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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy, Happy, Happy


Over the past couple of months I've participated in a number of swaps.  With a swap, a stamper makes a number of the same card and sends them off to the swap organizer.  In return, the stamper receives the same number of different cards.  Swaps are very popular when a new catalog is introduced as a way to share a variety of products with blog readers and customers, even the the swapper may not own all the products shared.  Make sense?

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a Returning Sets swap.  All of these stamp sets have been available at least since the beginning of 2017.  The stamp set for my card was originally introduced with the spring 2017 Occasions catalog.  Tomorrow and the next day I will share some of the cards I received in return.

I hope you enjoy these swaps!

Special Note:  I recently joined up with some other demonstrators to write articles for our blogs that we shared.  So, I wrote 1 article and got access to 19 more to share with you.  Today is the first.  Please let me know if you like this feature by your comments or emails so I know if I should continue to participate.  No comments will tell me that you don't care for this feature.

Stamping Tip – Re-Inking Ink Pads 

Do your ink pads need re-inking? If you get a light, faded image when you stamp, then it is time to re-ink your ink pad. It is best to purchase the re-inker when you purchase the ink pad, that way you have it when you need it in the middle of a project. 
Firm Foam Classic Ink Pads – These ink pads hold less ink than the linen covered pads and require re-inking more often.  Take the re-inker and apply ink in a zig-zag pattern across the whole pad. Start again from the opposite side and apply more ink in the opposite direction. 
The ink is not immediately absorbed into the pad; it will appear to sit on top of the ink pad. Use a spoon or bone folder to gently spread the ink evenly across the entire pad. Test out the ink pad using a solid image stamp and add more ink if necessary. Clean the spreading tool with soap & water – it will be stained. 
Linen Covered Ink Pads – The Archival Basic Black and Basic Gray Classic ink pads as well as all of the older Stampin’ Up! Classic pads are made with a felt substance and have a linen top. To re-ink these pads apply ink as directed above. You will see the ink immediately soak in.  Repeat the process until you notice the absorption rate slows down. 
If you find you have added too much ink, use a paper towel to blot off the excess ink.

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