Saturday, February 1, 2014

More Tips and a Tag

 I made this tag a couple years ago.

I have taken a couple more classes at the Owl and Pussy Cat store in Fort Myers and learned several new things that I want to share with you.

  • If you are sending delicate cards, make an envelope out of mat board.  You can even address the outside.  I would still place the card inside the clear boxes that Terri at sells. It makes such a pretty presentation.
  • If you are using a craft knife much, a glass cutting mat by Tonic gives a much cleaner and nicer cut.  Terri can order these for you.
  • Brayer paper (such as Tim Holtz's) has a clay coating, so it does not absorb color as much as water color paper.  Therefore, the colors are much brighter.
  • Use a black mirrored paper, (not glossy) add drops of Adirondack alcohol ink colors such as Butterscotch, Terra Cotta, and Cranberry.  You can drip rubbing alcohol on it to scatter the ink some more.  This makes a beautiful paper.
  • If you get adhesive on an area you don't need it, rub some baby powder on that area and it will not be sticky any more.
  • If you are making a card, box or any project that the recipient might not understand how it should look when it is put together, take a picture of it and include it with the project.  This way they will know how it should look.
  • Put double stick tape (such as Score Tape) on back card stock and burnish well. Cut out a word and the card stock should stick to the die. Then take the die and put on card where you want the words and rub hard.  Words will stick to card and will be straight too.  This works great for anything you are overlaying with another die, such as a butterfly or flower.  (I absolutely love this idea)
  • Use the top part of a post-a-note (sticky party) to mark your place when reading instructions.  This way you don't forget where you are at.


Gretchen Wilson said...

Good Morning, those tips are great, I really shouldn't be on here, should be in the basement finishing up the cards, almost done. Have to pack, pay bills, laundry and who knows what else is on the list. Keep in touch.

Anonymous said...

Eileen L. said....
Thanks for the great tips Joan. Being still pretty new to card making I can use all the tips I can get. Sometimes its Ive never heard of the product before and dont know what it is Lol. Glad your having fun.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

More wonderful tips from our favorite Snow Bird! LOL!
Hello my friend ... these are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! And that tag is beautiful! LOVE the color combo!
Stay COOL and I promise to stay WARM until we can link back up in the Spring! LOL!

ionabunny said...

This is a stunning tag and thanks for the tips