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Old 02-18-2019, 11:20 AM   #41
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Shaving cream technique, I have never done because it looks messy.

No line coloring, gave up on that one.

Foiling is almost always too much trouble!

I used to shy away from heat embossing just because I didn’t have a plug near my craft area and so I had to take everything into another room. I moved my craft area so I don’t have that problem anymore.

For the strays, I either stamp in black Versafine and then emboss in clear. And also, now I use an embossing buddy instead of the powder tool and find that works better for me and I have less strays.


I also noticed that big name crafters, now that they have such awesome cameras, you can see that they also often have stray powder on their cards, and the cards are still lovely. If they can get away with that, so can I!
I have to laugh. We're all so different! I absolutely love the shaving cream technique, I foil all the time (best thing I ever bought for the craft room- that MINC!). I love fine detail coloring, too- see this card:
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I haven't done anything with a gel plate (haven't made one yet), haven't tried anything textural (haven't bought any paste type things), and I never pull out eyelets anymore (I think I'm over eyelets).
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I have to laugh. We're all so different! I absolutely love the shaving cream technique, I foil all the time (best thing I ever bought for the craft room- that MINC!). I love fine detail coloring, too- see this card:
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I haven't done anything with a gel plate (haven't made one yet), haven't tried anything textural (haven't bought any paste type things), and I never pull out eyelets anymore (I think I'm over eyelets).
Your coloring is gorgeous. Whenever I read about someone (and there are tons) stamping images ahead of time to color when on a trip or loving coloring books, I think never. Relaxing for some; not me.

I have to color many small, detailed images for a large project for my 94-year-old m-i-l, and have procrastinated since January. Copics and and Prisma are fine - I just would rather not. (I do love watercolors and some other water based mediums and could alcohol ink ‘til the cows came home.)

You might love geli plate mono-printing. I use Geli Arts plates, but not often because there’s more prep and clean-up than with stamping and I’m lazy. It’s done in the kitchen for print drying space, and better on the stainless steel table over tile floors with a stainless steel sink than in my craft room/office. But I love it once I get going - for backgrounds and die cuts, and the amazing color and pattern surprises.
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Beth, you made me laugh - thanks! So, here's another thought that came up while I was reading, ironically enough spurred by Beth's comment on coloring, lol!

I recently inquired about Copics vs other types of alcohol markers with the intent of replacing my Spectrums. I spent HOURS researching color blending groups, whittling and refining the list, loading up a cart at Carpe Diem because of their amazing sale and...backed off and bought nothing.

I realized that it wasn't so much my frustration with Spectrum markers especially, it's that I enjoy colored pencils and watercolors so much more that it didn't seem worth the investment to buy more of what I don't love most. The Spectrums and Sharpies and Bics will be fine for when I want alcohol markers, especially because of some info that I came across recently.

I am a huge Mary Engelbreit fan (she has my dream job/career) and she does her illustrations with a marker base and colored pencil shading. Eureka! My "sweet spot" of coloring mediums! It would make more sense (and be cheaper) to expand my range in colored pencils rather than markers, so I'm re-gearing.

All of which is to say - thank goodness that there's "something for everybody", and we can experiment and play and find what we love and what we don't and (at least, here on SCS) there's no judgement or right or wrong. Craft on, and God bless us, every one!
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Alcohol inks. Mine always look like crime scenes or chemical spills.
Thank you for my morning laugh. I almost spewed my coffee.

I stay away from acrylic pouring. I tried it once. Talk about looking like a chemical spill! It went everywhere. Even the dog wasn't safe. And the result was a bluish-brown mess. I might try it again using a kit that has all the materials included. I don't think it's my thing, though. Too much preparation for me to enjoy it.
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No line coloring. No matter how much I've tried, it just doesn't look good and into the trash it goes!!!
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Thank you for my morning laugh. I almost spewed my coffee.

I stay away from acrylic pouring. I tried it once. Talk about looking like a chemical spill! It went everywhere. Even the dog wasn't safe. And the result was a bluish-brown mess. I might try it again using a kit that has all the materials included. I don't think it's my thing, though. Too much preparation for me to enjoy it.
Me too. When I have time and energy in the same moments to craft, little if any preparation is taking place.
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Great thread! I have a few too..

Pop-up box cards - I tried once and failed and decided they are just not for me.

No-line coloring. Same as above!

Gelli plate - I've used mine a few times, but I feel like it's too much of a hassle, I really do want to get it out though to try again.

