From die-cutting to découpage – if you’re new to the cardmaking world you might be wondering what it all means...
Cardmaking terms made simple
A thin transparent film used commonly in papercraft.
An aperture is a shaped hole cut from the front of a base card.
A tool used to make a neat, sharp crease in paper or card.
There are two very different découpage techniques. The first is the art of creating a 3D image from paper layers. The smaller parts of a repeated image are cut out and layered on top of the original image with sticky fixers. The second is when pieces of découpage paper are used to cover an object, usually using watered-down PVA glue or Mod Podge.
A die-cutting machine cuts out shapes from paper or card. The machine sandwiches metal dies (templates) over your chosen card, which is then fed through a roller by turning a handle on the machine.
A technique where card or paper is distressed with a tool to create a rough-edged, aged finish.
These water-based inks from Ranger can be used to give a distressed look to your card edges.
This technique adds a raised image, pattern or greeting. It is often done by hand using a stencil or board with an embossing tool.
This plastic folder has a raised design on one side and an indented design on the other. Place card inside the folder and run through a die-cutting machine using the correct plates to emboss.
This involves using a fineline pen to imitate stitches by drawing lines.
In papercraft, this means using scissors to cut out an image or motif from patterned paper.
Gel press plates
Soft plates made from durable gel that capture fine textures from paint or ink.
A clear, three-dimensional gloss made by Ranger. Use it to accent and protect distinct areas of your projects.
This technique creates a shiny, raised effect on a stamped image. Stamp using a slow-drying ink such as VersaMark, sprinkle over with embossing powder and tap off the excess before gently heating with a heat tool.
This is light brown, usually recycled, card that is used for layering with backing papers.
This involves covering an area of card before stamping or colouring so that the colour or image underneath is unaffected.
These are used to punch out shapes to decorate cards. There is a huge variety available, including border punches and nesting punches.
A shaker card is a type of card that has a clear window which is filled with various beads and/ or glitter. The card can then be shaken to see the embellishments move.
These are tiny, sticky foam pads used to give a 3D effect when attaching panels to a base card, or between layers of découpage.
Versa Mark ink
A thick, clear ink that dries slowly, which is used in stamping and heat embossing.
A translucent or semitranslucent parchment paper.
This is a kind of decorative masking tape with the properties of rice paper.