In my previous post, I mentioned that I used my MISTI to quickly stamp multiple images of the same stamp to practice my coloring techniques. Today, I thought I would share another amazing use for the MISTI — mass producing cards, especially those made with building/multi-layer stamps! First though, here’s a little more info about the MISTI.
MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented. It was created by Iliana Myska who became frustrated with errors and inconsistencies while she was stamping. I can absolutely relate because I don’t want to even think about how many ruined pieces of stamping I’ve thrown out over the years because I didn’t get it fully stamped the first time! When I would try to restamp the image, I usually ended up with a halo/shadow because I didn’t have it lined up just right. Those days are a thing of the past with the MISTI!
What started as a simple idea with Iliana producing and shipping them herself from her home in Illinois has now turned into a full-blown manufacturing process complete with a fulfillment center that handles all of the shipping for her. One of the things I like best is that Iliana kept the manufacturing and fulfillment processes right here in the U.S. which is important to me. Now, with the background info out of the way, let’s get on to my little tutorial showing how I use my MISTI to mass produce cards.
One of the things that I have found that really helps me when using my MISTI are a series of templates I created (based on an idea by Maureen Wong) using plastic quilting template sheets. These work great because they have a 1/4″ grid which works great for card makers. Since they’re plastic, you can also write on them with a permanent marker to indicate center lines, dimensions, etc. I created a piece that is 6.25×8.5″ which basically fills the entire area inside the well of the MISTI, as well as several pieces in varying widths that are 6″ long which can be used as spacers, if needed. Lastly, I created three panel size templates with center line markers — one is a standard A2 card size [4.25×5.5″], one is what I call Layer 1 size [4×5.25″], and the last is what I call Layer 2 size [3.75×5″]. These are great to use when stamping images on smaller panels that will be used on a standard A2 card base because each layer is 1/4″ smaller that the next size larger which gives a nice 1/8″ border on all sides. You can see my Layer 1 template in action on this first step in my mass production process.
In this case, my stamped image is going on a Layer 1 size panel. I began by placing my piece of cardstock in the lower left-hand corner of the MISTI. I then placed my Layer 1 template on top of the cardstock to use as a guide for the placement of my stamp. For this card, I’m using the Woodland Wreaths stamp set from WPlus9 which is a stunning layered wreath stamp. Using the template ensured that my first wreath layer stamp would be perfectly centered on my cardstock panel since I decided to go for an uber-CAS (clean and simple) design on this particular card. Once everything was lined up, I simply closed the lid on my MISTI to pick up the stamp onto the lid. I inked it up with some Pear Close to My Heart (CTMH) dye ink and then brought the lid back over to stamp the first layer.
I then moved the stamped first layer panel to the upper left-hand corner of my MISTI and lined up the branch layer of my stamp set. Once again, I then closed the lid (as shown in the above photo) to pick up that stamp onto my MISTI.
Now that I had my two stamps perfectly placed and ready to go, I put another unstamped cardstock panel in the lower corner. That’s right, it’s time for some double-dip stamping! I inked up my first layer wreath stamp in the lower section with the Pear ink again, and then inked up my second layer branch stamp in the upper section with some Chocolate CTMH ink.
After double checking that both pieces of cardstock were lined up firmly in their respective corners of the MISTI, I then stamped the images on both pieces of cardstock simultaneously. What a time saver, and everything lined up absolutely perfectly. Check out these results!
I continued following this process until I had several panels completed with the first two layers of the stamp set. In my case, I only did five panels this time, but you could easily do dozens at a time if you needed that many. Once I had stamps lined up and placed in the MISTI, stamping out these five panels with two layers of stamping took me less than five minutes. As you can see, if you did happen to need dozens of the same card, this awesome tool would be an incredible time saver!
The other beauty is that if I didn’t quite get a clean stamped image on the first try, I could quickly re-ink the stamp and bring the lid of the MISTI over to stamp the image again confident in knowing the stamp would go back in exactly the same place as long as I ensured my panel was firmly in the corner of the well on the MISTI.
Once I had my first two layers completed, I cleaned those stamps and removed them from my MISTI. I then followed the exact same process to add the third berries layer stamp and the fourth sentiment layer stamp both of which were stamped using Cranberry CTMH ink. I initially planned to put the sentiment stamp inside the berries stamp, but quickly realized they weren’t exactly the same height, so I opted to keep them on separate sections of the MISTI to ensure the best ink coverage when stamping. Again, once I had my stamps in place, I was able to complete the stamping process of all the panels in less than five minutes.
In the end, I had five beautiful multi-layer stamped card panels. Counting the time it took me to line up my stamps, it probably took no more than 15 minutes total to get these done, and that included the time to clean and dry my stamps with my Absorber! If you would like to see what the finished product will look like once I attach theses panels to card bases, be sure to check out my Finding Joy post from last week which shows my prototype for this card.
So, that’s my quick and easy tutorial on how I use my MISTI to create quick & easy multi-layer images for mass producing cards. I really hope everyone was able to follow the process along. If not, perhaps I’ll get brave and try to record and post a video on YouTube showing how I do it.
Until next time …