I'm Carrie from Stampin' Up! here to share five must know things about the Stamparatus.
This is an amazing tool and really I could talk about it all day.
But we've decided to narrow down a lot of information into five important things you need to know.
The first thing you need to know is, what is the Stamparatus?
The Stamparatus is a stamp positioning tool, which will allow you to get your stamped images
exactly where you want them. Let me show you the tool and walk you through the parts and pieces.
The first part of the tool is the base. It's
magnetic and there are two magnets on the back. And, while I have this turned over
let's look at the non-skid feet. These are a fun feature that keeps the tool from sliding around on your work surface.
But the magnets are what you will use to hold your paper in place when you're stamping.
I also wanted to point out the gridlines and rulers on the base.
They allow for easy measuring and aligning.
We also have this available in metric measurements.
Because these two sides are open, it makes room for a larger size of paper if that's what your project needs.
Next we have the foam mat. This is to use as a cushion when you are stamping with photopolymer stamps.
And then we have two clear plates. The plates also have gridlines to help with alignment
and they have hinges down one side that attach to the base.
The plates are reversible and they can be switched out as needed.
So you actually have for stamping surfaces.
And we'll talk more about these in a moment. The second thing you need to know about the Stamparatus
is that it can be used with both
photopolymer and red rubber stamps.
Let me first show you how to use it with a red rubber set. I'm going to use the Grown with Love set and
stamp an image that looks like this. This is our finished card
The Stamparatus makes it so easy to line up the flowers and the watering can. I recommend starting with
a piece of paper that is larger than the size of paper you're going to need. So we'll stamp first and then
cut the paper down with a framelit. So place the paper on your base and put your magnets down to hold it in place.
Then you can place your stamp exactly where you want it to go on your paper.
Then I'll bring a plate over and pick up the stamp with my clear plate.
And now I will ink it up. I'm going to use Smoky Slate
Then I'll close the plate
to get your stamped image.
So there's my watering can. Now I'll place the flower image right where I want that to go.
Close the second plate to pick up the stamp, and now I can ink that with Old Olive.
And close the plate.
And there's my stamped image!
So we have perfect placement on our image here. Now like I mentioned, we could use a framelit to cut it out and
then finish the card like this.
To use a photopolymer set like Colorful Seasons on a project like this one, we'll use the foam mat.
Photopolymer stamps just give you a better image if they have a little bit of cushion. So lay the mat on your base and
I've cut out the square stitched shape ahead of time.
And I'm going to line that up right in the corner of my Stamparatus
so I'll remember where it goes if I want to stamp multiples.
Then I can use my magnets to hold it in place.
And now we will stamp our chair again by putting the seat where we want it on the paper.
Pick it up with the plate.
Ink it up.
If you do happen to get some ink on the clear plate, don't worry it won't get on your finished project.
So there's the first part.
So when I stamped this I didn't get quite the coverage that I was going for, but that's another great benefit of the
Stamparatus. I can simply re-ink my stamp and
put it down again, because it's going to go in exactly the same place.
I can give it a little bit more pressure and get a darker more solid image.
So now I can line up the frame of my chair, just shift my magnet a little bit.
We'll pick it up with the top plate.
So now I'm inking up the frame, we'll lay that down.
There's my finished image.
It was so easy to line up. So that's how the stamp paratus works with our stamps. There's our finished chair.
Now the third thing you need to know is how quickly and easily you can re-stamp
and create multiples with the Stamparatus. For example, if I wanted to create a whole stack of these cards, I
could simply line up another paper,
hold it down with my magnets, and
my stamps are already where I want them to go. So I can just re-ink them
without even having to think about lining them up.
I could quickly and easily
get a whole stack of multiple images and get perfect alignment
every time. The fourth thing that you need to know is something that I've already mentioned.
It's that the hinges and removable plates lend themselves to lots of stamping possibilities and techniques.
We've stamped some two-step images already, but the plates have four stamping surfaces.
So, you can easily align three and even four step images.
This butterfly is a four step image, for example.
We've got three colors on the wings and then the little center butterfly body. And,
I want to show you one more example of a technique that you can do with the hinges.
I'm going to use the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set to
create a pattern in the background of
a project like this one. I've cut my piece of paper ahead of time.
And the stamps are a little bit longer than my piece of paper. So, to protect my mat and my work surface
I've actually cut a piece of grid paper that I can
lay down on top of my mat, just to protect the surface. So I'll put my paper down on my surface,
put my magnets in place to hold it, and then line up my
stamp where I want it to go.
Pick it up with the plate,
and I can ink it up.
So I've stamped at once, and what I'm going to do is move my plate down one hinge,
and ink it again and stamp, step it down one hinge,
ink it and stamp. So I think that you're getting the idea. I can also
place a second stamp where I want it to go, and this time I'll flip my plate to the other side.
I'll pick up this stamp. I'll pick a coordinating ink color.
And just like before I'll move it down one hinge.
And just repeat that process.
So, when I'm all done, I have a pattern that looks like this one.
And it was so easy to do without even having to think about
measuring and aligning each stamp. We call this the hinge step technique.
Now that we're done stamping
The fifth thing I want to share with you is some advice on the care and keeping of your Stamparatus.
You can clean the Stamaratus with a mild cleaner like Stampin' Mist or baby wipes,
but be sure not to use harsh things like bleach or alcohol.
When you're finished stamping you can store the magnets
on the back of the base there's little cubbies.
So you always know where to find them.
Be careful with these bar magnets,
they are very strong.
So you need to be careful not to let them attract to each other because they can snap together with enough force to actually
break, so watch out for that.
Finally, be sure to remove the plates from the hinges when they're not in use. If they if you try to close
the plates while they are in the hinges
you can see that
it doesn't close all the way and it could even cause the hinges to break. So be sure to remove those for storage.
So there are five important things to know about the Stamparatus.
We've talked about what it is, how to use it with our stamps, how to create multiple images,
how to use the plates and hinges, and how to clean and care for it.
Thanks so much for joining me today to learn more about this amazing tool.
If you still have questions be sure to contact your local demonstrator for more information.