Tuesday Tips & Techniques - Why didn't I think of that?

Published on 23 May 2023 at 09:00

Hello, my crafty friends!  Do you ever have that moment when you hear, see or read something and you say:  "Why Didn't I think of that?"  I have been crafting a long time but it never fails that I will learn something new.  Don't you just love that?  Over the past week, I have had a few of those moments and I want to share them with you.

TIP 1:   

From Sharon @ TXStampin:  Place a silicon mat under your Stampin' Emboss machine to prevent it from sliding when you are cutting.  This really works!

TIP 2:

(I can't remember who shared this tip!)  Use your scoreboard to line up a full front layer or sentiments on your card.  So quick and easy this way.

TIP 3:

One part was from Jackie Bolhuis @ Klompen Stampers and another part is from Justine Hovey.  Each had cool ideas for making layers/finding center points.  So I put both ideas together to make my own templates to help with card front layer measurements.

I cut the following layers (leaving 8ths between each layer):

4 1/8" x  5 3/8"

4" x 5 1/4"

3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

3 3/4" x 5"   

3 5/8" x 4 7/8"

3 1/2" x 4 3/4"

3 3/8" x 4 5/8"

3 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Next, I found center both vertically and horizontally and cut triangle notches on the template.  Finally, at the center point of base I poked a hole with my take your pick tool.  Now with any size layer I use, I can easily place a tick mark dead center, center vertically or horizontally without having to measure each and every time!  What a time saver!

BONUS:  If you don't like finding 8ths on the ruler/trimmer.  You now have a template to assist you for each sized layer.

Thank you to all that share their tips and tricks to make card making such an enjoyable experience!  You all rock!






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