WHAT? You want me to CUT my stamps?

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I know, I know…take a deep breath, it will be okay. You’re still going to USE your stamps, and with this tip they’ll be even more handy! I do have a few notes about how to separate pieces of a stamp image though, as well as some do’s and don’ts for cutting your stamps.

First of all, which set are we talking about here? The Snailed It Stamp Set, which is part of the Snail Mail Suite from the January – June 2021 Mini Catalog.

Snail Mail Suite Collection from Stampin Up with DSP, resin heart embellishments and stamps and dies

The little snail image with the envelope on his back is connected to the “You’ve Got Mail” greeting. Sure, you can use the matching die to cut the snail away from the greeting, but what if you want to use just the greeting on a project without the snail? 

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For example, on this fun Snail Mail Suite project, I used the greeting on the little bubble. Another pro tip – the greeting doesn’t quite fit to stamp in the bubble, so I layered it on top with Stampin Dimensionals. 

snail and mushrooms greeting card colored with mini envelope

This way the greeting fits and we still get the idea of the dialog bubble. Because what’s cuter than a talking snail?? There was even room left over for the foiled heart (using one of the heart dies from this same Snail Dies set). 

In the video tutorial you can see how I assembled the greeting and talk bubble by stamping and splitting the words, then reassembling them. Why go to the extra work? Why not just stamp the words and cut them out?

Because I like the sharp corners on the two lines of text – much cleaner than a rounded cut to the greeting.

But back to the tips for cutting your stamps.

Meg’s Do’s and Don’ts of How to Cut Stamp Images

  • DO use sharp scissors for a clean cut.
  • DON’T slant your scissors to one side or the other. Keep them straight up and down so you’re not undercutting the foam on either side of the cut.
  • DO think about how your stamp will be used. Will the ‘stampability’ be better if the image is in two pieces?
  • DON’T cut images that are meant to be cut with a single die. You’ll forever be struggling to stamp the two pieces in the right place to be able to cut them with the intended die.

Another fun ‘how to’ on this card – in the video tutorial I’ll share a couple of ideas for using your Stampin Blends, as well as a quick tip on how to glue the die cut mini envelope to create this look. Hint – there are Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a Clever Clasp involved!

snail and mushrooms greeting card colored with mini envelope

Ready to see a video tutorial? I’ll walk you through the steps on making this sweet Snail Mail card – and show my trimmed stamp.

View below or use the link to view directly on my LovenStamps YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!

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