Mass Producing Stamped Cards – MISTI Stamp Tool


Hi Everyone! It’s Jennifer. Today’s video
focuses on tips for mass producing cards. I will be using the MISTI stamp tool. However,
there are lots of tips that will apply even if you do not have this tool. So we are going
to talk about mass producing cards and also how to best use stamps that have the layering.
Where you stamp many things on top of each other to create great stamped images. You
can see I did that here for these flowers. These are stamps from Altenew. I just love
the results. Definitely worth the little bit of extra effort it takes to stamp all those
layers to create these images. Now I actually filmed this video back in December because
I created sets of note cards for my mother and my mother-in-law for Christmas. So I created
60 of these cards all in on afternoon. So it’s really fun to make these. Doesn’t take
as much time as you would expect. Using some of the tips I share. Now although I filmed
this back in December I’m doing the voice over now and right now we are doing a remodel
in my house, so you’ll be hearing some banging back in the background. I am so sorry, but
there’s really no where quiet for me to be in my house. So I apologize in advance for
that. One more thing before we get started you’ll see me do several color combinations
of flowers in this video. I’m going to jump around between them, because I don’t want
to make the video too long. However, I will list the exact colors I used for each color
combination in the YouTube description and over on my blog, so be sure to check it out.
For these cards I’m going to be using one of my favorite stamp sets of all time. The
Altenew Vintage Roses. What’s great is that you just follow the guide. You see those little
circles. It looks like pencil lines. You stamp these groups together on top of each other
to create beautiful layered stamped images. I’m going to be using these in the center
that I’m pointing to and stamping those on top of each other to create my roses. Then
I’ll be doing some of the leaves next to it. I decided to use the MISTI stamping tool because
it’s a wonderful helpful tool when you want to do stamp layering. However, keep in mind
you could use a regular acrylic block or a stamp press or something like that if you
would prefer. I just wanted to show you how great this tool is here today. I’ve done other
videos with this tool and I’ll link to those if you want to see more examples. So you use
the MISTI tool instead of a stamp positioner or instead of an acrylic block. So I always
like to plan out where my stamps are going to go and that’s what you see here on this
white piece. I just quickly planned where I want my flower and leaves to be positioned.
That’s going to be my guide so let’s go ahead and start with the background of the rose
and do that stamping first. So I have my plan piece here up against the bottom left corner
of my MISTI tool. I’m going to position the stamp exactly where I want it to be and I’ll
close the door on it. That panel I just close right over and it moves the stamp right into
where it needs to be. So now it is perfectly positioned for all of my stamping. Now I have
a bunch of 4.25″x5.5″ white pieces cut here. I think I have about 70 of these, because
I want to end up with 60 nice cards. So I’m inking this up with some Hero Arts Shadow
Ink. I’m going to just flip it down and press. You’ll see I have my rose exactly where it
needs to be, so that’s the first layer of my rose. I’m going to go through and do all
of my cards all of the pieces with this stamp before I move on. So this is a great way to
mass produce cards. So you can make gift card sets like these. So you’ll see that you get
really quick. You get into a rhythm. You actually don’t even need to use that little magnet
to hold the paper in place when you do it. It’s not a problem. You just close the door
and it stamps it exactly where you need to be. Another great advantage of this stamping
tool is that, say you ink up your stamp but not completely and you stamp it and you need
to fix it, you can just ink it up and stamp it again and fix your mistake. It will perfectly
stamp in the same place. Another thing you can do is what I’m going to do here with the
yellow ink. I stamped it once and I decided it was a little too light. I wanted this to
be darker so I’m actually going to ink it up and stamp it again with the same color.
It gives me a slightly darker ink color, which I think is fun. I think it’s a great way to
get more out of the inks that we have. Here I will show you a comparison. This is with
it stamped once and there it is double stamped right above. You can see it gives you a little
bit of variation. I used a variety of dye inks to make these today, but you could use
pigment inks or chalk inks. Anything you want for these techniques. I also wanted to mention
that if you have trouble figuring out how to layer your roses Altenew has this key on
their website, which I’ll link to. It shows you exactly how to go about lining these up.
But I promise it’s really easy to figure out in real life. So now it’s time for our second
layer here. So I have the first base layer of rose. Now I’m coming in with the second
layer and I used that key to help me out. So I’m laying it exactly where I want it to
be on one of my cards. Close the door on it and then open it back up and now it’s positioned
for all of the cards. So I’m taking an ink that is slightly darker and going with that
next. I find it easiest to start with the lightest ink and work my way to the darkest.
