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Our Artist in Residence, Dina Kowal, answers your questions

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  • September 22, 2021
    Q: Lorraine asks: "What sort of paper is best for making envelopes?"

    A: It looks like most quality envelopes are made from papers with a weight of 75-120 gsm. HERE is a chart that shows a comparison of different weight scales with the gsm (grams per square meter) standards. Printer papers or scrapbook papers are good options!

    September 15, 2021
    Q: Ana asks: "What can you use stencils on besides cards?"

    A: Any flat surface is fair game! My most recent non-card ventures with stencils have been a shaped wood piece from the dollar store (acrylic craft paint), polymer clay earrings (pressed into the clay to make a pattern), a mini canvas and a thrift store frame (both with stenciled elements that were painted into a scene).

    September 8, 2021
    Q: Elaine asks: "How do I keep the lines from the digital image from bleeding into my Inktense pencil coloring when I apply water?"

    A: I'd let the ink cure overnight and then spray the paper with a couple of light coats of workable fixative - I use this one. Make sure to hold the can at least a foot away from your paper - too close to the paper or too heavy coverage and the spray will cause the ink to run too.

    September 1, 2021
    Q: Tracy asks: "Do you prefer layering stamps or layering stencils?"

    A: Given the option, I'd probably choose layering stencils - it's easier visually to line up the stencil openings than to line up a stamp through an acrylic mount. Many layering sets have the design lined up on each stencil, so you can quickly position them to the corner of your stamp positioner and proceed with inking. You also have the option of blending color on a single layer, which is more tedious to do when inking up a stamp. I have some layering stencils that are repeating patterns rather than an image - those have many more options than stamps for application to different surfaces as well.

    August 25, 2021
    Q: Jan asked: "what are some groups I can donate cards to?"

    A: We have a forum dedicated to card donations - you can find the Cards for a Cause forum HERE! Each month an organization is featured, with guidelines and special requests for donations. You can choose from a list of ongoing missions to support as you're able, and even suggest an organization in your area that might appreciate some cards to share!

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