- If you need a piece of lace for your project but all you have is white but need a different colour to match, use inks or even heat emboss to match.
- To keep your punches sharp, once a month, punch some fine / thin sandpaper or foil.
- When you have an ink pad with a clear plastic cover inside, such as 'StazOn' ink pads, put some foam pads on the plastic cover then put the lid on. Doing this means that when you take off the lid, the plastic cover comes off with it, so less fiddling but still keeps it covered.
- If you have a small stamped image that you are struggling to colour, scan it into your PC, enlarge it, print it out, colour then scan back into your PC, shrink and print.
- If you get all sticky stuff on your scissors, tweezers etc, wipe with lighter fluid to remove it.
- When using foam pads, use some glue stick on them, that way you can re-position things because it doesn't stick straight away.
- Use a clear steel edged ruler, they are brilliant, makes things so much easier because you can see your project through it.
- To get different back ground effects using a brayer, experiment with things like screwed up paper, bubble wrap, lace or anything with a texture. Because the brayer is a soft rubber, when you have inked the brayer, roll over your chosen texture source (lace etc) it leaves the impression on your brayer.
- Clean your stamps and your brayer with baby wipes , then dry with some paper towel. Never use chemicals to clean your brayer as this will ruin it.
- Always cut on the waste side of your project, this way if you slip you will not damage it.
- You can colour peel offs and ribbon with your pro-markers to match your project.
- Heat foam with your heat gun, just till it starts to curl abit, then press your stamp into it, press hard for a few seconds, your left with the impression on the foam, if your don't like it just re-heat and it and start again.
- To make storage easier for wood mounted rubber stamps, remove the rubber stamp from the block by placing it in the microwave, rubber side up, for about 5 seconds, take out and lift off the stamp, if the stamp doesn't come loose easily, microwave again for a couple of seconds and repeat until the stamp peels off easily. Times vary depending on the size of your stamp. Be careful when taking out the microwave as may be hot.
- Use a tumble dryer sheet on your card when die cutting, makes it easier to get out of the dies. Also try brushing with talc or using a anti static pad, this also helps.
- When using gilding flakes, rub talc onto your hands, this stops the flakes from sticking to your fingers.
- Use Tim Holtz blending solution to remove ink from your hands and clothes.
- Measure twice, cut once.
- When heat embossing, hold you project off the table, and heat from front and back, this will help prevent the card from warping.
- Use double sided tape and glitter to make a border to your project, also, glue dots are good for this too.
- If you need some gold card to matt and layer but have run out, a good tip is take some white card, cut to the size you need then heat emboss with gold powder, only as far in as your going to see when it is layered. This looks quite effective.
Paper Weight Conversion Table.
GRAMMAGE PAPER GRADE (lbs)
44 gsm 30 lb. text
59 gsm 16 lb. bond, 40 lb. text
67 gsm 45 lb. text
89 gsm 24 lb. bond, 60 lb. text
104 gsm 70 lb. text
118 gsm 80 lb. text
148 gsm 67 lb. bristol, 100 lb. text
162 gsm 60 lb. cover
163 gsm 90 lb. index
176 gsm 65 lb. cover
178 gsm 80 lb. bristol
199 gsm 110 lb. index
216 gsm 80 lb. cover
219 gsm 100 lb. bristol
253 gsm 140 lb. index
263 gsm 120 lb. bristol
270 gsm 100 lb. cover
307 gsm 140 lb. bristol
308 gsm 170 lb. index
325 gsm 120 lb. cover
If you have any crafty hints or tips that you would like to share, please leave a comment.