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Mint Maker Studio and Brexit

Mint Maker Studio and Brexit

So, first and foremost, Brexit sucks.  Let's get that out of the way first.  I hate it, it's the biggest waste of all of our time and energy and we're shooting ourselves in the collective foot by doing it.  However, it seems to be the hill our country is going to die on so I thought I'd best let everyone know what I have done to account for it in the next few months. We're still not 100% sure what is going to happen (17 days to go as I write this, nothing to worry about, right?  RIGHT?) but, as...

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Thank you for your survey responses!

Thank you for your survey responses!

  I've been planning on doing a more extensive range of small business stamps for ages but the list I had was long and I couldn't work out which stamps to make.  So I put together a short survey and ask a few of the awesome indie business groups I am part of to complete it for me and these are the responses and I will be using it to narrow down my choices. Question 1: What kind of stamps do you think would be useful in your business? The top three answers were: Thank You - Including some personalised options...

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Surviving the Summer Holiday while running a small business

Surviving the Summer Holiday while running a small business

Long summer holidays are hard going for a small business owner. I will cheerily say ‘oh i’m really lucky, I work around the kids’ when often i’m tearing my hair out wondering when orders will go out, when i’ll reply to emails and whether or not I I’ll actually get those new products ready for September that I really want to make. My business has always operated around my kids. It was born a few years before my son was but it didn’t really start to really working for me until after he was born (he’s 7 now) and really...

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Stamping Jargon

Stamping Jargon

There are lots of stamping terms and words out there that can sound a bit baffling when you're not used to them.  Here are a few of the most common ones.   Stamp - This is the obvious one.  It's the thing on the wooden block that prints the picture. Impression - The picture you get from the stamp. Ink Pad - Basically a sponge that in soaked in ink of a specific colour.  They can be in all sorts of sizes and they don't have to be bigger than your stamp. Brayer - This is a small roller that...

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Tips for Perfect Stamping

Tips for Perfect Stamping

In the library and post office, it seems pretty straight forward to use a stamp.  Put it where you want it and whack it on the paper.  But when all you're doing is defacing a postage stamp or putting a date in your book, the print you get from it doesn't have to be good, or that legible.  If you stamp like that with a craft rubber stamp you're likely to get a big old mess.   Here are a few of my tips for getting really good prints from your stamp.   1.  Use plenty of ink. Sounds like...

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