How to Use Stamparatus to Get a Stamped Image Off the Edge of the Paper

Make Multiple Cards Quickly

A couple of weeks ago a dear friend of mine's niece passed away.  I was friends with her mom and brother.  I wanted to make sympathy cards to all three of them.  I saw a cute card on pinterest using the Heartfelt Blooms stampset (it's retired but I just love it so I use it still).  Scroll down to the end of this post to see the video I made while doing this.  I also made another video on how to use the grid on the stampartus to make sure your sentiment is stamped straight. You can check out that blog here.

This card had a small piece of paper with the flower image stamped on it but was cut off on the edge of the paper.  I was trying to figure out how I could duplicate this image using my stamparatus so I could quickly make the multiple cards.  I usually position my card in the upper right hand corner of the stamparatus so I have a hard edge to line my cardstock on.  But doing this would prevent me from getting the stamped image cut off on the edge of the paper.

So I decided to use my grid paper and adhere it to the base of the stamparatus.  I did this for a few reasons.  One I thought it was possible to just position my cardstock in the middle of the grid base, but I didn't want to have to continue to wipe the excess ink off the base each time I stamped the next card.  and two I could mark the grid where to position my cardstock each time so I would be getting the stamped image in the same place each time.

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And because I set my stamparatus up like this, I was able to crank out multiple stamped images of the flower in the same place on the cardstock.  This is a time saver when you want to have the card to look exactly the same on each one.  Plus sometimes I don't have the creativity in me to create 3 different unique cards when I'm under a time crunch.  I wanted to get these in the mail the next day so they would know that I was thinking of them.  My friend's niece was only 39 years old and left behind 2 children.  It was such a hard blow to the family and can't imagine what heartbreak they are going through.  I just hoped my card would lift their spirits a bit even if momentary.

Check out the video below on how I set up my stamparatus to quickly make these stamped off the edge images for my sympathy cards.

Substitute retired stampset with current one

Now the Heartfelt Blooms stampset is retired, but I think you could achieve the same look with the Healing Hugs stampset.

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