Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thank You!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a wine bottle tag that I made yesterday.  We were heading to our friend's Lance and Lili's place for dinner, and instead of taking a card, I made a CAS tag for the wine we took.  This is my first time making a wine bottle tag and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  The leaves were made the same way I did this card ... so check it out if you want instructions on how I made them. :)

I visit a lot of wonderful blogs ... and always appreciate seeing how other's do things, new techniques, new stamp sets ... and this week I learned a new tip that I want to pass along to you.

I have several sets of clear stamps, but I haven't bought many over the past while, because I often have a problem getting a clean stamp with them ... I end up with either a partial stamp or a very light stamping and end up throwing the card stock away and starting over.  I've started avoiding using those stamps ... which is a shame.  Not any more ... :)

Darlene DeVries ( has a video each week, giving the steps she uses to make her amazing cards.  This week was special, as she shared four cards (and four videos), using a card kit from Simon Says.  In one of the videos, she mentions about how she sometimes doesn't get a clean stamp when she uses clear acrylic stamps.  Here's what she does ... with her clear stamp mounted onto an acrylic block, she inks the stamp and stamps onto her card stock ... before removing the stamp (while it is still on the card stock), she places her Stamp-a-ma-jig in place, removes her stamp, re-inks and stamps again over top.  This way she get a clean, dark stamping that is always lined up ... so easy, and it works so well!!  Thank you for that tip Darlene.  I used it with today's tag, stamping the "thank you" and then re-inking and stamping again using your tip - it worked perfectly!! :)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Edited to Add:  Nancy asked for dimensions of the wine tag.  I'm not exactly sure of the size of my panel as I've already given it away :) ... but I believe it was approx. 3" x 7".  Scoring for the fold is 3" from the top and the hole punched for the neck of the bottle is 2" in diameter.  I think I might make it a bit slimmer next time (maybe 2 3/4" or 2 1/2") and try the hole a bit smaller as well.  I also rounded all the corners because I thought it looked better.


Albertarose said...

Thanks for the tip Loll.. I have a stamp a jig, and haven't used it much.. I will try this
tip and see if I can benefit from this little gadget.. The problem I have is with the solid clear stamps, they don't always ink up properly..

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you created this wine bottle tag, Loll! Your leaves are just gorgeous and I love the crisp, clean impression you achieved using Darlene's technique! Such a great idea!

Benzi said...

Loll, that is a very pretty tag for the season.
I love clear acrylic stamps. I found this post from Triple the Scraps a long time ago and this is how I prep my stamps:

But, it looks as though you have found just what you were looking for already.

nancy littrell said...

I love your wine bottle tag Loll. Can you share the dimensions of your CS and where you scored it? What size circle did you use too. I love your gorgeous leaves.

Have you ever tried inking your clear acrylic stamps with a sponge dauber to make sure you have good coverage? It might work too. I use my sponge daubers all the time for my clear block rubber stamps when using my juicy new style SU ink pads. Great image every time. Don't we have fun sharing. I do not have any clear acrylic stamps, but if I get any in the future I will remember your stampamajig tip :-)

Cathy said...

Hi Loll, thanks for sharing the tip from Darlene, I follow her too but hadn't seen this one (my internet is soooo slow I'm a bit limited at the moment :( Fabulous wine tag, TFS the dimensions too, very handy for this time of year when gifts of this type are all the go :) Cathy x

sandie said...

Hi Loll, I have always wanted to make one of these and I thought they were a die cut but know I know how to make a DIY version, thanks for the inspiration x

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely idea to put on a bottle and .love the gorgeous colours of your leaves Loll


Unknown said...

This is a lovely idea Loll - how nice to personalise a gift like this.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

Thanks Loll for sharing the stamping tip and your bottle tag is a pure delight.


Bonnie said...

What a wonderful way to present a gift of wine! The leaves are so perfect for this time of year! I'm sure the tag was enjoyed as much as the wine!