Thursday Tips (9)

Here is a collection of the Thursday Tips (and others) which have been sent to the OSA mailing list. Many of these can be found under the Techniques section as well.

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  • If you are like me or even from the holidays, find you have a lot of your art stuff and other stuff not in its proper place, now is the time to get that sorted and back in its proper place.Here are my tips- take several paper market bags or boxes (label these or remember in your mind’s eye what goes in each one) and go through the room(s) and sort your stuff into the bags. Then also go into your various drawers, piles and do the same. Then take each bag and either put the items in their proper place or set aside or in another bag.  When you go through your stuff, really ask yourself- will I use this, do I have too much of this, is it damaged or not so salvable- Then set aside whatever you are not going to use and any excess, and un-salvable.  Immediately walk the un-salvable to the trash and do not look back.Now with the stuff you know you will not use and the excess of what you have too much of-and give it away-box it to take to a charity, or to a place where they need craft supplies or send it to someone who does crafts for charity or for those in the service, or sell it on ebay (take photos right away and get them listed) or some other site. But the point is to get rid of the stuff immediately, or it will slowly find its way back into your good stuff. I have seen requests for excess on this list and on some of the other stamp/paperart lists.Clear off the desks or countertops where you work, disinfect them giving a good cleaning, and there you will find a nice clean slate to start the New Year.  I am doing this myself now, and it feels great.This also works well for closets.
    Janis R
  • Hi everyone,Mica tiles are fun to use and really simple to apply with red liner tape, double-sided tape or PPA, PVA and clear nail polish.  Check the bargain bins at discount stores first for the best prices if you do not already own a dusty package stored until you learned how to use mica.  LOLMica tiles are a shiny laminate created by nature.  The tiles can be almost clear to opaque and can be found with natural color streaks in palest pinks, greens, and even blue hues.  Black accents and spots of glittery materials are no uncommon, either.Mica can be delaminated gently by torquing (bending) the laminate slightly.  The laminate will come loose and a bone folder or other object can be inserted to help remove a layer of the mica.  You should hear a pop as the layers loosen and come apart.  Not to worry.  It is a natural process to separate the layers of the mica.Once separated, the layers can be stamped with dye and pigment inks, heat embossed, and used to add eye appeal and dimension to your art.  The mica sheet can be attached face up for a bold look or face down for a muted effect.  Use a frame around the mica sheet to create a window.Stipple with Perfect Pearls or other powdered micas to add extra colors as needed.
    Mica is light in weight and thin, so it will not add excess weight on mailed cards.
    Online dictionary defines Mica: common mineral, a shiny aluminosilicate mineral belonging to a group having varying compositions. Source: igneous and metamorphic rocks. Use: electrical insulators, heating elements.
    [ Early 18th century. < Latin, “grain, crumb” ]
    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)
  • Today I am mentioning several tips.
    1.  Using a white gel pen to outline a stamped image makes a focal point of your work.
    2.  Using vellum envelopes on your cards are perfect for tucking in a small surprise.
    3.  Adding a scalloped edge to a plain panel is an easy way to add a little whimsy to a card.
    4.  I like to roll scrapes of paper through my crimper and then punch with desired shapes.  Then I brush chalk across the crimped shapes with a sponge tipped applicator.
    Chris B.
  • Tonight I wanted to cut real teabags – so hard as they are fragile – I wanted one inch tiles – so I folded typing paper in half and cut 2 inch tiles [my punch won’t cut single sheets] .Took one of these 2 inch tiles and with a dab of glue stick put it behind the real teabag – cut a one inch tile and quickly peeled the paper off – voila – a perfect one inch tile from a real teabag.This would work with washi too.hugs Leo
  • Hi all.  I am clearing out and all that good stuff and found some clear plastic containers of assorted sizes that items came in.  I have sorted out patterns, scrap papers, die cuts, punched items and have now some good storage places as they stack well in cabinets, etc and you can see what is in these without having to open them.  Other things can be stored in them and I am sure I will find things to put into them.  For what it is worth.  Marge in chilly but sunny (daytime that is) Bar Harbor, ME
  • Margo suggested that I submit this as a tip (thanks for the nudge!): she asked me how I did the black border along the zig-zag edge of the front on my card for last week’s challenge. When I first finished the card I felt that there wasn’t enough contrast between the 2 colors of cardstock on the front. So I trimmed skinny strips of black cardstock using my quilting ruler and cutting mat (I get the straightest cuts that way, as long as I’m careful not to slice my finger again – I do not want a repeat trip to the ER!) and laid them along the edge between the 2 colors to add a little ‘pop’. Quicker than digging my black ribbon out of the mess that my room was in at the time, and a perfect match to the black cardstock border on my 2 images.
    ~ wendy
  • Happy New Year Stampers,
    If one of your resolutions is to use the stamps you have try these tips:
    Clean and organize you stamp area-toss the junk-finish the UFOs-donate the good stuff that you do not like anymore and sort your stamps/papers/punches etc.Now choose 4 or 5 sheets of coordinating pattern papers and cardstock, they do not need to be from the same company, they just need to look pleasing together. Make some card-bases in cream and white (5 of each). Grab some stamps that “need a little love”  and stamp them out with inks that go with your papers. Now cut into that paper and make some cards! the nifty thing about this is that you will not waste any paper because everything goes together, keep stamping and making cards until you are out of paper (you might need to make a few extra card bases and that is OK)Now that you have a fresh batch of cards you can…
    submit them for publication…
    send them to friends…
    donate them to a nursing home, hospital or out troops over seas…
    sell them….
    or add them to your card stash for future use.There is noting like a mass card session to boost your creativity plus using supplies you have already paid for feels really great!
    Have fun and happy crafting!
  • Happy Thursday everyone,Black and white cards allow the eye to see images without all of the bells and whistles.  Stamping an image in black ink on white cardstock is similar to the sumi-e brushstroke technique where only white rice paper is used and black ink is brushed onto the paper.  Simple.  Generally elegant!  Sweet simplicity.  Try stamping your new acquisitions in black on white cardstock.  Use your personal chop or a chop of your choice in red ink beside the stamped image and stop stamping and do not be enticed to add embellishments.  Enjoy the creation as it stands.  Then mail it to someone.Once your eye knows the image using black and white, you will then be able to use colors and embellishments with the image to its best advantage.KISS Method= Keep It Simple Stamper
    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)
  • Use paper quilling strips to frame your work instead of covering a whole lot of card stock to layer it. The strips are very straight, come in many colors and widths.You can easily create mitered corners. Want more than one layer look/? Just butt the next color up against the
    first. Saves money, easy, effective and beats the frustration of trying to get the image layer and the other layers parallel all the way around,:-) Blog
  • Hi All,Last week I gave a tip about when you are punching an image out of a piece of card stock, I generally would cut it out closest to the edge to save the paper for other use.  Then I realized if I punched it out in the center, I could use that piece of card stock that now has a hole in it, as background paper with an image over the hole so you’d never see it.Well, to add onto that idea, if you have Nestabilities or two sizes of punches for the same image, punch the smaller of two sizes out in the center of that card stock.  With a contrasting piece of card stock, punch out the larger size of that same image.  Now, take the larger image and place it over the hole in the first piece of card stock.  And, the smaller size you punched out, place it over the contrasting piece of card stock.  You now have a great layered look.
  • It is Thursday again,This tip is aimed toward Newbie Stampers, those of us who are beginning this incredible journey creating with rubber stamps and inks, cardstock, and who would like a few pointers to add to their technique coffer.  Of course our seasoned stampers are welcome to read along and pick up ideas, too.  lolAttached are some samples created by Mary Waspe (New South Wales, Australia)  Mary is a seasoned Stamper who has an eye for color, shapes, techniques, and who uses embellishments that enhance her designs and create an overall pleasant Eye Candy Experience.I do encourage other seasoned OSA stampers to send samples today (or any time) so our Newbies can save your samples to their computers and use them for inspiration and to get ideas right here at home.  And to those of you who use a sample as your inspiration, please scan and send your results to OSA so we can all enjoy your journey.  We do best learning from one another and asking questions.  Please remember to mention the member who inspired you.You will need cardstock, inks, and rubber stamps.  Grab scraps, too.  Use up leftovers when you can.

