Sometimes, we just have to learn from our mistakes... and ask our friends for help!

Why is that? Why do we have to make mistakes first before we ask our girlfriends for help? I have to tell you I am having a great time learning soooo much from the Sweet Stamp Shop team. Seriously, I am so very thankful for the opportunity to learn from so many stamping experts as I'm re-learning things I used to be an expert at. It's amazing how much stamp inks have changed and new products on the market since I was an expert rubber stamper 20+ years ago.

Sometimes, I have to make several samples before I get an image that was what I envisioned... I made six samples of this card before I got one I liked for the tutorial LOL

I've been completely humbled by all the "mistakes" I've been making lately... and I wanted to share them with you so you can avoid them too! Want to know what that mistake is? Every single one of my mistakes has been because I used the wrong ink. Such a simple thing to fix... always watch what kind of ink you're using. There is no one perfect ink for every project.

Here's a few examples of lessons learned:

VersaFine is an awesome ink and is my favorite black ink... but it never "dries" on photos and will smear even days later... (totally lost Walt Disney's name in the quote... and "can" got totally smeared)

Then, I decided to use embossing powder and a heat tool to keep it from smearing so I could put it in the pocket... my photos totally bubbled up and cracked from the heat (thank goodness you can't see it in the photos... but you can totally see it in person LOL

StazOn is better than dye inks for wood veneer (StazOn on the left)

Sometimes, you just have to stamp several times before you get the perfect image... and then cut it out to use on your card.

and sometimes you tell your readers that you intentionally made it messy by stamping a second time... I might have gone in with a Faber-Castell Black Big Brush to make it look better ;)

Do you have any stamping tips or lessons you learned the hard way that you want to share? I'd love to hear all about them... Don't tell me I'm the only one who makes mistakes! LOL

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