By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Q: Should I decorate the inside of my card? What about the envelope?
A: You can decorate the inside of the card. Even simple little pieces like corners added around the sentiment makes a great look and continues the theme from the outside in. Stickers, stamps and die cuts are great to use for this. Envelopes can be easily stamped and colored, too. Keep in mind when decorating any envelope that is to be mailed that the embellishments need to be secured tightly so they aren’t able to be caught in the postal machines.
Q: Why is the corner rounder on my Envelope Punch Board not punching correctly and leaving a small edge on one side?
A: You want to make sure that the paper is inserted all of the way into the corner rounder before punching.
Q: I have several embossing folders that I would like to repeat the embossed pattern onto my card, but I’m not sure how to line it up. How can I get it to match?
A: You can place part of the already embossed image back into the folder making sure to line it up and then run it through your embossing machine that way. You may find that some folders may make a cut into the pattern when embossing a second time. If you don’t like the way it looks it can often be covered with an embellishment.
Q: I have some black and white photos to scrap, but I’m not sure how to scrap them. Do I use black and white paper?
A: It’s totally up to you, but adding color to the layout especially behind it will make the photos stand out more. You can choose bright colors of cardstock like reds or more subtle colors in a patterned paper like a beige color for a more muted tone. Both ways will make the photo stand out.
Q: There are some patterns of paper I never seem to use such as stripes because it’s just not a favorite of mine, but there are always a few sheets in what I buy. What do I use them on?
A: These papers are great to use for backgrounds behind photos on scrapbook pages and for a layer when doing layered cards. They can, also, make good smaller embellishments such as flowers when punched or die cut. The smaller area of the design showing helps to bring depth to a card or scrapbook page and is a great way to use a design that may not be on the top of your list.