Quick Fixes

Papercraft Inspirations - - GIFT STYLE -

Can you give me any ad­vice on us­ing PVA? How do I avoid get­ting into a mess? A so­lu­tion we love is to decant a bit into a ded­i­cated dis­penser – one with a su­perfine tip is ideal. Squeeze small dots and lines, as you glue lit­tle bits down, and get into fine cor­ners, such as when quilling. Pre­ci­sion Tip Ap­pli­ca­tor Bot­tle, £4.99 from Sir Stam­palot.

My crimp­ing tool is gath­er­ing dust, how can I use it more? One fun idea is to try mak­ing tex­tured em­bel­lish­ments. Punch, die cut or fussy cut shapes, then get crimp­ing – first in one di­rec­tion then ro­tate, to crimp the other way, for a plaid ef­fect. It’s even more ef­fec­tive if you gen­tly rub it over an ink pad.

Do you have any last-minute Christ­mas ideas for gift tags? Die cut lots of cir­cles from plain card – any colour will add to the fun feel. Then cut more from white card, the same size. Now trim the white cir­cles across the mid­dle in a wig­gly line, and you’ll have two pieces that look like cus­tard drib­bles. Layer each onto a coloured cir­cle to cre­ate a Christ­mas pud, and fin­ish with a fussy-cut or stamped holly mo­tif.

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