You are welcome, to those of you who said you needed that song. I never knew that I would need it later that day too...LOL, but God did *wink*. And now, thanks to all of those who commented on my last post, I appreciate it. Now to make up for that, here is a DOOSEY of a post...hehehe!
First, the tutorial. How many know how to use a stamp-a-ma-jig?? I do know that some of you DON'T, because when I use it, I do get the emails asking how to use it. Well, I didn't want to just do the tutorial on that, I also wanted a technique to go with it, so here is Faux Dry Embossing with Stamps. There are a lot of pictures, so I am going to leave them small, just click on them to get the bigger shot.
These are the supplies needed. I have black, sahara sand and white ink, the stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ), a stamp (Baroque Motifs), and sahara sand CS. The black will not be used on the actual card, I just use it with the stamp-a-ma-jig, to make sure I can see where my image is going to be.
These are the two components of a SAMJ. The plastic has two finishes, on one side it is smooth, and the other side is rough. The rough side is for the craft or pigment ink, and I will be using the smooth side, because that is for classic (dye) ink. You need to fit the corner of the plastic into the corner of the SAMJ. It is notched on BOTH sides, so you can use it either right or left -handed!!
Ink up your image with the black ink, and line the stamp up in the same corner as the plastic square. Stamp it down onto the plastic, making sure it stays againts the edges of the SAMJ. This will give you the position of your stamp on the block, so if it is not centered on the block, it doesn't matter now!!
The far picture shows the image on the plastic. You take the plastic and center it over your CS exactly where you want the image to be stamped. I wanted it fairly centered.
After you have it where you want it, put the SAMJ notch onto the edge of the plastic. Remove the plastic from the CS making sure to NOT MOVE the SAMJ. Then you ink up your stamp (I used sahara), and place it in the corner of the SAMJ, pressing down onto the CS.
You will need to FOR SURELY click on this picture to get what I mean. Now, you lay the plastic over the image you just stamped, BUT you need to move it off center just a bit. I do upwards and too the right, but that is just me. You need to do this to get the embossed look. Now you line up that SAMJ again on the edge of the plastic, remove the plastic, and this time stamp with the white ink overtop the other one. This is what it is going to look like, and the card set I made with this one BG.
Does that not look COOL!! It totally looks like it is coming off the page. All the cards are basically the same, just changed colors, and sentiments, and on extra punch on 2 of the cards. The CS and inks I used are elegant eggplant, really rust, ballet blue, and purely pomegranate. The punches I used were the scalloped circle, 1 3/8, 1 1/4 circles and the Three For You punch. On the eggplant and rust card, I also used the ticket corner punch, and used the white gel pen in the corners. I stamped the sentiments on sahara in the same ink as the card and punched it with the 1 1/4 circle.
I added flowers on the flourish in the same ink as CS, and added dazzling diamonds to the centers. I crimped the CS to go across the card and attached it using eyelets and the crop-a-dile. I glued all the punched pieces together and then put a brads through the center, adding it to the card with dimensionals. The sentiments are from Think Happy Thoughts and each card has a different one. I did do some faux piercing in the corner on the rust one with the rust marker, as well. Hope this helps you to 1) use the SAMJ, and 2)make a cool card. Have fun and happy stamping!!