    You will need 1 or more:

silk flower petals
fabric leaves
flat jewels
rub on stickers
foam dots
embossing folders

Stamp your image(s) on cardstock using dye or pigment ink.  Heat emboss if you wish.

Cut out (trim) the image or tear a serendipitous shape around the stamped image.

(Tear toward you or away from you for separate effects.  Practice with scaps to see the difference.)

Choose one or more options:

Mount the shape onto a coordinating color of cardstock, washi, or text weight paper.
Add an embossed layer of paper.
Layer one or two more times trimming each layer to a different width to add dimension and depth.
Mount to your card front.

Take a look at the result.

Decide what else the artwork needs to finish it.

Does it need a flower in the corner or would it be better suited for color coordinated brads at the corners or should you use both the brads and a flower?
Would a punched die cut be appropriate?  How about a row of wee die cuts and sticky-backed flat pearls in their centers?
How about layering punched dies to add dimension and interest?
Would a text work?
Would tiny drops of glue and fine glitter make raindrops or snowflakes sparkle?
How about running a thin piece of ribbon horizontally or vertically along the design to anchor it?
Do play with embellishments by placing them on the card before adding glue.

Stand back and look.

Turn the design upside-down.  Is it balanced?  Does it need a little something or is it good-to-go as is? You be the judge. And please send us the results. Inquiring minds want to know.  lol

Happy stamping,
Annette “:O)

  • I think I mentioned this once before, but further to Annette’s tip, one way to look at your artwork is through a mirror. The reflected image somehow seems to show if things are balanced etc. This was a tip told to me by a professional artist. Super duper cards Mary….very inspirational!
    Anne :O)
  • Hi everyone,A looooooooooooooong time ago, Janis Graham sent in this tip regarding washi and punches.  Janis has saved me a lot of frustration and time with this tip.Janis suggested placing washi on a piece of wax paper, then punching.  Janis’ tip works very well when I remember to do it. lol The punched washi tends to fray less and it avoids the need to trim the die cut once punched. Try it!  There is a great feeling of satisfaction in punching once and being able to use the piece instantly.Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)
  • I sent this directly to Annette and she asked me to post it to the group.Great tip Janis and Annette.  I found you can even use a sheet of typing paper with the washi paper and it will do the same thing.  Also works when punching out vellum.Sincerely,
  • Dear Ladies, I was making a thank you card and wanted to put a few things in with the card. I received some new punches for Christmas and decided to use them. When Annette’s tip came up and so I looked guess what no waxed paper. I decided to use Freezer paper not only does it work it gives you a plain white image to color the same as your card.
    am going to have a 2 of my rooms repainted so I got several samples of paint chips from my local hardware store and got some 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 samples made bt True Value.  When I got home I noticed that these are not like the paint samples they had in the past.  These are like self-stick lables so people can remove the backs and stick the paint sample on the wall to see if the like the color.So….I decided to use this with my die cut.  After cutting, took the cut die cut and adhered it to the card (great because I did not have to use glue because it was like a sticky label. This design is hard to glue on because is is narrow and has too many curves.
    The negative piece was so nice I could not throw it away so I used that and attached it with double stick tape.
    This method was extemely fast and easy.Chris
  • OK girls,
    I know my tip last week was on organizing but I took some photos of my craft room and storage solutions to share and if you like you can see a video tour or my craftroom but be warned: My video editing software was not working so the video is unedited, as-is, no rough bits trimmed out, 100% as is! If that does not scare you and you have some motion sickness pills on hand go ahead ad give it a view: it’s good for a laugh anywayhere are some stamp storage tips:1. Build a shelf out of 1″x3″ pine to hold your stamps, you can make it any hight and width you like but keep the shelves 3-6″ high so you can store a lot of stamps (see wooden rack photo)
    2. binders and sheet protectors are a great way to store clear and UM stamps (I have a shelf full)
    3. Over the door racks with clear pockets are great for all kinds of tools, target has some in the dollar spot for 2.50 and they come in fabulous bight colors!Thanks all I have this week:)
  • Hi ladies do you have a hard time making small bows for on your cards, here is a great way of doing it use a fork it is a great helper. Attached is a a sheet to show you how, have fun it really works.
    Hugs Monica
  • This is a very easy way to make bows…trust me I’m a bow thumbler! If you want a big bow, use a small piece of wood e.g from an old stamp mount, and bang in 4 nails or screw in 4 screws in place of your fork. Also if you can use a dedicated fork for your bow tying it will save you having to run around the house looking for forks at dinner time….:O)  Now the gardening season is just around the corner, I might try making a really BIG bow with my DH gardening fork….yes, I leave him to do the hard part of gardening! Try Monica’s tip using just the pictures, it really is simple!:O)Amicalement
    Anne :O)
  • Hey Stampers,
    Want to spend more time making cards? Here are some tips:Cut a coupon file organized from the dollar store. Label each section for each of your favorite cardstocks (GP, neenah, gina k, etc) and chop up a sheet or two of each paper and file them in the coupon holder. When you are ready to stamp grab the coupon fine and pick a pre cut paper panel. Also remember to file your cardstock scraps back in the file when you are done, a small scrap is perfect to stamp a sentiment on! This is great if you visit a stamping buddy, you can brink that fine and your favorite ink and stamp out some new images to use later!Make a card kit! Card and scrapbook kits are all the rage right now, why not make your own? Shop your stash for papers, ribbons, brads and stickers that go together and put them in a large baggie. Next time you want to create grab a baggie and go! This is great for those days you want to make something but cannot decide what, make up a few kits and it just might spark something! Plus when you shop your stash you find all sorts of interesting surprises you have forgotten about!Make up a batch of embellishments! I have seen a lot of cute frames out now that look like polymer clay. To make them simply knead a ball of sculpey ans rool it flat, press a frame stamp on it and trim around the edges and trim out the middle. Roll the scraps into balls and stamp some Kanji words into them or press a chinese coin on them for more quick embellishments. Bake and enjoy! Oh, be sure to press your stamp in clear embossing ink before the clay so it won’t stick.I hope these ideas make cardmaking easy and fun!
  • Hi Everyone,Use a piece of cardstock or text weight copy paper or any other paper of your choice as the format to create our own decorative papers.  Brown grocery bags, recycled wrapping paper, newspaper, and any other paper will serve for this technique and use up excess papers, too.Textured pastry cutters, fluffy paint rollers and brayers are perfect tools for this technique.Acrylic paints that come in tubes or squeeze bottles are the best medium because they are waterbased paints that do not crack, so they are ideal to use on paper.  Roller the paints onto the paper and allow them to dry.  Use a sea sponge to daub on gold acrylic paint if you want bling!  Glitter or sequins can be sprinkled on when the paint is tacky.  Try adding dried flower petals or pressed leaves, too.Do you have a can of web spray gathering dust?  Spray on some webbing for dimension.  Experiment with leftover inks and paints.  House paint works, too.

