Ask the Experts: Trimming, Die Cutting and Emellishments

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner


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!


Q: When should I replace my die cutting machine plates?

A:  When you begin to find that the dies are not cutting through the paper as well as they should or when you start to see etching from the cuts in your plates on your cardstock is when it’s a good time to buy new ones.


Q: I want to glitter an entire stamped image.  How can I do that?

A:  Use an adhesive sheet and stamp the image onto it.  Then, glitter the areas that you want to cover removing the excess as needed.  When you’re done, cut the image out and apply it to your project.


Q: I’m having trouble getting my gel pen to work.  What can I do?

A:  Spray a little StazOn Stamp Cleaner onto a piece of paper and go over it with the pen.


Q: I love using rhinestones on my projects, but can never get them lined up correctly. Is there anything to help with that?

A:  Place a small dot where you want the gem to go and then use a jewel picker to place it down on the dot.  It makes it so easy to get them in place especially when doing a large number of them.

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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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