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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!
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!
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
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