    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)
  • The credit for this tip actually goes to Nancy Cotton. She suggested that since this is the time of year when retailers clear out Christmas cards at really low prices, buy a few boxes and if you can’t use the cards, give them to a school or organization and keep just the envelopes to use for your card making. She was able to get 18 to 20 envelopes for only .50 cents this way. Can’t beat that and you are doing a good deed as well by sharing the cards.
    Bonnie W
  • I was doing polished stone and as usual, I just could not get all of the edge covered with color. I happened to have Copic markers handy so I grabbed a color that would blend with what I had done, and colored in the white bits. Perfect!
    T. Linda Sneed
  • Hi All,Naturally just after I sent last week’s tip I thought of two more.First, if you make a tall narrow card or even a regular one at that, the base card doesn’t have to be square. You can cut along the top of an image on the card – On each layer so it is staggered as a layered edge normally is – to add a little shape to your card.  I recently did that with a Light House stamp that had birds in the air.  I placed the stamped image card stock on top of another and cut around the top of the image.  Then I added another layer and did the same with that.  I kept doing that until I attached the number of layers I wanted to the base card stock and then cut the top of the base card as well.  It really adds another dimension to your card.
  • My tip this week is quick and easy.When we want to scan our artwork it will come out more impressive if scanned behind a mat.
    Mats are inexpensive and come in many different colors.
  • It’s not exactly a stamping tip but it’s a “where-to-get-something-cool-for-free” tip.  When I was in Wal-Mart the other day, I found they had these Glidden paint chips that measure 3 1/4 by 5 inches.  That’s bigger than atc size.  And great colors.  You could actually run them through your cuttlebug with some of those Asian emb. folders.
    Kathy York –
  • Hi everyone,Have you ever taped something down and then changed your mind and wanted to remove the taped cardstock?  Of course you have.  lol  We are women and we change our minds often.  To remove tape without harming the paper and cardstock, warm the tape with a hair dryer and the tape will peel off like an obedient child.   A heat tool can also be used, but be ever so careful because heat tools get much hotter than hair dryers.Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)Whenever I used my sanding block on an embossed card, I always managed to sand part of the background on the card and that did not look good. The other day I had a 30 oz. bottle of Jean Nate after bath splash on my desk.  (Any large round container would do.)  I put the embossed cardstock around the bottle and just held it there with my fingers while I used the sand block.  This way only the embossed areas got sanded.


    Howdy Stampers!
    I have been researching a marker comparison article I am working on for a magazine and with all of the new brands of markers rolling in it is hard to keep them straight. (It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it ) So Today’s tip to to make a marker chart:

    How to make a marker chart:

    1. decide how big you want it to be. For instance I have many Copic and Prismacolor markers so they are a full letter sized sheet. I recommend this if you have more than 24 markers from a brand or plan to add more in the future. Make sure to use the same paper you normally color on for extra accuracy.
    2. Draw a grid by hand (or make a spreadsheet in the computer) and put the color name in one cell and the hand colored sample in the next box so you can see what the color really looks like. Never judge the color solely by the color of the cap/barrel.
    3. Add any notes about a particular marker such as if it bleeds, smells, runs or plays nice with other markers. If your favorite pink or green is of that brand make a note of that as well. IMPORTANT: list what kind of inkpad works well as some markers will smear certain ink. Be sure to title the page with the marker brand.
    4. Now the most important thing is to keep these charts on your stamp table, you can put them in a 3-ring binder (you can get index size inserts for these at Staples) and refer to them when you are ready to color. It will save all of the colored on scrap paper we are all used to and that will save ink, just think we can probably color several more images with all the ink we will save, in this economy every bit helps!

    OK I’m off to play with more markers…hey, is that the FED-EX man I see, gotta go!

    Another tip for sanding your embossed cards is to leave the card in the folder when you sand it. That way, the pressure of sanding does not depress the embossed design because you have the raised parts of the folder to support it.

    Kathy Nycz

    If you are doing any kind of painting on your cards and you need clean water on hand to rinse your brushes I found for myself that placing a small container of water in a slightly larger but empty container helps to prevent a spill.  And if the small container does tip over it just spills into the larger container and your paper is saved along with your sanity.  This was a lesson learned yesterday.  Sigh.
    Linda B.

    Here’s a tip for storing brass stencils made for dry embossing. I used to have them in a box, but it was always hard to rummage through the collection to find the one I wanted to use. Not any more. Now they are in a small photo album that has a multitude of 3 x 5 plastic pages. With one stencil to a page, it’s easy to flip through the album to pick out the one I want to use.

    Warm regards,
    Elinor Stecker-Orel

    Hi everyone,

    Layering, as we know, can highlight an image and give your card depth.  It is probably the best known technique for stampers. When a more dramatic effect is needed:

    stamp in black and white,
    repeat shapes such as large and small circles, diamonds, or squares,
    stamp using black and only one color,
    layer with colorful washi (paper),
    repeat an accent color in large and small portions,
    cant the image to left or right,
    use bold images with more delicate backgrounds,
    remember that sometimes less is more,
    and use punches to accent your work.

    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)

    Hey Stampers,

    My weekly tips have been kinda lame lately so let me redeem myself

    Tip #1: Fix an ink pad

    If you have ink pads where the foam pad has come unattached do not despair, you can reattach it! I have two petal point ink pad sets that a few pads have fallen off and this works like a charm: Here’s what to do. Add a few small drops of gorilla glue to the plastic floor of the ink pad then put the foam pad back on top. Leave it sit for an hour or two. It will be stuck good as new!

    * Don’t use too much glue as it will expand! You will see in my photo that I pulled the “petal point” in pads apart while I glued them. I did not want to end up gluing all of my ink pads together LOL! If any glue expands over the side you can cut it off after it dries with a utility knife.

    This works on very juicy ink pads too because gorilla glue is designed to work (recommend in fact) with damp surfaces.

    Tip #2: Use Silicone molds and hot glue to make cool embellishments!

