Welcome back! Over the last 2 weeks, I've talked about the tools and tricks I use for stress-free stamping and die-cutting. This week, I'm going to talk about some of the things I keep close on my desk to make clean up and organization simple and easy.
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Small cup or bowl
I love the part of stamping where you get to create and play. I don't love the part where you have to clean up. That's where my various stamp cleaners come in and make it easy. When I first started stamping I used to run over to the sink and wash my stamps off with soap and water. Then I discovered this Stamp & Scrub. This one is from Papertrey Ink.
I just spray a little bit of stamp cleaner onto one side of the pad, scrub my stamp, then dry it off on the other side. It's great, because I just keep the pad in my drawer and quickly scrub off all my stamps when I'm done. It's especially helpful for sticky inks like Versamark.
A newer product that recently came out is this Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy. It's amazing how clean it gets your stamps! I like to use it when I'm using multiple ink colors with the same stamp. It cleans your stamp perfectly with no lint residue and no need to dry off the stamp. Keeping these cleaners at my desk makes it easy to clean as I go so I have less to do at the end.
You may remember this picture from a couple of weeks ago. This is my desk when I've finished making a card. It gets pretty messy.
This is a stamp I found attached to one of the stamp set packages within my mess. I'm still trying to find it's home!
I learned my lesson. Now, I always keep a little cup or bowl on my desk for my clear stamps I haven't had a chance to put back yet. It's great for small die cuts too if you're cutting a lot at one time. For cleaning up dry adhesive, I like to keep a good adhesive eraser handy. They're great for using around intricate die cuts.
I also keep some simple makeup applicators in my drawer to swipe away any liquid adhesive overflow.
Handling the smaller elements used on cards can be tricky sometimes. These reverse grip tweezers are the best for holding die cuts while you heat emboss.
They're also great for placing small embellishments on projects.
Finally, I have to have my Post-Its. If I get an idea for a card or a color combination, I need a quick place to write it down so I don't forget. The inside of my planner is covered in notes I haven't gotten around to organizing yet :). I couldn't resist getting this cute Post-It Camera holder for my desk--so fun!
Frustration with the process of stamping can sometimes take the fun out of what is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby. I've had many cards go in the garbage after an ink smear or crooked sentiment threw me off track. Over time though, I've learned what's worked for me to keep things fun and stress free. Hopefully you have gotten some good ideas too. Let me know if you have questions on any of the products I've discussed in this series.
Thanks for joining me!