This has been a much requested tutorial and for such an easy process it was surprisingly a lot of steps to photograph! I assure you this is the easiest way that I have found to be able to stamp an impression in the middle of my stationery flat. I tried other equipment made specifically for stamping in the center of your cardstock, but found it a little complicated. I am also of the camp that believes less is more, if I don’t need to purchase any special equipment I won’t. So let’s gather our simple supplies. You will want to have the following supplies at your ready, we are going to create a template:
- Piece of blank paper larger than the cardstock you want to center stamp on.
- Writing utensil, preferably a pencil in case you make a mistake and need to erase.
- A ruler
- The cardstock size you want to be able to center stamp on.
Neatly trace your chosen cardstock onto your paper. You are going to be using your template over and over again so if you want to use a weightier paper or even a thin cardstock as your template by all means go ahead.
Remove your chosen cardstock and there you have the very beginning of your template, which I know just looks like a penciled rectangle, but it shall become much more with a little tweak.
Now comes the hard part (I jest). Find the center and draw a vertical 1″-2″ line. You have now created your center guidleline!
Ink your stamp, put your chosen cardstock on top of your template and you will see your center guideline clearly. Gently, but firmly press your stamp where in the center you would like your artwork to be, lift up (do not rock or jiggle). You should have a beautiful + centered impression!
ALTERNATE GUIDELINE CREATION OPTION:
For those of you who don’t want to use a ruler to find the center, just bend your cardstock in half and then use the folded center crease to create your guideline.
As always if you have any questions just ask them in the comments and I am happy to answer away.
So here we have yet another
lucky winner! This is for Lynne T. , Congrats Lynne! This is the stamp I wanted to keep for myself being that my first name starts with a ‘T’, but unfortunately I can’t claim the date for anything, boo! Coincidentally she placed an order last night so I can slip this into her parcel, which makes me extra happy. I love when things are efficient, I try to be but I am notorious for making the easiest things super complicated, it’s my gift. As always, if you didn’t win but would like one of the beauties for yourself, please use the coupon code SS10
at checkout to receive 50% off of this design. Code will be valid until 8.13.12.
On this Monday morn, I have many questions for you. I am wondering if you dear, smart + pretty person can let me know of some great sites to share my shop with? I feel so completely lost in the sea of blogs now. It used to be only a handful and now I could never read everyone’s blog (although sometimes I do try). A lot of my friends that used to read blogs religiously have gone cold turkey citing time as an issue, so then how do you get your fix? I don’t do Facebook, I tried several times to get into it, but that seems like way too much time and at least with blogs I feel like I can learn something, with Facebook I feel like I am wasting time. I hate wasting time (seriously contradictory coming from a world class procrastinator). Twitter + Instagram I usually only visit there when I am out and about (almost never); when I am sitting in front of my computer I feel like I don’t really have anything stimulating to to add to the conversation–‘So, I was thinking this may be a two coffee cup day…’, you see? Not so interesting. So if you would be so kind I would love links to some potential blogs or sites that I can contact and let them know that the shop exists thus keeping me from having to shutter my shop doors and get a job selling Encyclopedia’s door-to-door. I have been very fortunate that this little blog has had some reach, (some is stretching it) but I know I need to get out of my comfort zone and perhaps knock on some blog doors and be all, ‘uhm, hello, uhm, my name is Miss B. and, uh, uhm, I make really cute things…’ You see where that can get uncomfortable? I have been avoiding it, but it’s time to and I need your help, because I honestly don’t even know where to start with these blogs, it’s all so overwhelming! Many thanks in advance, you all are always so helpful and it is always appreciated!