Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #363 May 15th 2013
Pearlized Button  
Joanne Allison will show you how to create a gorgeous shimmery embellishment.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Perfect pearls
  • Embossing ink
  • Embossing folder
  • Die cutting machine
  • Ranger Distress Paints  
    It's time to mix it up with beautiful Distress Paints from Ranger Ink for creative crafting on a variety of surfaces.
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Evelyn asked: "I am trying to organize my craft room and can't figure out how to make my designer paper easy to find when I'm looking for just the right piece. I've coordinated by color but I can't seem to find the one I need."
    A: Check out our Organization forum. There click on search this forum (above the threads on the left) and type in paper storage. We have quite a few forum threads talking about this topic. Hopefully you will find some great ideas there.

    I sort my cardstock and patterned paper in different paper holders. You can see them and my other storage solutions in a video tour of my stamp room here.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Gabby has a suggestion for the Die cut stamps tutorial: " Thanks for making a nice video to share instructions on how you make your fun foam stamps from Cut-Ups. I have been using fun foam to make stamps from my dies for years. If I may, I would like to share a few things I've learned. First, to make them cling mount, I apply two or three coats of Alene's Tack It Over and Over™ on the back. It is kind of messy so I use disposable foam brushes, which often go on sale at my local craft store 10 for $1. I let the glue thoroughly dry, then store in plastic cases. If/when the glue becomes less tacky, I just add another coat or two of the glue. If I want to cut and use them right away, I use two-sided, temporary tape, such as Scotch brand. To clean my foam stamps, I stamp them off on scratch paper, then mist them with water and wipe with a rag. (I have a stash of stamp rags which I specifically use to only clean my stamps.) It's great to expand your stamp collection with die-cut fun foam stamps.
    Another good thing, is that I can buy 20 thin foam sheets (which I prefer to thicker foam) for just $1 at my local $1 store. It's economical to cut duplicates, if need be. (Like, for example, if one absorbs so much ink that you can't get clean all of the ink off, which sometimes happens, especially w/dark or bright colors.)"

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
    Acrylic Distress Create a rustic background with an embossing folder and acrylic paints.
    Acrylic Distress tutorial
    Acrylic Distress gallery

    No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
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    This Week's Hot Topics
    Embossing Folder breaking paper
    Hints to avoid that
    Alcohol based markers
    How to keep images from turning out too dark?
    Heavy Acetate for card bases
    Where do you get yours?
    Ink pad re-inked with wrong reinker
    Ideas on how to fix that
    Magazines and Stamp Companies
    What are they looking for?
    May 8 to May 14
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Bokeh effect.
    Limited supplies challenge.
    Try this color combination: Certainly Celery, Bermuda Bay, Regal Rose.
    All that food you will trash, you will ruin the bash.
    Use this sketch for your card.
    Discover it.
    Wedding Decor.
    Check out silli's gallery, then upload a creation inspired by your work.
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