistINKtive Stamps – An Introduction:
Do you love that Two Step Stamping look? (or even that Three Step Stamping look) Me too!
Do you want a stamp that will give you that look in one go? Yes! Of course you do. And you can get it with DistINKtive stamps.
Well, read on then. 🙂
Above it the range of DistINKtive stamps currently available.
Today there’s lots of hints, tips and inspiration on how to use and what to do with the fabulous new DistINKtive stamps.
There’s even a very short tutorial video.
DistINKtive Stamps – Project Ideas:
Therefore, let me introduce you to a wonderfully innovative style of stamping that is currently patent pending with Stampin’ Up!
For stamping that will really leave an impression, check out DistINKtive stamps.
You won’t get this anywhere else on the market right now!
It’s fabulous as it gives you a wonderfully photo realistic image without the need for 2 or 3 step stamping.
Their special texture gives a lot of depth and dimension to your projects.
DistINKtive Stamps – Colour Inspiration:
Which would be your favourite?
I’m finding it hard to pick a single favourite. I want them all! But if I had to put them in order of favourites I think it would be Healing Hugs, Stylish Christmas, Seize The Day, All Good Things and then Bokeh Dots.
You can use them with your Classic Stampin’ Pads, Watercolour Pencils and Stampin Blends.
There are so many possibilities with DistINKtive stamps. You can stamp with one colour, stamp and colour in your image or step up your technique by layering ink on the stamp with Sponge Daubers. Today’s video will illustrate a fabulous technique using Sponge Daubers and a great complimenting colour combination; Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie. Isn’t this just delicious!
Distinktive Stamp Sets:
Stampin’ Up! New Firm Foam Stampin’ Pads FAQs:
Q: Why did Stampin’ Up! switch from felt pads to firm foam pads?
A: We have worked very hard to improve the functionality of our Classic Stampin’ Pads. The firm foam allows for better ink coverage; plus it stays juicer and lasts longer.
Q: Do old Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills work with the new firm foam pads?
A: Yes, with the exception of Basic Black, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, and Tempting Turquoise, which have been reformulated to work with the new foam pad material. We do not recommend using old ink refills in these colors with the new firm foam pads.
Q: Before I use my firm foam pad, do I need to tap it and massage the ink around?
A: No. The firm foam pads are ready for use immediately. The best stamping technique with the firm foam pad is light tapping.
Q: My pad is too wet. What should I do?
A: We suggest using a paper towel to remove some of the ink. The amount of ink in each pad is carefully monitored in production to ensure the two-year shelf life.
Q: The firm foam on my lighter color pads looks blotchy. Is this normal?
A: Yes. The blotchiness is caused by the characteristics of the pad material. It does not affect the stamped image.
Q: When I first stamp with certain colors, my images seem a lot darker. Why is this happening?
A: When stamping with your old pads, you had to work hard to get even ink coverage on your stamp. With the new firm foam pad, the stamp gets a lot more ink on it so when you stamp, your image will appear darker. Once your stamped image dries, the color will look normal.
And there’s more!
Q: When I compare the firm foam pads to my felt pads, some of the colors don’t seem to match. Why is this?
A: The firm foam and felt will not match exactly. Ink reacts differently to different materials. We have quality checked each ink color to ensure that the stamped ink color is true.
Q: What is shelf life of the firm foam pads? How long will the pad last before I need to re-ink it?
A: Shelf life is two years from the manufactured date, which means if you do not use the pad for two years, it should remain well saturated. If you use the pad frequently, the pad may need to be re-inked before the two years.
Q: What is the best way to remove the color labels from the bottom of the ink pad?
A: Start at the right bottom corner (just above the barcode) and slowly peel the corner up by removing both layers.
Q: Which end of the case do you apply the label to?
A: The label goes on the end where you open the case.
Q: If the ink pad becomes saturated with ink or liquid, will it cause the label to fall off?
A: No, the label should not be affected. However, like most labels, if you pick at it or try and remove it, it may start to peel up.
Q: Will Stampin’ Spots use the new firm foam pad?
A: No. Stampin’ Spots will remain the same.
Q: Can I use the reformulated ink with my Stampin’ Spots?
Q: Can I use the reformulated ink with my Stampin’ Around Wheels?
That’s it for now folks. Enjoy the rest of your day and check back in next time for more craic and crafting.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time