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Ask the Experts – Washi Tape & Adhesive Remover

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  What can I do with Washi Tape?

A:  There are many things that can be done with it including adding stripes or other design to a card, using it for a border or even use it as a background.  It’s fun to play with it and create your own uses for it, too!

Q:  I need something to remove the adhesive from my project after I put it through my Xyron machine.  Is there anything I can use to make this job easy?

A:  An adhesive eraser is made just for that.  You use it just like a regular eraser, but when the edges will no longer work, you just cut that area off and it’s ready to use again.

Q:  I have a stamp on a wood block that is lose.  Is there any way to fasten it down again?

A:  You can use rubber cement on the back of the stamp to attach it back to the block.  It will not harm the stamp.

Q:  Do I need a specific sewing machine to sew on a card or layout?

A:  No, any sewing machine you choose will work.  Remember, though, if you also want to sew with it you will need to change the needle.  Paper can quickly dull a needle so be sure to have an extra on hand.

Q:   I want to add a message on my card, but I don’t want to stamp it and am not sure what else I can use.  Is there anything?

A:  There are many choices that you can use such as stickers, punches, stencils and rub-ons.  Also, remember that many patterned paper kits include letter stickers, as well as, patterned paper that letters and words can be cut from.

Ask the Experts – Stamping & Embroidery

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

 

     

Q:  I wanted to highlight some places on my card with glitter so I used my glue pen over the top of the stamped image and now it won’t work.  What can I do to glitter stamped images?

A:  Before you go over the image with your glue pen be sure that the ink is completely dry.  It is best to use an ink such as Memento which is made to dry more quickly and becomes water resistant which prevents it from clogging up the glue pen as it is rolled across the surface.

 

     

Q:  I’m trying to color my stamped image, but having trouble with my ink smearing.

A:  You want to use an ink such as Momento ink and even with it it is best to allow it to sit for a little bit so that the moisture evaporates out of it.  Using a heat tool will help speed up this process.

 

Q:  I just can’t get the hang of stamping first and then die cutting around my image.  Is there an easier way?

A:  A stamp positioner will help you.  You can first die cut your image and then use the positioner to line up the die cut with the stamp.

 

Q:  Even with using an Anti Static Pad, I still get areas where embossing powder sticks.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  Try to handle the paper as little as possible especially after rubbing it with the Anti Static Pad.  Oils from your skin will also attract and hold the powder in place.

 

Q:  I would like to do a little stitching on my cards, but am not real good at sewing.  Is there anything I can use to achieve this look?

A:  These embroidery kits are the perfect way to achieve the look.  They come with everything you need to get you started.  They come complete with a template to use to get a variety of images and looks.

Ask the Experts – Embossing & Adhesives

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  I can’t get all of the embossing powder off my project before I heat it.  What do I do?

A:  First be sure your ink is dry before trying to remove the excess.  Once the ink is dry, you can use a paint brush to remove any extra powder.  Lightly, tap the project on a surface and be sure to tap the back of the project which will, also, help.  Using an anti-static bag before you stamp is a great way to keep this from occurring, too.

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Ask the Experts: Stamping & Adhesives

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

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.

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Ask the Experts: Decorating & Organizing

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts

Q: I love to use stamp and die sets, but when I cut them using the die there is always a white edge around it.  What can I do to get rid of that?

A:  There are two easy ways so that does not show around your image.  If you are using a set that you will be coloring the image using markers or colored pencils, simply add a background by coloring around it.  You can, also, fussy cut using a small pair of scissors or craft knife around the image to get rid of it.

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