Friday, March 13, 2009

Stamp A-Ma-Jig Tutorial

I'm going to share with you a tutorial on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I know there are tutorials out there for using this tool, but maybe you haven't seen one yet. So, here we go. Above is the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the clear image sheet that comes with it and my stamp set which is from Cornish Heritage Farms called Mocha Chia.
First, line your clear image sheet up with the 90* angle. Make sure that the corner and side is snugly up against the Stamp-a-ma-jig. This tool is nice since it is user friendly for both right and left handed people!
Select you stamp and adhere to your block. Ink it up and lining up the block in the same way you lined up the imaging sheet, snugly touching the side and 90* corner, stamp your image.
This is what it will look like stamped on your imaging sheet. You don't even need to get a perfect impression since this is only a guide for placement on your actual project.
Now, you can move the Stamp-a-ma-jig out of the way...I chose a circle to stamp the flourish on and wanted it centered. So with the imaging sheet placed over the top of your paper move it to where you want your final stamped image to be. This may mean that your image sheet is crooked, but that's okay. All that matters is where you want you final stamped image to be.
Now, place the image sheet over the paper you are going to stamp on hold your image sheet firmly in place and being careful not to move the imaging sheet get your Stamp-a-ma-jig and once again line up the imaging sheet to the side and 90* corner.
Carefully remove your imaging sheet making sure you don't move your Stamp-a-ma-jig. I've found that with a small piece of paper like this one that if you push down with one finger on a spot on top of your image sheet and then lift it slowly off it breaks the static cling that would make your paper move.

Now you are ready to stamp you final placement on your actual project. Ink up your stamp and again line up the block against your Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp.
Viola! A perfectly placed image! I love the Cornish Heritage Stamps and they are all unmounted rubber ( available wood mounted too) and this tool has greatly increased my enjoyment of stamping with them since with the Stamp-a-ma-jig you can "see" where you are stamping. Once you practice a few times it really is quick and worth it since you are not wasting ink and paper on images stamped in the wrong place. I especially love how I can now get perfectly straight sentiments. I hope this was helpful to you! Please leave me a comment letting me know if you enjoyed this tutorial or if you have any questions. Have a stamp happy day!


jacque4u2c said...

I had heard of people referring to Stamp-a-ma-jig - but never knew what it was - thanks so much for showing what it is and how to use it.

LiveLaughScrap said...

Thanks for your tutorial. One thing that I thought I had heard somewhere. (I can't remember where), but I want to make sure. Does it matter which side of the imagng sheet you use? Isn't one side rough & one side shiny?

Fink said...

I read it and it makes sense but for some reason I know it won't work for me! LOL I was wondering why the 90* angle?

Rose said...

Thanks!! I have seen these but never knew how or if they worked. Might have to try one.

Cassie said...

Great tutorial! I have one of these and haven't yet mastered it.