Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Using a Stamp Positioner

The stamp positioner is an acrylic tool much like a draftsman t-square but thicker. Used with small sheets of tracing paper, it gives the stamper total control in positioning an image.

The first step in using the positioning tool is to place a piece of tracing paper into the corner such that it fits snugly into the right angle. Depending on the size of the stamps used, you may be able to fit 3 or 4 images onto one piece of tracing paper, with one image in each corner. These registered copies of your stamps can be used again so file them carefully.

Using a fast drying ink, stamp onto the tracing paper by placing the corner of the stamp block into the corner of the positioning tool, then sliding it down onto the paper. Do not use pigment ink as it will not dry on most tracing papers and may lead to smudging on your work.

Move the tracing paper across your project to see where you want the image. Once decided, hold the tracing paper in place and slide the positioned onto the corner of the paper. Remove the tracing paper. Without moving the positioned, stamp, using the ink of your choice by placing the corner of the stamp block into the corner of the positioning tool, then sliding it down onto the paper.

Your image will be exactly where you want it to be!

A Bouquet of Wishes using the Stampaliner

Yellow emboss the larger Magenta flower 09.163.H page 184, three times on banana colored cardstock. Cut out the flowers. Curl each petal downward by rolling each petal over a pencil. Apply a piece of two sided foam tape to the centers of each flower on the back. Set aside.

Green emboss (I used Topiary Tapestry by PSX) the same flower once onto green cardstock. Cut it out then cut it apart so that you have two double and one single petals. These will be used as the leaves. Set aside.

Prepare card by cutting off white cardstock 81/2 x 51/2”. Fold in half. Crease fold with a bone folder. Starting in the center of your card, alternately stamp a checkerboard pattern on the card front using Memories Soft Leaf ink and the Magenta shadow stamp 23.287.F page 225, with the aid of the Stampaliner. With Vivid yellow ink, and the small Magenta flowerd.0252 page 145, stamp a flower in each of the empty squares. Set aside.

On a piece of off white scrap, green emboss the phrase by Penny Black. Trim close to the phrase. Layer this on to banana cardstock, then green cardstock. Adhere at an angle on the bottom of the card.

Place yellow 3-D flowers in a pleasing arrangement above message. Adhere. Place leaves amongst the flowers and glue in place. Punch a dragonfly from banana cardstock and glue to the bottom of the phrase.

First taught this class November 28, 2001.

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