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Let it snow

Q I’ve got lots of snowflake stamps but am run­ning out of ideas for us­ing them. Rachel Ter­ence, via email

A Try cut­ting a sim­ple pa­per mask shape to act as a sten­cil, then stamp through it with dif­fer­ent snowflakes, filling the shape. Cut a bauble, holly leaf or Christ­mas tree, and then cre­ate a clas­sic, one-layer de­sign in any colour, or colours, of ink you like. Fin­ish with a sim­ple greet­ing and a lit­tle em­bel­lish­ment, for a card that’s easy to re­pro­duce when batch mak­ing at Christ­mas.

Whole again

Q Have you got any rec­om­men­da­tions for how I can use up my stash of aper­ture cards? I used to mount iris fold­ing de­signs, but I don’t do that tech­nique any more.

Sandy Gibb, Texas, USA

Shaker cards are eas­ily made A

with a pre-cut aper­ture, but an­other idea for mak­ing the most of these older sup­plies is to treat the aper­ture as a frame for a scene. Layer pat­terned pa­per or an ink-blended piece as a back­ground sky and stick fo­cal stamped, die-cut or other top­per el­e­ments, in­side the aper­ture, to fill the space. You can even add more to the front of the card, to get even more di­men­sion. Here, our win­try land­scape is an ideal project for Christ­mas, but it’s a ver­sa­tile idea for all oc­ca­sions.

Back to black

Q What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween all the black ink pads avail­able on the mar­ket? Sheree McKay, Bar­row-in-Fur­ness A Although the colour is the same, ink for­mu­las vary widely, so they’re use­ful for dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. Me­mento Tuxedo Black ink by Tsukineko is a good all-round dye ink, and it’s wa­ter-re­sis­tant, so the stamped out­line will not bleed when wa­ter­colour­ing. It’s also com­pat­i­ble with al­co­hol-based

mark­ers, such as Copics. It’s not as deep as some blacks though, and not as even with solid stamps, so it’s more suited to out­lines. Ba­sic Black ink by Stampin’ Up! is an­other dye ink, but it’s slower to dry, and tends to be bet­ter for solid im­ages. Black pig­ment ink, such as Ver­safine Onyx Black, is use­ful but isn’t fast-dry­ing, so you need to heat-set be­fore wa­ter­colour­ing. It’s handy if you want to heat em­boss, be­fore Copic colour­ing. The pig­ment for­mula gives a more vivid, in­tense shade, and it’s a fave for stamp­ing fine de­tails, such as sen­ti­ments. Hy­brid inks, such as those by My Fa­vorite Things and Tonic Stu­dios, have a dye-pig­ment mix, but are de­signed to be ver­sa­tile and fastdry­ing as well as wa­ter­proof and al­co­hol-pen friendly. As spe­cialty inks, use Ranger’s Dis­tress Ink Black Soot for ink blend­ing, rather than stamp­ing. For stamp­ing on sur­faces other than pa­per, such as ac­etate, StazOn Jet Black is a good op­tion, as it takes well on por­ous and non-por­ous ma­te­ri­als. Ranger’s Archival ink in Jet Black is good for acid-free us­age in scrap­book­ing, for ex­am­ple. Be­ing dye-based, Archival ink won’t bleed with wa­ter. It’s not pos­si­ble to colour im­ages with Copics though, and the per­ma­nent for­mula stains poly­mer stamps.

Add vel­lum be­hind your aper­tures to cre­ate a gor­geous ethe­real feel

Be­low: Aper­ture card bases can be re­ally use­ful for build­ing up scenes, cre­at­inga beau­ti­fully framed com­po­si­tion

Cre­ate a Christ­mas tree de­sign with snowflake stamps

When it comes to ink, black isn’t just black!

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