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Old 08-21-2008, 03:04 PM   #1
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I currently have a light box I am not using and before I sell it I am wondering if there are good reasons I should keep it. I have some brass stencils I have used with it in the past but not recently. Does the Cuttlebug work just as well or better with the stencils? Are there other uses for the light box?

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I sometimes use the lightbox for tracing. I believe that the hand tracing of the stencils looks better than the cuttlebug version but that may be because I haven't practiced (with the CB) a whole lot.
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A light box also comes in handy when using stencil paste with the stencils.
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A light box also comes in handy when using stencil paste with the stencils.
I have never used the stencil paste. Why do you need a light box to use it?
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I use stencil paste quite often and I would also like to know the benefit of using a light box. Frankly, since the paste is messy and can be hard to remove, I wouldn't want to get paste on my light box.
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I use my brass stencils with my Sizzix machine. With Stampin Up selling the new big shot it will work with embossing dies and other brands of dies. I love embossing with it. Turn the handle and presto! You are done and it always looks great!
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ok - sorry for the hijack, but how do you use brass stencils in your Sizzix. I have one, but I'm not sure how it would work without also having the opposite (negative?) image to push the paper into the stencil.


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You have to purchase an embossing Sizzix folder. The stencil goes inside with your paper. You can purchase the brass stencils already in the folders or you can purchase plain embossing folders for your own stencils. I hated embossing until this came along.
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postmark- where would one find and empy embosing folder Thanks
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I use my lightbox to help with patterned background stamping with smaller stamps. I create a grid (with Microsoft word - but you could use graph paper) and then use it under my cardstock on a light box to help with spacing. Here is a tutorial on my blog:

http://cathystclair.blogspot.com/200...new-again.html

Don't know if this helps - but it is another use for the light box.
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I use my lightbox to help with patterned background stamping with smaller stamps. I create a grid (with Microsoft word - but you could use graph paper) and then use it under my cardstock on a light box to help with spacing. Here is a tutorial on my blog:

http://cathystclair.blogspot.com/200...new-again.html

Don't know if this helps - but it is another use for the light box.
Thanks! It does help! I am eager to know all the good uses for the light box. I will check out your tutorial.
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I use mine for the things above, and it also has come in handy for various school projects (if you have kids...). I love it when I can use my craft stuff for school projects and "justify" it!
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I appreciate all the input so far. Anyone else want to add your 2 cents? Please?!
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try www.sizzix.com or ebay
I will bet money that stampin up will be selling them soon also.
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MomOfgirls- Cathy?
That is a great use of the lightbox, using a grid for making a background pattern,thanks so much for the link to your blog.
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I use my lightbox to help with patterned background stamping with smaller stamps. I create a grid (with Microsoft word - but you could use graph paper) and then use it under my cardstock on a light box to help with spacing. Here is a tutorial on my blog:

http://cathystclair.blogspot.com/200...new-again.html

Don't know if this helps - but it is another use for the light box.
Wow, thanks for the tutorial! I love making my own stamped backgrounds, and this will make it much more enjoyable. Thanks!

By the way, I made my own lightbox. Cost me a grand total of $1, LOL. It works just as good as the ones my friends bought.

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You are welcome. So glad the tutorial was helpful.

Another thing that is fun is using the grid to make pokadot paper by inking a clean new pencil eraser to make the dots.
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I use mine when I find a design that want to include on a card. Especially out of Stamping Up catalogs. I just blow them up on my printer to the size I want to use, take them to the light box, copy them on the card stock, color them, cut them out and I have a wonderful embellishment.
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Another thing that is fun is using the grid to make pokadot paper by inking a clean new pencil eraser to make the dots.
Thanks for sharing your tutorial...very helpful!
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Using the lightbox, you can also combine stencils. Ex. Emboss a plain vase and them emboss small details of a design inside the vase.
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My sister gave me her light box that she no longer was using. I use it to print verses for the inside of my cards. I type what I want to say on my computer, using the fonts, sizes and color I want and print it off on regular copy paper. Then place that on the light box, line up the cardstock (that I'm using for the inside of my card) over what I printed and tape it with a couple of pieces of removable tape, being careful not to tape over the words. I put that in the paper tray of my printer, click "print" and print off my inside verse!
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Dianna, I'm confused, do you leave the message taped to your card and put the card in your paper tray and print the message from your computer? Isn't it just printing on your regular paper again. I think I missed something. I love the idea, can you explain further.
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Let's see if I can explain a little clearer: type your message in your word program and print it on regular paper. Take that paper and place it on the light box (if it's during the day, I put it in front of a window so it shows up better). Take the cardstock that you're using for the inside of your card, and tape it over what you just printed - make sure it's spaced evenly and straight, etc. Use removable tape. Then send that back through the printer - it will be the page you printed first-- with your cardstock taped to the top of it. I guess with most printers you put it in your paper tray upside down - that may be something you need to experiment with first if you aren't sure. If you have any problems feel free to ask me - or PM me. Good luck - I love it! I hardly ever stamp the inside of a card anymore. By doing it this way, you have so many more options for your card verses.
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Dianna,

