This lesson is a little random, with some other leftover ideas that I hadn’t gotten into the other ones. Let’s get to it!
For a long time I had resisted getting any electric cutters. I had my old dinged up Cuttlebug with the taped-on handle, who needs a swanky new thing when my old one still works fine? I had tried both electric (which only makes the parts move by press of a button) and electronic (where it cuts around things for you), and in the case of the former, I figured cranking the handle is exercise and I would continue to count that. And the latter – I wasn’t at all pleased with the edge that it gave me on diecuts, plus I hate what it does to the industry, so I keep buying dies when I need to and fussycutting otherwise.
Well, Crafters Companion sent me a Gemini Jr – I didn’t seek it out (I never do, see the lesson on video philosophy) – but plugging this baby in made me realize some of what I had been missing! I do more diecut projects now than I used to, even though I don’t put a lot of that on YouTube – but it sure makes me more willing to. It also doesn’t fall off the counter like the leg of my ‘bug did. And it had new plates…my bug plates were as bad as the ones in this video at the time!
It was so fun to see new plates again. I know, plates are there to be used. I just bought this pack of plates before this class was produced, and had to show you what nice pristine plates look like. I had forgotten! HA! So see the video below.
I’m not an ink gal. There are tons of crafters you can turn to for great advice on inks! By the size of my ink drawer – and how not-full it is, and how much *other* stuff is in it, you can tell I’m not your pro! But I’ll share what I do have and do like.
Copic-safe ink is of course really important to me! I’ve found three great inks I use a lot – mostly I use Lawn Fawn’s Jet black because it also works with watercolor – so if it’s out and I grab the wrong one for watercolor paper, I’m still safe. But – I still love MFT’s and Memento listed below, they work great as well.
Watercolor-friendly or waterproof inks are needed when adding color with a water-based medium. Ask me if I know what happens when you accidentally grab a water soluble one to paint! While I do say that the Lawn Fawn ink is fine for watercolor, I prefer the Versafine because it’s a softer pad and works a lot better on the bumpy watercolor paper surface.
Water soluble inks are able to be used to watercolor, but if you want the image to stay put, that’s not necessarily going to happen. But for some techniques, Distress inks and Distress oxides are the ones I like a lot, I have the full set of minis (minus newer colors, I never kept up) and just a couple of the oxide full size pads.
Embossing ink – this was discussed in more detail in the previous lesson, but inks gotta stick with inks:
Color inks are a rarity for me; I tend to not use them much, just black and white for sentiments. But what I do have a handful of and like – Catherine Pooler inks. I like the oval shape, for one, easy on the hands, and they stamp nice and evenly, and for me, the bad stamper — that’s a bonus!
The last step in any cardmaking isn’t adding that last embellishment, or focusing on the cardstock, liner for inside, or even decorating inside.
The last step is ADDRESSING THE ENVELOPE.
I’m not telling you to take calligraphy classes to make it a work of art. No need to stamp and color on envelopes unless you feel like it. But the addressing means you’re going to actually mail it! How many of our cards sit in boxes, not sent to anyone? If you don’t have a person to write to, here are some suggestions:
Hopefully that’s a few idea-starters to get you rolling – who else in your community could you send cards to?
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