Stamping With MISTI

Hello and welcome! I have a two parts card project to share today. In this post (Part 1), I will share just how quick and easy it is to mass produce sets of cards using the MISTI stamping tool. Then, in the next post (Part 2), I will share six different ink pads brands that I used to make these sets of cards and which one, in my opinion, are great for full card coverage stamping. All the supplies are linked at the end of this post.

MISTI Stamping Tool

So what is a MISTI?  MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented.  It is my #1 favorite stamping tool to have and one I think every stampers should have.   MISTI makes it so much easier to stamp out perfectly straight sentiments and quickly mass produce sets of cards.

Between cutting the cardstock and stamping, I made 2 dozens of these cards just under an hour using the MISTI!  These cards (with blank inside) are for teachers at my children's school to write little notes of encouragement to their students.  Here are just six cards inked with the Simon Says Stamp Premium dye ink pads: Lake Shares, Scuba, Willow, Hollyhock, Thistle and Twirling Tutu.  I love working with these gorgeous colors so much that they are the only Simon Says Stamp Premium dye ink pads I have in my collection.   I will share the rest of the cards using the other 5 ink pad brands in Part 2 of my next post.
ink pads

This beautiful words art design is from the Hero Arts Design Block Find The Magic rubber stamp. This stamp set not only beautiful, it is very versatile too.  Besides as an encouraging card to a student, it is also perfect for anyone who just needed a little encouragement in their life.  It is also great as graduation cards too.

This stamp is actually a wood mount rubber stamp. So to use it with my MISTI, I carefully remove the stamp from the wood block. Yes! You can do that!  Afterward, I simply stick it right back onto the wood block.

Okay, here how I use the MISTI for these cards

Refer to the photo for visual guide. The MISTI tool comes with a foam padding, two magnets and a pack of paper grids.

First, I cut each of the Bazzill's Marshmallow 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half to create two, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 for my card base.  

Next, I open the MISTI lid and place the paper grid over the foam padding.   Then I place the cardstock over the grid area where I want to place my stamp.    I then position the stamp pad (with the inking side down) onto the cardstock. Press down the lid to kiss the stamp to the inside of the lid.

Next, I remove the cardstock, ink the stamp and do a practice test on the paper grid to make sure it is align evenly.

Then, instead of replacing the test grid paper with a new one so the ink doesn't get onto the cardstock, I simply placed a non-slip vinyl template grid (which I cut to size) over it.  Then place the cardstock on top of the vinyl template.  The grid of the vinyl template is a perfect match to the MISTI paper grid and by doing this way, I can quickly align the cardstock perfectly to the stamp area without having to use up a new paper grid.  

Next, placed the two magnet discs over the non-stamping area of cardstock to prevent it from shifting. 

Then I ink up the stamp and press down the lid.  Apply even pressure over stamp.  The result.  

MISTI stamping tool tutorial

Next, I score the cardstock at the 4 1/4 mark and fold to create my 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (A2) card.  Set aside and repeat.

Hero Arts

Thanks for  joining me for Part 1 of today's post.  I will have the next post, Part 2 of this card project up by this evening.   Take care.


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. 

Hero Arts Design Block FIND THE MAGIC Rubber Stamp

SSS Premium Dye Ink Pads Set

SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad- Scuba

SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad - Hollyhock


Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock - Marshmallow

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Gutillontine Paper Trimmer

Non-Slip Vinyl Template Sheets


Lois Wyche said...

Beautiful tutorial...I'm enjoying playing with my MISTI!

CherylQuilts said...

What a great blog post today, Christina, and I am eager to read more about the comparison of inks. I've not been getting any of the SU inks I used to get and have been eyeing some other inks. Thank you, and don't we just LOVE our MISTI tools? Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

Rannah Romps said...

Great tutorial Christina! You explain VERY good!! Your pictures are the perfect ones for explaining!! I love tutorials from you!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Love my misti and glad to see you enjoying one as well! Beautiful cards, Christina! Hugs, de

Edwina said...

I don't have a Misti, but looks great. Love the colors of the inks you used. Edwina Brown

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