Paula emailed me and asked, “Why do my stamped images look nothing like yours do on your videos? Mine are blotchy and yours always seem perfect!”
I get asked this question A LOT. In order to answer this, I am going to tell you a story. Grab your blanket and snuggle in… it’s STORY TIME! Once Upon a Time…a Long Long Time Ago….When I first started stamping with Stampin’ Up I thought all cardstock was the same. I mean, c’mon, cardstock is cardstock, right? I was making a lot of cards so I thought I would save money by buying my white cardstock in bulk at the office supply store. Every time I stamped an image, it was blotchy or the ink was “bleeding” into the fibers of the paper. The color of the ink was just “blah” and flat. I hated the cards I was making.
I asked my demonstrator (this was before I joined the Stampin’ Up family) what I was doing wrong. “Was my ink bad? Was the stamp defective? WHAT?” I took my supplies over to her house and showed her my horrible results and when she pulled out the Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock and stamped, I was blown away. Just look at the difference!
Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock is specially designed for stamping. It has a super smooth finish on it that accepts the ink beautifully without seeping through, bleeding into fibers, or blotching into ink blobs.
From that day on, I have never purchased cardstock besides Stampin’ Up’s cardstock ever again. THE END.
Isn’t your artwork worth it? Of course it is!
Anne asked me, “How do you decide what stamps to buy? I’m on a tight budget and I don’t want to buy something I won’t use.”
This is a great question! I remember buying a stamp set several years ago that I just LOVED. There were only a couple of stamps in the set that I just “had to have” but I bought it anyway. As much as I tried to use that stamp set, everything I made with it was horrible. I just didn’t like it! I had “Stamp Set Buyers Remorse”. I would recommend before buying a stamp set that you check out www.images.google.com. Search the name of the stamp set you’re interested in and follow the search with stampin up. (i.e. wondrous wreath stampin up). You will find LOTS of samples using the stamp set. If you see lots of ideas that you LIKE than it’s a good buy and you can see lots of inspiration. If you see lots of ideas but you’re not crazy about them, this might not be the stamp set for you. Make sense?
Another suggestion when you’re on a tight budget is to focus on stamp sets that have a lot of variety to them. Something like Embellished Events!
#131984 wood mount #126497 clear mount
Owning a stamp set like this, you have a stamp to fit any occasion AND a sentiment as well!
I don’t want any of you to have “Stamp Set Buyers Remorse”. Just take a few minutes to research which stamp sets you buy before you click order.
Well, guys, that’s all for today! I hope that you’ll join me tomorrow for a new video in the NOW or WOW series. It’s a perfect card for fall and I think you’ll like how easy this card is. See you tomorrow!