By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Q: I’m new to card making and I’ve seen cards that have layers to them, but mine always turn out flat. How can I change that?
A: Try adding some 3-d adhesive behind some of the layers or even all of them. For example, if you have a card with butterflies on it, add a 3-d adhesive onto the back of each butterfly to give it the effect that it’s flying. If you have a card, that has a die cut sentiment on it, add a piece of adhesive to it to make it stand out.
Q: I don’t own a die cut machine yet, but would like to create a few basic shapes. Do you have any suggestions on what I can use?
A: You can use a shape cutter tool and shape cutting templates to create basic shapes such as circles and even some things like flowers. They can be used for card making and scrapbooking so they are a great way to get started until you purchase a die cut machine.
Q: I can’t get my acrylic stamps to stay on the stamp block or the sheet they come on. What can I do to make them stick?
A: Wash them in warm, soapy water and then completely dry them and they will become sticky again. You can, also, use a baby wipe to clean them.
Q: I’m having trouble getting my card inserts in. I know not to use liquid glue, but what can I use?
A: Once you have folded the insert, place two strips of double sided tape on each side of the fold line making sure that it is on the side of the insert that will face the card base. Now it can be adhered to the base and will open and close smoothly.
Q: I’ve heard about mulberry paper, but what can it be used for on cards?
A: Mulberry paper makes a nice background or mat paper for layering. If you use a slightly wet paint brush and apply it using a wiggly line and wait a few seconds you can, then, tear the paper and it will create the perfect torn edge look for a card.