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Old 05-30-2008, 09:47 PM   #1  
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so i have the powder pals, but im having problems with the glitter or EP sticking to it, making cleanup a disaster.
is there a trick i dont know about to not have the stuff stick to it??
as it stands now, im better off using a piece of paper and funneling it back in the containter......
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I thought I read that you can take a dryer sheet and rub it over the tray, or if you have the embossing buddy, maybe that would work too. hth
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I usually run a dryer sheet over mine.
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I have one of those things to - I think it's a different brand - and I'm not having much luck with it. I did run my embossing buddy over it and it didn't seem to help much. I saw someone on a tutuorial use a brush to brush the powder out. I tried that too and there is still some lingering powder. The last time I used it was with black EP. Then I wanted to use white EP so I used paper so that I wouldn't get black in with my white powder. I hope maybe someone here will have the perfect solution for me.
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I use a coffee filter, works great.
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That's why I don't bother with the trays anymore - I just use a sheet of scratch paper!
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Try washing it with soap and water. Then dry it with a paper towel. This also works for acetate when making shaker cards!
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I find coffe filters are perfect for embossing powders!
Yet, is the question really when you get embossing powder stuck where you don't want it on the card?
Once that happens, it's because of the ink/versamark stamp or glue. I don't know how to remove that, but I do swipe away extra powder with a small stiff brush I think I stole out of my hubbie's new shaver!! It's small enough to swipe off a clean line of powder where I don't want it.
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I have this problem too, so I started using some square tuppermaid-style containers for my most commonly used embossing powders. This way I can just hold the paper over the containers as I sprinkle on the powder, and shake any excess into the container. With the powder pal, I was having to clean the tray in between each powder because it wouldn't go back into the little jar - it was a pain!
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I have this problem too, so I started using some square tuppermaid-style containers for my most commonly used embossing powders. This way I can just hold the paper over the containers as I sprinkle on the powder, and shake any excess into the container. With the powder pal, I was having to clean the tray in between each powder because it wouldn't go back into the little jar - it was a pain!

this was my next idea, i started doing that with my dazzling diamonds so i may do that with the EP i use the most...... great idea.........
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I find myself just using scrap paper more often than the pan.

When I do you the pan, I wipe the residue out with a swiffer pad. I have several in my work space that I have cut in half to use to clean up glitter, ep, etc.
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I have this problem too, so I started using some square tuppermaid-style containers for my most commonly used embossing powders. This way I can just hold the paper over the containers as I sprinkle on the powder, and shake any excess into the container. With the powder pal, I was having to clean the tray in between each powder because it wouldn't go back into the little jar - it was a pain!
That is what I do also. I got the idea from the local stamp store when they were showing me the glue pad a few months ago.

I have the trays and did every suggestion possible and still have problems with static. So now they just collect dust. Maybe I can use the dust for a new technique.
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When I use my tray, I have to use a brush to get all the powders into the funnel and back into the bottle. After I do this, I rinse it off and dry it if I'm going to be using another colour of embossing powder. Sometimes I find it much easier just to use a paper folded in half, seems quicker.
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I don't use the trays anymore! I bought them off E-bay and now know why someone else sold them! The idea is great but the execution--not so much. I bring home green-bar computer printout paper from work to use. Luckily for me, the printer wastes several sheets of paper between reports, so I have a huge stack of paper to use. I always fold it in half before I begin and the crease makes it so easy to pour back in the jar. Then just toss the paper out!
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I have this problem too, so I started using some square tuppermaid-style containers for my most commonly used embossing powders. This way I can just hold the paper over the containers as I sprinkle on the powder, and shake any excess into the container. With the powder pal, I was having to clean the tray in between each powder because it wouldn't go back into the little jar - it was a pain!
I use this method also. I just trimmed down a plastic spoon to fit in the container. I waste very little powder this way. It's one of the best ideas ever!
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I use a piece of cheap CS for embossing - inexpensive, and nothing sticks to it!
I have the powder pals but I use them for beading!
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Small ice cream spoons work great in the containers. Ask me how I've managed to accumulate so many, ha! Just as I don't need much of an excuse to go to the stamp store, I don't need an excuse to go to Baskin Robbins either.
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I have the SAME problem, and I thought it was just me! I tried wiping it first with a dryer sheet and that did not help. Brushing it out helps but doesn't get every crumb. The only way to really clean it is to wash it out, and that's a pain every time. So now I use a sheet a paper, and I just hold it over the powder pal while putting the ep back in the jar, because some of it always spills over and I want to keep it off my desktop (and I still manage to get some on there, anyway, guess I'm "ep challenged!"). Sometimes I use it if I'm doing a lot of embossing with the same or similar colors.
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I have had problems with the embossing buddy itself - it leaves a residue on the powder pal. It is then hard to clean up the powder pal. Am I doing something wrong with the embossing buddy?
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I don't care for the embossing tray that I have either - I use notebook paper I always end up botching the return to the container with the tray
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I prefer using a swiffer type cloth as opposed to a dryer sheet. It picks up more. However, for my common powders and glitter, I use the plastic container and spoon method - it stays where it should and is easy to use. I also waste less.

