Ask the Experts – Die Cutting & Oxide Inks

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner


Q:  Can I use only Sizzix dies in my Sizzix die cutting machine?

A:  No.  You can use many brands of dies in your machine.  The key to each die is the stacked plates also known as the sandwich for each die type that you use.  You can check your machines instructions for more information on the sandwich for different die types.



Q:  I love to do scrapbooks, but would like to have titles on my pages. What can I use to create them?

A:  You can use just about anything you would like.  Some great ideas are letter stickers, dies, sentiment stickers, stamps and the list goes on.  Have fun and use what works best for you and your page design.


Q:  I’m looking for something that will give me a 3-d effect and is glittery.  What can I use?

A:  Bo Bunny’s Glitter Paste is the perfect way to get what you are looking for to use on your projects.  You can use it with stencils or by itself.  It’s great to add highlights to any embellishments or die cuts that you are using.


Q:  Is there really a difference in the Tim Holtz Oxide Inks compared to all of the others?

A:  The Oxide inks allow you to stamp on dark cardstock and you can layer the colors without them mixing once each one has dried. They, also, are opaque which is great to use with stenciling and sponging techniques.



Q:  I want to make a card that has a layered look, but don’t want to use just plain cardstock, besides embossing folders what else can I use to create a design?

A:  Background stams are another good option.  If you choose two corresponding designs and place a piece of blank cardstock in between each design it creates a great look on a 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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