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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.
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.
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!