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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Adhesives: Foam Squares, Pop-Dots, Roll of Adhesive Foam Tape

Is your paper craft project looking a little flat? Let me tell you how to add interest to your project.

The purpose of these kind of adhesives are to give height to a picture on a scrapbook page, or give more interest in a paper-pieced item for a scrapbook page or the front of a card. Used to be this kind of adhesive only came in white but now one can find foam squares in black, which works quite well with darker paper.  Another thing one can do if purchasing both white and black is to color the edge of white squares with a colored marker and then you won't have to worry about the white showing.  Below I am first showing you the difference of interest by not using and then using foam adhesives.


Without foam adhesive the items are flat without interest.

With foam adhesive behind the faces and hands there is more dimension and interest in the products.
 We carry a variety of foam adhesives in the shoppe and here I will show you what we carry and their prices and the purpose of each.
 
Black foam squares $3.00 Great to use with dark papers

White foam squares $4.00.This package contains both 1/4" and 1/2" squares. Use with light papers and have the ability to color the edges with marking pen to blend with project's paper.   


This package may seem unreasonably large, but there are many advantages to this size. At .5"X36yd it is so easy to cut into thin longer lengths of tape so go around a frame, narrow parts to paper piecing and more.  You can cut it to your specifications whether 1/2" or 6" long! At $43.00 it's under $1.20 a yard.  This foam tape is a little thinner than other foam tapes but also gives you the opportunity to have various heights to your project.

 
This package contains 2 yds. of black adhesive tape 1/2" wide.  $5.00
These are clear pop up dots that are 1/2" in diameter. These sell for $4.00 per package of 75.  
Comment in the comment box which foam adhesive is your favorite why and on Saturday I will draw a name for a free package of Pop Up Dots.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Adhesives:
 This week I would like to start to talk about some of the various adhesives that we use here in the shoppe for our papercrafts: Scrapbooking and Card Making. We will be going over this the next few weeks.
This week we are talking about the glues that help with smaller and intricate items.

Liquid Glues: They are good to adhere pieces with delicate pieces such as letters, die cuts, and paper piecing. I recommend:
Also there is are sheet adhesive products that contains mini dots all over it and you lift the cover sheet, lay you piece you want to add adhesive to on it, lay the cover sheet over and rub to put the adhesive on your piece. Please be advised this is quite permanent so you will want to be sure you are certain where you want to place your piece. This product comes in two sizes, one that is easier to handle and a larger sheet for larger delicate projects but definitely can be cut to a size to handle easier.

 










 Next week we will continue on the adhesive thoughts and hope you will have learned something about different adhesives over the next few weeks.

 We carry the products in the shoppe that we will be sharing about with you.








Monday, July 4, 2016

Quarter Cards

June 16, 2016

Today I would like to share with you the possibilities when layering a quarter card 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I am going to show you a sample and explain the sizes.
The card starts with the base card, dark pink, being 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The next layer, brown, is 1/4" smaller, making it 4" x 5 1/4". The top printed layer is again 1/4" smaller than the brown, making it 
3 3/4" x 5". 


Now the card above just used two of the layers: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 3 3/4" x 5",  giving you a wider border between the two papers. 

Most of the layers work in 1/4" increments.  Let's look at this chart I have made for you:

5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
5 1/4" x 4"
5" x 3 3/4"
4 3/4" x 3 1/2"

Thank you for joining me for Thursday's Techniques.  If you have any questions, please feel free contact me.  Be sure to check with us again next week for a new tip.

Rule Of 7

June 30, 2016


Unforeseen circumstances put me a little behind for Thursday's Techniques, but on the upside it's still Thursday!!! Technically not late!!! With that being said.........thank you for the inquiries as to where is this week's techniques.

Today is for cardmakers AND scrapbookers!! It's using a 12"x12" cardstock to its fullest making 5"x7" frames or backgrounds for cards. I will show you how to cut the cardstock to its fullest potential and then show you some examples.

All that will be left is the middle square

Scrapbookers:



with 4x6 picture added the wider light blue boarder, the blue stands out in the sweater
 You also can trim down a 5x7 picture and have 1/4" border around like this:
This is a trimmed 5x7 photo with the size base and matte as the picture above.



Don't forget to take horizontal as well as vertical pictures. A mix of pictures is attractive on layouts. Dazzles, doodles, etc can also be added to wider light blue matte for interest!!

 Cardmakers:
Here are a couple of samples of 5x7 cards.

These cards show how you can use printed cardstock/paper for the matte.


When I am cutting the matte, usually 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, I still cut the rule of 7 and just cut a 1/4" off top or bottom and also 1/4" either side.  Especially when you are making several 5x7 cards, get them cut and use later!!

Matting your Scrapbook Pictures


June 23, 2016


On Thursday's Techniques today we are giving some tips to scrapbookers on working with mattes for your pictures.


As most of you realize, any 4x6 picture can most always have at least 1/4" trimmed from a side and from the top or bottom. By trimming that small amount from a picture you now can maximize your 12"x12" scrapbook paper to its' fullest.  You can get 6 mattes out of one34 piece of cardstock.  The diagram below will show you how it will look cut. You will first of all cut your cardstock 6"x12" and then cut each of those at 4", getting 3 from each piece.



This is how the picture would look like with a quarter inch matte. 


Now here is how you can still use a 4"x6" first matte and 
we will now add a next matte that would be 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" and make the picture 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", but when all done the picture with mattes equals 4"x6". See the example below:


Matte size between picture & orange matte


Next week I will continue with mattes and I will show you another idea for matting a 4"x6" picture. Be sure to check back for more tips next week!!

Changing Up Your Bling

Today I would like to share with you a technique we have used in the shoppe for a very long time and all you need for special tools are permanent markers like Sharpie or some similar kind.

If you are working late at night and you need a color bling and your favorite local scrapbooking/card shoppe is closed, all you need to do is color either clear or white bling and you will be all set to continue with your project!

Coloring pearl or rhinestones with permanent markers


You can also use the same technique to change the color of your Dazzle-type stickers. You can color either the silver or the gold, with the gold it makes the color a little darker than the silver. Below you will see colored wording and a trim. And then you will see putting them together on a simple little card.



Thank you for checking in to our Thursday's Technique. Be sure to check next week for a new tip!!






Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016

Good evening Paper Dolls!!! Hope you all are ready for the kids' summer vacation!! Some of us Paper Dolls are taking a vacation and we are very busy working on projects for ourselves as well as projects for upcoming classes.  Be sure to check out Thursday's Techniques this week for some card tips.  Have a good evening and we will check in with all of our Paper Dolls tomorrow.