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Old 03-05-2011, 06:47 PM   #201
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I am not sure if this has been mentioned...my apologies if it has..
But when 'stuck' for a color, I go neutral...

For example, if there is a funny shade of, say, turquoise I am trying to find a perfectly matched-color embellie for, I will pick embellies that are silver, gold, white, black, or a complimentary brown shade......for cardstock, instead of running to the lss for one sheet of cs when I am trying to finish a project or I am on a roll and do not want to put a project aside, I will go neutral with black, kraft, white, etc......

I'm sure this is nothing new to a lot of ppl, but it has more than on one occasion saved me some stress of looking for the 'perfect' shade, not to mention saved me a buck or two....
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So many wonderful ideas! I also do needlework and save all my scraps of glittery thread, silk ribbon and other specialty threads. Sometimes just a tiny bit is all I need to add to my card. My husband now asks "is this something you can use" before throwing out junk mail!
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This is so awesome! I've been wanting a little hand drill for some time, but was gifted with a small, but heavy duty electric one by (who else) DH. He now has it in his shop and I'm on the prowl for one like yours. TFS
You should be able to pick on up really cheaply from any hardware store, or perhaps a store that has a diy/hardware section. Mine only cost me about 3, new from a hardware shop.
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I have got a tutorial on my blog on how to make your own braided cords using embroidery thread- it may be of help?This is the linkThis came about as I have so much embroidery yarn from when I used to cross stitch- I now feel less guilty about my thread stash, lol.
great tut! I might try with my electric dril!
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You don't need a drill to make a twisted cord - just your fingers and some patience! Use a nail or a pin as your centre point, run lengths of thread around it (how many strands you use depends on how thick you want your finished cord - one loop will give you a four stranded cord, two loops and eight stranded cord and so on). Hold the loose ends between finger and thumb and pull the threads taught. Now start to roll your finger down the pad of your thumb - the threads will twist together. Keep going with that action until the twisted thread "kinks" a little if you relax the tension on it. Now put your finger half way along the length of your threads (or get somone else to help if you made a really long one!) and take the loose ends to meet the loop round the pin. Grip both the loose end and the looped bit, unhitch the pin and then let your finger out of the middle. The thread will twist into a cord. Just smooth down the length of it as it's twisting to even out any kinks.

HTH if you don't have a drill in the house! It means you don't need to do any counting or worry about keeping direction of twist the same, too!
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You should be able to pick on up really cheaply from any hardware store, or perhaps a store that has a diy/hardware section. Mine only cost me about 3, new from a hardware shop.
Thanks for taking the time to suggest a place to get a small hand drill. How nice of you.
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I make the FAKE brads using my very old office 1/4" hole punch, stack a few with glue and cover with Glossy accents. OR...take a 1/4" circle and circle your smallest stylist (or the handle end of a small paint brush, or a crochet hook) in it...it will make a teeny tiny cup for the center of your flowers, or turn it over and you have a one layer curved brad that you can use. It's great to match up your papers and use up the scraps!
Love this. A perfect match every time, less bulk and nearly as quick as punching the hole, inserting and bending the prongs. A bit of glossy glue would make them shiny, too. Could spend TV time making some of these ahead to have on hand! I have my project for this evening.
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I use ceral boxes and mod podge to make my own cuttlebug embossing folders.
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Do you have a tutorial or instructions for the cereal box/mod podge embossing folders?
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I looked at this one last week..looked really good... it is on Mel Stampz blog...

Homemade Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
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I love Mels blog and she has the most amazing ideas.
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That's a great tutorial. I don't have the patience for all the cutting of teeny shapes so I'll go the bigger shape route. Thanks!
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Stamping 411: Technique Thursday - Embossed Background

I found another one.
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Lindsay, they are gorgeous! Can't wait to view the video (shhh, I'm at work right now).
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Those do look great.... I have a hard time finding folders I think will be versatile enough to buy, so I like these ideas a lot.

I imagine it has already been mentioned, but I saw a card the other day using the metal tape from the hardware store - I think it's for repairing metal ducts or something like that. They stuck it on CS, used an embossing folder on it, then colored it with alcohol inks, ending up with a cool embossed metallic BG. I will see if I can find an example...
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I made my own shimmery watercolors by taking a kids water color pallette with the hardened individual colors of water color and pearl ex. I popped out the individual colors and put them into small containers with lids (originally had brads or small embellies in them). I put about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of water and let them set until the watercolor dissolved completely (takes a while, be patient). Then I scooped about 1/4 t of pearl ex into the watercolor solution and stirred it completely until the pearl ex was dissolved into the watercolor. I set them on a windowsill to dry until the water evaporated. Voila, shimmery watercolors for really inexpensive.
Wonderful idea! What color of Pearl-Ex did you use?
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This is what I want to know as well. What a great idea!
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Wonderful idea! What color of Pearl-Ex did you use?
I used colors that coordinated with the paint I was using. For yellow paint I used gold pearl ex, for purple paint I used purple pearl ex, etc. It intensified the color and made it really sparkle.