I only use my trays for those "rarely used" powders.
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Whew! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one having a problem with the tray....I've given up and gone back to using a piece of paper. Wish I could get my $$ back....then I could spend it on stamps, or embellishments, or, or or.....
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I use the small paper plates from the Dollar store. I try to get the ones w/a waxy type of coating on them rather than just thin paper ones. This works great and they bend real easy for putting the powder back into the small jars. I usually use one for each color. I was planning on getting the small containers for the frequently used EP's like black, white and clear. I don't have a need for such large jars of the less common colors & I think they would get lost in a square container. Just a suggestion!
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Actually I don't like the trays from SU, they seem to have a lot of static that cause the powder to stick. My sister has a cheap blue tray she got from Michael's many years ago that works so much better.
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When I tried the scratch and sniff technique, I mixed the EP and jello in old SU stamp containers so I could keep it. They worked well 'cause they're shallow. I'm thinking about doing this with some of my plain EP, too, because the trays drive me batty.
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Actually I don't like the trays from SU, they seem to have a lot of static that cause the powder to stick. My sister has a cheap blue tray she got from Michael's many years ago that works so much better.
I have the blue one too, but mine doesn't work well at all--everything sticks! I use a piece of scratch paper.
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I use the small paper plates from the Dollar store. I try to get the ones w/a waxy type of coating on them rather than just thin paper ones. This works great and they bend real easy for putting the powder back into the small jars. I usually use one for each color. I was planning on getting the small containers for the frequently used EP's like black, white and clear. I don't have a need for such large jars of the less common colors & I think they would get lost in a square container. Just a suggestion!
I also use 7 inch waxy coated paper plates. I then put the plate into a ziploc bag and write on the bag what color/type of EP I used on that particular plate. I also write on every plate "Don't forget the embossing buddy!" I always used to forget it, but now that it is on every plate I use, I remember it more. All the plates get stacked on their sides in their ziploc bag in a shoe box for storage. Works great!

I originally was putting the jar of EP in with the plate, but it was making a mess of my jars, so they are stored separately in the drawer.
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I have a tray I bought at Michaels. I have no problems whatsoever. All I do is tap the back of the tray with a pencil and one of those eraser tips that we used to use back in grade school and it doesn't hurt the surface at all. Works great for me.
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You might try using the glossy ads, like in the Sunday newspaper. They are kind of slick (meaning slippery-ish), so the ep or whatever slides back into your little jar pretty easily.
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I have one of the blue trays from Michaels as well as SU!'s tray--I still get the cling-ons!

I am also making the switch (one powder at a time!) to plastic containers. Better than paper--if, like me, you emboss several things at once and use several different powder jars, you either have to get a different piece of paper for each, or else you get a little residue of each color on your paper--when you go to pour the excess from the second color back in the jar, some of the powder from the first color (that stuck to the paper instead of going back in ITS jar) goes with it...

I also have cut open my embossing buddy and put the powder in a plastic tub--rub it over the card front first. Got that tip from the folks at Powder Keg Embossing Powders when they were at my LSS.
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I've got the blue Michael's ones and they work great for me. I always keep a roll of dryer sheets at my craft desk and use them in place of the embossing buddy on my paper and to wipe out my trays (I don't use a new one each time, I've had the same roll for about 2 years). Before using the dryer sheets I had a terrible time trying to get all the powder out of the tray. Now it's an absolute breeze. I do keep a cheap paint brush with the trays to brush out the excess powder. Tapping did get all the powder off the tray... but got it all over me instead of back in the jar!!
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I have no problem cleaning the Powder pals with baby wipes. Works for me !!!
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I had the same problem so I just use a piece of paper, too. I traded my Powder Pals about a year ago ... I hope she had better luck with it!
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