    Make sure you use silicone molds because the glue will stick to ceramic or plaster and it will melt plastic molds (Don’t ask me how I know.) 🙂

    1. All you need to do is lay the mold on a flat surface and squeeze hot glue into the molds. Let cool completely, the larger the mold the longer it will take. The letter tiles took a minute but the Celtic knot took more like 5 minutes to cool. (see attached photo)
    2. There are a few ways to color your embellies, you can use alcohol ink, or alcohol ink markers. My Copics worked great and they matched my card perfectly! After I colored them I dry-brushed a little acrylic paint over it to bring out the detail. You could just paint it with 2 coats of acrylic paint if you want a solid opaque color too.

    Variations on a technique:

    * Try writing or drawing with your hot glue gun on a silicone mat to make a custom title or embellishment for you next scrapbook page.
    * Make fake “wax” seals by squirting out a gob of glue on a silicone mat and pressing a rubber stamp in it. Leave the stamp in the glue until it is cool then peel off the glue. Be sure to ink up the stamp with clear ink or glycerin first so the glue does not stick. This looks amazing!

    Did I redeem myself?

    Happy crafting all!


    I am in a time crunch working on art submissions….I needed to cut a stencil… acetate handy……so I used the tops of the clear salad box that Earthbound salads come in. Works in a snap & easy to cut! I drew the design on with a Sharpie. Can also use these for mounting foam stamps (likeTim Holtz uses the clam shells from his products.)

    Lynn L

    Hi everyone,

    This tip uses up leftover papers and cardstock trimmings and helps clear away clutter at the same time. Use scraps of washi or rice paper between wax paper, decorative papers, cardstock,  or any leftovers that you just cannot bear to toss into the trash (dustbin).

    Punch out petals, a variety of circle sizes, and flower dies using the scraps.
    Moisten the pieces with a light misting of water and run the die cuts through your Wizard, Sizzix, or other embosser using whatever folder or template you choose.
    Allow the pieces to dry  and assemble the flowers and petals.  The circle sizes will suit for flower centers where needed.  Layer the flowers and a 3D effect.
    Store unused flowers in see-through plastic containers for quick access.  Small rectangular baby food containers are ideal for storing small pieces.  They stack and are free.  No, there is no need for you to have a baby to get the containers.  Just ask a new mother to save the containers for you.  As a thank you, make the mother a set of greeting cards and coordinated envelopes.

    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)

    Hi All,
    I found while playing with a card I was “loaned” my creative juices were flowing big time!!  So I made quite a number of cards at the time.  It then dawned on me that some of the stamps I used were exactly what I needed for some of the Swaps I wanted to join this year.  So while playing, I had created cards for the Swaps!!  My tip is to keep a list of all the swaps you want to join in a prominent place as you use your stamps to see if that is one you will be using for the swap you want to join.  Then you can make your cards when the juices are flowing and not when you “have” to sit down and make the cards because the due date is coming up.  And I keep all my cards in a special box so I know to go look there as the swap times come up.  I also printed out the swap sheet and note on there that the cards are made and ready to mail.

    Another tip I have has to do with paper with texture.  If you have paper that has a texture on it that can’t be seen very easily and you want to make it stand out more, then sponge over the texture with a darker color to bring it to life.  You can see here the original paper in tan with a line pattern in it.  I sponged a smaller piece with a darker brown to bring out the lines and make them more distinct.  You can see the difference it makes here:

    And for my next tip, it’s a 2-part tip.  Remember your acrylic block can be used to make some beautiful backgrounds.  My Centralia group got together on Tuesday and we made this card by inking up an empty acrylic block in Tim Holtz antique brown.  Then we stamped a leaf stamp in green and put it on the background.

    Then we took 3 of his antique ink pads, brown, green and red and inked up one of those non-stick craft sheets, placing the 3 colors next to each other on the sheet.  We then placed our negative stamp in one color, then the next and then the third without stamping with it.  Once all three colors were on it, we then stamped our image.  And depending on which color you put it in first, second and third, you get a different look.  This is how our card came out.  It’s not Oriental but it very well could be with all the new stamps About Art Accents has with the seated Geisha and the moon or the grass, for instance.  But anyway, here is the card we made using that technique.  For that card we inked it up in the 3 colors, stamped it the first time, huffed on it and stamped it again without re-inking, making sure to offset the image:

    For you “newbies”, if you haven’t heard the term “huffed” before, it means breathe heavy on the stamp to add moisture to it so the ink will be moist to stamp with.

    And last but not least, we made a card using a round paper napkin by sponging over the paper napkin in green to transfer a reverse image to our card stock.  We then sponged across the rest of the page to make the normally white card stock lime green.  Now the center of the napkin was solid so no image showed for that.  We cut out the sponged center of the napkin and taped it onto our card.  Here’s the result of that.  I’m not sure how you could incorporate that into an Oriental card but where there’s a will, there’s a way!!:


    Hi stampers,
    My tip this week is very simple:
    you can re-purpose those small fitted sheets that are made for baby bassinets and changing stations as well as liners that come with larger wicker baskets to be used as dust covers for sewing machines, die cut machines (not that my cricut sits around gathering dust LOL) and other crafty tools you want to keep clean and dust free. Look in you linen closet and see what you can find!

    Have a great day,

    When you get small acrylic blocks (a little) too small to handle. Place a large bead or a wooden dowel to the top and glue it on with heavy duty glue. I use Aleenes white glue.
    Big hugs, Nancy

    Hi everyone,

    I have attached a scan of handles I use for wee stamps that can get lost easily.  Dowels come in 36″ lengths at home improvement stores and art supply stores.  The dowels are cheaper at home stores.  Dowels with diameters of .25″,  .5″, 1″, 1.5″ are the ones shown.  They are cut to lengths of 1.5″ or a bit longer for the larger diameters.  Each dowel piece has two ends, so 2 stamps can be adhered to each dowel.

    The yellow attribute block is from a child’s game.  It is made of wood.  They come in a variety of sizes and are usually found used at thrift stores.  Also check the dollar stores.

    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)

    I use corks from wine bottles for my really small stamps.  You can put one on each end.  They’re light weight and don’t take up much room.

    Linda Isham

    Do you have a bunch of magazines you’ve been saving to “read again”… I had tons, and some were travel brochures from different states. Go through them and tear out colorful pages
    Stamp on them with watermark ink using an open outline type stamp , maybe some flowers or cherry blossoms, etc, and emboss in GOLD. Then you cut out the image and use it for layering on cards.. makes a beautiful FAUX Cloisonne image. An add with “yellow mac and cheese” makes a gorgeous embossed image!!  I’ve done this many times and everyone always asks how I got all the colors on the flower!! Michael Strong of Michael Strong Stamps has taught this for years, and even designed some of his stamps to utilize this technique. There are lots of Oriental type stamps that lend themselves nicely to this.

    Connie Smith,

    Hi all.  When you have regular or 365 day calendars, before discarding use the numbers of the days for cards, etc.  These are great for most anything you can make and are fairly easy to store. Making a collage of special days of people you know or those in your family using the numbers and Wordle for something great you will have a wonderful memory for those you love.

