Ask the Experts: Stamping & Embellishments

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I love the look of shading in many of the cards I see, but I’m not good at coloring stamped images. Is there a way to get that look without coloring?

A:  The new Spellbinders 3-D stamps will give you just the look you are wanting.  These stamps have the shaded areas already done for you so that all you have to do is ink it and stamp the image on your paper.

Q: I like all of the different dies and shapes, but how often will I use a basic shape?

A:  You will find that you can use them often and besides just for cutting that shape.  You can mix dies to achieve many different and interesting looks.  For example, try layering a circle onto a square and add a picture to it for a great look for a layout or add a flower to the center for a new look on a card.

Q: I find stickers are fun to use, but I’m running out of ideas of how to use them.  Any suggestions?

A:  One fun example is to take a bunch of your favorites and create a scene using them.  This idea works well for both layouts and cards.

Q: I think this duck stamp would be cute with a fuzzy feel to it.  Is there any way to do that?

A:  Flocking is a great way to add a fuzzy feeling to any stamped image or favorite stickers.  Simply use a little glue or glue pen to attach it to the image.

Q: I want to make some cards and matching envelopes for a special occasion and would like to have the envelopes lined.  Is there I way I can make my own liners to include in my handmade envelopes?

A:  Yes, Paper Accents has come out with a new Envelope Liner Template that will allow you to do just that.  You can use your choice of vellum or even patterned paper to add just the right touch inside.

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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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