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.
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: I love the look of shading in many of the cards I see, but I’m not good at coloring stamped images. Is there a way to get that look without coloring?
A: The new Spellbinders 3-D stamps will give you just the look you are wanting. These stamps have the shaded areas already done for you so that all you have to do is ink it and stamp the image on your paper.
Q: I have trouble keeping things lined up especially letters. Is there anything I can use to help me with this?
A: A centering ruler is a great tool to have for getting pictures, letters and even stamped images centered on your project. They help you to find the center of what you are placing and are see through so you can get it in the perfect spot on the project underneath, too.
I remember when I first started working with clay in 2007. I ran across all kinds of surprise issues with project outcomes. Frankly I was sometimes a little green with envy over the amazing works of other clay artist. I would ask myself why am I having “this” problem and they are not. So I want to share with you the solutions to the problems I had at the beginnings of my polymer clay journey.