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Mi­das touch


I’d like a gold ink to add ac­cents to my makes – es­pe­cially with splat­ters and paint ef­fects, rather than stamp­ing. The ones I’ve found tend to look brown, not gold! Can you help? Mered­ith Het­tins, Chich­ester

A A re­ally shiny gold is hard to come by, as the pig­ments of­ten don’t keep their glim­mer. Here’s an idea to try though, and as it’s not an ink pad, it will suit your mixed me­dia needs, Mered­ith. Look for Win­sor and New­ton Draw­ing Ink ‘Gold’, in a 14ml bot­tle, £3.50 from Hob­by­craft. It is de­signed for artists and cal­lig­ra­phers to use with brushes or dip pens, but it can be used for a range of tech­niques such as paint­ing back­grounds, splat­ter­ing and drip­ping, and dé­cor makes.

Card con­fu­sion

Q I’m con­fused about card sizes. What are the codes? Claire Hurst, Al­monds­bury A Codes are dif­fer­ent in the US to the UK, but here, A4, A5 and A6 are the most com­monly used, and re­late to the pa­per or card­stock size. A5 is half of A4, and then A6 is half of

A5, so as the num­ber in­creases the size de­creases. The same cor­re­spond­ing num­ber with a C is for the match­ing en­ve­lope (C4, C5,

C6 etc), ex­cept for DL, which fits a tall card. Or you can get cre­ative and make any size of card you like!

Wired and won­der­ful

Q My new die set has ar­rived all fixed to­gether with wires. I’ve never had dies like this and don’t know what to do.

Pamela Hicks, Hud­der­s­field


Many man­u­fac­tur­ers sup­ply dies in a set wired to­gether, but it’s sim­ple to sep­a­rate them so you can use one at a time, or to store them more eas­ily, Pamela. Our fave method is to snip apart the pieces with small craft pli­ers, such as those used for jew­ellery mak­ing. Snip the wires close to the edge of each die, so there isn’t a sharp wire left ex­posed that could cause in­jury or dam­age.

Foiled plans

Q I love the sheen of foil pieces on my projects. But it’s aw­ful if they get creased and look un­even – they just look messy and un­pro­fes­sional. Any tips?

Rose Tre­glass, Rom­ford

A We agree that creases and dents aren’t a good look, Rose! Once foil is creased, it’s tough to hide, ex­cept with an em­bel­lish­ment or two. Or an­other idea is to make an im­pres­sion on the foil pre­emp­tively! By em­boss­ing your foil, it’ll hide any mul­ti­tude of sins. Craft foil eas­ily takes on the pat­tern of em­boss­ing fold­ers when run through a die-cutting ma­chine. The added tex­ture will lift your de­signs, too.

Putting on the gloss

Q I like adding Glossy Ac­cents to top­pers for a shiny look. But some­times the fin­ish doesn’t look even. Help! Dianne Mew­ford, Michi­gan, USA A Ac­cent­ing like this is fun and can re­ally bring a card to life. You’re right, it can be hard to get the sleek look first time around, but the best ad­vice is to just let the layer dry thor­oughly (a good ex­cuse to make an­other card in the mean­time!) then reap­ply. In this way you can also achieve ex­tra height with your glossi­ness to help your mo­tifs leap off the page!

Wired dies are fast and easy to sep­a­rate

This bot­tle of rich shine will keep on glis­ten­ing!

Glossy Ac­cents, by Ranger, is a great strong ad­he­sive but makes su­per-shiny ef­fects, too

Miss­ing that sleek mir­ror look? Em­boss your foil to help hide any im­per­fec­tions!

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