Sunday, June 28, 2015

DYI Stamp Geni

Make your own stamp positioner to fit your budget! 

  I have been thinking about this for awhile now. But recently I had a bad experience with (the owner) of a very expensive stamping tool. As a result I decided to no longer promote or support it but I needed an alternative to show in screenshots and videos. I have a couple of cost friendly alternatives.

What is a stamp positioner? You may be familiar with the "Stamp-A-Ma-Jig" which allows you to line up your stamp. In theory you should be able to re-stamp in the exact same location. This usually gives mixed results. 

1. Stamp Positioning using Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

See how to use HERE (StampTV)

Amazon (afilliate)

2. Using a magnetic mat

This one was zero cost since I had all the bits. The pink is a We R Memory Keepers magnetic mat with the ruler. I've had it for a long time and just used it under my craft sheet. This way it is being used for what is was meant for. I found some other size mats which I will list. They have teal now instead of pink, boy is that tempting. Notice my desk color LOL. The tan paper you see is a paper washi tape folded over the magnet with a tab. Actually my 2 magnets are stuck together here LOL.

1. Mat or a magnetic sheet. I have tested using the vent cover magnets I got from Home Depot (very inexpensive)

2. Positioner, I had one from my Position-It tool. I found a really great price on a positioner and a block which I will show below

3. Glue Neodymium Magnets under the positioner to keep it stable. Mine are 3/8"X1/8". I tested this portion to see if the 1/16" I have would hold it securely and it did not. But 2 together did. I also measured a clear stamp and it clears a 1/8" magnet. 

4. Foam, thick enough to be higher than the magnets and to butt up against the positioner. I have 2 fun foam sheets here.

5. Plastic quilters template grid

6. Stamp block, this is a Tim Holtz one. For me it is too long so I will use the one with the new positioner I ordered. I like the thin ones because they are lighter. I made a handle out of clear tape.


Get a piece of masonite cut to size (Home Depot will cut) and sand the edges. Paint if desired. Glue the positioner into place. Glue a piece of magnetic sheet to size desired.



This is not magnetic. The video shows how to assemble.
Video for Position-It   Amazon for purchase

The positioner is held in with pegs. You could add a magnetic sheet and plastic grid. The footprint is large  10" by 11-1/2" but some want the large size:-)

The photo is my completed one. I added the magnet on top of the Position-It then added a piece of foam and topped with a quilters grid. I used the 6X6 acrylic sheet that came with the tool. I glued on the suction cup handle since it didn't stick very well. I am using this since Ican't handle a block. You see wooden pegs in the positioner because I lost the clear ones:-)


A Facebook friend made one she calls "Cupid". Her YouTube video is HERE. She uses the Cuttlebug  All In One embossing folder. This is the one I made. The white is a magnet. then a quilters grid on top.

I appreciate your comments very much! Ask questions etc. but PLEASE DO NOT mention any other tool except DYI (or I will delete the comment). This is a DYI stamp positioner.


Clear DVD case.

A video by Jodi from Hallmark Scrapbook using a DVD Case

 Use Picture Frame

Video is in Spanish but you can see how to use picture frame material 

Use an Acrylic Plate

A4 size made with an acrylic plate, cardboard, glue gun and 3 hinges.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

30% off Kitchen Sink Stamps!

I just found that Kitchen Sink Stamps has another discount only for JUNE so hurry. I am sharing since it is better than mine for MOD SQUAD challenge.

 If you are not familiar with this company you have got to check it out! The best multi-step stamps and a lot to choose from!

 But if you buy I'd like her to know you found via MOD SQUAD (she is sponsoring my challene blog 1 time a month). 

So the deal is 30% off! CODE HAPPY4TH

The 30% code goes in coupon code box on first page of cart.

In the checkout just above CC info is a box for notes, that is where you can say Mod Squad to help her with tracking, so she knows.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Shaking Things Up!

 I am hosting the Monday challenge at StampTV this week. The theme is to make a shaker card. I don't make many shaker cards but I was inspired by a layout Kristina Werner did.

I did not do the normal add foam strips bit. I used a page protecter and Scor tape. It can also be sealed with a empty hot glue gun or a "We R Memory Keepers Fuse" tool. I won't spend $26 on a tool I know I will rarely use. It looks great if you happen to do Project Life.

I stamped and masked my images and colored with Alcohol Markers then die cut using my largest circle. I also die cut the white frame using my largest and second largest circle dies.

I cut the base of 4.25" X 11" and scored at 5.5" from Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea. The other piece I cut to have 2  4.25" X 5.5" pieces.

Using the second largest die I cut from one of the smaller pieces of the Turquoise Sea then embossed it. Then on the other smaller piece of Turquoise Sea, I positioned the colored image and glued on.

I used the corner of my page protector so I only had to seal 2 sides and made a rectangle large enough to more than cover the circle. I added the Scor tape and sealed only 1 side, filled (I used some Stampendous Shaved Ice and sequins) then closed up the top.

I used Scor tape to adher the edges over the colored image. I also adhered the cut and embossed layer using Scor tape on the outside edges and top (any where the plastic was) and did the rest with Tombow Xtreme tape runner. With the 2 pieces adherred I added the white frame and rounded the bottom corners. Adhered all to a Turquoise Sea base and rounded the bottom corners.

I used stamps from several sets.
The dragonfly came from GKD "Spring Blessings"
Leaf, swirly flower and butterfly came from GKD "Warm Spring Wishes"
The sentiment from GKD "Frame and Flowers 2"
The tiny flower from GKD "Triple Play Frame"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Challenge

This week the Mod Squad challenge is to make a birthday card. I challenged myself to start using some of my supplies that haven't been used so I finally used my Copic air gun!

It is a prize week at the Mod Squad, with a Gina K Designs grab bag!

Here is the card I made using my Copic air gun. I'll link to the little compressor I found that works great! I simply sprayed over a stencil then stamped and colored the cake. Added some bling and done.

Burst stencil
Baby Elephant Air Compressor

Also entered into these challenges:
Addicted to Stamping  Leave a Mark 
MMM Challenge blog  Photo Inspiration
Penny's Paper Crafty Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Make It Royal
Eureka Stamps Special Occasion
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesday One Layer
TTCRD Anything Goes
Seize The Birthday Animal Option
Simply Papercraft Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes
Brown Sugar challenge Anything Goes
Chocolate Coffee & Cards Summer Fun
Craft For The Craic Big Occasion
Crafts 4 Eternity Birthday
Left Of Center For The Girls
Stemplesonne Anything Goes