Cards, Tools

Stamping with the Stamparatus

I wanted to show you guys how to use the Stamparatus! Believe me once you use this fabulous tool you will wonder how you ever survived without it! You can place your images precisely with this tool, or easily stamp multiples ( like Christmas cards or swaps).

Below are photos showing the steps I took to create my card. I used Sheltering Tree stamp set from the Annual Catalog


The Stamparatus comes with two plates, two magnets, and a foam pad. Use the foam pad when using photopolymer stamps.


Since I find the photopolyer stamps need even more height than the foam cushion supplies, I put a magnet card on top of the foam pad. The photo shows how to place your cardstock in the Stamparatus.


I placed my tree image face down on my cardstock where I want the image to be. Note my stamp is stained and looks like I had already inked it up but it is not inked.


In the above image I closed the lid (you can see the grid lines on the plate) to pick up the stamp on the lid.


You can see the image adhered on the lid. It sticks great! You do not have to push hard on the plate to get it to stick.


I am inking the image with Early Espresso Stampin’Pad. You will get a little ink on the plate but it will not transfer to your cardstock so no worries.


View of image inked

I lowered the lid and gently pushed on the lid to stamp my image.


I am satisfied with my stamped image, but if I wasn’t happy with it I could just re-ink the image and stamp again and the image would be darker. No need to worry the placement is spot on every time.


I place the leaves image where I wanted it, boy that is what I like about photopolymer stamps, you can see through them!!


I purposefully only partially inked the leaves with Old Olive Stampin’Pad.


I cleaned off the stamp and re-inked the image with Crushed Curry Stampin’Pad.


I have a look of leaves changing color.


I wanted to add the grass image, so I placed the image face down and picked it up by lowering the lid and inked it up with Old Olive Stampin’Pad


I wanted to add the rake and falling leaves image so I placed it in the same manner as above and picked it up on the lid by just lowering the lid onto the images. I inked the rake with Early Espresso Stampin’Pad and the leaves with the Crushed Curry Stampin’Pad. It would be easier to use the Stampin’Write Markers in those colors but I did not have them handy.


Here is the completed scene built with the Stamparatus!


Here is my completed card! I used Early Espresso, Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla Cardstock. I stamped the greeting with the Early Expresso Stampin’Pad. I added twine that I made from Burlap Ribbon.


If you enjoy papercrafting I hope you consider buying the Stamparatus! Compared to other stamp positioning tools on the market the Stamparatus by Stampin’Up! is much more reasonably priced! It is high quality and you have 2 stamping surfaces that comes with the original Stamparatus purchase as well as a foam pad to use with photopolymer stamps. If using clear mount red rubber stamps you do not need the foam pad as these stamps have a foam cushion already adhered to the image.

Happy Papercrafting,



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