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.

Craft Medley Diagonal Cutter

Q: My new metal dies are coming hooked together with small metal pieces in between. How do I get them apart?

A:  A pair of wire cutters can be easily used to snip those little pieces in between the dies.  Once they have released you can use the cutters to snip off the remaining small metal pieces that are attached.

Card Sleeves by Paper Accents Clear

Q: What is an Artist Trading Card and what can I use to make one?

A:   Artist Trading Cards, also referred to as ATC’s, are cards that are traded by crafters to share their creativity. There are groups that you can be a part of or just share them at crops and other events.  It’s a lot of fun to make and share them. They are like baseball cards and are traded and never sold.  ATC’s are 2 1/2 “wide X 3 1/2 “tall and are never smaller or bigger than this size. Use cardstock to make the base.  You can use markers, stamps and ink, stickers, paint and more.  Sketch your design on or use whatever you want to embellish them. Just make sure that if they will be mailed they are flat to be put into an envelope and keep in mind that ATC’s are collected so many people put them in protective binders (like baseball cards are in plastic sleeves) so they need to be flat to be put in those.  On the back they contain: Your name, some may contain your address or email but only if you want it on, theme of card, date made, series #-based on same theme but with different designs for each ATC, edition number or number of card to how many made. For example: 1/8 or 1 of 3.

My Mind's Eye Collection On Trend 2 Paper & Accessories Kit

Q: I have a lot of loose papers from some of my patterned paper  How can I store that neatly?

A:  You can use the same sleeves that you put your layouts in to keep the papers and embellishments in and then place them in an album, too.  You can fit several collections into one album and place them on the shelf in your craft room for easy and decorative storage.

American Crafts Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Flag Paper Clips

Q: I want to add an extra note to my layout, but I don’t want to staple it.  Is there anything else I can use to hold it?

A:  There are many styles of decorative clips and clothespins that are fun to use to attach notes and even embellishments to a layout or card.

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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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