By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Q: I can’t get my tape runner to add any tape. Is there something wrong with it?
A: If it’s a new runner and you know it’s not empty, first check that you are holding it correctly so the end that has the tape is down on the paper. It’s easy to grab them and have them upside down. Next, check to make sure there is tape on that area of the roller. Sometimes used tape runners will have an open spot where there is no tape.
Q: How do I use a background stamp? What do I do with it after I stamp it?
A: There are many ways to use these types of stamps. Once you have stamped the image, cut it into individual sizes and use it for smaller pieces or a patchwork look. Stamp the entire image and then use other embellishments over the top of it or add a simple layered sentiment. Stamp the image twice and cut out certain areas and layer them over that image in the first stamped piece to create a 3-dimensional design. These are just a few great ideas of how to use these fun stamps.
Q: The ink I’m using is smearing on my cardstock. What is the problem?
A: Inks can take a while to dry especially in humid weather. You can use a heat tool to dry the ink more quickly. Also, check to see if the cardstock you are using has a coating on it. Some of them such as pearlized papers do not allow the ink to get into the paper fibers which will allow it to smear.
Q: I love making cards, but sometimes they come up odd sizes and I can’t find envelopes to fit them. What should I do?
A: There are tools that are perfect for this perfect. These boards help you to make not only envelopes, but boxes, too, and they are fun to use!
Q: I want to make a sparkly, shining background from a card, but am not sure how to do that. Can you help?
A: One great way to get a sparkle for your backgrounds is to use glitter. Cut a double sided adhesive sheet the size of the background you are wanting and adhere it to the card base. Sprinkle glitter over the top occasionally lightly pressing down on it to adhere it. When it’s covered lift it up and lightly shake off any lose glitter. Finish the card with additional embellishments of your choice.