Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thank You Card Set Using The MISTI

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I written a long introduction, mainly because I have been rushing about quite a bit this winter.  Also, I have been focusing on another aspect of my life, my fitness.  I have been sore and tired just about every week, but in a good way, since I have been going to the gym quite a bit, and taking fitness classes.  I still try to continue crafting, as well as blogging, and taking an online class helps too, but it is getting harder to juggle.  Now my crafting is geared toward one purpose - gift giving.  I have been building up my stashes of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays cards.  Also, I have been giving card sets as gifts for the past two years, and thought the MISTI would make it easy for this purpose.
Notecard Set Using The MISTI
I was so excited when I placed the order for my MISTI, and couldn't wait to get it; an early birthday gift for me.  The shipping was fast and it was bubble wrapped nicely to protect it.  Thank goodness for that, since there was a big dent in the box.  I was all excited when I saw it, but then I notice that the screen print of the grid was smudged a little in the upper right corner, looked like someone smeared it off when they were wiping it.  One big reason to apply that vinyl cover right away.  Then I saw that the ruler sticker hanged over a little on the inside of the box area, which I did pull up and re-aligned, after contacting Iliana.  Honestly, I was expecting perfection right out of the box, especially at this price point, but I had to remind myself that this is assembled by hand.  I am one of those people who wants what I buy, to be in pristine condition.  I mean shiny and in mint condition.  Yup, I am also one of those people who will look through a pile of books just to find the perfect book that is shiny with no scratches or dents on any part of the book, especially if it is a gift.  I also like to keep MY THINGS that way for as long as I can because, well, shiny new things make me happy.  :-D LOL! Notice I capitalized "my things" since I learned to let go of my boys' stuff being in good shape after the first minute.  :-D  Anyway, those cosmetic defects did not hurt the product's performance.  The MISTI does allow you to have the perfect stamped image every time, since re-stamping is a breeze.  This tool is awesome for the stamps that doesn't take up dye ink that well, especially non-photopolymer stamps, and dye inks can be used without worries of blotches.  YAY!  Also, the MISTI feels sturdy too; sturdy enough for my boys to use since they like perfect stamped images too.  Hmmm, I wonder where they learned that from?!  :-D  Anyway, I did a little video talking a little bit more about the MISTI and using the MISTI to create this card set.

 First, I used a stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inker to cut out the card that I will use for stamping.

I stamped the butterfly from Inkadinkado Garden Delight set with Memento inks(Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink and Rich Cocoa).  Usually I get a very blotchy image that doesn't always smooth out to be solid, like the image above, but with the MISTI, I can guarantee that it will be solid since I can stamp it again perfectly aligned.
 You can see the differences between the images just after inking it and waiting several minutes later.
I die cut the sentiment from Mama Elephant thanks die several times and glue them together before placing it onto the card.  Then I place the card onto the cardbase that is layered with pink cardstock.  Simple and easy for mass production, especially using the MISTI.

UPDATE:  Below is the super magnets(size: 18mm x 3mm) that I found at Home Depot that works with my MISTI.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!

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  1. Your design makes a lovely set of cards Linda; I love the pastels! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. Linda, good luck finding magnets that fit. I have hunted for several weeks now and the ones thin enough to fit are not strong enough and the strong ones are too thick. If you do find a source, please let me know. I'm just about ready to order some from my sweet petunia. lpage821@gmail.com


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