Where did it come from Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 169
When did I get it 14th October 2017
When did I try it 12th November 2017
First quick impression The main stamp is absolutely beautiful but would I expect anything else from Hunkydory? I’m interested in using the bauble die with Mirri card and maybe some other products and see what I can come up with. I’m not sure I will get much use from the smaller dies. As regular readers will know I prefer to use my ScanNCut to cut stamps out with. Let’s see what I can come up with shall we.
Testing the StampsI don’t always test the stamps as such anymore but as the featured image is a stamp it is a sort of given that I would have to test it just to use it.
To test out new stamps I always use my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I know there are other platforms available but when I came to the point that I knew I needed one I did a load of research into the different features of them all and decided this was the right one for me. You can read my post about it. Why did I need one? With the Fibromyalgia (not to mention a bonus gift of some Arthritis in my hands) I could no longer rely on my hands to get a clean even print with stamps. I was increasingly finding I was not getting good results, even with the Rocker Blockers which always guaranteed this before. The benefit of a stamping platform is that for whatever reason you do not get a clean impression you can simply re-ink and go again and you are guaranteed to be exactly in the same spot. Even the best eyes can be slightly off and then you risk shadowing.
I also always use Archival Ink to test stamps that come as free gifts with magazines. They are usually made from a different material to the one used by a lot of the major brands which means that if you use a dye-based ink like Memento the ink can pool on the stamp and give a really bad impression. You can see exactly what I mean in this test of a fairy stamp. Archival Ink does not pool like this and I get to really test the stamp properly.