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Old 03-08-2006, 06:10 PM   #1  
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Wow there are a lot of threads !!
I am trying to find one from a few months back that had cost saving tips for stamping things. IE drywall tape for magic mesh.
For the life of me I can't find it again.
Does anyone know which one I am talking about & how I can find it again ???

Thanks !
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Old 03-08-2006, 06:50 PM   #2  
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Arrrggghh, I remember that thread; I loved it & even put in a tip but I just cannot find it! I searched under Frugal Tips & Money Saving Tips but no luck; I checked all my subscriptions & can't find it there either! Hope there's a better detective than me on tonite!
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Old 03-08-2006, 08:29 PM   #3  
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I copied these tips into a word doc awhile ago..maybe this is what you were referring to?? I may have only copied what interested me..hope its helpful.

You can also refill your Versamark pads with straight glycerin. Glycerin is the "magic" ingredient that turns any dye based ink into pigment based ink, and you can get it at any drugstore for about two bucks a bottle.

You can also make your own stamp cleaner - to seven ounces of distilled water, add a dropper full of dish soap and a dropper full of glycerin. You can make a gallon of this for half the cost of what SU! is selling the eight ounce refill for

love using my dental flossing "needle" for pulling ribbon and fibers through my cards.

Take any color brad--I use plain gold because a bought a whole PILE of them really cheap somewhere and have a lot of them...put the end of the prongs in a long handled holder of some type so you don't burn your fingers. Then WITHOUT COATING THE BRAD HEAD WITH EMBOSSING INK, just blast the head of the brad with your heat tool for about 15-20 seconds--enough time to really heat it up. Then immediately dip the head into any embossing powder. The powder will stick to the head of the brad. Blast the brad again to melt the embossing powder. Viola--custom colored brads! You can re-heat the brad, dunk in EP again, and heat again for a thicker layer. Works great for me!

use cheap coffee filters for when I am embossing rather than using a sheet of paper folded in half. The thing that is cool about using the coffee filter is that the powder doesn't stick and all you have to do to get it back into the container is to kind of squish it and dump the powder back in.

Keep a baby wipe handy when mounting stamps - they degunk the scissors easily.
2. Use the brayer to evenly ink up background stamps.
3. Use a yellow crayon instead of white on glossy when doing resist - it shows up and you can see where you've used it.
4. I also love the 1/16" hole punch as a silent eyelet setter.
5. 2/3 stamping mist to 1/3 water does teh same cleaning job and makes your mist last a lot longer.

1. Instead of using gold or silver cardstock to layer, take a gold krylon pen and, with the cardstock face up on top of scrap paper, draw a border around the cardstock. After a couple of tries, you will have near perfect gold borders.

2. For colored embossing, stamp a stamp with versamark ink, then stamp into a dye ink pad. Emboss with clear embossing powder. Won't be as vibrant as craft ink, but works.

3. Use a sheet of a catalogue or a magazine (shiny paper); fold with a sharp crease and use as a bottom layer for embossing. The embossing powder will slide right back into the jar when done.
2. Drywall tape works wonderfully as a substitute for magic mesh (has a sticky side too) and can be colored easily by placing it face down onto a sheet of scrap paper or waxed paper, then rubbing the ink over top (chalk inks work really well). Someone on an earlier thread even tried spray painting some gold (I think I'd try the painty pens first).

Stamp your image you are going to watercolor onto the cardstock. Lightly spray with Krylon Matte Spray (available with sealers and spray paints). It will dry in seconds. (best to shake the can for 30 seconds before you spray! as per instructions on the can)

The matte spray makes any ink waterproof (navy, gray, brown, etc.) and lightly coats the paper so the watercolors blend effortlessly.

You can watercolor with any medium - aquapainters, blender pens, paintbrushes, etc.

Because the paper is coated, it won't soak up the water as fast, won't curl and won't "pill."
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:31 AM   #4  
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There is one thread that is just titled Favorite Tip. It has a LOT of great ideas.

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