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Stamping Dictionary



Sometimes it may seem like stampers speak their own language. Here are a few terms and acronyms you may hear Stampin' Up! stampers use.


Stamping Terms and Abbreviations
  • A2: A standard card size measuring 4.25" x 5.5".  Created with a half a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. 
  • Acrylic Block: Various size clear, reusable acrylic blocks used to mount clear mount or photopolymer stamps for stamping.
  • Big Shot: A manual multipurpose die-cutting system that you can use to quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes.
  • Cardstock: Thick, sturdy, paper that is available in a variety of weights. The higher the weight— the heavier the cardstock. Stampin' Up! cardstock is 80lb, Cardstock found at Michael's and JoAnn's is generally only 65lb. 
  • CAS: Clean and Simple. Minimalist card style. Lots of empty space, very few layers and embellishments.
  • CASE: Copy and Share Everything. Recreating a card you have seen
  • Clear Mount Stamps: Rubber stamps mounted on cling foam as opposed to mounted on wooden blocks. Used with acrylic blocks.
  • CM: Clear Mount
  • CS: Cardstock
  • Die Cut: A "cut out shape". An image that has been punched our cut out using a metal template called a die.
  • Distressing: Giving your project an old and worn look. Can be achieved in many ways including, inking, tearing, and crumpling.
  • DSP:  Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!) or Double Sided Paper
  • Embellishment: Decorative elements added to cards, such as ribbons, bows, brads, buttons
  • Glue Dots: Used to attach embellishments or small pieces. They are very sticky and should not be removed or moved once applied.
  • Heat Gun: A tool used to melt embossing powder or to quickly dry ink. VERY HOT air.
  • Huffing:  Breathing on a stamp to re-wet the ink with your breath. (like fogging up a window) Works with dye ink but not pigment ink.
  • Kissing: A stamping technique involving pressing one stamp (inked or uninked) to another to transfer the image from one stamp to another. Used to create patterned images.
  • Matting/Layering: Placing cardstock or paper of increasing size around an image to create a frame.
  • Paper Pumpkin: Stampin' Up! monthly kits that include everything you need to create an exciting project. Available as prepaid or monthly subscriptions.
  • Photopolymer Stamps: Clear stamps used with acrylic blocks. Because they are clear it is easy to see where you are positioning them.
  • Punches: Tools that cut paper into decorative shapes.
  • Rock & Roll:  A stamping technique
  • Score: To press a groove into a card using a score board and bone folder or scoring tool. Usually for folding but can be decorative. Scoring before folding helps prevent the paper from cracking and creates a straight fold.
  • Sketch: An outline drawing of a card showing where elements are placed. Color and materials are left to your interpretation.
  • Snail: Double sided permanent adhesive. Dispenser applies adhesive in a straight line.
  • Stampin' Dimensionals: Also known as 'pop dots' or 'mounting squares'.  A double sided adhesive foam pad which is used to elevate an item on a card for a "3d" effect.
  • Stamping Off: A technique used to create images in lighter stages by stamping without re-inking. Also known as '2nd Generation Stamping'.
  • SU: Stampin' Up!
  • Two-Step Stampin': A technique in which two or more stamps are used to create a single, detailed stamped image.
  • Washi Tape: Decorative tapes used for cards and scrapbooks.
  • WM: Wood Mount
  • Wood Mount Stamps:  Rubber stamps that have been mounted onto wooden blocks for stamping. Stamps remain and are stored on the wooden blocks.

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