    Hope this helps.  Marge in sunny but chilly Bar Harbor

    To color some of my embossed geishas on notebook covers I used my blush. It worked really well and spread better than loading a brush in my chalks.

    When we stamp images on regular cardstock the paper absorbs some of the ink and sometimes some of the image is dark and some is light which does not look good. I find that if I use glossy cardstock the image is always clear and crisp.  Because the glossy cardstock will not absorb any of the ink you have to use your heat gun or just let it  dry by itself for about 1 hour.

    Glossy cardstock is more expensive but all you have to do is use a small piece of it for your image and then mount it on your card. Once you use the glossy cardstock, you will love it.


    Hi everyone,

    Tammy Harper joined a swap awhile back in 2004 and the attached scan is her entry.  Tammy’s card was published.

    Here is my tip for the week thanks to Tammy.

    Stamp the image on the card front in dye or pigment ink.  Heat emboss if needed.

    Stamp the image a second time on washi, decorative paper, or wrapping paper using dye ink.

    Cut out the washi image and attach inside the stamped image on the card front.


    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)

    Today while I was trying to straighted out some ribbon that had gotten damp and wrinkled, I thought what about my hair flat iron, it is a very small one. I put it in and pulled my ribbon thru it. Great, flat, smooth and good as new ribbon.
    Also I used it to flatten some small flowers to go on cards that needed to be flat so the card could be thru the cuttlebug for a design.

    Hi All,
    I came up with this idea a few months ago.  I love the look of paste papers but I’m impatient about the length of time it takes to dry and I don’t want to mess with flour or cornstarch.  So what I came up with was a half and half mix of white glue and water with the secret ingredient of pearlescent acrylic inks.  I used Daler Rowney FW inks.  You just need a small amount something like 1 teaspoon each of the glue and water and a drop of the acrylic ink.  Brush the mixture onto glossy card stock (I think I used a half sheet), swoop a comb, fork (gently) or something with ridges through the ink, or use an uninked stamp, leaf or whatever and let dry (it dries quickly so you need to be reasonably fast).  To make it more interesting you could put a little mica powder on the paper before you do the swooshing or when you are brushing on the ink.  Irregardless of whether you use the mica powder or not the ink itself gives a wonderful lustrous sheen to the paper.

    Linda B.

    After I had my Scor-pal for a couple of days I realized it only made sense to
    mark the 4.25 ” mark and the 6″ mark with something white so I did not have to
    sit and find my scoring line everytime I use it. I used a dab of white paint and
    can see at a glance whrere my line is.

