Silhouette has decided to squeeze in one more sale in February…and it’s a good one!
They are featuring the Stamping Starter Kit, but almost all supplies are on sale, too!
Not only can you grab your favorite goodies to play with (Have you picked up the washi paper yet? LOVE IT!), but this is also a great time to stock up on mats and blades!
All the sale details are below, PLUS a quick intro on how to use the Stamping Starter Kit. (You may have seen this how-to here before, but a lot of people seem to have questions about this, so I thought it was a good one to repost!)
Nikki, In Stitches
As usual, there are bundles available, so if you’re ready to jump into crafting with a Silhouette cutting system you can get your machine and supplies all together for a discounted price. If you already have a machine, just pick up your favorite goodies!
You can get:
- 1 CAMEO, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 teal CAMEO dust cover for $269.99 (MSRP $351.96)
- 1 Portrait, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 grey Portrait dust cover for $129.99 (MSRP $229.96)
- The stamping starter kit 25% off!
(Excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait®, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.)
- PLUS: all orders over $25.00 ship free (This includes the machine bundles, however it only applies to the lower 48 states!)
Ready to start shopping?
Click here to head over to the Silhouette site and get going!
And be sure to use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!
(This offer is only good from 2/20/14 to 2/28/14!)
How To Create Your Own Stamps…Plus A Few “Getting Started” Tips!
Using the Silhouette Stamping Materials really couldn’t be easier. In the picture above you can see a quick set of magnets I made for my kiddos. This is an easy project (perfect for getting familiar with what works and what doesn’t when using this new stamp medium) that uses free designs that come with the Stamping Starter Kit, and is a great way to help showcase my little ones’ artwork that they bring home from school!
You can see in the screen shot below that creating the stamp in the Silhouette software couldn’t be easier. I have the balloon, which I will cut from the stamping material, and then the outline (a bit larger all around than the actual design) that I will cut from Kraft paper.
NOTE: To make the outline (the background I will cut from Kraft paper), I use the “Offset” feature. Here’s a quick picture tutorial to walk you through it!
And it’s that easy to outline a design! Separate the two pieces and now you have your background shape that you can cut from your Kraft paper, and your actual balloon design that you will cut from your stamp medium!
Note: This same trick works with text, too! You can create a background for a sentiment, or even use this technique to “thicken up” a skinny font!
Using your cutting system, cut the Kraft paper background first. Then the balloon stamp. Place the balloon stamp on an acrylic block. Ink up the stamp. And since the block is clear, it’s easy to line it up on my Kraft background, and simply stamp!
A few of you have already sent questions my way as to how the stamping material works, and I’ve answered three of the most popular requests for help below. If you have other questions, and would like them answered before purchasing, just send them over and I’ll get back to you ASAP! Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com
Do you have to use a special cutting mat?
YES! The Stamping Starter Kit comes with a special cutting mat, and you must use it to create the stamps. It is perforated with little holes, which help keep your stamp from distorting during the cutting / transferring to the acrylic block process.
Do all designs in the Silhouette Online Store work as stamps?
I can’t answer that just yet since I myself am just getting started, but I can say that with a bit of playing, you can make most of your favorites work. Keep in mind, you don’t use a transfer paper to move your stamp from your cutting mat to your acrylic block, so if there are lots of tiny pieces in your design, getting them all in the right spots could be tricky. Personally, I am starting with simple shapes and slowly starting to play with more complicated ones!
Do you have to mirror your text when making a stamp?
No. The stamping material will adhere to the block from either side, so there really isn’t a need to flip your text…just flip your stamp before sticking it to your acrylic block!