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Issue #687 September 11th 2019
Q-tip® Pointillism  
Guest tutorial author France Martin will show you how to use cotton swabs to apply ink in a new way.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dye reinkers
  • Stamped image
  • Nonporous surface (for a palette)
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: cnbehrendt asks: "How can I die cut without getting the raised embossed lines?"
    A: Hello there! This has come up in the forums several times - HERE is a recent conversation that has a couple of other links mentioned as well. The issue is usually a little too much pressure from the machine, pressing the edge of the die into the paper as well as the cutting lines. I would try the suggestion of running the cut piece back through the machine without the die, or using a bone folder to smooth the edges down. If you're able to adjust the thickness of your sandwich using shims instead of one of the plates, that should help to reduce the pressure too.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Janice is ready for the Interlocking Gate Card tutorial: "I've been trying to figure out how to interlock something on the front of a gate fold card but never thought of doing it this way. I was trying to use 2 different die cuts (like butterflies) but the card would never stay shut. I haven't been making cards for very long ( a few years) and still feel like a beginner - your technique will help a lot!"

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    Pencil Indenting Add finely detailed highlights to pencil coloring by indenting the paper with a stylus.
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    No special supplies are needed for next week's tutorial.
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    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
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    Piper Classics.
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