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Q & A: Cutting Card Stock

Q: When stamping with my wood blocks, how do I get the card-stock size for those images?

A: To get the size of cardstock you need to stamp your image. Take your wood block and lay it wood side down on Stampin’ Up!s Grid Paper (130148). Then whatever measurement you get from that you’ll go up about 1/4 of an inch or more if you’d like for the next layer.

Example: If your wood block measures 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 you would cut your neutral cardstock to 2 1/2 x 2 3/4, stamp your image, then cut your next piece of cardstock to 2 3/4 x 3. (This also applies to the Photopolymer or the clear stamps)


Q & A: Scoring Cardstock~Dented Side Inside or Out?

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Q: When I score a piece of cardstock, is the dented side the inside or the outside of the crease?



A: It may be counter-intuitive, but the dented side, the side you score on, is the outside of the fold. To ensure a crisp, professional crease use a Bone Folder along the creased line.

Q & A: Difference Between A Framelit and Thinlit?

Q: What is the difference between a Framelit and a Thinlit? Aren’t they both the same?



A: The answer is very simple, framelits “frame” an image in a stamp set and are usually made to coordinate with a stamp set. A thinlit is a die that is made to stand alone, meaning that it might compliment a set, but isn’t specifically designed to coordinate with any one particular set. Thinlits are also a more intricate die cut. And, now with the new Stampin’ Up! Precision Base Plate makes cutting those delicate and intricate cuts are a breeze!


Thanks for visiting. Check back for more fun projects coming your way.


Happy Labor Day Weekend!





Q & A: Deep Etching Definition

Q: What does the term “Deep Etching” mean when referring to rubber stamps?


A: While the technical term for rubber stamps is “etching”, it isn’t etching as we know it.
Rubber stamps are really molded. First a plate is made from the art work. This plate is a negative image of the art work. Rubber is then forced into the negative plate by using high temperatures and pressure to make the rubber stamp.


A deeply etched rubber stamp has a deeper profile of the raised area that actually produces the image. These stamps give you good clearance between the parts that will stamp the image design and the base of the stamp. You are much less likely to have problems with ink getting onto the base or low areas of a deeply etched stamp and onto your project where you don’t want ink.


Thanks for the question and I hope this helps you.


Warm Winter Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Q & A: How Do I Remove Adhesive from Punches?


How Do I Remove Adhesive From My Punches?






Stampin' Up! Punch
Many of us, have placed an adhesive sheet on card stock, punched out a shape, (to create a sticker) only to find our punches have become sticky. I’ve found the best way to remove the, “Sticky-ness” is oil. And, while Orange Oil or Sewing Machine Oil will work, I find Baby Oil works the best

Here’s what to do:Baby Oil to clean punches
1.  Turn punch upside down.
2.  Brush a small amount of oil over the cutting edges.
3.  Punch with nothing inserted to spread the oil over the cutting edges.
4.  Wipe down oil with a baby wipe and punch through scrap card stock until the oil leaves no residue. 
I hope this helps. Keep your questions coming!
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Q & A: Preventing Embossing Powder from Sticking Where You Don’t Want it…

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Q: How do I prevent embossing powder fom sticking where I don’t want it?
A:  Nothing is more frustrating when you stamp a perfect image in the exact spot you want it before embossing it. Then you sprinkle on your embossing powder and heat set it only to find that bits of embossing powder is in ares you don’t want it!
Embossing Buddy
This is where the Embossing Buddy (103083) comes to the rescue! It’s a little pillow containing a fine anti-static powder that you rub over your card before stamping the image with Versamark (102283) and adding your embossing powder. You will find that the image will be cleaner and crisper, and there won’t be any stray bits of embossing powder stuck elsewhere on your card when you use the Heat Tool (100005) to set the embossing powder. You can also use the Embossing Buddy before applying glitter, and even give the Powder Pals (102197) the once over before using them so your embossing powder or glitter won’t get left behind!

The Embossing Buddy is an essential tool to have in your kit, so be sure to add one to your next order.

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Q & A: Is there a way of getting Embossing Powder in any color???