But you could do it in reverse order if you prefer. So I’m just going through. This is
a WPlus9 ink that’s just beautiful. Its call Sweet Gelato. I just love it. I’m just going
to stamp that on all of them and I’ll switch it up and do the other colors as I go too.
So I don’t have to move that stamp position. So I’m actually making all 60 or 70 cards
at once and changing the colors as I go along. So I’ve basically added just one layer of
these images and look how realistic they it’s already starting to look. So if you wanted
to you could save time and just do the base layer and one layer on top and you’d have
a beautiful rose, but I decided to go ahead and do another layer. I’m positioning that
third layer of the rose. It just adds a little more detail into the darkest areas of the
rose. Going to position where I want it and close the door of my MISTI so that it’s stuck
where it needs to be. I’m picking a third ink that is the darkest of the three inks.
I’m using a light, a medium and a dark once again. I’m going to stamp this. Now you’ll
notice here I’m actually getting quicker with my stamping and I stacked like 3 or 4 of these
white panels in my MISTI. So all I have to do is take one off each time I stamp and then
MISTI works for that. Even though I’ve added some layers in there, it still works. So this
even saved even more time by layering these in there. All I have to do is stamp and then
remove one of the layers. You kind of get into a rhythm with this and you end up getting
really quick when you’re using this MISTI tool. So it is at this point that my mind
is completely blown with how awesome the stamp set is, because look how realistic those roses
look. I tell you I’ve never been able to achieve that realistic of a look from stamps before.
So I went through and I stamped all of my roses in all of the different colors on all
of the white panels. It is now time to add some leaves. Now with the leaves I did several
leaves, so it takes a little bit of time. But you could save time and make this simpler
if you just did a few leaves, but I tend to go overboard. So I have one of my rose panels
in my MISTI all the way up to the corner and I positioning the leaves where I want them
and I’ll just close the door to transfer the stamps to the other side so they are ready
to go. Now we are layering the rose with some leaves so I need to do some masking. So I’m
going to temporarily adhere a piece of plastic that I just got off some packaging, I’m recycling
here. I’m cutting around the edge of the rose, so I’m cutting both layers at once. I’ll
just use that rose for something else. I’m just going to use this plastic piece as my
mask. Now I’m using plastic for my mask because I want to be able to use it over and over
for many of these cards and paper would hold up very well. I positioned the plastic piece,
plastic mask, right over the rose and then I have a piece of Micropore Tape. But you
could use Washi Tape, Masking Tape, whatever you want. I’ll put the tape on to the mask
and just tape it in place. I’m going to keep this tape on here and reuse it for many of
these roses. I’m also going to take a black permanent pen on the mask and put a mark on
my mask, because it is see through and I’m afraid I’ll lose it on my desk somewhere.
So that just helps me in seeing it. I’m inking up my leaves with the lightest green color
and I’ll just stamp that right onto my flower and the mask will protect the flower underneath.
So I’ll go through and do this on all of the roses with that light green ink and with the
leaves positioned where they are. The mask I can reuse by just carefully moving it from
one rose to another. I found that it was easiest to pick the rose up by the tape and move it
from one to the other, because then I don’t get the ink on my fingers. The ink kind of
builds up on that plastic mask. You can also wipe that mask off every once and awhile just
so you don’t accidently transfer some of the ink that’s on the mask on to other things.
