Friday, June 26, 2009

Stamp-a-ma-jig!

I met this really sweet girl in the rubber stamp aisle at the local Michael's who is getting married soon and she wanted to know if this Stamp-a-ma-jig was necessary or not and how it worked. I tried to explain how it worked but it's kinda hard to do that without really demonstrating it in person. SO... I told her to buy it and let me get a mini tutorial going on my blog and then she can decide for herself if it's worth it or not.

My two cents? It's a great handy tool to have... especially if you are particular about lining things up.

Some might remember that I have already done a Stamp-a-ma-jig tutorial. You can view it HERE. The stamp set that I used for that is slightly different in that I was trying to line up an outline stamp onto a bold stamp... or something to that effect. This tutorial is more for those trying to line alphabets across or in my case, initials.

Let's get started!

We have the "T" shaped tool which is the "Stamp-a-ma-jig" and it comes with an "imaging sheet". The tool is "T" shaped for left/right handedness. You can use the tool in any direction. I prefer to use mine with the "T" going upside down.

First thing is to line the "imaging sheet" flush against the corner of one side of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.


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Just a side note here but the imaging sheet has two sides to it. One side is slick and the other side is slightly rough. Use the smooth side when using most "regular" ink pads. Use the rough side when stamping with other ink like "Craft". Regardless, I tend to use the rough side because I found that the ink likes to grab and hold better. The smooth side is a bit too slick for me and the rubber stamp tends to slide sometimes. HOWEVER, for taking pictures today, I found that using the smoother side made for a better tutorial because it was shinier! LOL!


Ink up your stamp and slide it down against the Stamp-a-ma-jig and flush into the corner. Press down firmly onto the imaging sheet and then pull straight up. Now you have a "copy" that you can use to decide where to stamp on your project.



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Take the Stamp-a-ma-jig away and place your imaging sheet where you want that stamped image to go.



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Line the Stamp-a-ma-jig up against the imaging sheet EXACTLY the way you had it the first time you stamped it onto the imaging sheet.



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Take the imaging sheet away. Keep one hand on the Stamp-a-ma-jig while you ink up your stamp and then carefully slide the stamp against the tool and into the corner. Press down firmly onto your project and lift straight up. Voila! You should now have your perfectly placed stamped image!



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Repeat for the next initials:



Make your template:

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Place it where you want to stamp:

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Put the Stamp-a-ma-jig back in place, remove imaging sheet, ink up stamp and press:

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AGAIN...



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I can't leave a project unfinished, so I'll show you a quick and easy way to decorate this envelope. Here I am masking the front of the envelope with some Tim Holtz mask. Aren't these masks beautiful? I love them! So much so that I am adding one of these packages to the birthday giveaway!! :)



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I took a sponge and used it to sponge in some colors over the mask:



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I added some TH Distress Ink Tea Dye to the middle area and then peeled the mask off.

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I will be off the computer until Sunday... will back late Sunday night to draw a name out of the box that is holding all of the entries for my birthday giveaway. Can not wait to find out who the lucky person is!!! I can not believe that I won a blog candy today! I did!! HERE! Thank you, again and again, Julie! Those of you who say "I don't ever win"... well, there's always hope! :)

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9 comments:

Margie said...

I've been wondering about the stamp-a-ma-jig for a while now too!
Thanks for clearing it up for me :)
I think I might just get one! hee hee
Thanks!!! Have a fab weekend :*)

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm the kind who really needs to see things demonstrated too..... And your result is lovely!

Elle-phan-tastic cards said...

stamp a ma jig is next on my list from SU!! Its a marvellous thingy ma jig!!!

Joni Kix said...

Great tutorial! I love the MASKS!

Moni said...

Thanks for great tutorial! Happy birthday! Hugs, moni

Kim Y. said...

I see the stamp-a-ma-jig in Michaels and never knew what to do with it until now! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Kim

Sacha said...

Love your idea of a monogrammed envelope and sponging with Tim Holtz inks! I am going to have to try this out.

Jamee said...

wow, i think im going to have to get one of those!!!

Julie said...

I'm seeing this post so late, but I wanted to say that you are SO welcome for the blog candy! I took too long in mailing it to you (and I apologize for that), but I hope it's arrived to you by now! I absolutely LOVE what you have done with the inks and the mask. Sometimes I need a nudge to remind me to use my supplies in different ways, and this was perfect for that!