Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #579 August 2nd 2017
Step Pop-Up Card  
New guest tutorial author France Martin will show you how to create a beautiful standing pop-up card with an inside scene.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Cardstock
  • Scoring tool
  • Scenic stamps
  • Adhesive
  • Embossing folder
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Wendy wants to know: "Are all regular watercolor pencils the same?"
    A: They're not. As with any art supplies, you'll find a difference in quality from scholastic to student to professional or artist grade pencils. The primary difference is the ratio of pigment to binder - the higher the pencil grade, the more pigment. The result of a higher pigment load is a more vibrant wash when the pencils are activated with water. Lesser quality pencils with a higher percentage of water-soluble binder will be more dull when activated. Results will also vary by brand. Some pencils will also have a creamier consistency when blended. Some specialty pencils, like Inktense, dry permanently after being activated with water, which makes them excellent for mixed media and layering techniques. Of the watercolor pencil brands I've tried, my favorites are Faber Castell's Albrecht Durer pencils, followed by Derwent's watercolor pencils, Inktense products, and Graphitint.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Lynn has a tip for the Pull-Up Treats tutorial: "Variation (for men?): Instead of tying the ends of the ribbon together in a beautiful bow, glue down the end of the ribbon on the back of the package. (Cover with punched shape.) Leave the front end of the ribbon just sticking out two or three inches. My husband, receiving a candy bar in one of these, had no idea that he should pull up on the tied ribbons, but couldn’t resist pulling the single one sticking out."

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