Healing Hugs Simple Stamping

This is Healing Hugs for the second session of The Summer of Simple Stamping. With four different ways of saying “Get Well” included in the stamp set, I’m demonstrating 12 different cards from just ink, paper, and stamps. This one includes using the Big Shot to emboss with the Subtle 3D embossing folder as well as some retired enamel dots. Doesn’t qualify as simple stamping, but we will get there.

I love beginner stampers, so we are learning how to ink up a rubber stamp properly in four different sessions. Why four sessions?

  • If you can learn to properly ink a red rubber stamp, you can ink up anything
  • After years of grinding a stamp into an ink pad, it takes a lot of practice to learn a new type of ink pad
  • We’re learning what to do when polymer and flat mounted stamps are coming off their acrylic blocks
  • Over inking causes shadow images of excess rubber inked to transfer onto a project
  • Once the inking process is learned, using a stamp positioning tool will be a lot easier
  • Learning not to over ink will preserve the transparent nature of photopolymer stamps

Along the way of teaching the proper inking, we are talking about my Card Corsage method of creating a focal point of all different sizes. These four classes will lead right into an afternoon crafting session of four cards in thirty minutes, using materials and products they already own. That will start in October and run every month.

We’re learning (and memorizing) the measurements that make up an A2 card and several different white panels. We’re making four cards every session. All cards are stamped by the students so choosing Landscape or Portrait orientation is up to them, and I expect they will mix it up. One stamp set, four card bases, four white card panels, and any number of ink pads. The class is full at 22 students, so I’m taking a list of those who want to be included in the next session.

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