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Our panel of crafting gu­rus solve all your card mak­ing ques­tions and dilem­mas

Spin­ning around

Q

I’ve been given a stamp set with mo­tifs that have a back-fac­ing im­age, as well as a front. I guess they’re for 3D items, but can you sug­gest ideas for us­ing them on cards?

Carolyn Knot, Carlisle

A One fun idea uses an aper­ture in the front of your card, in which you can sus­pend the mo­tif. Stamp and colour both the im­ages, then fussy cut them so they’re the same shape. You should be able to layer one on top of the other, as a re­versible ef­fect. Sand­wich a thread be­tween the two, then tape the thread ends tightly at the top and bot­tom of the aper­ture. Spin the mo­tif around care­fully, wind­ing it up be­fore it goes in the en­ve­lope and it’ll un­wind when opened, for a pleas­ing sur­prise!

Colour crush

Q I love to make smudged back­grounds with my Ge­latos pig­ment sticks, but only use them dry. Can you in­spire me, so I can try a new tech­nique? Gayle Smith, New­ton Ab­bot

A One ad­van­tage of Ge­latos is that they are water-sol­u­ble, so cre­at­ing washes of colour is fun. Use shav­ings of the crayon-like Gelato dis­solved in water, and paint with or play with it as a mist. An­other idea, which will look great for Christ­mas makes, is to tint Gesso or a mod­el­ling paste, such as Whipped Spackle by FaberCastell or Tex­ture Paste by Ranger, us­ing more Gelato shav­ings. Make it win­ter-wonderland themed with icy-coloured Ge­latos and then ap­ply the frosty tex­ture to cre­ate a back­ground that’s like drifted snow­banks, or frosted win­dows! If you love cre­at­ing blended back­grounds, turn to page 20 for our inky bray­er­ing project, for even more fun ideas to try!

Sparkling idea

Q I’m look­ing for more ways to use my sten­cils and masks. I’ve done inking with them

– what else can I try?

Becks Marple, Hull

A There are lots of colour medi­ums to have a go with, Becks. Have you tried mist spray­ing? Or you could smear acrylic craft paint through the mask, for a vi­brant opaque ef­fect.

An­other fab new prod­uct we love is Glit­ter Paste by BoBunny. A spat­ula is handy for scoop­ing it from the tub, then sim­ply spread it across cards and scrap­book pages with a piece of stiff card – or handy old credit card! – for a shim­mer­ing look. A lit­tle goes a long way, and it dries quickly so wash your sten­cil be­fore it sticks. We’ve been hav­ing fun with Sugar, Sil­ver and Gold colours to make Christ­massy back­grounds! The Glit­ter Paste comes in over 20 shades, in bold or pas­tel hues, so it’s easy to match the colours to your crafty projects

Sticky sit­u­a­tion

Q Up to now, I’ve used dou­ble-side tape but

I’m think­ing about swap­ping to a tape run­ner or a dis­penser. What are the pros and cons?

Sara Fletcher, Rom­ford

A Ad­he­sive run­ners can be use­ful, as they’re quicker to use than tape, with no stop­ping to re­move the back­ing. Just ap­ply short or longer strips of glue on the sur­face and go! Run­ners tend to be small enough to fit in your palm, whereas dis­pensers are larger – the most com­mon is the Ad­vanced Tape Glider (ATG) by Scotch.

The con­ve­nience of both types is great but, of course, there are down­sides. Some larger dis­pensers can be un­wieldy to use re­peat­edly, es­pe­cially for users who have joint prob­lems. Plus get­ting re­fills of the tape isn’t al­ways a given. It’s bet­ter for the big brands such as the ATG, but some run­ners are sin­gleuse. It means throw­ing away the plas­tic ev­ery time you need more tape, which isn’t good. Re­fill­able run­ners are avail­able, so it’s worth shop­ping around on­line to get the best deal. We like the ones by Herma that dis­pense a line of tiny glue dots, and with repo­si­tion­able or per­ma­nent glue op­tions.

Sten­cil some sparkle onto fes­tive projects

Ge­latos are so ver­sa­tile – use to colour mod­el­ling paste or mist onto pa­per

Herma tape al­lows for ‘wig­gle room’ when ad­her­ing

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