Stamp It Saturday: Summer 2017 Release Review/Haul

Happy Saturday! This week instead of the usual tips/project, I’ve put together a “haul” video showing the entire Summer 2017 release including all the cards I have created with the stamps and dies so far.

Watch the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

All products shown are of course available on the Stamping Bella website.

Over To You!

Any favourites from the Summer 2017 release? Feel free to share with us in the comments section!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Ink Pad Storage

A few weeks ago I wrote a Stamp It Saturday post on ink pads – Stamp It Saturday: Let’s Talk About Ink – What to Use and When! I’ve had some requests to follow that post up with some info/tips on ink pad storage, so here we are!

Ink Pad Storage Advice:

If you are at all uncertain about how to store any particular product, a good first stop would be the manufacturer’s website.

  • Keep ’em covered! It should go without saying, but when not in use – keep the lid on your ink pads! Some ink pads like Stazon come with a plastic lid liner – don’t discard this, use it together with the lid to help your ink pad stay fresh and protected.
  • Upside Down or Right Side Up? I often see tips to store dye based ink pads in particular upside down. I don’t store any of my ink pads this way, and have never experienced any issues. All of my ink pads are currently stored flat, lid side up and are always perfectly juicy when I come to use them (even ones I have had for years). A number of manufacturers seem to suggest that it really doesn’t matter which way you store your ink pads. If you come to use an ink pad and it seems a little dry – try leaving it upside down for a while, gravity may just do the trick and bring the ink pad back to life. Pigment based ink pads are more likely than dye-based to make a mess if you store them upside down, so watch out if your ink pads are particularly juicy.
  • On the side? I have previously stored some of my dye based ink pads on their sides and experienced no issues. Storing ink pads on their side may cause the ink to pool on one side – if you store them this way for any length of time rotating them periodically may be helpful. Ombre and other multi-coloured ink pads should not be stored on their side – the colours may run together.

Storage Solutions:

There are lots of different storage products available on the market. A quick search online will give you lots of ideas both for commercially available storage products and DIY solutions. Shelf style storage racks are great to keep inks flat and easy to access when you’re working, and you can either buy one ready made or make your own.

The only specific ink pad storage product I use personally are the Ranger Distress Ink Mini storage tins, which hold the mini size of Distress Ink pads. I use these for both my Distress Ink collection and other mini cube size ink pads like Hero Arts.

The tins are easy to pull out when I want to work with these pads, and keep everything neat and organised.

Those mini Archival Ink pads will be a little more organised in the future, as I have just seen that Ranger are releasing storage tins for them too!

All of my ink pads, sit in my 12×12 desk drawers. My personal preference is to have things accessible but not visible, especially as I don’t have a lot of space.

Over To You!

Have you got any tips/suggestions regarding storing ink pads? What are your favourites? Feel free to share with us in the comments section!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: One Stamp Set, Three Looks feat. Cacti

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a fair amount invested in your rubber stamp collection. More often than not, I but stamps based on how cute they are or how much fun I think they will be to colour. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is good to have some ideas for actually using the stamps and getting the most for your money! I thought I’d share some fun ideas featuring one of our recent stamp sets, giving you three looks for one stamp set in one post. I hope you end up feeling inspired to get the most out of your stamp sets!

Stamping Bella Stamp It Saturday: One Stamp Set, Three Looks feat. Cacti

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Stamp It Saturday: Link Round Up!

Hey hey! Elaineabella here. Unfortunately I don’t have a new Stamp It Saturday post for you today, I’ve been too busy working on the upcoming new release (keep your eyes peeled for more news on that in the near future). So I thought I’d post a round up of all the Stamp It Saturday posts so far, for you to catch up with any you’ve missed, or just as a handy list for you to refer to.

Here you go!

Have you got a favourite post so far? Any requests for topics/techniques/products you would like to see covered? Let us know in the comments section!

Have a great weekend.

MWAH!

Elaineabella

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