    Hugs, Pat Smith

  • My tips today have to do with mounted stamps.Sometimes we purchase stamps and the rubber is mounted a little bit crooked and when we stamp with it the image is not straight.  If you put the stamp which is mounted on wood into the microwave for about 5 seconds, it will warm the glue enough so that you will be able to take the stamp off the wood and reposition it so it is straight. Also — if you have toooooo many wooden stamps and have run out of space to keep them, you can remove the wood from all your stamps.  Unmounted stamps take up less space than the mounted stamps.
    Chris B.
  • Hi all and I think I have mentioned this before but will send it again.  Most Dollar stores have the most beautiful large shopping bags now.  I have found some that have patterned or plain colors and I buy what I like and can use for stamping or paper crafting and cut them so that each side of the bag is usable and all the rest I use for my punches designs. I have spent hours (WELL, what else should we do) punching out the butterflies with my wonderful Martha Stewart punch. These bags are not expensive and there is a lot of usable paper for a very good price. Hope this helps.
    Marge in sunny (finally) Bar Harbor, ME
  • This is for those of you who don’t have a dedicated white box for taking pictures of your cards in.  I’m one of those.  It would be simple to do but I’ve just not got around to it so instead I drape fabric over the outside of a box and let it spill forward so the card can be placed on it.  The great thing about this is you can change the fabric to reflect the subject of your card or use black cloth for a white card or white cloth for a dark.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy even a T-shirt will do.  I used a silk scarf behind my fish sashiko card if you need a visual.
    Cheers, Linda B.
  • had some stamps where the blocks just had to go. I did the nuke thing but First i put a little dish detergent  (a little water and soap on a sponge works, like cleaning the image), where it was glued to  the block. I nuked it a few seconds (depending on the wattage you have– I prefer the higher number the better) Yes it foams up, when it starts to foam, you are cooked enough (just a few seconds). They I grabbed a pot holder and a spatula- metal with a nice flat edge and just got it under the stamp and padding and it popped right off. When I was doing the peeling off by hand it was cumbersome and I was afraid of tearing the rubber. Sounds involved but it is simple to do and goes really fast.
  • If you sometimes need to make very fast cards, plan ahead a bit.  Take the nice stiff plastic that many products come in and cut out a shape in the centre of it using scissors, craft knife, dies, whatever you have.  Square, rectangle, triangle, freehand; any shape you like.  Then you can put this lovely shape over the front of a blank folded card and sponge several colours of ink into the space – two or three work well – start with the lightest colour first and add darker ones around the edges.  Take away your stencil and stamp a solid image over your nice shape using a good black ink.  There you have it: a simple, elegant card.Diane Young, Victoria, BC
    Empress of the Universe
  • Hi Stampers,Do you make a card sometimes and realize that you don’t have the right sentiment for it. Maybe you want to put a funny quote on a card but there is not a stamp for that to buy. Here is a solution: You can get ink jet transparencies (clear plastic paper that can go in your home printer meant for use in overhead projectors) at any office supply store. Someday when you feel like playing on your computer fill a document with clever sentiments. Play with fonts and be creative. You can do this in MS word or the free Open Office software. You can use text boxes (look under the “insert” menu) so you can layout you page easier and have a nice border around your sentiment if you wish. Print your your sheets of sentiments and when it is time to make a card cut out the appropriate sentiment from the sheet. Since the words are printed on clear film you don’t have to worry about matching! Ink Jet transparencies can also be stamped on with regular dye based ink pads-just be sure to stamp (and print for that matter) on the rough side. These are so cool! Since they are clear you need to adhere them to your card with brads, staples or eyelets as adhesive may show through, something I like to do is swipe some acrylic paint across the back of the transparency and use that as glue. Very artsy! Also at the office supply store you can fine clear sticker paper, buy the full sheet clear labels and you can do the same thing with those and you wont have to worry about adhering them. They are not truly clear in my experience, they look more like vellum to me but hey, that is very pretty too!Lindasy
  • Make up paper inserts for your cards and store them in a folder. When you have a card to send, planned or unexpected, it is easier to have your insert already made up to stamp or write in a message. I use lightweight copier paper. Due to postal charges, I am also limiting my card size and weight. I don’t like doing this in many ways but the cost of postage and card making material is forever increasing. Don’t feel guilty about doing this! It’s taken me some time to get over the guilt factor but it is nicer to be able te send a card than not at all.:O)
    Anne :O)
  • If you are reluctant to use a fancy piece of CS for a large layer on a card front (the CS you’ve been hoarding forever!), use a punch or die to cut a shape out of the center, leaving a large enough edge so that the next layer will cover the missing center.  Not only do you still have a piece of that lovely CS, your card will have less bulk (and might not cost you an extra stamp!)Maggi Grabowski
  • When you start to make a card before you do anything. Turn it over and put your email address on the back. For those of us that cannot use our scanners to conserve internet space, Annette wants us to thank the person for the card by email. In return if your name is not on one of the lists we have to contact Annette for your email address. Another tip is to buy labels and make them on your computer. The label companies usually put the how to on a web site. You can add your name address email and anything else you would like.
    Big hugs, Nancy
  • Hi everyone,
    Most of us use markers, chalks, oil pencils, watercolor pencils, or colored pencils to add color to stamped images.  Think outside the box and use ink pads to add color and shading in conjunction with stencils (masks). Use brass stencils that you have on hand, Nestabilities-type frames, or create your own stencils. To create your own stencils to match the stamps you will be using, you will need glossy photography paper, recycled plastic from packaging, stencil paper, or glossy card stock.  These materials work best for stencils because they will hold up best better repetitive use than cardstock alone. You will need a stencil for each color that you plan to use. Stamp the image on the stencil material of your choice.  If you have chosen three colors, stamp the image three times.  Cut out the stamped stencils.  Cut away sections in different areas on the three stencils. Stamp the image on your format and heat emboss if desired.  Place the first stencil (brass stencil or Nestabilities if you prefer) over the stamped image and color direct-to-cardstock with an ink pad in the cut out area(s).  Repeat with the other two stencils.  The results will be achieved quickly and are usually dramatic.When you wish to do shading and need to fill in areas that need color, try using cotton-tipped daubers or cosmetic sponges.  Sponges come 50-100 in a package at the dollar stores. Caveat: Start with lighter colors and graduate to darker shades.  Remember: you can always go darker, but it is nearly impossible to go lighter in a stamped area.Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)
  • If you put a piece to vellum stamped with a greeting over your greeting card it adds more interest.  You will still be able to see the stamped image on your card through the vellum.  The vellum can be cut or it can be torn for a more rustic look.  I like to attach the greeting to the card  with brads.
    Chris B.
  • I looked at my small pile of vellum paper last night. I have around 30 odd sheets of different shades and colours which I keep in a letter tray. So I placed each colour, ( or shade of the same colour) in polypockets with a sheet of white copy paper in-between the sheets. Thus I can now see the colour of my vellum! Because I only have a few sheets, they can stay in my tray but you can place them in a ringbinder. Knowing what you have makes it easier to use and not duplicate materials. So my follow-on tip would be to do a stock check. Clear out anything you really haven’t used, donate or sell it. Then it is easier to use what you have! I stamp in our ‘overflow’ room which will become our sons bedroom if we stay here. Therefore I am going to be roomless and will need to downsize and find storage solutions. As we have moved house so often, (every year), then I also need to be more mobile. Even if this doesn’t apply to you, clearing out things you haven’t used will give you a sense of release and help someone else! :O)Anne :O)
  • Okay, seems some members are curious as to how I am able to get my layers to be “straight”. . .since I seem to do a lot of layering. . .here goes. . .it’s very simple really. . . After I stamp my image, I cut it. . .then any layers that are below that are cut to either 1/8 or 1/4 larger. . .I cut all the layers first, assemble them top to bottom and once they are all assembled, then I adhere them to the card. . .it’s really quite simple. . .P.S.  It always helps to measure the pieces to make sure they are square or rectangular. . .nothing worse than a square that isn’t. . .don’t depend on your paper to be square when you purchase it. . .not so. . . hope this helps everyone. . .
    Warm Regards,Sandra
  •  A few weeks ago I sent in the tip with the plastic cover of a spelbinderdie you could use to put ink on and use with your water brush. Well here is a little addittion use another one as a lid, cut off the back but leave both sides on and slide it over the 1st one. And I found another handy thing, it is near to easter and in shops here you can buy little wooden eggs (12 or more in a box with a blister inside that holds the eggs) to hang in/on an easterbranch. When you get them out you have 12 little cups/holes/shapes to put in a few drops of distress-ink, get out your waterbrush and start colouring in your stamped image. Now is this a handy and cheap tip or not  :o)
  • A lady in my local card group has always stamped extra images whenever she’s been to any kind of party or get-together where they make cards.  Now she’s been doing this for about 20 years and had sack after sack of stamped images that she had “planned” on turning into cards “one day”.  She had even made cards but was in a hurry so planned to color them “later”. If you have things like that in your home and haven’t done anything with them for more than a year, now is the time to send it to any group that makes cards.  If you find your local Senior Center or Nursing Home has a crafts hour, you can send the images that way and let the person in charge of the activities supply the markers and background paper.  It will keep the people busy for hours and make good use of those stamped images that are just making your home tighter and tighter.(The lady gave me over 30 pounds of the images to mail to the group who sends them to the soldiers.  Naturally they make cards as well so they will have fund coloring in the images and creating cards with them.)Sincerely,
  • Spring is really trying hard to come….waiting for the temps to rise above 32 so I can plant some cold weather lettuce….food for fuel (my fuel that is).  Gardening brings to mind the foam pads that you use for kneeling in the garden. These pads have other creative uses. Remember that scor-foam from years ago (I think that’s what the name was)—-you can cut up the kneeling pads (similar material), heat them, then press into textured forms to create your own texture stamps. Can also use it for pinning macrame/knotting (or braiding) cords (and ribbon) or use behind your cardstock for piercing holes. Could even use it for a tackboard with T-pins or long push pins. they’re available in great bright colors.  Dollar stores may have them (cheap). And Joann’s usually has them on sale. Use a coupon!I may try using it as a pen-holder if I drill round holes in them.
    Lynn L
  • An easy way to produce a lot of cards is to use the same layout and change the colors.Chris B.
  • My tip this week is on making a nice flat no tie bow in 5 seconds. You seed a 5″ scrap of ribbon, hot glu or glue dots and scissors. First fold your ribbon over on one end so you have what looks like an awareness ribbon and glue it down with low temp hot glue or a glue dot, then fold the other end over the first and glue that down. Trim the ends to make it neat. Check out my 2 minute video if you want: I’ve attached a pic too, I added rhinestones and flowers to the bow center for extra flair!
  • Summer is here and the leaves are beckoning to us to create with them.  Most Stampers and crafters have inked leaves and pressed them to paper, placed leaves on cardstock and spray painted the leaves and cardstock to create both painted leaves and a leaf-resist background paper, but how many of us have gone into the kitchen to play with leaves and polymer clay?  Read on.This project requires:Bold mounted/unmounted rubber stamps
    Plastic eggs left over from Easter or real hen or ostrich eggs if you are fearless.
    (Extra large, large, medium, and small plastic eggs will give you several options.)
    Leftover Sculpey/FIMO polymer clay, any colors
    1 or more: acrylic paints, spray paint, house paint, dye inks, alcohol inks, food coloring
    Single edged razor blade or paring knife
    Rolling pin (an unopened soup/vegetable can will suffice) masking tape, 2 rulers the same thickness
    1 or more: Clear embossing powder and heat tool, Mod Podge, 50/50 white glue and water, spray sealant, paintbrush
    Optional: Gold/Brass/Copper leafing pen, your choice
    Newspapers for easy cleanup
    Dominoes or mah jongg tiles to steady the eggs so they are stable and will not roll.
    A jelly roll pan lined with foil or any pan or skillet
    A dedicated toaster oven or aluminum foil to wrap the bowls that will be baked in your kitchen’s oven.

