Stamparatus Technique #2 – Perfect Punch Placement
Welcome to my post for the Stamparatus Technique #2 – Perfect Punch Placement.
In order to stamp and punch perfectly, especially when there are multiple stamps which form a single punch layout, a template should be used to position your stamps on the Stamparatus plate(s). First stamp a template from a blank piece of paper, similar in size to the punch width (side to side). I use double the length of paper to the punch length (top to bottom), for the following reasons:
- To have a reasonable amount of card to hold when punching
- To have double the punching area, one at the top of the card and one at the bottom
Once the template has been punched, position it in the Stamparatus (see diagram 1), I avoid positioning close to the edges of the Stamparatus to maximise the ease of stamping and to maximise the production of clear images on first stamping. Place the stamps within the template, aligning them to the middle of each aperture in the template (see diagram 2).
For this particular project I used another Stamparatus technique – Two-Step Stamping, see my later technique post for more information on this technique. I wanted to use the same colour palette, therefore to achieve a good Two-Step stamping effect, I stamped off the first image (diagrams 3 & 4 – inking the stamps stamping first on to scrap paper), before stamping a second time on to the project card, (diagrams 5 & 6 – without re-inking the stamps). I used un-inked Stampin’ Spots in this project, inked with my choice of colours as I wanted to stamp each vase in difference colours.
Once you have successfully stamped the images (in this case 2 stamp layouts per card, one top and one bottom, I did this on the reverse of the card so you only see one side stamped in the images), position the stamped card in the punch, they should align (diagram 7) and punch (diagram 8) perfectly.
For my project I wanted extra elements punched from only part of the punch, I therefore cut narrower strips of card, and stamped (diagram 9) and punched (diagram 10) these.
The punched elements (diagram 11) were then assembled into the card with other stamped elements (diagram 12).
The finished card:
Yes, there are other stamp positioning tools on the market, but none as good as the Stamparatus… For more information on the Stamparatus please refer to my Stamparatus Product Showcase page.