Wednesday, January 28, 2009


First, about those JustRite stamps. My initial stamping session didn't go so well. I tried several different types of ink and couldn't get a good image using any of the stamps that had any kind of thick/wide surface. My initial response was, "Oh, crap." Was I doing something wrong, or did others have problems, too? The Internet has all the answers. A Google search for "seasoning JustRite stamps" lead me to this thread on a Splitcoast Stampers forum and Sharon Johnson's tutorial, "Conditioning JustRite Stamps" on the Splitcoast website. I was glad to find the tutorial.

In my last post, I told you I'd tell you what I purchased and why. First, I didn't buy a self-inking stamper, mostly because the mechanical aspect of it did not appeal to me. Instead I opted for the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper I. The same diameter (1-5/8") as the self-inker, it can be used with all of the same borders and centers as well as all of the font sizes. I also purchased the Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set for creating my own sentiments. To go with those "basics," I got the Small Letter Set, Three Border Set (Kitchen of, Library of, Desk of), 10 Designer Centers and Borders (a variety), and the Brayton Font, which I deemed to be the most versatile. I wanted enough variety so that I wouldn't immediately be wishing I had more. I should have known better, however. I do want just one more font, the Trompe Script.

With so much "conditioning" to do, I only had time for one very simple card, that I'm posting for no reason other than to prove that I eventually had a little success. Now that I know what I have to do, I'm going to love these stamps and because of their classic design, use them for years to come.

How's your week going? Mine has been kind of strange. Perhaps, it would be more appropriate to say that I've been kind of strange. I think I'm watching too much news and wondering who's right, who's wrong, and who knows what the heck he's talking about. I need to spend more time in my corner, which is what I hope to do in my free time in coming days. For tonight, however, I'd best catch some Zs. Take care, and as always, thanks for stopping.


Laurel said...

Great job! I had some trouble with the Just Rite stamps as well, I'm going to have to check out that tutorial, thanks!

Jeanne said...

Wonderful card! Now I'm going to have to look into a few more of the stamps. I have the self inker and don't care for it. But I also have a couple of sets with the wooden stampers (can you believe it?) and prefer those...although I invariably stamp something crooked. I don't have the rectangle one or the set you spoke of, but seeing your card makes me put it on my wish list.

Thanks so much for sharing! Oh and the other night after watching the news I was totally depressed. All the news was bad or negative. I think I'll give up watching it because I think it's self perpetuating!

Sylvia said...

Always enjoy your cards.