If you’ve ever made a card and found that your sentiment isn’t on straight, then you’ll want to see these tips for using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. This is a must-have tool for any cardmaker who wants professional looking projects, with greetings and images that are positioned perfectly every time!
Maybe you’re one of those paper crafters who doesn’t want to take the time to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Or you’ve tried using it, and you just can’t get it to work right. Or maybe you think you can just eyeball a greeting, and get it almost straight, but not quite.
If that’s the case, take a look at this video that demonstrates using the Stamp-a-ma-jig with sentiments.
The Stamp-a-ma-jig usually isn’t needed with photopolymer stamps since they’re clear. But occasionally I’ve had trouble positioning even a clear stamp, and reached out for this handy tool. It’s even more essential when using rubber stamps, as you can’t see through them.
Here are three more tips:
Tip #1: If the stamp comes off of the block, which is a common problem when cleaning the stamp, you’ll need to re-stamp the Image Sheet before using it again. That’s because the relationship between the handle, the edges of the block, and the stamp on the Image Sheet won’t be the same after replacing the stamp on the block.
Tip #2: That’s why I use my clear-mount stamps without the cling label, as the foam layer sticks to the blocks much better. Since I use either Black StazOn or Basic Black Archival Ink, on the Image Sheet, I’ve got to clean the stamp before I use it with another color! (You can see a video on getting stamps to stick to blocks at: https://youtu.be/ktQFAuyZZjI.)
Tip #3: Cleaning the Stamp-a-ma-jig Image Sheet is easy, but a little messy. I’ve found that StazOn Cleaner works best, regardless of the brand of ink I’ve used.
- Place the Image Sheet on a waterproof surface, like the Craft Sheet in this photo.
2. Spread StazOn Cleaner on the stamped images with the applicator on the bottle. I use a nitrile glove so may fingers don’t get so messy. This is an oil-based cleaner, which adds to the mess.
3. Let the cleaning solution sit for a minute or two, as this will help it dissolve the ink.
4. Rub the images with the applicator or an old toothbrush to remove any remaining ink.
5. Wipe the cleaning solution off the Image Sheet with a rag or a dry Baby Wipe. I use the same one over and over, and have a small metal container it lives in when not in use so it won’t get anything else dirty.
6. Wash the Image Sheet with some hand or dish soap and water. Make sure it’s thoroughly dry before using it again.
I hope this video and other tips for using the Stamp-a-ma-jig will inspire you to give this great tool a chance to help you make better handmade cards in your craft room.