By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Q: Can I use only the company’s dies that are the same brand as my die cut machine or can I use others?
A: As long as you follow your instructions from the manufacturer of your die cut machine and the plate stacks that they recommend you will be able to use other dies in your machine. Each type of die will require a different plate stack and some may require the purchase of specific plates so be sure to check first so you don’t cause damage to your machine.
Q: I wanted to do some heat embossing on vellum and when I did it warped. What can I do differently?
A: First before using your heat tool make sure that is hot. Also, keep the heat tool moving as you emboss the area and do it on both sides of the vellum.
Q: I’ve noticed cardstock has a weight listed on it. What does that mean?
A: Cardstock comes in various weights with the most common being 65 pound, 80 pound, 100 and 110 pound. The heavier weights are good to use for card bases because they are thicker to better support the added weight of embellishments. 80 pounds is a good weight for die cutting as it is heavy enough to hold up without tearing, but yet cuts easily. Weights such as 65 and 67 pounds are good for projects such as stamped and marker colored images as the surface is made to dry quickly.
Q: I want to add ink to an embossing folder, but when I place the ink pad on it I get thick ink lines from the edges. What can I do to prevent this?
A: Use a brayer and roll it over the ink pad and then onto the folder to give it an even coverage.
Q: I’ve never used an embossing folder before. I’m not sure which side of it is up. Can you help?
A: The back of the folder is the part that has the raised design and the top will always be the part that the design fits into. You can turn it around and use it the other way, too, which is referred to as recessed debossing.