I'm still confused. Not at home right now to check it out, so I might get back with you. I can see the possibilities of it though.
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You're basically printing the same text in the same place twice - the second time you've just placed your card stock on top of the previously printed page. Like I said, any questions, just let me know! It will be worth it once it all comes together!
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OK, I finally got it. You are using the original printed page to align your CS, if you are using a smaller piece of CS. I kept thinking you were using an 81/2by11 CS. If that was the case, why tape the CS on the original. Boy some days I really need a brain transfusion. Thanks for your help.
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OK, I finally got it. You are using the original printed page to align your CS, if you are using a smaller piece of CS. I kept thinking you were using an 81/2by11 CS. If that was the case, why tape the CS on the original. Boy some days I really need a brain transfusion. Thanks for your help.
That's right! Sorry I didn't clarify the size of the CS. Let me know how you like it - it really opens up a lot of possibilities for card verses -- and there are lots of sites online where you can find verses.
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I really like this method, you right it was quick and easy. I could use some recommendations for places to get verse ideas. I had a place bookmarked and then my computer lost its mind and I lost all of my bookmarks. If you have a few at your fingertips I would appreciate it if you could point me in their direction
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I had a light box and I never liked the darn thing. I think you should just get rid of it because the brass stencils can be used with embossing/die machines such as cuttlebug.
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Here's a thread I found on SCS:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...ht=card+verses

and here are a few from the internet:
http://pages.prodigy.net/rubyburns/verses.html
http://scrapbooking.about.com/gi/dyn...ts=0&zu=http%3
A//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lane/2470/lslists.htm

Let me know if those links don't work - I'm never sure about them! Good luck.
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Dianna, I think I understand what you are doing, but I am not clear the part that the light box plays. Can you see through the cardstock to the sentiment below it? Why do you need to have a light box for this procedure? Also, do you have any trouble running the 2 sheets of paper together through the printer?

Sorry to be dense! I really like your idea and want to understand it more completely so I can try it too!

Thanks for your ideas and input everyone! Keep the input coming, please!
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Sorry to be dense! I really like your idea and want to understand it more completely so I can try it too!

Thanks for your ideas and input everyone! Keep the input coming, please!
The light box enables you to see your originally printed text under the card stock so you can line up the CS that you're printing the verse on. Since I only use white or off white for the inside of my cards, I don't have any problems seeing through the CS. My light box doesn't do me much good during the day (my room is too bright) so I just hold the page up to a window and tape the card stock over it. I'm sure someone else could probably do a much better job of explaining this: too bad I can't make a video!
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Let's see if I can explain a little clearer: type your message in your word program and print it on regular paper. Take that paper and place it on the light box (if it's during the day, I put it in front of a window so it shows up better). Take the cardstock that you're using for the inside of your card, and tape it over what you just printed - make sure it's spaced evenly and straight, etc. Use removable tape. Then send that back through the printer - it will be the page you printed first-- with your cardstock taped to the top of it. I guess with most printers you put it in your paper tray upside down - that may be something you need to experiment with first if you aren't sure. If you have any problems feel free to ask me - or PM me. Good luck - I love it! I hardly ever stamp the inside of a card anymore. By doing it this way, you have so many more options for your card verses.
I think I understand. Correct me if I am wrong. By doing this, you know exactly where it will be placed on your cardstock, so that it doesn't run off one side of the card, or go in the fold, or something. It saves you from ruining the cardstock.
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I think I understand. Correct me if I am wrong. By doing this, you know exactly where it will be placed on your cardstock, so that it doesn't run off one side of the card, or go in the fold, or something. It saves you from ruining the cardstock.
This enables you to center your typed verse on your inside sheet of the card. My printer doesn't give me any problems printing the regular paper with the card stock taped on top. I just make sure to tape the CS down really well.
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