Macro pearl worked great in most colors.

Create your own colors by mixing bits of the paint in with other colors. The possibilities are only limited by the number of little containers you have available.
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I never buy colored brads anymore! I just buy the white ones and color them with my Bic Mark-its! It works wonderful and I have all the colors that I need and no left over colors of brads that I never use!!!
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I saw a great video on Gina K's Stamp TV of making your own gold embossed paper for a bottom layer. She rubbed Versamark around the edge for about a 1/2" in. Then she sprinkled gold embossing powder on it and use her heat tool to melt it. When she put the layer on top of it no one would know she only embossed the rim on the bottom layer.

A person could use any color of embossing powder to do this technique.
I was looking thru this thread and love all of the great ideas! I have some embossing powder from a friend and seriously need to try this one!
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Her blog is awesome! Have your tried making any of those paper flowers?
I did and they look great on cards!
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My stamp positioner is made of Lego bricks (positioning sheets - another use for that clear packaging plastic!).
No stinkin' way! That is absolute genius!

I'm making one today and then taking this item off my birthday wish list. Thank you so much for the idea!

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Forgot to mention this earlier, but I just used it, so was reminded. Instead of buying a corner ticket punch, I use a circle punch I already owned and turn it upside down so I can see, and stick the card stock in so just 1/4 of the circle is covered and punch. This makes the perfect pie-shaped notch out of the corner. I love the look, but way too cheap to buy a whole punch when I already had what I needed to give the same look.
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I took a class in December, and the instructor had us cut the top and bottom off a soft-drink can and flatten out the center section. Then we ran it through the die-cut machine, cut out a shape and embossed it....painted over it with plain acrylic paint and sanded parts off to distress - VERY cool embellishment!

My office supplies snacks, and they buy the huge cans of mixed nuts....one day I was opening a can and realized the peel-off top was a very nice sheet of aluminium, a bit thinner than a soft-drink can....I've been saving them ever since to make more metal embellies......
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I was looking thru this thread and love all of the great ideas! I have some embossing powder from a friend and seriously need to try this one!
If you don't have EP you could get a similar look with a Krylon leafing pen. Both are great ways to save yet have a great looking project!
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I just thought of something that I don't think has come up yet and that's "mark making" with household stuff instead of stamps.

Bubble wrap is one of my favourites (just ink it up, lay your paper on top and smooth over with the flat of your hand for a great distressed spotty background!) but you can use so many different things as "stamps". Try pressing the lid of something like a hairsrapy cannister into ink or paint for a "coffee cup ring" on your project, ink up leaves and press them onto your projects (I've attached a sample I made a couple of years ago for a "stamping without stamps" challenge - the leaves were "stamped" with real ivy picked from outside my back door and there's actually some bubble wrap stamping on here too, down at bottom left). Inking over the top of something with a sponge is also great for backgrounds (sequin waste is good or my second attached sample was done with the sort of netting bag you get oranges etc in).
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I just thought of something that I don't think has come up yet and that's "mark making" with household stuff instead of stamps.

Bubble wrap is one of my favourites (just ink it up, lay your paper on top and smooth over with the flat of your hand for a great distressed spotty background!) but you can use so many different things as "stamps". Try pressing the lid of something like a hairsrapy cannister into ink or paint for a "coffee cup ring" on your project, ink up leaves and press them onto your projects (I've attached a sample I made a couple of years ago for a "stamping without stamps" challenge - the leaves were "stamped" with real ivy picked from outside my back door and there's actually some bubble wrap stamping on here too, down at bottom left). Inking over the top of something with a sponge is also great for backgrounds (sequin waste is good or my second attached sample was done with the sort of netting bag you get oranges etc in).
Wow! Your cards are amazing!!! I use these very things as well (although not as well as you) and the hairspray lid reminded me of what I used when I needed several circles of various sizes. I raided my DH's washer supply and found just what I needed---they are rubber after all--and attached them to a block of wood. Now I have more than I need and don't bother to mount them all except when I need them.
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Inking over the top of something with a sponge is also great for backgrounds (sequin waste is good or my second attached sample was done with the sort of netting bag you get oranges etc in).
How do you keep the netting bag in place when you ink over it? It seems that it's so stretchy that it would slip out of place.