After stamping the first layer of leaves on all the rose panels it’s time for the second
layer on the leaves, so I’m following the guide on the stamp set and picking the second
layer that matches up with each of the first layer of the leaves. I decided to position
these one at a time in my MISTI, just because I was afraid they would shift as I’m doing
it and I didn’t want it to take longer. So I just positioned the second layer where it
needs to be and closed the door on the MISTI to put them all on to the other side ready
to go. Now you’ll notice that I don’t do all of the second layer of leaves at once, that’s
because they were too close together to fit all on one go. So, I’m doing half of the second
layer in one time and then I’ll come back and do the other half of the second layer
after that. You can see here how beneficial it is to have the MISTI stamping tool when
you’re making a bunch of cards for gifts like this or when you want to do stamp layering
and get images on top of each other exactly positioned. I do want to mention I’m not associated
with the kind folks who make the MISTI tool; I’m just a really big fan. So once I have
them all positioned and I have my mask in place I can go ahead with my second darkest
color and stamp that on each of the roses. You’ll see some of the leaves aren’t getting
stamped this time. I’ll come and do those next separately. But I’m going to go ahead
and do this on all of my rose panels. You can also see here that I’m getting a little
bit faster at handling this mask. I’ve found it was easy to pick it up from the tape and
move it to where it needs to be and it doesn’t take that long at all. You kind of get a rhythm
going. So now that I’ve done all of these I’m going to go with those last two leaves
for that second layer and position those where they need to be inside of my MISTI. Then I
can go through and stamp all of those second layers. I wanted to mention that all of the
different inks I used and the color combinations I use are listed over on my blog so you can
find out exactly what I did to achieve these different roses. Keep in mind you can use
any inks that you already have. You could use dye, or pigment, or chalk or a mix of
all of those. Keep in mind also say you don’t have a light and a medium and a dark of one
color, you could double stamp your second layer to get a little bit darker color. So
that’s another way to achieve that. Or even for that darkest color you could instead stamp
with like a light gray and it will pick up some of that other color behind it if you’re
using a dye ink. So for the last step on the roses is the third layer on the leaves. I’ve
positioned my stamps; I’m inking them up with my darkest color and stamping those. You could
skip this third layer because it just adds some fine details, but I really think it makes
a big difference. So now that we have all of our roses and all of our leaves completed
it time to add some sentiments. Since these were for a set of note cards I wanted a variety
of sentiments. So I made a few that said hello a few that had other greetings so that there
could be a good mix. I also used my stamping tool, the MISTI tool, for this. So I positioning
some of the greetings exactly where I want it on one of the rose panels and then I’ll
close the MISTI on it to transfer it right into place. I can know go through and ink
up the sentiment and stamp it on some of the rose panels that we’ve created. The nice thing
about this MISTI tool here is that I can be sure that my sentiment is straight every time
because I am notorious for stamping my sentiments crooked. Another reason I like to make gift
card sets is because it’s an opportunity to use some sentiments that I’ve been wanting
to use. It’s always good to have a mix in those gift card sets. So now there’s one last
thing that I want to do to this stamped panel. I want to trim this down and die cut it, so
I get that foe stitched finish around the edge of the white. Now, I could have done
this die cutting at the beginning and done the stamping right onto the die cut pieces.
However, I knew I was going to use a bunch of different sentiments all of different width.
So I wanted to make sure that I had them centered each time. I have this die set from Lawn Fawn.
This is actually two sets together and it does rectangles with a foe stitched edge.
I can look right through that die and position it perfectly around my stamping so that it’s
nice and centered. I’m going to do this with all of my rose panels. Now, again I could
have done the die cutting at the beginning, but I thought it was better to do the die
cutting afterwards, so I can make sure that everything is centered nicely. I just really
love that foe stitched edge. Now as I mentioned I tend to go overboard and I was just really
wanting to have a diagonal striped tone on tone on the background of all these note cards.
Could save a lot of time by skipping this, but I just, I don’t know, I had an itch to
do it. So I’m going to use the MISTI tool again, but this time with a large cling background
stamp. There’s actually a foam insert inside the MISTI that covers the whole background.
You just take that out and then there’s room to use a cling stamp in your MISTI. So I have
this background stamp I’m just going to cling it right into the door of our MISTI. I’m going
to take my note card and set it inside the MISTI, ink up my stamp with a light gray ink
and then just close the MISTI tool right on it. So every time I’m going to position it
right about there and close that background stamp on it. The background is bigger than
the stamp, so I don’t have to worry about having that card in the exact same place every
time. I went ahead and created these note cards from some of my favorite gray card stock. It’s Silver Fox from Avery Elle. I just stamped a soft gray stripe on the background. Because
I am a gulden for punishment I think I decided to also stamp those little gray hearts kind
of scattered in the background. I used several heart images from a Simon Says Stamp Heart
stamp set that has a bunch of hearts in it. I just used my MISTI to quickly stamp them
on all of the white panels before I glued them onto the card. I also added some shimmer
to the roses with my Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen. It just adds a little sparkle that catches
the eyes. I put a bunch of these note cards in a mix of colors and sentiments into a plastic
box along with some matching envelopes so I could give these as gifts. These plastic
boxes are very inexpensive. I’ll link to the ones that I use. And a great way to give a
nice completed gift and I just wrap a ribbon around it and it’s ready to go. So I hope
that this long video, sorry about that, has lots of tips for you for layering your stamping,
mass producing cards to give as gifts and also some fun ways to use your MISTI Stamp
Tool. I have linked below all the supplies that I used and also links to the videos that
I mentioned or I really encourage you to head over to my blog at jennifermcguireink.com
where I have a lot more information for you. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and
taking some time to spend with me and watching this long video. I hope you’ll come back soon
and thanks so much for watching.




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