Often I’m asked about the Stampin’ Up – Stampin’ Around Wheels. They are one of most unique products in our catalog…plus they’re economical, they’re simple to figure out, and they’re really cool! Before we get to the project, let’s quickly review some of the basics. Below is a great video from Carrie Cudney at the Home office on how to use the wheels.
HINTS & TIPS (shown on the video)
- We have three types of wheels: standard, jumbo, and builder
- To use them you’ll need a handle.
- We have a standard handle for the standard wheels, and a jumbo handle for jumbo and builder wheels.
- To get the most out of a builder wheel, you’ll also need the spindle and spacers.
- Now besides a wheel and a handle, you are also going to need ink. Of, course you can ink up a wheel by rolling it over one of our ink pads but using a cartridge will provide more even ink coverage so it’s easier to get a clear, even image. Cartridges also allow for continuous inking so you don’t need to stop and re-ink.
- Cartridges come in basic black or unlinked. Black has always been a top seller because several of the wheels contain line-art images that you can wheel in black, and then color in using other techniques.
- Un-inked cartridges were designed for you to ink yourself in whatever color or fashion you desire — so they are actually kind of fun.
- To ink an unlinked cartridge, use tip of re-inker bottle to roll the roller so you don’t get your fingers messy.
- Cover the roller with ink until you can’t see the natural sponge color anymore.
- Ink a little while before you make your project so the ink has a chance to absorb and saturate the roller for more even coverage.
- You can use coordinating marker to write the color on the label.
- Our advice for using wheels is to practice first! Always get it going on a scrap paper. This lets you be sure your ink is flowing, your wheel is right side up and you’re getting the look you want. There are lots of techniques for using wheels so play around with to decide which method feels the most comfortable for you.