Friday, 25 September 2009

Techniques and tutorials to look forward to

I will be posting information on the following techniques over the next few weeks. Tutorials and projects will follow by the end of next month when my maternity leave start and I have some more time to make the projects and take photo's. So if you have or know about a blog or website that specialize in any one of these let me know and I will add a link to it in that specific section

Die Cutting
Iris Folding
Tea Bag Folding
Paper Pricking
Peel Offs
Using Sketches for both Card Making and Scrapbooking.
Making the most of your craft CD's

Choosing Adhesives

Please note this list is not complete and many more adhesive products are available. Adhesives, or glues, are an essential component of paper craft. Choosing and using the correct adhesive for the job in hand is vitally important to achieve the correct result. Different types of adhesive are required for particular purposes, no one adhesive does the job for all sticking requirements. In many cases adhesive choice comes down to personal preference. I will be adding Pictures and links to this later.

To cover all your crafting needs, you will need, one adhesive from each of the groups below

Dry adhesives
This group of adhesives are a craft box must have as they are quick and easy to use, nonmessy and in most, cases, give an instant bond like :
Double-sided tape
tape on a roll that is sticky on both sides. Available in different widths. Great for sticking card and paper, quickly and easy to use
Glue dispensers
glue on a roll inside plastic casing with a rolling dispenser at one end. The snail or mouse shaped dispenser is simply glided along paper/card and the glue is laid onto the paper/card. Good alternative to double-sided tape. Available in permanent and repositionable format
Dots of glue
sticky circles, in various sizes on a carrier sheet or roll. Invaluable for sticking embellishments

Dimensional adhesives
Used to provide height and depth to papercraft projects. Perhaps most commonly associated with 3D decoupage but often used to raise just one element off a card for instant dimension.
3D foam pads
small foam pads, in various, depths and sizes, sticky on the top and bottom. Provide an instant bond
Silicone glue
glue in a tube that is squeezed out and applied to the back of work before applying to project. Silicone glue requires drying time but this can be advantages in decoupage as it provides time to move and shape layers.

Wet glue
Most of us will be familiar with PVA and “white glue” as it is often used in schools! This type of glue requires drying time and gives a strong bond.
available in tubes, often with a fine tip nozzle for precision application. PVA has a multitude of uses including as a varnish when watered down. Water based and dries clear
Glue stick
traditional glue, often used by children. Available in a solid, stick format that you twist up to use. This type of glue is, generally not as strong as liquid glue; suitable for card and paper
Glue pen
wet glue in a pen format, allowing precise application. Generally glue is blue, so that you can see where applying it and dries clear. Stick items when glue is wet and blue for an instant bond or when glue is tacky and clear for repositionable use. Great for sticking small embellishments such as flat backed gems.

Things to consider
Check adhesives used for scrapbooking are acid free. Always read instructions and follow safety Do you want an instant bond or time to reposition work?
Working with children? Make sure the adhesive is suitable – non toxic, washable etc
Take time to consider what you a re doing and which type of adhesive is most suitable
for the project.

Hints & tips
• Always replace lids to stop glue drying out, blocking nozzles and accidental spills
• For precision application of wet glue use a cocktail stick to apply to project
• Use PVA sparingly on paper/card as it will wrinkle paper/card as it dries
• Consider the decorative potential of adhesives – glitter sprinkled over double-sided tape or dots of glue, for example!
• Ask other crafters and demonstrators which adhesive they use if you are still not sure

Craft Glossary

Here is a quick list of explanation of all the crafting terms you hear so often. it is a work in porgress and as I get new one I will expand the list, feel free to email me any you can not find on the list but feel you would like to share.

Craft Glossary

card, paper and other products that do not contain acid (or have a low ph value) This is important in scrapbooking as acid degrades pictures over time see "lingin-free”
a window cut into the front of a card blank. Apertures are available in
many different shapes. Cards can be bought with pre-cut apertures or you can cut
your own

recognised as the humble paper fastener! Brads have a small head and two metal pins that are pushed through paper/card. The pins are opened to hold in place. Brads are available in a huge array of sizes, colours and shapes.

Card blank
Pre-folded card in, generally in standard sizes, ready to decorate and embellish
essential basic card used to make card blanks, matting and layering, die-cutting etc
group of scrapbookers working on layouts together and sharing ideas
trimming a photograph to size or to focus on a particular area

Deckle edge
an irregular, patterned shape. Popular edging for card blanks. Decorative edged scissors – scissors that cut creating a shaped edge, perhaps,most commonly known is deckle edge but many patterns are now available see “deckle edge”
Decoupage (also 3D decoupage)
traditionally the art of layering images and heavily varnishing. Today, better known as 3D decoupage were different aspects of repeat images are cut out and layered on top of each other using dimensional adhesive
the opposite of “embossed”. When an image is indented rather than raised see mbossed”
pre-cut decorative shapes cut out using a machine. Die-cutting machines and dies are available to buy to die-cut shapes yourself or packs of die-cut shapes can be bought. See “die cutting”
using a machine to cut shapes. A metal die is run through a machine with the medium to be cut and creates a shape. see “die-cuts”
Dimensional glaze/adhesive
clear varnish which can also be used stick and glaze items. Dries to a high gloss, hard finish
Dry embossing
creating a raised image on paper or card using a stencil and embossing tool. Pressure is applied to the paper or card, through the stencil using an embossing tool creating a raised image on the reverse side of the paper or card see “embossing”

anything that is used to decorate a card! The term covers a wide range of items, usually non-paper, from brads to charms, eyelets to beads. Embellishments can be bought, handmade or found items, never ending really!
creating a raised image on paper or card see “dry embossing” and “heat embossing”
Embossing tool
a tool that looks like a pen with metal balls at either end. Used for dry embossing and creasing of paper and card see “embossing” and “dry embossing”.

Heat embossing
creating a raised image on paper or card using a rubber stamp,embossing ink, embossing powder and a heat gun. An image is stamped, sprinkled with powder and heated with a heat gun until the powder melts creating a raised,shiny outline see “embossing”
Heat gun (or heat tool)
a specialist tool that safely delivers very hot air but with very little blow so that embossing powder can be melted and not blown away see “heat embossing”

from the French word meaning “linked together”. Card is cut using a template and folded to create interlaced design
sticking one piece of card on to another, leaving a narrow border all around to frame the top layer. More than one layer is often used and called matting and layering see “matting”
card, paper and related products that do not contain lignin. Lignin is found in trees and therefore only associated with paper products. This is important in scrapbooking as products that contain lignin age over time see “acid free”

sticking one piece of card on to another, leaving a narrow border all around to frame the top layer. More than one layer is often used and called matting and layering see “layering”

a type of sticker, commonly an outline image that you simply “peel off” a backing paper and stick. Adds instant “embossed” effects to projects see “embossing”

the rolling, pinching, gluing and shaping of narrow lengths of paper to create decorative shapes. These shapes are then grouped together to create motifs

Rub-ons – or rub downs!
Quick and easy to use images that come on a carrier sheet. Place transfer motif onto surface and rub over top with the supplied stick to transfer image to chosen surface

the technique of winding thread around a notched shape to create a pattern
images formed in rubber or clear polymer that are inked and pressed onto card or paper to create instant images, that can them be coloured

pre-prepared cut out shape that you use to trace or cut identical shapes from. Usually made from heavy duty material so that template can be used over and over again

a beautiful, translucent type of paper. Available in many colours, plain or printed