Ask the Experts: Stamping and Die Cutting

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad Large Clear

Q: What is the difference of a watermark stamp pad?

A:  A watermark ink pad such as, Versamark, is a slow drying ink that allows you to use with your favorite embossing powders.  It shows up darker on your cardstock by creating a barrier from a dye ink that is stamped on top of it to create a resist which makes it great to use for shadows.  It can also be used as a glue for adding glitter or chalk to a project.


Q: What is a good way to attach a flat piece of ribbon to a project without using glue?

A:  A double sided tape added to the back of the ribbon is another way of attaching it to a project and it helps to keep the edges from fraying.

Tsukineko StazOn Midi Solvent Ink Stamp Pad Orange Zes

Q: Can StazOn ink be used on paper?

A:  Yes, StazOn can be used on paper.  It’s a fast drying ink which is great to use on watercolor paper or stamped images that you will be using watercolor pencils or paints on.

Echo Park Designer Die & Stamp Set We Are Family Collection Hot Air Balloon

Q: In using a die/stamp set, should I die cut first or stamp first?

A:  The easiest way I have found is to stamp first and then place the die over the stamped image.  Hold the die in place with a few small pieces of tape attached to the edges of the die.  Painters Tape works well for this as it is easily removed without tearing the paper when you are finished.

Sizzix Big Shot

Q: Is there a way I can create my own felt shapes?

A:  A die cutting machine and dies to go with it will allow you to create a wide variety of shapes and designs from felt.

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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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