Ask the Experts: Cards, Embossing, & More

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: Should I decorate the inside of my card? What about the envelope?

A:  You can decorate the inside of the card.  Even simple little pieces like corners added around the sentiment makes a great look and continues the theme from the outside in. Stickers, stamps and die cuts are great to use for this. Envelopes can be easily stamped and colored, too.  Keep in mind when decorating any envelope that is to be mailed that the embellishments need to be secured tightly so they aren’t able to be caught in the postal machines.

Q: Why is the corner rounder on my Envelope Punch Board not punching correctly and leaving a small edge on one side?

A:  You want to make sure that the paper is inserted all of the way into the corner rounder before punching.

Q: I have several embossing folders that I would like to repeat the embossed pattern onto my card, but I’m not sure how to line it up.  How can I get it to match?

A:  You can place part of the already embossed image back into the folder making sure to line it up and then run it through your embossing machine that way.  You may find that some folders may make a cut into the pattern when embossing a second time.  If you don’t like the way it looks it can often be covered with an embellishment.

Q: I have some black and white photos to scrap, but I’m not sure how to scrap them.  Do I use black and white paper?

A:  It’s totally up to you, but adding color to the layout especially behind it will make the photos stand out more.  You can choose bright colors of cardstock like reds or more subtle colors in a patterned paper like a beige color for a more muted tone.  Both ways will make the photo stand out.

Q: There are some patterns of paper I never seem to use such as stripes because it’s just not a favorite of mine, but there are always a few sheets in what I buy.  What do I use them on?

A:  These papers are great to use for backgrounds behind photos on scrapbook pages and for a layer when doing layered cards.  They can, also, make good smaller embellishments such as flowers when punched or die cut.  The smaller area of the design showing helps to bring depth to a card or scrapbook page and is a great way to use a design that may not be on the top of your list.

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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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