Ask the Experts: Scrapbooking Tools

11:22 am Crafts, Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking
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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds


  1.  Can I change the look of a plain brad?

A:  You can use a glue pen on it and then dip it into glitter for a sparkly look or press it on an embossing ink pad and pour embossing powder over the top and heat it with a heat tool to emboss the top of it.  Use glitter embossing powder for a shiny embossed look.


2. How can I use alcohol ink?

A:  Alcohol inks can be used to add color to metal, glossy papers and other slick surfaces.  Clear rhinestones can be colored by adding a few drops of ink in a bag with the stones and mixing them.



 3. What is a self-healing mat good for in paper crafting?

A:  Cuts into these mats automatically close themselves up so there is no sign of them allowing the mat to be used over and over.  Paper crafters use them with craft knives to cut around stamped images.  They not only help to protect your work surface, but also your blades.


 4. How do I clean adhesive from my scissors?

A:  Soap and warm water is a good quick way to clean your scissors.  You can also use an alcohol pad to clean the really sticky areas.  It is good to keep the blades clean to create clean cuts.

 5. What is masking when used in stamping?

A:  Masking is where an area on a stamp is blocked off using pieces of tape so that area is not inked when it is applied.  The tape is then removed and the image is stamped.  This is a useful technique when a stamp has a verse on it you may not want to use.  You can mask that area of the stamp and use that area to insert your own message with another stamp.


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