How to use the Stampin’ Up! wheels

Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Greeting Cards, Tutorial | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered how to use the Stampin’ Up! wheels?  Well my customers have been asking me that very question so they will get to create this pretty card using the “Shop Around” jumbo wheel tomorrow at the Cottage Crafts Make-n-take (11:30-1:30pm) in San Jose.
Stamps:  Shop Around Jumbo Wheel, Flower Shop, Simply Sketched
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer
Accessories:  Jumbo Handle, Bird Builder Punch, Flower Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

The Shop Around Jumbo Wheel quickly creates the tone-on-tone background with only 3 passes across the cardstock.  You can use a self-inking cartridge that will continually ink the stamp while you wheel it across your cardstock or you can use the ink pad and manually ink up the wheel each time.  Here are some basic tips on how to use the Stampin’ Up! wheels:

1) Remove the cover of the ink cartridge and insert cartridge into the handle.  (you will use either a standard or jumbo handle to go with the standard or jumbo wheel)

2) Snap the wheel into the handle. (there is a spindle on each side that will snap into the notches in the handle)

3) Push the cartridge up so the inked surface rests against the wheel.

4) Roll the wheel on scratch paper or Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper to ensure it is thoroughly inked. (Roll in one direction only, up or down)

5) Push or pull (whichever works best for you) the wheel across your paper or card stock, starting before the edge of the paper and continuing off the other edge. Always roll in the same direction to keep the wheel thoroughly inked. Keep your wrist steady to avoid rocking the wheel. For best results, keep the cartridge well inked.


1) Roll the wheel slowly and firmly across the paper to achieve a darker image.  (I like to imagine a steam roller, slow and steady 🙂

2) Place your forefinger on top of the handle while wheeling. This will help steady the wheel and prevent it from rocking and creating a smudged image.

3) If you’re right-handed, start rolling the image on your paper from left to right. This will enable you to see the image while rolling and your hand won’t be in the way. If you are left-handed, roll from right to left.

4) I like to stand while I wheel so I can look directly down at the handle.  I hold the wheel with my right hand and keep my eye on the right (or left) side of the wheel to keep it lined up with the cardstock or the last wheeled image.

I will also add a video to my YouTube Channel to demonstrate how to use the Stampin’ Up! wheels.

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