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Great Money & Time Saving Paper Craft Tips

 January 21, 2016  /  Comments Off on Great Money & Time Saving Paper Craft Tips

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Crafting is becoming bigger and bigger every single year as more and more of us scramble to get involved in this relaxing, satisfying, social hobby. Paper crafts are particularly popular because they are so accessible. You can start crafting with paper with items you are likely to already have in your home – no upfront investment needed. There is also a world of additional accessories and inspiration online, as well as lots and lots of tips, including these great ones below which can save you time and money:

Heat Emboss Like A Boss

Heat embossing can be tricky, especially if there is something causing the powder to stick where it isn’t supposed to. To avoid this happening, take care to prepare your paper with the appropriate tools or just a tumble dryer sheet if you have one, ensuring the entire paper is prepared. You will then be able to stamp and sprinkle the powder over with the powder only sticking to where you have stamped. When doing this, make sure you never rush removing the excess powder.

Great Money & Time Saving Paper Craft Tips

Free And DIY Embellishments

Embellishments can be pricey, unless you manage to order some good value ones from a reputable card making supplies online site. For a cheap alternative while you’re waiting for your order to arrive, find and make your own embellishments. Keep scraps of ribbon or buttons you don’t need, and keep white adhesive pearls which can be easily coloured in using permanent markers or felt tips.

Make The Most Of Your Scraps

Scrap paper can be transformed into the most incredible crafts, you just need to know how. You can of course use bits of paper for little bits and pieces along with other supplies, but scrap paper can be the sole base of a craft project. This is great news for those of you who may have a box full of scraps you don’t want to chuck because it seems like a waste! Simply browse online for tutorials on different scrap paper projects to try out.

Perfecting Your Stamp

It can be so frustrating when it seems like no matter what you do, you just cannot get the perfect stamp. It is particularly frustrating when you think you’ve got it nailed and then you stamp the paper you want to use and it doesn’t work properly! Fear not, it is just a case of perfecting your technique. With rubber and acrylic stamps a solid and level surface is a must to ensure you are stamping evenly. There are special surfaces you can buy like foam pads which are designed to help you stamp effectively, but you don’t have to invest in one to get a good result.

Sharpen Your Hole Punch

Hole punches can go dull over time but are easy to sharpen up with something very cheap and easy to get – foil. To sharpen your hole punch cheaply and easily, simply punch kitchen foil a few times with it and they will be like new!

Disguise Mistakes

It can be devastating spending hours colouring in perfecting an image only to then make a mistake and feel like tearing your hair out. If this happens, try to avoid screaming and chucking the entire project in the bin and instead correct your mistake.  A white gel pen should do the trick, or even a tiny dab of white paint with a fine paintbrush – no one will be able to tell!

Blending Your Ink, Without Getting Skint

An ink blending tool can be really expensive, so if you don’t have the cash to invest right now, simply cut a large sponge into pieces and attach a hair clip or something similar to make a handle. For best results try to get a higher quality soft sponge as the scratchier cheaper sponges can make undesirable marks on the paper.

Straight Lines

Cutting in a straight line can seem easy, but when you try somehow your paper gets smaller and smaller and smaller…

The easy answer to this is to use a ruler or guillotine, but it isn’t so easy when you are making a paper banner. To cut an even paper banner pop your paper strip into a hole punch. Different paper and paper punch sizes will create different results.

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  • Published: 2 years ago on January 21, 2016
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