Welcome to this month’s Creation Station Blog Hop where this month we are sharing some Tricks of the Trade with you.
If you’ve hopped on over from the lovely and very talented Julie Beltramo, then you’ll have already received some fabulous Tricks of the Trade. Well, today I share with you something that I’ve been joked at for many years.
When I cut my matting layers, I keep all cardstock scraps, including thin strips that are barely a centimetre wide, but are useful for adding a flash of colour to something. I’ve received many a joke for doing this, but they really do come in handy for little sentiment panels. I’ve an entire magazine file holder, full of scraps like this in white and some slightly thicker pieces.
In fact, this entire project was created from off cuts. The little 3″ x 3″ envelopes fit beautifully into the little Wood Crate and only need a 3″ x 6″ piece of cardstock to create each card, which again I had in scraps in my holder. So here’s my project, along with a few Tricks of the Trade.
I took the Star from the Wood Crate Framelits Dies and also the small star from the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, which were sat on the counter top, and die cut a series of stars in a small off cut sheet of Window Sheet. Doing this I created my own mask to use with the Embossing Paste. I then scraped the embossing paste across the sheet on the Dapper Denim cardstock and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for a touch of sparkle.
You need to ensure you clean your mask and spatular quickly with hot soapy water. I then keep all of these masks for future use. They can take a little while to set up if you’re adding more than just one shape from your framelit collection, but they are well worth the time and effort.
I then reused this mask to create a simpler version. You can see here that I’ve used the thin off cut strips for the sentiment panels on both cards … even the star and sentiment on the crate itself.
I felt that this frayed ribbon, created a great tail for a shooting star.
Tricks of the Trade to fraying ribbon and best aligning your cardstock
First you need to carefully trim off the bonded edges to the Striped Grosgrain ribbon that I’ve used here. Just a hairs whisker is all that needs to come off the sides before you’re able to fray this out. I only need a short amount, but you could do a much longer length if needed.
With a craft knife, I then cut a slit in the card and threaded the good end of the ribbon though to the back and secured it in place with some double sided tape.
Alignment of cardstock
A tip I was given when I was back in my 20’s when I first started paper crafting, set me up with alignment for the rest of my crafting days. It’s a tip I am often found sharing with my ladies in class for helping to align matting layers.
Place double sided tape onto two opposites sides of the reverse of the matting layer you are wanting to stick down. You really don’t need any more than this, so there is no need to stick top and bottom also. Peel back the protective cover of the tape just half way on both sides, giving you what I call ‘ears’. You can now use these ears to hold the layer as you hover it over the base. Having only peeled back either the top section or the bottom, you can rest the non sticky part onto the card base to ensure you’re happy with the alignment, before pressing down and committing. You then pull out on the ears, removing the rest of the tape. Try it … I bet you’ll find it helpful.
The little wood crate was simply made using the fabulous Wood Crate Framelits and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, which I love.
Well, I hope this has given you some inspirational Tricks of the Trade that you’ll put into good use in your craft room. Don’t be afraid to saves those scraps up, but be sure to use them also.
Don’t forget to hop on over to see what the wonderful Holly Stene has in store for us. I’m sure she has a million and one tricks up her crafting sleeves. Enjoy the rest of the hop and Happy Crafting.