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TIPS & TECHNIQUES

   

 

Craft Tips & Techniques for card making & Scrapbooking

 

 

 


 
Subject Tip or Technique
Chalking Use cotton wool balls 
Choosing Colours Why not check out our colour wheel in the to help with your matching compatible colours.
Clean Rubberstamps Baby wipes that are alcohol free are a great way to clean most rubberstamps. Avoid alcohol based wipes as they will dry out the rubber on the stamps.
Cup Hooks  Screwed on a wall of a craft area, cup hooks are perfect for hanging scissors & tools.
Cutting Tip When cutting intricate shapes, turn the paper, not the scissors.
Dry Embossing Use soap, candle, talcum powder or wax paper over the reverse side of the paper or card you are going to emboss this helps the embossing tool to glide smoothly over the surface
Fiddly Bits Placing small items on your card, on top of a tiny spec of glue, can be very frustrating, but it is much easier when you use a tiny amount of blue tack on the end of a cocktail stick or even a piece of uncooked spaghetti just by wetting one end of it.
 Film   Canisters  They can be a great storage solution for all those little items, eyelets, brads, buttons, fibre, glitter...the list is endless. Plus, if you want more, photo developers are more than happy to give them away
Jammed Punches Try popping the punch in the freezer for a few minutes. Today's centrally-heated houses could lead to the metal expanding & cause jams, so cooling it down should help.
Keeping Record Photograph your work to help to remember what cards you have made as you never know when you will be asked to make the same card again
Labelling Label your boxes if they aren't see through to help to remember what's where.
Low Tack Tape When using low tack tape for embossing with stencils, first place tape on clothing to make it even more low tack.
Metal Embossing Dry emboss onto foil pie tins, which are a perfect thickness & you get some fantastic results. Works well in your Cuttlebug and the resulting embossed metal can be used as an unusual topper or charm.
Mixing Paint Colours Use a freebie CD on top of a glass of water to act as a paint pallet. It already has a hole in the top to drop you paint brush in the water for to clean & when finished it will wash clean ready to use again.
Old Inkpads If you store older inkpads upside down it will allow the remaining ink to seep to the top of the inkpad allowing you to get every last bit of ink from it.
Paper Templates If you draw around a paper template with a permanent pen onto thick acetate, you can keep the acetate template much longer in storage without the dreaded creasing and as a thick acetate, it is much easier to draw around.
Peel Off Stickers

Use peel off stickers to create a background design by rubbing chalks or inks over sticker.

Plan your work Before you stick anything down permanently plan your work onto the card or scrapbook, which can save time in the long run because mistakes can happen and once it's stuck, you're stuck!
Post-it Notes Use post-it notes to mask parts of your stamp,
or to overlap stamped images.
Sharpen Punches & Guillotines  By using aluminium foil (the type you cover you Sunday roast with) and cutting through it with punches or a guillotine, it will sharpen the blades.
Shrink Plastic Lightly sand your shrink plastic first before you stamp on it, which will give the ink a good base to adhere to.
Stencil Storage For a storage solution for  brass stencils, try using a pocket sized photo album. Each single pocket is approx. 6" x 4" & can hold up to 20 brass stencils.
Sticking Pressed Flowers When sticking pressed flowers onto your card with a wet glue, it pays to put a little glue onto a flat surface and use tweezers to pick up the flower and dip it into the glue, then add it to your work, as it saves messy fingers and short tempers. 
Sticky Scissors

Try alcohol wipes from the chemist for a quick fix for scissors that stick.

Stiff Punches Use Wax Paper folded sheet a couple of times to lubricate your paper punches by punching through the layers several times.
Tearing  Tear paper or vellum towards you to open up the layers.
Tearing Handmade Paper To get a fairly straight edge on mulberry and other handmade papers, place a ruler about ¼" away from your tear line. Using a small thin paint brush, paint water onto the line. Allow paper to sit for a minute, then slowly tear the paper towards yourself.
Un-mounted Stamps As you may know, un-mounted stamps come without a cushioned layer on the back of them. There are products called Kling-on or Ez-mount available to attach to the back of these stamps. As a low-cost alternative, lay a cheap spongey mouse mat under your card or paper before stamping, which will do the same job & allow a much crisper image when stamping

 

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