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Our Artist in Residence, Dina Kowal, answers your questions

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  • August 7, 2019
    Q: estamps asks: "Can I heat emboss on paper coated with matte medium?"

    A: You can! You'll just want to be sure that the panel is fully dry before you heat it so that the medium doesn't bubble up or warp. Preheat your heat gun before you emboss, and hold it away from the panel for best results.

    July 31, 2019
    Q: Ramona wants to know: "I don't have a tool for picking up sequins or small die cuts. Do you have an idea for a DIY tool?"

    A: What I've done in a pinch is to let some Tombow Multi-Purpose glue dry on the end of a skewer or a small stylus. The glue dries tacky, and it's great for picking up little embellishments and setting them in place.

    July 24, 2019
    Q: Momsie wants to know: "I absolutely love the Stamp Shifting technique. Can it be done without a stamp positioner like you used? Would a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig work?"

    A: It would be more complicated with a free-standing positioner, but it could be done. You would need to shift and align the positioning sheet on the card each time - a transparent grid would help with getting each iteration lined up correctly.

    July 17, 2019
    Q: Monique asks: "What adhesive do I use to attach burlap to a card?"

    A: Since burlap is thick you have a lot of options for adhesive. A strong double sided tape would work. A thin layer of tacky glue would work as well (with any wet adhesive you'd want to lay a book or large acrylic block over the panel until it dries). An iron-on adhesive (also called double-sided fusible interfacing) is another option if you're concerned about fraying edges - you can find it in the sewing section of any craft store.

    July 10, 2019
    Q: Ramona asks: "How do you store your paper scraps?"

    A: (Thank you for knowing that I cannot throw paper scraps away!) I use side-loading DVD binder pages that have 2 pockets each - each pocket is about 5.5" wide and 7" deep, which is perfect for anything the size of a card base or smaller. They're easy to pull out, and they're organized with one pocket for each color family. I keep them in hanging file folders right along with my cardstock.

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