Dies that match stamps - I find it much easier to just fussy cut, than mess around with tiny dies. I do like frame or embellishment dies, but really don't use them that much either.
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Great thread! I have a few too..

Pop-up box cards - I tried once and failed and decided they are just not for me.

No-line coloring. Same as above!

Gelli plate - I've used mine a few times, but I feel like it's too much of a hassle, I really do want to get it out though to try again.

Dies that match stamps - I find it much easier to just fussy cut, than mess around with tiny dies. I do like frame or embellishment dies, but really don't use them that much either.

There is a wonderful pop-up box card tutorial right here and there are so many companies that make box dies. It is all about patience with assembly!

I tried the Gelli plate once at a demo and I just didn't get excited about it.
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I was gifted a gelli plate and did give it a go a couple times---even following several YouTube videos, but the results were way less than stellar. I do love making my own backgrounds, but don't think this is for me. Spend a half a day and got nothing of use.
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I love gelli plating but it takes a little prep, and more clean-up than stamping. I wonder if I’d enjoy it if I had had to learn on my own. I was the only student in a class given by a local instructor with decades of art and papercrafting experience.

And spending spent hours - not all at once! - watching Patti Parrish gelli plate videos helped. She took the technique to a whole other level, and it was monkey see monkey do, copying her stencil/paper sandwiches, though with different stencils and Art Foamies.
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Zentangling stresses me out too.
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I rarely use heat embossing anymore. I had been using it on every card I made. I put the cards in cello bags, where the entire card can be opened to see the inside. I sell them at craft fairs. I noticed that as people looked at the cards, the embossing seemed to be wearing off. What once had been a crisp image, became blurred as the embossing bits strayed onto the white area. I have stopped doing heat embossing totally because I can't figure out how to have the cards able to open, but no wear off the embossing. sigh
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This is probably a silly question, but is the embossing powder all the way melted? I’d noticed some people have a lighter touch - are a little gentler when applying heat, so the powder may still feel just a tiny bit gritty. That will rub off. And some heat tools don’t get quite hot enough for my liking, or take much longer than the Wagner, so powder may not melt 100%.

Or some powders are higher quality than others. I don’t remember the brand but I had one powder that just would not completely melt. I tossed it instead of donating/giving it away figuring it would be a problem someone else wouldn’t need.

But like I said, most likely a silly question. Your cards get much heavier handling than most!
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Yep! Repetition in general stresses me out, and that's pretty much the definition of this particular technique...
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I don't always get a chance to check in here, but it is fun to come back and see the discussions everyone is having while I'm away.

I noticed people mentioning other techniques I steer away from like gelli plates, alcohol inks, and foil. I have mainly stayed away from these because it is something I don't know if I'd like and I don't want to invest the money if I won't use it. I should find a class and try it out in person to see if I like it. I just never seem to find the time.

I also steer away from messy things like shaving cream and glitter. I hate the mess.

I've never tried pop up cards (any kind of folded card really) or shaker cards because I don't have confidence in my ability to pull it off. I've watched videos, but I still shy away. I think these are some other techniques I'd like to try in an in person class before I try them.

Thank you to everyone who has responded to my thread. I've really enjoyed reading them.
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I do have to share that I have gotten over my fear of foiling, and even get to play every month with the Spellbinders glimmer hot foil kits! A little learning curve, but I'm over here foiling all the things now. So yay!
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I do have to share that I have gotten over my fear of foiling, and even get to play every month with the Spellbinders glimmer hot foil kits! A little learning curve, but I'm over here foiling all the things now. So yay!

I'm NUTS about foiling! Absolutely love it!!! Foiling looks SO professional.
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I was never ever going to jump into alcohol markers, but tried a few SU alcohol markers at a stamp camp and really liked them. I use for simple coloring touches.....no fussy time consuming shading. Simple to store and not a mess to clean up.
Interesting to hear about embossing powder possibly wearing off. Depending on what color or type of powder, my results can be like wow or OW! I can make a mess trying over and over. It is a great technique to somewhat reign in my watercoloring. (If I want an easy watercolor affect, markers applied directly to PB brushstroke stamps is awesome).
I’m doing less and less wet embossing.
All the techniques with Yupo and alcohol inks.... not for me.
No more paste smeared over stencils. Card-stock got droopy. I’m sure it was my ineptness with the sparkly paste.
I’ll continue to just keep it simple. Makes me happier.
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On the subject of acrylic pours....my neighbor does it professionally, so she invites me over to have some fun.
Eeks......the supplies go on and on. Everything has paint stuck all over it.....Including me! I’ve done some fantastic acrylic pours on canvas with different techniques. I did not realize you could wash the paint off the canvas and re use.
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You are going to think I am CRAZY....but I stay away from dies! All of them! Ha...I said it!!! I got a ScanNCut a couple years back as a gift and I sold, a gave away all of my dies and do not buy any more!!! I have zero. I love my ScanNCut! It is amazing and fun! The biggest pro is all the extra craft ca$h I have to spend!!! When I do make a crafty purchase, I feel like I get so much more for my buck, without a matching die set.


