Style Sheet Q&A Plus Tool Tips


This month I have TWO awesome tips for you that feature TWO different products, it’s awesomeness, watch out!!


Our Blender Pens are mainly used for applying color by picking up ink from the ink pad, drops of refill ink, or from a Stampin’ Write Marker. But did you know you can use a Blender Pen as an eraser on a stamp?

After inking up a stamp, if you want to apply a different color to a portion of the stamp, remove that area of ink by picking it up with a Blender Pen. Go back and remove more ink if necessary from the stamp. This works best for just small areas where you want to clean off a little bit of the ink, otherwise it is easier to color with markers on different areas of the stamp.

Here’s my TIP: Remember to clean the tip of your Blender Pen every time you remove ink from your stamp. Just wipe the tip on scrap paper.


Ever have trouble removing the small bits of cardstock or paper from intricate dies? This amazing new tool from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog 2016, will be something you can’t live without. Comes with Brush and a Foam Pad.

Cut out your paper with your die on the Big Shot as you normally would. Lay the cut paper, with the die still embedded in it, on the foam pad, with the die side up. Run the brush several times over the die’s surface. When you pick up your piece, the die will peel easily off and all the small bits of paper will fall right out. No more poking or prodding little bits or paper.  You can see it in action in this video-

Here’s my TIP: Use a firm but gentle touch when rolling the brush. You may have to run the brush over the die several times, but with the lighter touch you’re less likely to poke through thin paper.


Q: I recently purchased a Classic Stampin’ Pad Color Collection. How do I store the ink pads?
A: Stampin’ Up Ink Pads have a patented flip top lid that automatically stores your ink pads upside down. This unique design ensures that your ink pads stay inked during storage. As all ink pads come inked and ready to use. It is important to store the ink pads horizontally, not vertically. Horizontal ink pad storage ensures that the ink will not leak out of the ink pad. When purchasing one of our Classic Stampin’ Pad Color Collections, ink pads come in their own storage box. Follow the directions on the box to assemble and store your ink pads easily. Stampin’ Up also offers the Color Caddy (104335). The Color Caddy stores 48 ink pads and 48 ink pad refills in a carousel for easy access.

Q: I have the Magnetic Platform, why would i need the Precision Base Plate to use with my Big Shot?
A: The two plates are used separately and for different reasons. The Magnetic Platform (130658) holds Framelits and Thinlits in place over stamped images when you cut out the shapes. The Precision Base Plate (139684) allows you to use the dies that are very detailed successfully by cutting the very small pieces and allowing them to be released. For even further success using the Precision Base Plate see page 19 in the NEW Occasions Catalog. The Big Shot Die Brush (140603) is a partner to the Precision Base Plate and easily removes the small cut pieces from the detailed dies.

Q.How do I get a clean line when I fold my cardstock?
A.There are 2 different ways to get that clean fold line you are looking for. Both ways use the Bone Folder (102300).
When you fold the card run your Bone Folder along the side of the fold.  Place a score mark at the area you want the fold. Fold the card then use the Bone Folder to make it smooth.

Q: How do you mail cards with embellishments? I want my cards to arrive without being mangled.
A: Depending upon the size and thickness of the embellishment, your card may cost more to mail. If I am using the Rhinestone Basic Jewels or the Pearl Basic Jewels, I use a piece of thin foam over the front of the card. This prevents rips in the envelope. For thicker items such as buttons or some of the wooden embellishments, I use a small padded envelope which I buy at the discount store. I think it is worth the extra postage to insure that my masterpiece arrives in good shape!

Q: What is the difference between Paper Piercing and Paper Piecing.
A: Paper Piercing – Use a Paper-Piercing Tool and a Paper Piercing Template to make a design on your cardstock. For example: Stamp flowers from Crazy about You (138856) and use the matching template from Updated Essentials (138371) to pierce a border around the flower.
Paper Piecing: Stamp several images in different colors. Cut out the parts you want to emphasize and layer onto a base layer. This works well with large sentiment stamps, i.e. Use Friendly Wishes (138698) to stamp “You’re the Friend everyone wishes they had” in Basic Black and in Real Red on Whisper White Card stock. Then Cut the word FRIEND out of the red stamped image and pop it up on the black image with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This will make the image pop.

Do you have a question?? Please ask away… I am here to assist and if you have a question others probably have the same one so no question is too silly :-)