tools

Essential Tools Part 1

Dear Fellow Crafters,

For those of you who are seasoned paper crafters, these tools are surely in your craft room. For those of you who are just beginning then these hints may help.

Bone folder: This tool has a pointed tip for scoring and a hard, blunt edge for increasing paper folds.

Craft knife: For years, I only used scissors, but soon found that this handy tool allows you to cut out intricate shapes from paper more easily. Popular brands are made by XCut and Fiskars.

Cutting Mat: A must have! This is usually made of heavy plastic and is used to protect your work surface when cutting with a craft knife. A bonus is that they  usually have measured grids.

Die-Cutting Machine. I have written about these wonderful machines for years. One hint I will pass along is to clean it our occasionally. Tiny pieces of paper can clog the inside and cause the blades to jam.

Embossing tool: This tool has rounded edges. You use it to emboss a pattern on paper or rubbing over a pattern that has been embossed. You can also use it to enhance paper flower petals.

Eyelet setter: Tool used to set eyelets.

Glue Eraser. Ever use too much adhesive? This handy tool erases the excess.

Part 2 next week.

~Sallie

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Adventures in Card-Making · Sentiments

Sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’ve been creating cards for a while and sending them to friends and family, they’ve probably begun to anticipate one of your “specials” each and every time there’s an occasion in their life. The challenge is, of course, is to surprise them with new and exciting techniques, embellishments, stamps etc. One of the ways I use to ensure that I don’t repeat my cards is to keep a record or photo of them. So what happens when you’re stuck with an idea for the inside of your cards?

There are several ideas that you can use to make the inside as special as the outside. One way is to write/stamp/die-cut your message on the left side of the card! Here are some other ideas:

1. Type up the greeting or stamp it and then cut it out and attach to a border. The paper can be coordinated with the colors of your focal point on the front of your card.

2. Use stickers. I especially like the ones that are printed in color and have clear adhesive.

3. Create a background of light hues of ink (dye) or marker around the greeting.

4. Continue the theme on the inside. For instance, if using clouds or butterflies on the front, stamp or die-cut some on the inside too.

5. Use some Flat embellishments.

6. Flat ribbon creates a special touch.

Mother’s Day Sentiments

1. A Grandma fills the world with love.

2.What do I wish for a Mom like you? Beauty that blossoms the whole day through!

3.Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

4.Because of you, I am me.

5. There are a thousand languages in the world. But a Mother’s smile speaks them all.

~Sallie

Adventures in Card-Making · Tutorial

‘Tis the season for Vellum

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Vellum is a translucent but not clear (like acetate) paper that is fragile but very versatile. It can be used in a variety of ways and lends an elegant “air” to many cards such as Mother’s Day or weddings that are coming up in the next few days. The following article (with pictures) will illustrate what I mean:

https://www.cardmakermagazine.com/newsletters.php?mode=article&article_id=5187&f=1

Happy Crafting

~Sallie