You may have noticed in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog we no longer have Stampin’ Around Wheels. They all retired with our last catalog. I know that for me I really hadn’t used any in a long time – and I guess others weren’t either. In fact some people were unmounting their wheels so they could use them on a clear block. It was something I had considered but hadn’t gotten around to doing. Well Stampin’ Up! gave us a new solution – new photopolymer stamps in our catalog that are borders or what I call long stamps. These are designed to replace the wheels. Because they are the new clear photopolymer they are very easy to place and position on your project. For this project I used the new Draw the Line stamp set. This card is a slightly modified version of a card from our Stampin’ Success demonstrator magazine.
The open circles, the arrows and the full circles are all just one line of images – but so easy to repeat and place on the card because the stamps are photopolymer and you can see exactly where you are placing them.
I have a couple of tips for using the photopolymer that work for me. Make sure you get ink on the whole image – the new Stampin’ Up! ink pads work well the old style not so much. When you stamp hold the image on the card stock briefly to give the ink a chance to transfer from the stamp to the card stock. Don’t go down and up really fast – you want full contact between the stamp and the card stock. Clean your photopolymer stamps on a paper towel sprayed with Stampin’ Mist. I found that when I use my scrub my stamps pick up any residual ink left from other projects. Inks that are red, yellow, brown will leave a faint stain on the stamps – I can’t find any way to avoid it. The blue, greens don’t seem to do that. I have not tried using Stazon on my photopolymers.
FYI the little clip at the top of the card is attached with a glue dot not actually clipped to my card – i wanted to see the whole clip and if you slide it on part of it ends up in the back where you can’t see it.
Here is everything I used on this card: