Ask the Experts – Embossing & Adhesives

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  I can’t get all of the embossing powder off my project before I heat it.  What do I do?

A:  First be sure your ink is dry before trying to remove the excess.  Once the ink is dry, you can use a paint brush to remove any extra powder.  Lightly, tap the project on a surface and be sure to tap the back of the project which will, also, help.  Using an anti-static bag before you stamp is a great way to keep this from occurring, too.


Q:  I can’t get the details to emboss into my Spellbinders Nestabilites.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  You will need to use the rubber pad that goes with your machine and add it into the embossing stack of plates as given in the instructions to your embossing machine.  These pads are made so that the paper is pressed into the die more for the details to be more defined.


Q:  I love to work with fabric. Is there a way I can use it on a card to make it match the gift?

A:  You can attach the fabric using adhesives such as glue, mod podge or an adhesive sheet.  It can then be used for anything from a covered card base to a die cut piece attached to the card.


Q:  When I use my blending tool all I get is circles and areas where there isn’t a lot of ink visible.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  When using a blending tool you want to use a very light touch and start with a circular motion off of the paper.  Adding the ink to a craft mat and starting the motion on it is a great way to do it.  Also, when using a light hand you will need to build up the color by layering it onto your project.


Q:  When I glue patterned paper to my cardstock it leaves bumps under the paper.  What is causing that? Glue dries lumpy.

A:  When using a wet glue the bumps are caused by too much glue being used.  I would suggest using a tape runner which is better to use on paper.

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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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