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Old 05-08-2020, 12:39 PM   #1
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I am trying an old technique that I thought I had been successful with in the past, but is not working for me. The directions say to adhere a piece of Stitchwitchery to cardstock using a heat gun. I try, but even though I get the nice holes in some places, none of the pieces I've tried are sticking. Once, the whole sheet blew away off the cardstock, so not even a tiny area was sticking. I've tried from a distance and close up and everywhere in between. Anyone ever do this technique and can give me some advice?
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I am trying an old technique that I thought I had been successful with in the past, but is not working for me. The directions say to adhere a piece of Stitchwitchery to cardstock using a heat gun. Anyone ever do this technique and can give me some advice?
If you are trying to adhere paper to cardstock or cardstock to cardstock, try using an iron. Protect the bottom of you iron from getting sticky by using a pressing cloth over the pieces. In addition move the iron slowly over to ensure the adhesive melts. Good luck
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If you are trying to adhere paper to cardstock or cardstock to cardstock, try using an iron. Protect the bottom of you iron from getting sticky by using a pressing cloth over the pieces. In addition move the iron slowly over to ensure the adhesive melts. Good luck
Thank you for your suggestion. Actually, this technique is to adhere the Stitch Witchery to the cardstock using a heat gun. The Stitch Witchery makes a really cool texture that is then colored with Pearl Ex. My problem is that the Stitch Witchery is making the nice texture, but not adhering to the cardstock as it is supposed to.
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I'm not familiar with this technique at all and haven't found anything through Google, so I'm flying blind... Could you use the iron to press the Stitch Witchery to the cardstock (pressing from the cardstock side), then flip it over, remove the backing sheet and hit it with the heat gun to make the texture/holes? I have ZERO idea if this is even feasible - just throwing out a possibility...
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I'm not familiar with this technique at all and haven't found anything through Google, so I'm flying blind... Could you use the iron to press the Stitch Witchery to the cardstock (pressing from the cardstock side), then flip it over, remove the backing sheet and hit it with the heat gun to make the texture/holes? I have ZERO idea if this is even feasible - just throwing out a possibility...
Thank you, I will give it a try. I was just following instructions I found in two different places---Technique Junkie and from some old publication---that said to use the heat gun to adhere it and cause the texture to form. Stitch Witchery doesn't have a backing sheet, but I'll use some scrap paper. I'm afraid it might stick to most paper---just doesn't seem to want to stick to the cardstock. I will report on what happens. Thanks again.
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If it doesn't have a backing sheet then you may want to use something non-stick instead of scrap paper - maybe the backing to a sticker sheet or something? Otherwise I'm afraid you're right - it will just fuse the cardstock and paper together...
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Is it similar to this technique?

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Yes, this is the same process I was using, but gives even more options. Thanks so much. Now if I could just get the bonding material to bond to the cardstock. I'm following the directions, but not getting the results. Found some old "heat and bond" in with my sewing stuff. It seems thicker than the Stitch Witchery, so I'll see what happens.
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The Stitch Witchery I have is on a roll, not sheets. The fusibles in sheets (or by the yard) that you can cover your cardstock would seem to work much better.
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Yes, I have the sheets.
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Yes, I have the sheets.
I did not know Stitch Witchery came in sheets. I quilted for many years and used a lot of fusibles of various brands.
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This is what I ordered:

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That technique yields a fascinating result. Since the Stitch Witchery (or Heat 'n Bond in the video shared by Dina K.) isn't adhering to the cardstock, I wonder if the finish on the cardstock is the problem. Some are very slick, and others have a bit of "tooth"; the one you're using may be too slick for the Stitch Witchery to grab hold. ... Which makes me wonder if watercolor paper would work for what you're trying to do; I believe the cold press variety has more texture than hot press watercolor paper, perhaps Dina could chime in on that thought.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I tried using both SU Basic Black and Michael's Black cardstock. I had better luck with the heavier duty Heat N Bond and finally got the result I was looking for. I didn't realize they came in different strengths until after I had ordered the Stitch Witchery. Guess the lighter strength doesn't have enough glue to stick to paper. Thanks for all the helpful hints from everyone. What a helpful bunch!!!
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