Where did it come fromPapercraft Essentials Issue 151
When did I get it18th September 2017
When did I try it1st October 2017
First quick impressionThere is something Iconic about the Red Post Box. Add in a few seasonal elements and you have the makings of a Christmas Card. My first instinct is that this may be tricky for me to work with. I haven’t always had great success using an embossing folder as a feature image rather than background texture. It looks like the kind of set that I would create a separate background in Craft Artist rather than make a complete project from the set alone. I guess I’ll never find out until I jump in and get crafting.
Testing the Stamps
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.