Ask the Expert: Adhesives, Brayers & More

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By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.

Q1. How do you adhere intricate die cuts?

A1. There are several useful things that can be used to glue them onto your projects. The Quickie Glue Pen allows you to run a small line of glue onto your piece. It can create a temporary bond to allow you to lift your project up again if needed or you can use it for a permanent bond. A wide sized double sided tape is another good thing to use. Apply it on the back of your paper before running it through your die cut machine and then just peel the back away. The Xyron machines allow you to run your project through them and it applies the adhesive for you. All you have to do is peel and stick.

Q2. Do I need any special lighting to do scrapbooking or card making?

A2. Good lighting is a must. It not only helps you take good pictures, but allows you to see the correct colors of papers and embellishments for matching. It, also, helps prevent eye strain on those late crafting nights.

Q3. Do I need a brayer?

Q3. It is something that is handy to have and I recommend. It can be used for more than just applying paint. It can be rolled on an ink pad and rolled across paper to create your own patterns and textures. Use it to help you apply your die cuts by laying the piece on your project after applying the adhesive and run the brayer over it to adhere it down. This keeps finger prints from getting on your pieces which can sometimes cause a residue and it helps from getting your fingers sticky. It helps to push the glue towards the edges which helps to glue them down, too! There are many ways to use a brayer and it will soon become a very handy tool in your craft line up.

Q4. What can I use to “sponge ink” on my project?

A4. You can use a regular sponge such as a sea sponge or daubers are also handy to give an airbrushed look on your projects. All you do is tap the sponge or dauber on the ink pad you are using and dab the ink onto the paper. It’s as easy as that and a great thing about either choice is they can be used over and over again.

Q5. What projects can I use Washi Tape on?

Q5. You can use Washi Tape on all of your projects. If you have a layout that you’ve used both cardstock and patterned paper on it, use the tape to transition from the edge of the cardstock to the edge of the patterned paper for another depth and design in your creation. Use a piece of twine and wrap the tape around it at various levels and trim to a triangle shape to create a flag or banner. If you are a person who likes to work with canvas, such as the Paper Accents Canvas Fabric Sheet, attach the tape to it and cut out the shape you want. Run a piece of it across your layout or card and attach charms or embellishments to it using decorated safety pins. It can be used to cover chipboard pieces, too! The possibilities are endless.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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