    Collect all of the materials
    Lay out the rulers parallel to one another so they are about 8” apart.  Tape the rulers in place.  This will insure that the clay is a uniform thickness when it is rolled out.
    Place the clay bits in a plastic baggie and sit on the baggie or put the baggie in your armpit to warm the clay.  Warming the clay makes it ever so much easier to work with because it becomes pliable when warm.  Do not heat the clay in the oven to warm it.  The clay will “bake” and a blob of clay will result.
    Roll out the clay on parchment or wax paper between the two rulers.  If the clay sticks to the rolling pin/soup can, apply a thin layer of glycerin or clear embossing liquid.  Do not succumb to the temptation to use cooking oil.  The oil will become rancid and the leaf bowl will have a horrid odor in a few weeks.  The residual vegetable oil can also leave a mark on your tablecloth or table.
    Ink the leaf stamps with pigment ink.   Press the images firmly into the clay.  Experiment with small, medium, and large leaves, overlap different leaf images to create unique bowls.  Reink the images as you repeat stamping.   The side you stamp will be the inside of the bowl.
    Cut away the excess clay using the razor blade or paring knife.  For wee areas that need a delicate touch, use manicure scissors or the tip of a chopstick that has been sharpened in a pencil sharpener.
    Place an egg on the jelly roll pan and stabilize it with a game piece on each side or use small balls of leftover clay.  Be sure to choose the correct size of egg that will accommodate the leaf you have chosen.  Marbles or small rocks inside the plastic eggs will make the eggs more compliant to your wishes.
    Ever so gently, turn over the unbaked leaf and center it on the egg.  Form the bowl to your satisfaction by pressing and guiding the clay to where you wish it to be.
    Repeat until all of the bowls are upside down on their eggs.

    Hen/Ostrich eggs:
    Whether raw or boiled, these eggs and unbaked clay leaf bowls can go right into the oven and bake according to package directions.  Cover the entire pan of egg/leaf bowls with foil if you are using your kitchen oven.  It is not necessary to add the foil covering when using a dedicated oven.
    Plastic Eggs:
    Most plastic eggs will melt and give off fumes when heated in an oven, so place the jelly roll pan of egg/clay forms in the refrigerator until the clay is cold.  The clay will be rigid in about 10 minutes.
    Remove the clay leaf bowls from the eggs and place right side up on the jelly roll pan and bake according to package directions.
    Allow the leaf bowls to cool to the touch once they are baked.
    The baked bowls are now ready to be coated with embossing powder, painted with acrylic paints, gold leafed, or colored with any medium of your choice.
    When the colors have dried, seal the leaf bowls with spray fixative, Mod Podge, 50/50 white glue and water, shellac, or any other sealing agent you have on hand.

    Caveat: These bowls are not meant to be used for food or beverages.  They are for decoration only.

    Experiment with other shapes for seasons, holidays, and special events.
    Make small leaf earrings and pendant sets.
    Before baking, bend the unbaked leaves so the sit up and can hold place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.
    Leave the clay leaves flat and poke holes in the leaves before baking to string on a necklace when they have cooled.
    Make several maple leaves in fall colors to add to a branch as a centerpiece on your holiday table.

    Happy stamping,
    Annette “:O)

  • Hi all and do have a very nice tip for you using white Gesso and computer papers. (don’t know what is going on with my margins.  Anyway, I use white Gesso and computer paper paper and coat a sheet of (I just do small sheets for most of these) computer paper, let this dry, add another coat and let that dry. When this is very well dried, coat with a brownish paint or stamp pad ink and you may need a couple of coats to get the color you want.  Let this dry and, voila, now you have a faux leather paper.  Have fun and other colors should work as well.
    Marge in sunny and warmer Bar Harbor
  • When I read about Emilie´s mouse pad rescue I remembered that I use them too. But I don´t cut them up …. long long ago I have stopped mounting my rubber … I just glue the images temporarily to the acrylic block and put the mouse pad underneath my cardstock as the cushioning. Works great, too.
  • Have you ever purchased those large stacks of paper because there were some pages in there you liked?  Did you end up with some pretty bad paper in the mix as well?  Paper you have no idea how you would use it?  But keep it anyway “just in case” an idea comes up?  Here’s an example of a not-very-cool paper:That’s a 12 x 12 sheet in an olive green.  Ever wonder what on earth you would do with it?  Well, I stamped on it with this stamp for my local group:Then I cut them out around the edge and colored the flower and leaves with my Copic markers:

    Then I took an idea from another wonderful OSA member (Bonnie W.) who sent me this card:

    And took my black shiny paper and ran it through the same embossing folder that Bonnie used.  Here’s the paper before embossing:

    It gives it a 3-D effect when you put something on top of it.  So I mounted that black paper on a green base, took the stamped image and mounted it on the same green paper and cut out around the image.  I then stuck it on the card and added a stick-on butterfly:

    But the more I looked at it, the more I thought it didn’t quite look right.  So I stamped the flower stamp once again and changed the color of the flower.  I put tape on the back and put it right on top of this one without removing this one:

    So my tip is – get out that paper you thought you’d never use and stamp on it and see what you too can come up with.


  • I like alcohol inks and I like to find new ways to use them.  I found this website and the owner makes a variety of AI flowers that are easy to do.  If you go to Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 2009 she shows how to make them.  You’ll find her search box on the left hand side but you have to scroll down a bit. Hope I haven’t broken any rules here.
    Cheers, Linda
  • have a tip for those of you who have lots of DIES for those Bigshots, Bigkicks, and other types die cutting machines. I  have a bigshot.. and not all the dies are the same size  or shape, nor are the cutting areas the same sizes. Some are longer, some shorter, and a lot take different sized pieces of cardstock on top of the die when you cut them. I take a labeling machine and make labels with the measurements that each one needs for the “cutting area”, and stick it to the side of the die, along with the name of the die.  I add the name because some of those dies the name is so small I can’t read it when they’re at the back of the box, and with the labeler I can make the font big enough to see. So I measure the die (maybe it takes a 4 1/4″ x 5″ piece) and put those numbers plus the name on the die. Then I don’t have to remeasure every time I pull a die out to cut something.
    Connie Smith, SR Supv SU Demonstrator
  • Here are some tips for getting more use of our crafting pens.a)  Krylon Pen — If point is worn out — turn it around using a tweezer.

    b)  Blender Pen — Remove tip and clean.  Fill with glycerine.

