Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
Q: Kim asked: "I have some glossy card stock, I have tried to seam this for cards, but when folded the edge frays and shows breaks. I have tried my score board and other scoring techniques to no avail. Can this kind of card stock be used for cards or just backing?"
A: All cardstock has a grain and will crack if you fold it the wrong direction. I just grabbed a piece of SU glossy and tried folding it (without scoring) and it folded great - neat fold, no cracking. Then I tried folding it in the opposite direction and it looked horrible. So you just need to find which way the grain of your cardstock runs, and then fold it the correct way and you should be fine. Thanks for the question - I had honestly never tried this before.
Feedback From Past Tutorials
Gabby has a few tips for the Die Cut Stamps tutorial: "I have been using fun foam to make stamps from my dies for years. If I may, I would like to share a few things I've learned. First, to make them cling mount, I apply two or three coats of Alene's Tack It Over and Over™ glue on the backs. It is kind of messy so I use disposable, foam brushes, which often go on sale at my local craft store 10 for $1. I let the glue thoroughly dry, then store in plastic cases. If/when the glue becomes less tacky, I just add another coat or two of the glue. If I want to cut and use them right away, I use two-sided, temporary tape, such as Scotch™ brand.
To clean my foam stamps, I stamp them off on scratch paper, then mist them with water and wipe with a "stamp" rag. (I have a stash of stamp rags which I specifically use to only clean my stamps.) It's great to expand your stamp collection with die-cut fun foam stamps.
Another good thing, is that I can buy 20 thin foam sheets (which I prefer to thicker foam) for just $1 at my local $1 store. It's economical to cut duplicates, if need be. (Like, for example, if one absorbs so much ink that you can't get clean all of the ink off, which sometimes happens, especially w/dark or bright colors.) "