Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #733 August 5th 2020
Slimline Mini Book  
Guest tutorial author Ana Reese shares how she makes her mini albums in a slimline format.
Supplies you'll need for this project
Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
Q: Kmay wants to know: "I love my Prismacolor pencils but the leads keep breaking. Any suggestions on keeping it from happening? Thanks."
A: I love just about everything about them except for that breakage issue! A sharpener that sharpens a shorter point is a huge help against breakage. Less surface against the blade = fewer turns, and less core exposed. I use a T'Gaal sharpener that is adjustable, and the #1 setting is the shortest, which is great for Prismacolors. Also, keep superglue handy. If the lead breaks you can line it right up and superglue it back in place. Let the glue dry well and you can continue using the pencil as usual.
Feedback From Past Tutorials
Stephanie has a tip for the Digital Paper Piecing tutorial: "Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love to paper piece with digis. One thing I do to avoid the "where to put the tape issue" is to use a swipe of ATG tape (or whatever tape runner you prefer) along the edge of the paper that goes in the printer first. If it's a very small piece, I've been known to run my scrap thru my Xyron first and just adhere the whole piece down."

Tutorials You May Have Missed
Chalkboard Technique Use White craft ink and Chalks to highlight images on dark cardstock.
Chalkboard Technique tutorial
Chalkboard Technique gallery

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