    Chris 🙂

  • Use up bits and pieces of trimmings to create new and surprising results.
    Choose a color scheme from your scraps bin and butt the trimmings right-side up on your stamping surface.
    Stamp images on the trimmings chosen. Large stamps on small trimmings will overstamp the paper, but that is part of the fun.
    Glue the pieces to card fronts or adhere the stamped trimmings abutted or at angles or 1/4″ apart to text weight paper.
    Trim to a desired size and mount to a card front.
    Add embellishments as needed.
    Voila’!  You have used up trimmings and created raks and daks
    Annette “:O)
  • For once I actually have a tip and have remembered it for long enough to get to the computer!!
    I was using UMs today and wanted to make sure that each stamp was straight as they were of people (and I didn’t want them looking tooooo drunk!). I made a tiny dot with a marker on the acrylic block at each end of the stamp (by the head and feet) and then when I turned it over to stamp could see that the feet and head of each person were in line with each other.
    Lyn W
  • This is such a simple tip and can create a new image from what you already have in your studio.
    Choose several images in sizes that have a common theme.  For fall, grab your leaf stamps and put them on an acrylic mount.
    Fit the images snugly to eliminate as much space between the stamps as possible.
    Ink with fall colors and stamp.  Huff (as you would on eye glasses to moisten the lenses) on the images and stamp again.
    Annette “:O)
  • I’ve been playing with adding some glitter to a project I’m working on and found something interesting that “newbies” might want to know.  For the card I was making, I received my inspiration from a VSN magazine that showed a Fall scene of a moon behind a tree.  So I punched out a circle for my moon and sponged around it.  I stamped my “tree” – I used more like branches – and was fairly happy with it but decided it needed something.
    Now the way it was, the moon appeared to be in the background.  I decided I needed a little glitter on my card so I glittered the moon.  Not a wise thing to do.  When you glitter an object on your card, it brings it to the forefront.  And I wanted my moon in the background.
    So, if you are going to apply glitter to your card, do it to an object you want in the forefront
    See how the glitter brought the moon to the forefront instead of keeping it in the background.  If I can save another from making that mistake, I’ll be a happy camper.
  • I have read this somewhere and thought this was a great idea and why did I not think of that.
    Here it is:
    You have a diecut , like this one for instance:
    And you would like to make a double folded card with it,  what do you do?
    You put the cardstock not all the way up in the die-cut, run it through your diecut machine and hope it will get out oké.
    If it does you are happy …and if not…it will probaly end up in you wastepaperbasket  :o)
    Now what to do to get a card just on the right cutting place
    Get out a big post-it note and put this on the the diecut as far as you want to have the fold of the card.
    Now align the folded cardstock against the post-it note (secure it with non-sticky tape if needed or to be on the safeside).
    Run it through your machine and you get a straight double-folded card.
  • I save Pizza boxes (now stop laughing.) I line them with foil and glue it down. I mark with a Sharpie pen what season is in it. Christmas, Easter, etc. I can stack them and paper and all fits in nice. When the Halloween rolls around I look for the box marked accordingly. I have even started mark what kind of paper is in it. Oriental, vellum whatever. Hope this helps get someone organized.
    Big hugs, Nancy
  • In a pinch, nail polish can be used as an adhesive for vellum.  Clear nail polish dries ‘clear’ and is next to invisible when used with vellum.
    Annette “:O)
  • A friend told me how to do this several years ago and I totally forgot about it until I found a card where I’d actually used it:
    Use pretty cupcake or sweet cases to make flowers for your projects by cutting out the whole of the flat circle at the bottom. Gather the inside edges tightly and carefully so that you don’t squash the folds and secure with a sticky dot or glue/tape. Cover the centre with a small circle of card, button, gem etc. You can put two or three different size cases together to give several layers which can look really pretty.
  • Instead of throwing away the security envelopes your bills come in — look inside and you will see that many of them have nice patterns on the paper and depending on who sends them, they come in different colors. Attached you will see that I used one color as a background sheet and I used another color for the frame. They can also be used or origami or iris folding.
  • I tried this last night.  If you have a watercolour background but nothing to seal it with a kitchen solution you can try is waxed paper.  With the waxed paper sandwiched between the background paper and a clean sheet of text paper I used an iron to melt the wax onto my watercolour bg.  I would recommend doing this twice.  While it didn’t seal it 100% it did a pretty good job.  When I sprinkled water on the paper the water beaded up instead of sinking into the paper.
    Cheers, Linda B.
  • Wanted to send in a Thursday tip this time – missed last week.  Here it is:
    Have you ever made supplies for a group of people only to have some not show up?  So there you are with things already cut out for them to make but now what do you do with those supplies?  I find that the perfect opportunity to make the brain work overtime and stretch your imagination.  Sometimes a stamp inhibits you from thinking outside the box (meaning when you’ve already stamped the image for them to use).  Other times, the spot where the image is to go, is still a blank slate so you can use any stamp.  But the question is, do you still do it in the same layout?  Meaning if the original card had the square centered, are you going to do that again or try to find a new place for it.  Are you going to fold that card in half or get creative and fold it another way?
    My local group got together and 4 people didn’t show up.  I had a large Oriental image (many of you have it – the two cranes with the swirls of water, the sun in the corner and the origami birds all around it) which inhibited me from getting creative (or so I thought!).  Thanks to our OSA member Carla v/d M., the original card was inspired by her.  This was Carla’s card front:
    Thankfully I hadn’t scored the card supplies in advance so it allowed me to get creative with what I had.  So, here is a variation.  This one was just folded in half, gold paper put behind the black and not everything colored:
    For the second variation, I decided to not make it that simple.  What if I cut the crane pattern itself.  Here’s the second one.  I cut the image in half and reversed the parts so the sun half was on the left instead of the right:
    Again it was done on a base card just folded in half.  Now what could I do if I combined cutting it in half with a center fold.
    That card opens in the middle.  And what if I cut the image into 3 pieces instead of two….
    As you can see, I spaced out the images, had them in the original order, mounted them on black and put gold strips between them.
    So, if any of you have your extra supplies from a party, drag them out, look at the original card and see what you can do differently with those same supplies.
    And another tip.  I used as the base card on the crane cards a standard red card stock.  Just plain old red card stock.  BUT!!  I bumped it up by taking it outside, placing on a newspaper, and spraying with Perfect Pearls Mists (sunflower sparkle color which is gold) by Ranger to turn that simple red card stock into some glorious glittery red paper that would work great on any card to liven it up.  If you look at the red paper in the second to the last picture above, you can see the gold flecks on the paper from the Perfect Pearls Mists.  Doesn’t that look cool?
  • Here is an excuse to stamp and decorate a spray bottle and create a gift at the same time.
    Recipe in lieu of Febreeze. Mix together 1/2 cup of Downy fabric softener and 2 cups of water.
    Use a funnel to fill a spray bottle (dollar store) with the liquid.
    Wipe the outside of the container to remove residue.
    Stamp images on text weight or wrapping paper.
    Attach to the spray bottle using box tape so the images are protected from moisture.
    Be sure to label the contents.
    Use to freshen upholstered furniture, stored clothing, and any other fabric.
    Keep the bottle in your laundry area and spray clothes from the washer before placing in the dryer and save money on dryer sheets.
    Annette “:O)

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