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SKILL LEVEL : Easy
Hidden messages are always fun, especially when they are hand-stamped and personalized from the heart! Collar Stays, with that extra special touch, keep collars looking crips and make the perfect gift for weddings, anniversaries, and business promotions.
New to hand stamping?
Place collar stay blank on stamping block. Secure straight stamp guide on collar stay. Use guide marks to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.
TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the collar stay to the stamping block so it doesn’t move while stamping.
TIP: Write desired message directly onto the stamp guide and utilize the guideline marks for spacing.
Place stamp on collar stay, above the corresponding mark on the stamp guide. Lightly drag stamp towards the guide until the stamp catches the edge of the guide. Strike the stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat to complete desired word. Remove stamp guide. Stamp the remaining collar stay blank to make a complementary stamped pair of collar stays.
TIP: If the stamp has an ImpressArt logo, make sure it is facing you so that the impression is stamped in the correct direction.
TIP: Slightly tilt the stamp towards you while dragging the stamp towards the guide. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.
NOTE: For lowercase letters g, j, p, q, y: Place bottom of the stamp on the thin horizontal blue line that runs through the guide marks.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then dab the excess enamel into the impressions with a paper towel before lightly wiping it away from the surface of the collar stays.
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