I have always been fascinated by the ScanNCut machine. I have 3 cricuts and use them with the cartridges (Baby Bug, 'regular" Expression, and the Special Anniv Edition with 4 built in carts). Back when Cricut first came out and replaced those huge dies, I said I'd never buy those. I bought a Cuttlebug when they first came out since those dies were the thin ones, but just could not crank the darn machine. Went back to my Cricuts.. then bought the Gemini Jr. LOVE it. Now, I started buying the dies again, and have tons. Some are pricey too. They do take up a lot of room but the cuts are perfect.. but I miss being able to size something like I can do on the Cricuts. I can see where the ScanNCut would eliminate the need for all the newest dies.

I do the embossing on and off. I used to use it for all my sentiments, but now that I have the Gemini Jr I purchased a lot of dies for sentiments. Now, I only emboss with the powder and ink occasionally. Over the years I have learned people don't see the little imperfections at all and marvel at any handcrafted card. After all: they are handcrafted for 'pleasure'. The more cards I make the easier it is to oversee anything that isn't perfect. I just enjoy making cards.

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I generally avoid masking, unless it's something very very simple like masking an image to ink blend around it. Typically it is too time-consuming for me to layer a bunch of stamped images.
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I've never been a fan of traditional dies or stamping. I much prefer to go the digital route, ie., Cricut Maker for cuts & digital stamps/art that I make myself. I recently got an iPad + Apple pencil, and that has opened up a whole new world for me, when it comes to creating illustrations and svgs for my cards. Best purchase I have EVER made.

Shaker cards & pop-up cards (including pop-up box cards) are probably my favorite type to make. I love ANY sort of unique or 'fancy fold' type of card. I am always searching for ideas for new (to me) pop-up mechanisms, or folds.
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How did I miss this thread? Great topic. Thanks!!

I too passed through the heat embossing portal into card world. I love it, I have a lot of it. Black is a misery generally for no known good reason for many people. It strays like mad. What a great comment about the new cameras and seeing the blogger's issues!!! One day one of them was talking about avoiding the divots in heat embossing and yet-she still had a ton. Which makes me wonder if maybe I expect too much.

So far, alcohol marker coloring is my downfall. I have been shown/tried repeatedly etc and it just never goes well, so once the spectrums I have give out I too will likely stick with sharpies and bics and pencil highlight-I haven't done that last bit yet. I have tried coloring on copic friendly paper. I may try a beginner class before I totally throw in the towel. Copics are out of the question for me. WAY too expensive...last I looked a couple years ago the full set was like 1600 here. Art students here are expected to get those too! What??? Oh no. And before reinkers...even if I only got 1/2-that's 800, or 1/4 that's 400...I just cant, and honestly dont even want to.

And I dont care for "full on" mixed media. I used to just say mixed media till people pointed out that technically the minute I use more than one product, it is mixed.

I got the sandwich plastic things I saw people blogging with for the main heat embossing colors (clear, white, black, metals) and it makes a huge difference in the mess dept. Esp if you have a slight tremble. Also using the coffee filters-it keeps it corralled but also releases easily back into the jar.

I too am shocked Dini does not like heat embossing. One of the Masters of the universe! But there you go...no one is ever going to like everything. So I am glad there is something for her as an example for others.

Crime scene-omg..I almost just ruined my laptop with my tea! Maybe try sticking to one color group first like shades of green so you cant get mud...don't get hung up on the incredible stuff out there...some people are just huge artists. Most of us are just making dots and blobs. Oh excuse me-I think they are called "cells".

For making masks-if you have the matching die you can use that. Sometimes people don't think of that.

It is interesting about heat embossing-people either love it or hate it. Not seeing up the middles.

For people who don't like the fancy folds...would you work with a pre-made one? So you don't have to make it? They have those. I find they tend to be thin but then again we tend to layer on them anyway.
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