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Old 07-12-2020, 06:04 PM   #1
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I have some foil card stock from Create and Craft which is curling. How can I flatten it and also prevent this from happening again?<<>>

I am also wondering what to use to make a black die cut shine like patent leather?<<>>

I would appreciate all the help I can get from all you crafty ladies regarding these problems !!!
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Too bad about the curly cardstock, I've never had that happen. I recommend a sturdy sandwich -- two pieces of cardboard with paper inbetween, held together with two rubber bands.
For the die cut, try covering the entire die cut with clear embossing ink then emboss with clear powder. Repeat if you want a thicker coating.
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Or you could cover the die cut with Glossy Accents?
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For the patent leather look, check out Lydia's tutorial on faux heat embossing! Packing tape!

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Is it arching like it had been cut from a roll? or more than that?
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What brand of paper is that?

Flattening it I would put a bunch of books on it and leave it a week.
Is the storage area humid? That might do it to paper. If yes, I might get one of those buckets you leave on the floor that takes humidity out of the air. Cheaper than a machine esp if you just have to get through a couple months of the year/no noise....provided you don't have pets in which case put it up somewhere... If it is in a drawer you could use those little packs that come with medicine/vitamins to keep them dry. Toss 1-2 in there.

Long term...if it is just one kind and you have others...store the other flat ones on top maybe?
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The foil cardstock should be ok if you use a good strong adhesive to stick it down. Some of mine is a little curled, it was like it when I bought it, but it sticks down flat ok with double sided tape.

As for the black patent looks how about cutting from black cardstock and adding a layer or two of clear embossing powder, or maybe a layer of glossy accents
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I have the same problem with a pad of foil cardstock I recently bought. I let it sit on a counter under a stack of books for a week, and it flattened slightly. I am thinking that when I cut the individual pages to card size and adhere them to a project, the problem will be solved. I live in Las Vegas, and this is definitely, in this case, not caused by humidity.
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Too bad about the curly cardstock, I've never had that happen. I recommend a sturdy sandwich -- two pieces of cardboard with paper inbetween, held together with two rubber bands.
For the die cut, try covering the entire die cut with clear embossing ink then emboss with clear powder. Repeat if you want a thicker coating.
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The sturdy sandwich idea sounds interesting -- except I don't think I have rubber bands that wide to go around A4 paper.

I forgot to mention that the die cut is quite large 7 in. x 2 1/2 quite detailed and there are 2 of them. So clear embossing would probably be a last resort especially if I want to make several. But thanks for your input!

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Thanks for this suggestion, but my die cut x 2 is too large for this type of application.
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For the patent leather look, check out Lydia's tutorial on faux heat embossing! Packing tape!

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I just watched that tutorial and that is just a wonderful and low cost application to get that shiny look. Thanks so much! I will definitely be trying this on my project.
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What brand of paper is that?

Flattening it I would put a bunch of books on it and leave it a week.
Is the storage area humid? That might do it to paper. If yes, I might get one of those buckets you leave on the floor that takes humidity out of the air. Cheaper than a machine esp if you just have to get through a couple months of the year/no noise....provided you don't have pets in which case put it up somewhere... If it is in a drawer you could use those little packs that come with medicine/vitamins to keep them dry. Toss 1-2 in there.

Long term...if it is just one kind and you have others...store the other flat ones on top maybe?




I don't think that humidity is the problem, but I will try the little packets once I get the paper flattened (just in case humidity is too much) I will try putting a heavy weight on top to flatten them. Thanks for your advice!

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Yes, exactly like that! A very big roll -- maybe 8 in. diameter?
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Glossy or black mirror card (I think Ranger do one described as mirror card and it's GORGEOUS) would be another option for your patent leather look. It's not easy for me to come by here but I got a back of black glossy to use for background techniques, and it's great. The packing tape works well too, I've used that in the past and liked the suggestions on the tutorial page to use clear contact film for larger areas. It sounds as if tape regular packing tape would be wide enough for your purposes.

And what do you know, I was trying to check out Ranger, didn't get that far but found an Irish source for hi-gloss black mirror card <>.
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The foil cardstock should be ok if you use a good strong adhesive to stick it down. Some of mine is a little curled, it was like it when I bought it, but it sticks down flat ok with double sided tape.

As for the black patent looks how about cutting from black cardstock and adding a layer or two of clear embossing powder, or maybe a layer of glossy accents




I wanted to use this card stock for on-the-edge die cuts on a gatefold card and so it would not have ANY adhesive to hold it down. I guess I had better use a different card stock for this project -- then work on flattening this card stock for future use. Thanks for your sharing your experience on sticking it down -- at least I can use it in that way.

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I have the same problem with a pad of foil cardstock I recently bought. I let it sit on a counter under a stack of books for a week, and it flattened slightly. I am thinking that when I cut the individual pages to card size and adhere them to a project, the problem will be solved. I live in Las Vegas, and this is definitely, in this case, not caused by humidity.




Thanks for your suggestion. I will try it out to flatten them out.

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For curling cardstock, put a piece of typing paper on the foil side and run it through whatever die cutting machine you have. If you are cutting it anyway, that will flatten it. I recommend using the typing paper anyway so that the cut marks from the cutting plates don't transfer to the paper.

As for shiny black paper? Try using a little micro glaze from Ranger. It would be a lot cheaper than anything else, and if you are using packing tape on anything as large as you are describing, you are going to have tape lines where you are putting tape side by side. Other than that...does Mod Podge have a shiny gloss? One can buy shiny black paper...however it sounds like you are trying to work with what you already have.
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These are all great suggestions. The one about running the paper through the die cutting machine is so simple -- it's genious!<> I will try this first. I am all about easy. LOL

I might have some of the Ranger micro glaze -- have to check my stash. Mod Podge would be more economical so I will have to do some research.

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SHUT THE FRONT DOOR -- How have I never thought of this???!!!! That is just amazing.

I need to try this not only with solid colours, but with some patterned cardstock (or pp adhered onto thin cardstock). I bet it will look like pretty enameled pottery (like a lovely teacup). OMG, what an inspiration!
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If you have a laminator or Minc, run the curled CS though in the carrier folder. I do that all the time with my Minc when things are buckled or bubbled. Works quite well. As a work around, there's always the good old iron, as long as the CS doesn't have any glazed or embossed bits.

Also, I heartily agree with Sabrina- use glossy black cs or black mirror cs to die cut anything you want to be shiny. Another suggestion is use a glossy clear spray finish, but beware that your die cut can warp.

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