Tools Every Stamper Should Have

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Stamping runs through our veins here at Close To My Heart and we just can’t get enough of it! For those who are new to stamping or maybe just new to our product line, we wanted to share some of the basics that will make stamping with Close To My Heart your new favorite!

My Acrylix® Stamp Sets

The very first thing that you need is a good quality stamp. There’s no getting around this one. You want stamp sets that will stand the test of time in both structure and design. (Some have had to learn the hard way, not all clear stamp sets are created equal. 🙂 )

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At Close To My Heart we put a lot of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. The process begins about nine months to a year before a stamp set is even available for purchase. From trend and customer preference research all the way through the final label placed on the packaging, there isn’t a detail left unturned.

All of our My Acrylix® stamps are made of a liquid photo polymer resin. (What does that mean?) They are a clear, rubbery, very high quality material that creates clean and crisp prints time and time again. They are also flexible! Because they come packaged on a carrier sheet and are not permanently mounted on a block, you can manipulate them to fit inside shapes and banners, or simply to achieve a slightly different look than the original. (Some people will go as far as cutting their polymer stamps in order to rearrange words and sentiments!)

My Acrylix® Blocks

We mentioned earlier that our stamps are not permanently mounted on blocks, and if you watched the video above you can see what a world of difference that makes.

Once you have your stamp sets, you will need blocks to use them. Our My Acrylix® blocks are your best bet!

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All of our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help with stamp alignment, which is especially helpful to keep words and borders straight. Their crystal clear acrylic design not only lets you see where you are stamping but it is also hard and sturdy, making them very durable and difficult to break. With rounded edges providing a safe and comfortable grip, be prepared for hours of stamping fun!

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

When creativity strikes, enjoy a full spectrum of color with our Exclusive Inks™ color palette.

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Our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads feature an innovative lid pad (where the larger than average ink pad is stored in the lid) keeping the ink always at the surface and ready to use.

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The sleek magnetic closure design makes it easy to open and close (and also helps to keep your fingers clean!).

Available in every one of our beautiful exclusive colors, the ink is an acid free water-based dye and formulated from scratch.

My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner & Stamp Scrubber

As stampers, we naturally want to take care of our beloved stamps. For a lint-free clean, the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber will be your new besties.

Like you saw in the video above, just spray your stamp while it’s still on the block and scrub away. This cleaner and scrubber duo will also remove stubborn pigment inks from My Acrylix® stamps.

That’s it! With a few quality basics you’re set to take on stamping like a pro!

Are there any products you absolutely must have for your stamping? Let us know in the comments below!

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Find YOUR Summertime Stamp Set

Which summertime diva are you? The sun goddess who can gracefully lounge for hours at the beach? The adventurous mountaineer who proudly wears her bumps and bruises like medals? The barbecuing and sweet-treat baking beauty? The late night “read-everything-in-sight” bookworm? The backyard mama who sumo wrestles her kids to lather on the sunscreen? Whichever describes you, our summer stamp sets will be sure to pair perfectly with your unique summertime memories.

Our My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle stamp set works great for those nature lovers out there…way out there…on a mountain somewhere. It also lends itself to all other sorts of adventures, like a vacation in Hawaii, which is depicted in the page below. Our brilliant artist played off the mountain-like shape in the photo by using the Great Adventure stamp, and we think it’s pretty rockin’. 🙂

Stamps for summer

Our My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer stamp set is great for summertime party invitations or layouts about the greatest, tastiest summer feasts. This stamp set would also make a very cute companion for the Taste of Summer paper packet we offered in May. But that’s not all this stamp set can do! Take a look at the martini umbrella stamp on this beach-themed page:

Stamps for summer

How adorable is that? The possibilities are endless! This fun-in-the-sun page also showcases our My Acrylix® Hello Summer stamp set, one of our most versatile summer stamp sets. It’s perfect for beach adventures, vacations, and any sort of fun in the sun. It’d even work great for those days spent indoors when you just have to retreat from the heat.

You’ll definitely want to grab these stamp sets to commemorate your summertime fun, and if you do it in July, we’ll sweeten the deal! If you make a qualifying purchase in current, retail priced stamps, like these summertime stamp sets, you’ll get the July Stamp of the Month set FREE! It’s like we’re rewarding you just for enjoying your summer!

So go ahead—order your summertime stamps now, and then start your summertime festivities! After your fun in the sun (or shade!), you’ll be all set to preserve your summer memories—which makes even your summer scrapbooking relaxing. And honestly, who couldn’t use a little more relaxation? 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Great Adventure Page
Magic: Card Trick
C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7195B Jackson Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1245 Olive Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
1 ¾” <Font> “2014”

12″ x 12″ Fun & Sun Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1:Pattern 17
B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
3″ Title <y> (p. 53)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . in July!

With all the new idea book sneak peeks posted throughout Convention (and all the goodies the attendees took home), doesn’t it sort of feel like Christmas? Yes, maybe you’re reading this post while you’re lounging in your air-conditioned home or soaking up some sun at the pool, but honestly, don’t all these new products and surprises create the same excitement you feel during the holiday season? And for those lucky Convention attendees who already have your idea books in hand, we know you’ve made a wish list of all the products you want Santa to give you—and you’ve probably even checked it twice!

To make you feel even more of this Christmas-like cheer, we’ve got a pretty jolly July deal that’s so good you’ll just have to jump on it. For this month only, you can get your hands on one of our exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in either Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 even if you aren’t a hostess! Simply make a qualifying purchase of current, retail priced stamps during the month of July, and you can receive any Hostess Rewards stamp set of your choice for a discounted price. We’re tellin’ ya, right now really is the most wonderful time of the year!

We just love the My Acrylix® Sing Glory Hostess Rewards stamp set on this beautiful card. The masking done with the complementary shades of ink and the touch of gold embossing make the card feel warm and cozy, just like a glowing hearth next to the Christmas tree.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing card

And take a look at this My Acrylix® Be Jolly Hostess Rewards stamp set. The bitty sparkles enhance the delicacy of the wreath, and the stamp is tied to the card in such a way that it looks like a tag on a present. What a beautiful gift to receive—a heartfelt card from someone you love!

Let It Snow card

Have we got you singing “Joy to the World” yet? Well, start singing because these are only two of the many Hostess Rewards stamp sets you can choose from when you make a qualifying purchase. Go ahead, peruse through Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 and pick your favorite set!

To see even more beautiful artwork featuring our Hostess Reward stamp sets, visit our Facebook page and Instagram throughout July. Even Sticky Boy will be joining in on the fun, so tune in! To learn more about how to qualify for this great deal, click on the Promotions tab on your Consultant’s online business address.

Happy early Christmas! May your July be merry and bright.

Recipes

5 ½”x 4 ¼” Hark the Herald Angels Sing Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 22
C1587 My Acrylix® Sing Glory, X7187B Yuletide Carol Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Let It Snow Card
Wishes: Designer Tag
B1455 My Acrylix® Be Jolly, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, X7187C Yuletide Carol Complements, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
2 ½” <Tag1> (p. 30)

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