Tag Archives: Craft Tips

Ask the Experts: Trimming, Die Cutting and Emellishments

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

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Q: Sometimes when I use my paper trimmer I still manage to cut crooked.  How can I make sure that doesn’t happen?

A: Often it’s just a matter of making sure the paper is correctly lined up in the trimmer.  One easy way to make the perfect cut is to use a scoring board and score a small line at the top and bottom of your paper at the inch mark you will be cutting.  Place the paper in your trimmer, lining up the score marks in the blade groove and your good to go.  No more crooked cuts!

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Ask the Experts: Stamp, Cut, Score

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

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Q:I’m new to crafting and was wondering if I could use watercolor pencils on my cards.

A:  Yes, watercolor pencils are great to add color to your stamped images.  Be sure to use a watercolor paper when you stamp, as well as, an ink so that the ink will not bleed and ruin your work.

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Ask the Experts: Die Cuts and More

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

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Q: I’m having a difficult time using patterned papers.  There are so many colors in a set that I don’t know how to make them match.

A:  Try using the same shades of one color on your projects instead of having a lot of different colors that may look jumbled.

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Ask the Experts: Top Tools

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Adhesives

Q: My adhesive won’t hold my project together.  What am I supposed to use?

A:  It depends on what your project is and what you’re trying to adhere together.  Some adhesives may not hold heavier items so it would be best to choose a liquid glue.  Some paper surfaces wrinkle with anything but tape.  You’re best choice is to look at what you are trying to adhere together and then try your choice of adhesive on a scrap piece first.  There are many choices of liquid glues and tape runners at Create for Less that will help you finish your project.

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Ask the Experts: Tips & Tools for Artists

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Tsukineko Splendor Pigment Ink Pad Antique

Q: What color of ink should I use for the sentiments on my cards?

A:  You can use any color that you would like.  Try to choose something that will enhance or pull a color from the papers that you have used to create the card.  Often a black ink is nice to use as it makes the sentiment stand out from the variety of colors in the card.

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Ask the Experts: Storage & Embossing

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Plaid Stencil Simply Scroll

Q: How can I store my stencils?

A:  Place the brass ones on their sides in a decorative box that you have made to match your craft room or in a storage container.  For the plastic stencils, use a decorative file folder to help prevent them from getting bent.

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Ask the Experts: Protecting and Perfecting

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner
Ranger Stamp Dylusions Two Heads Are Better Than One

Q: My stamped image is blurry.  What happened?

A:   It’s possible that you are pressing on the stamp to hard making the cut edges of the image flair out causing the distortion.  Try using just a light pressure when you stamp.

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