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Sin­cere wishes

Q My friend is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time af­ter los­ing her dad, and I wanted to let her know I’m think­ing of her. Can you help sug­gest an ap­pro­pri­ate de­sign? Penny Lock­wood, Stoke on Trent A What a thought­ful idea, Penny. Softer colour schemes of­ten work well for sym­pa­thy cards, es­pe­cially in sooth­ing shades of blue and pur­ple, such as the two cards above – from is­sue 160. Choose sen­ti­ment stamps or top­pers in a hand­writ­ten-ef­fect font, for a per­sonal touch, and pair with del­i­cate pa­per flow­ers or stamped but­ter­flies, for an ethe­real fin­ish. Choose Dis­tress Inks when stamp­ing, as the dis­tressed fin­ish will cre­ate the sense of time­less mem­o­ries.

Straighten up

Q I’d like to use my cir­cle nest­ing dies on my card de­signs, but of­ten find they go wonky when I run them through the die-cut­ting ma­chine. Am I do­ing some­thing wrong?

Deb­bie Evans, Pon­te­fract

A Us­ing nest­ing dies for the first few times can be a lit­tle tricky, but with the right know-how you’ll soon get the knack, Deb­bie. Tape the dies to your card, us­ing washi tape, to keep them in place as they go through the die-cut­ting ma­chine. If you’re plan­ning to cut mul­ti­ple shapes at once, choose a slightly thicker card, to pre­vent any tears when re­mov­ing the dies. You can use your cir­cle nest­ing dies to cre­ate ovals once you’ve got the hang of die cut­ting, too. First, die cut a cir­cle then re­po­si­tion your die on the cut-out to cre­ate an oval. Se­cure the die in place with washi tape, then run it through your ma­chine. Re­mem­ber, the piece of card from which you cut the cir­cle will now have an aper­ture for you to cre­ate a shaker card with, too!

Em­bossed per­fec­tion

Q I love the look of heat-em­bossed de­signs, but I find my own em­bossed cards are a lit­tle messy and the im­age or sen­ti­ment is of­ten blurred. How can I stop this hap­pen­ing?

Emily White, Bris­tol

A The main thing to watch out for when heat em­boss­ing is the amount of ink you ap­ply to the card, Emily. When stamp­ing, make sure all of the raised sur­face is cov­ered with ink, and that

there is no ink on the rest of the stamp. Ap­ply the stamp to your de­sign with even pres­sure, and gen­tly shake the card to re­move any loose pow­der. Keep the heat tool mov­ing when heat­ing the em­boss­ing pow­der to pre­vent any scorch­ing or run­ning of the de­sign. We rec­om­mend per­fect­ing your skills on sim­plis­tic de­signs be­fore mov­ing onto de­tailed stamps.

Dé­coupage dilemma

Q I’d like to try dé­coupage, but my lay­ers of­ten go a bit awry and you can see the foam pads un­der­neath. Help, please! Natalie Bur­rows, Leeds

A You’ve come to the right place, as we love cre­at­ing 3D ef­fects on our cards, and dé­coupage is great for adding depth to your makes. For starters, make sure your scis­sors are sharp if fussy cut­ting the pieces, to en­sure a neat fin­ish when cut­ting out the el­e­ments. Be­fore adding the sticky foam pads, layer up the el­e­ments to work out the best po­si­tion of the lay­ers. Fi­nally, you can al­ways trim your sticky foam pads so they can’t be seen when added to the re­verse of smaller cut-out pieces. You can also buy dé­coupage sets, which give in­struc­tions on the lay­er­ing and place­ment of the im­ages, for per­fect re­sults.

Mas­ter us­ing your nest­ing dies to cre­ate per­fect frames for your makes

Choose sooth­ing colour schemes for your sym­pa­thy makes

Above & be­low: Keep the heat tool mov­ing when em­boss­ing, to pre­vent scorch­ing your de­sign

Use your sharpest scis­sors when fussy cut­ting dé­coupage el­e­ments

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