Thursday Tips, Tricks, n’ Techniques

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Good morning everyone!!

Well if you’re in the GTA you’ve been hearing about the snow storm that’s about to roll in over the next 24 hours.. and if you’re like me, you’re planning to stay home and off the roads!  What better way to spend a snow day than crafting??!!

As promised the other day, I’m posting a great video by a fellow Stampin’ Up! creative coach, Linda Gutierrez, on making paper flowers.. you’ll recall I added one on a card I had posted last week.  It’s such a great technique and very easy to do.

I hope you’ll enjoy learning how to make this versatile flower.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the tools,  you can either order it from me at my online store: rhondaloves.stampinup.net (wasn’t that smooth? I just slid that plug in, lol) alternatively, you can fashion the same type of shape by hand (I used a sizzlit shape to cut out my flower shapes and not the blossom punch.)  You can also use a needle to make the holes through all the layers.  Use a brad to secure, or sew on a button, the process remains the same.

The great thing about this technique is you can be as creative as you like.. add glitter or ink to the edges, vary the paper colours, add a few more layers and a couple of leaves.. whatever you want, you have full creative license!

The tip n’ trick of the week:

Working with embossing powder.  As you may have discovered, embossing powder is very fine and comes in a tiny little jar.  Working with it can be a little challenging if you’re not prepared before you start.  Try any of the following great tricks, they all work, and you can decide which will be the best solution for you:

  • Use a disposable coffee filter under your embossing project to collect unused powder — just pick up, pull the edges together and watch the powder slide back in your pot
  • Score a piece of card, place under your project — when you’re ready, pick up, tip the powder to the fold and slide the powder back into your container
  • Buy plastic square “tupperware” type containers, add your embossing powder and a plastic spoon — when you’re ready to emboss, just open the colour container you need, spoon the emboss powder onto your project and tap the excess back into the container

If you emboss frequently you may have purchased the flat powder tray like I did.  You may have also discovered (like I did,) that static cling can be an issue.  Clean it out with paper-towel and try rubbing a dryer sheet over the tray to remove the static cling before your next project.

I hope you enjoyed my tips, tricks, n’ techniques this week.  Please feel free to leave me a comment.  I’d love to hear what works best for you, along with your success making paper flowers 🙂

Have a great day!

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