Thanks - great ideas!
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Those are two awesome cards Joanne!!
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How do you keep the netting bag in place when you ink over it? It seems that it's so stretchy that it would slip out of place.
I tape one edge of my cardstock to my cutting mat then stretch the netting over the top and tape it down (keeping that tape off the cardstock). I keep a roll of cheap masking tape in my craft room for jobs like this. Once you're done inking nad have unstuck everything, just trim the edge of the cardstock that had the tape on to tidy it up. You do need to pounce the ink on rather than rubbing in circular motions to avoid disturbing the net too much. HTH!

Love the washer idea Jeanne!
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I also live in Canada and I got it at Michaels it is 9.99 and use a coupon WalMart also had it but when i went to get more I couldn't find it hope this helps
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I tape one edge of my cardstock to my cutting mat then stretch the netting over the top and tape it down (keeping that tape off the cardstock). I keep a roll of cheap masking tape in my craft room for jobs like this. Once you're done inking nad have unstuck everything, just trim the edge of the cardstock that had the tape on to tidy it up. You do need to pounce the ink on rather than rubbing in circular motions to avoid disturbing the net too much. HTH!

Love the washer idea Jeanne!
When I do this, I use double-sided removable tape on the back of my card to stick it to my work surface. That way I can just remove the card, don't need to trim, and can stick down another piece of card stock for the next inking process.
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Fabulous ideas Joanne! Your cards are stunning! I had never thought to use bubble wrap for cardmaking nor leaves! Amazing what I have sitting in my home that could be so useful - I just need to re-train my brain to think outside the square!
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When I do this, I use double-sided removable tape on the back of my card to stick it to my work surface. That way I can just remove the card, don't need to trim, and can stick down another piece of card stock for the next inking process.
You're much better organised and better disciplined than me! I'm a butterfly crafter for sure - I need to flit from one thing to the next and the chances of me making a stock of pieces using the same process is pretty much zero!
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I am on a strict budget, and very new to card making and stamping. I keep hearing about dimentionals. I know they aren't very expensive, especially with a coupon. Lots of little things are not THAT expensive with a coupon, however they add up quickly at the checkout line.

I decided instead to make do with what I had in the house. I have 1 type of tape glue, and lots of boxes. I cut cardboard into strips, then cut little squares off as I need them. I added a bit of glue to both sides, and once it was in place, I added a little white glue for sturdiness out of sight.

I am sure it is nothing like the real thing, but it worked for me. It gave me the desired effect and didn't cost any extra.
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I am on a strict budget, and very new to card making and stamping. I keep hearing about dimentionals. I know they aren't very expensive, especially with a coupon. Lots of little things are not THAT expensive with a coupon, however they add up quickly at the checkout line.

I decided instead to make do with what I had in the house. I have 1 type of tape glue, and lots of boxes. I cut cardboard into strips, then cut little squares off as I need them. I added a bit of glue to both sides, and once it was in place, I added a little white glue for sturdiness out of sight.

I am sure it is nothing like the real thing, but it worked for me. It gave me the desired effect and didn't cost any extra.
I agree - I often get to the check out and wonder if something is wrong with my math - what the cashier tells me and what I thought the total would be are pretty far apart

I like your idea for dimensionals!!!! I'll try it.

I have a question - there was talk of making one's own glue dots - I'd love to do that - any hints anyone?
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:11 AM   #238
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For dimensionals, I have found double sided foam tape (scotch brand) rolls at the 99 cent store. You can cut it to any length you need. A few rolls goes pretty far.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:17 AM   #239
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I have a question - there was talk of making one's own glue dots - I'd love to do that - any hints anyone?
I considered my attempt at this a success. I used parchment paper instead of wax paper and Arleen's Tack it Over and Over and was happy with the results. In fact, I frequently use these around the house for various tasks. I even used them to mount a fire detector. The held the base in place while I marked, then placed the screws.

I will say that sometimes they are not as sticky as I like. In that case, I use a bit of white glue in the general are after I am done with it. By the time I drop it in the mail, it is very sturdy.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:12 AM   #240
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Just another add on to the usable things for stamping. My husband drinks wine with the cork in the bottle. I found that those corks all have different patterns and I can stamp with em and then toss em.
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