Turning “You” into “Joy” and a few other crafting tips

This weekend I was playing with the new Celebrate You Thinlits which can be earned free with $100.00 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. I will be sharing that card in a future post. During this crafty playtime, I discovered that I could cut a piece from the word YOU and create the word JOY , therefore extending the usefulness of these already wonderful dies.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I’m very happy to know that the Celebrate You Dies will be available for purchase in the next annual catalog. So if you don’t earn them free before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, you’ll have a chance to purchase them come June. It is such a useful set when sending encouragement to others! And imagine the Christmas possibilities with the words Celebrate and Joy.

The upcoming card which features the JOY die Cut has some heat embossing. As I was creating it, I realized it might be helpful to share some tools, which aren’t found in a craft store, that I use in my craft room.

Plastic knife as a craft toll

A plastic knife is invaluable in the craft room. Not only does it help press any dies into your Versamark pad so they can get inked (and keep fingers and tables free from sticky inky messes), but they can be used to apply and add texture to embossing paste and move drops of ink into your ink pads when you need to reink them. Inexpensive and disposable when too funky to clean anymore, they are an easy add to anyone’s craft tools.

Another item I use every time I emboss is this wooden cutting board.

Wood cutting board

Take it from me that you do not want to find out that your table top is not heat tolerant (ugh!) or that you now have permanent melted on embossing powder on a surface in your house where you do not want embossing since the air from the heat gun will blow it a few centimeters if it isn’t stuck down well (seriously!).  Purchase a wooden cutting board and you’ll have a safe place to heat your embossing  projects. Just remember you’ll still need to move your heat gun around as wood can burn, but it is better than messing up a piece of furniture and much less likely.

I also use this cutting board to tape down watercolor paper to keep it from warping during water applications. It can stain, as you may see in the photo, but you can avoid that if you wrap it in Saran Wrap first before taping down your watercolor project. Clean Up is easy if you use the Saran Wrap.

I do all my messy crafty stuff on one side of this cutting board so that I can use the clean side as a photo background for some of my cards and small projects. I do suggest you keep a photo diary of your creations. Get in the habit of taking photos before you gift them. You’ll be glad you did for those moments you wish to recreate the same or similar project.

I hope these tips help you in your crafting corner of the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Three Quick Tips For Crafting & Stamping

Today I thought I’d share three tips about things I use almost every time I stamp.

1. If you are stamping, chances are you have some dirty acrylic stamp blocks in your life. They may even be a bit sticky from the adhesive you use. Hand sanitizer to the rescue! Put hand sanitizer on the block and use a paper towel to rub. You’ll love having clean blocks and your cling stamps will cling better.

Cleaning inky blocks

2. Keeping this inexpensive “Absorber” at your fingertips to clean ink off your stamps makes it so easy to keep them clean. For deeper crevices in your stamps the Stampin’ Scrub will do the work, but cleaning with this first will prevent all that extra ink in your Scrub & constant trips to the sink to rinse it out. One rinse to moisten, a bowl to keep it in so your area & projects don’t get wet, and a rinse when you’re done playing for the day is all you need. You can even moisten and take it to a crop in a baggie for the day. Just remember to let it breath so it doesn’t get germ growth.Cleaning stamps with the Absorber

3. Liquid glue, especially this great Mono Adhesive, is so useful in crafting, but getting the glue to the tips is the disadvantage of this adhesive. Keep a constant flow to your glue by propping it in a lid. I found the small trial size hairspray lids to be a great size. Now the glue is always at the tip when I need it.

Liquid glue tip

I hope you find these tips useful in your crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne