May 14, 2012
Contests, Free Stuff Friday!!
Congratulations to Karee Steinhauser who were randomly selected as our Free Stuff Friday winner and will receive a prize pack from Authentique Paper! This prize from Authentique Paper includes products from their Loyal, Delightful, Carefree, Glory, and Fresh collections.
The total prize includes 60 sheets of Authentique textured, double-sided patterned cardstock, 5 sheets of 12×12 adhesive cardstock icon stickers, 5 sheets of 12×8 adhesive cardstock mini word & alphabet stickers, and 10 sheets of punch out textured tie cuts. With a total of over 1700 individual pieces, this kit will keep you crafting.
Authentique Paper is the hottest new brand in the paper craft industry, best known for our signature heavy weight textured paper! Our style is vintage with a modern twist and our products allow all skill levels to create sophisticated projects. Our uncoated adhesive cardstock ensures richer, more vibrant colors for better coordination with our papers. With collection names, quotes, and sayings centered around emotions, our products enhance the authentic side in all of us.
Karee Steinhauser’s winning answer to “If you could own any animal, what would it be?” was…
“Dolphin because then I would have an excuse to get a pool.. .”
May 14, 2012
Crafts, Scrapbooking, Techniques and Mediums
By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.
Q1. How do I create a vintage look on a layout or card?
A1. A good starting point to achieving a vintage look is by inking the edges of your projects in a brown or sepia ink. Another easy thing to do is to distress the edges of your paper. Once you have them distressed you can ink the distressed edges or leave them alone. If you are doing any stamping on the project you can stamp the image in the brown or sepia ink to give it an old look. Using tan, yellows or brown papers, too, is another great way to achieve a worn, vintage look.
Q2. Do you have any organization tips?
A2. CreateForLess carries a large selection of organizational and storage items for all of your craft supplies. Some of them are created to fit into your craft space to store things like small tools, ink pads, embellishments and other things in. There are some storage pieces that are designed to help you store your paper especially those 12 x 12 sheets. Don’t forget that sometimes you will want to take your supplies with you so those made with handles and divided sections are good for on the go.
Q3. What can I use to temporarily mount unmounted stamps?
A3. Tack ‘N Peel are reusable sheets that help your rubber stamps cling to the acrylic or wood block and are the perfect answer to using those unmounted stamps. The adhesive side creates a bond between the sheet and the block which helps keep the sheet from moving and when the stamp is applied you don’t have to worry about it falling off or moving while you stamp the image.
Q4. How do I keep the intricate pieces from sticking in my dies?
A4. The answer to this is an easy one. Blue Painter’s Tape. Since it’s made not to permanently stick and won’t harm surfaces it’s a great choice to use on your dies. Simply cover the intricate areas on your dies before placing the paper over the top. Run it through your die cut machine and once you’re done pull the tape off. Those little pieces pop right out!
Q5. I like to use my distress inks and spritz them with water to use on things, but my paper curls up. What can I do about that?
A5. The first thing is to make sure that you are not oversaturating the paper. Watercolor paper is good to use for this technique as it is made to hold water without becoming too wet. It is made so that when water is placed on it the water sits on the surface and doesn’t bleed the color into the fibers making them less intense and since all the liquids aren’t absorbing into the paper it doesn’t have the chance to saturate and cause the paper to curl.