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Q: I love the new Colored Embossing Powders from Stampin’ Up!, but sometimes I want a different color to match the color scheme of my project. Is there a way of getting Embossing Powder to match additional colors?

A: Yes, it is possible to emboss using either Classic or Craft Ink colors.

To match and emboss using Craft Ink, simply ink the stamp using your favorite craft ink and stamp the image on to card stock. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, and use your Heat Tool to melt the Embossing Powder.

To emboss using Classic Ink, ink up the stamp using Versamark, then ink up the stamp in the color of your choice and stamp on to card stock. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and use your Heat Tool to melt.

There will be a slight color variation, but it will still be quite close to the color that you intend to match.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this helps!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Q & A: Why & When to Use Dotto…

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 The best way I have found to overcome shifting card stock, while stamping, is to use the re-positionable adhesive called Dotto (#103305). The Dotto works great, especially when trying to stamp on a piece of card stock, while using your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (#101049). I also, love using Dotto, because it’s removable and when I ‘m designing trying to place my layers, I can play around with all of the card layers without leaving a mark or worrying about permanent placement.
Stampin' Up! Dotto


When using Dotto, you are actually rolling down a row of sticky dots, hence the name Dotto.  Once you have the placement of your image and of your layers you can easily rub the sticky dots way with the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Remover (#103684) or leave them on and add your permanent SNAIL Adhesive (#104332) right along with the Dotto dots.

So, next time you’re designing, trying to get that perfect placement, don’t forget to use Dotto!
Keep those questions coming TO ME.
Siggy 2

Q & A: Fixing a Project Layer Not Straight…

  Q & A Button Is there a way of fixing a project layer once glued and not straight?

If using a multi purpose glue such as Tombow you’ll have a bit of a problem moving it, although I have done it by carefully lifting up a corner and usually with my paper piercing tool at a horizontal position I run it between the layer I need to fix and the base it is adhered to.
Now, if you’ve used SNAIL adhesive or Sticky Strip, get out your Heat Tool! Yes, you heard me right, your Heat Tool. Warm up the pieces you want to un-adhere. No need to heat the piece up as much as you would for heat embossing, but just enough for the tape to un-glue. UM, that sounds like an oxymoron! The pieces should come apart easily.
Re-apply your tape and at first just lightly place your layer on the base. Once it’s in place and straight, then press and rub firmly to attach. Stampin’ Up!’s Grid Paper will help tremendously with lining layers up.
Remember these are hand made pieces and they don’t always have to be perfect!
If you have any questions you would like me to answer please EMAIL them to me.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.
Siggy 2

Q & A: Writing Blog Posts…

Good Morning, Stampers!


A great weekend was had here in Mohegan Lake, New York. Weather was seasonably cooler with a nice breeze and NO HUMIDITY!! We did some gardening, BBQing and I juggled my stamp business at night. So, it was a fun and productive two days.

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Last week someone asked me how I remember what I use on all my projects when I post them on my blog? 


So here’s what I do and even if you don’t have a blog post you can still follow this tip for your own craft making reference.

Small Green Reference Note Book

I always have one of those small 5″ x 7″ spiral notebooks at my work station. In the notebook I write everything I use as I proceed with the project. I begin with the stamp set I’m using.


Then, I write down the card stock or paper and ink colors.


I also write down the product number, which makes it easier for me when posting and linking the products in my blog posts as I’m writing them.


Everything gets jotted down including card stock sizes, embellishments, dies and any tool I used for that particular project.

Hand Written Note Book Page

If you don’t have a blog to post on, you can jot down what you’re using on an index card. When you finish your card, place it in a clear envelope and tuck the index card in the envelope behind the card. If you’re making a card to give away, always make another for yourself.  This is easier then you think, because everything you’re using is out. If you’re anything like me it’s all out in a mess, but never the less it’s out!. Store all your cards in a pretty basket or a photo box. Again, this is a great reference for you to use in the future. To make another card, in the future, would be a cinch now with everything written down.


I hoped this little Q & A Session helped out. If I can help you in the future just EMAIL ME A QUESTION. If you’d like to PLACE AN ORDER, I would love to be your demonstrator!


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


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