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  • September 23, 2020
    Q: Kimbra wants to know: "I am having trouble finding a product to hold my dies in place that doesn't tear my paper. I have tried everything I have seen on various videos: micropore tape, painters tape, washi, Post-it.... I am really frustrated. After running it thru the machine it pretty much always tears my paper when I pull it off, and I am being very, very careful."

    A: When I did the Four Way Card tutorial I had to tape the die onto one piece of cardstock and then use it as a template (die in card) for the remaining 3 panels - after 4 passes through the machine, washi tape was like part of the paper, and there was no way to remove it without tearing. The second time I used a Post-it note, and was able to remove it gently without tearing. Lydia recommends 3M Post-it Tape, which I assume has a similar tack. I found the magnetic plate to be a really good investment too, and that lessens the need for tape.

    September 16, 2020
    Q: GeorgiaBabydoll asks: "I don't know how to get my card to upload to a specific tutorial gallery. I uploaded it to my gallery. What do I need to do differently?"

    A: For next time, when you upload to the gallery, there are some dropdown options at the top - the tutorials are under Technique Spotlight in the first dropdown, and then the name of the tutorial in the second dropdown. For the card you've uploaded, you can go into your edit screen (bottom right corner under your Card Details, then you'll see the option to change the category. Scroll down until you see Technique Spotlight, and then the tutorials will be listed below that. (Thank you for doing that! You can always just upload to your member gallery, but it's neat to see all the tutorial examples together, and it's great for inspiration!)

    September 9, 2020
    Q: Sandy asks: "I'm new to stamping. How do I stamp an image on top of a background keeping the image white?"

    A: Welcome to a wonderful hobby! To make a card like you're describing, you'll need to stamp the focal image first. You'll stamp the same image again on thin paper (a sticky note works too), and then cut it out just inside the outline. Add a temporary adhesive if needed, and lay it right over the first stamped image to cover or 'mask' it. The paper mask will protect the image so that you can create your background, even inking or stamping right over the mask. When you remove the mask all of your background will appear to be behind the image you stamped at first. You can find a full photo tutorial with video HERE.

    September 2, 2020
    Q: Kimberly asks: "Do you have a box pattern for slimline cards? I normally box my cards in packs of 8 and sell them that way."

    A: Our tutorial for creating an A2 Box Card includes a formula for making boxes of any size! It's down below the video. For the box to accommodate 3.5" x 8.5" slimline cards with #9 envelopes, your base piece will be 7-3/8" x 12-3/8" scored at 1.5" on all sides. The lid will be 6-1/2" x 11-1/2", scored at 1" on all sides.

    August 26, 2020
    Q: Betty asks: "Years ago you shared how to use clear embossing powder and ink to color it so you didn't have to buy different colors. Would you share again?"

    A: Your best asset would be a MISTI. You would be able to make multiple impressions in the same place, using any colored ink, and then a clear embossing ink with the clear powder. If you don't have a stamp positioner, you can ink up your stamp with Versamark ink before adding dye ink - the Versamark makes the impression embossable, and the color of your ink will show through the clear powder. Learn more about the MISTI in our My Sweet Petunia forum.

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