PaperCrafting 101

Tips for crafters

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Some tips for you…

  • A good card is one that’s tailor-made for its recipient.
  • Embellishments are the perfect way to transform your card, just don’t use to many. Less is more.
  • Coordinate color, texture, and pattern.
  • Be creative in your designs. Use sketches.
  • Use crisp cardstock or paper to prevent fibers from stretching or breaking.
  • Place wax paper or parchment between your die and cardstock to help you get a clean cut.
  • Place die toward the edge of the cutting mat to get a cleaner  cut.
  • Use a “pokey tool” to remove negative space from the die cut.
  • Use a fine glue pen, spray adhesive or white glue taken from a glue stick and applied to a cocktail stick to adhere die cuts to cardstock.
  • When organizing boxes of craft material, label all four sides of the box.
  • Keep tools in the same place.
  • To avoid sticky scissors that go blunt, try a pair of serrated edged scissors with a non-stick coating. You can also clean scissors with a nail varnish remover.
  • Glue guns are super tools to use when you have heavier embellishments or when making 3D items. Many come with stands and come in high or low temperature settings. Practice makes perfect when learning how to use them.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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PaperCrafting 101

The accordion

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Now, I know what you’re thinking -what has an accordion got to do with paper crafting? Well, this card actually is an accordion folded card.

I have always like cards that featured containers: flower pots, pocket cards, Christmas stockings, boxes etc. Before I got involved in die-cutting I had (still do) have rubber stamps that could be manipulated into a container. For instance, I have a large present stamp whose lid can be cut off so that balloons can “float” out of it. Last year I became obsessed with gatefold and side-step cards. So when I found this video from Splitcoast Stampers I knew that it was one to share. Enjoy!

Sallie

Adventures in Card-Making · PaperCrafting 101 · trends

Coloring book page greeting cards

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below are two examples of the use of coloring books and greeting cards.

Lately I’ve been using quite a few coloring book pages for my birthday/friendship greeting cards. At first I didn’t really want to cut up or die-cut an image out of a page I had spent time coloring. I also wondered if there were manufacturers who made coloring books especially for paper crafters.  I put the idea aside and just used rubber stamps and THEN companies began to realize that this phenomenon wasn’t going away. Lo and behold, one Saturday while browsing the aisles at Michael’s I saw it coloring book wrapping paper! Soon they were making coloring books for adults the size of post cards and regular greeting cards. While this was handy to be sure, I still wondered if I could use the oodles of colored pages.

Pinterest, of course, to the rescue. Above is a representative of using coloring books and paper.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie