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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cardstock for postcards on: February 27, 2013 07:11:12 PM
It's a little expensive, but I like using water color paper for postcards.  I like the weight, and the quality.  I prefer hot press for rubberstamping because of the smooth texture, but I've used cold press, too.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cling stamps VS. Clear Stamps on: February 23, 2013 08:26:25 PM
What I thought Onyxnox was talking about was cheaper clear stamps. If they are old or cheap, they rip more easily.  To clarify my vocabulary in case your's is different:  there's unmounted rubber that you mount on your own cling foam. There's also rubber already mounted on cling foam, and there's clear stamps--best quality are made from polymer; worst quality are silicone or plastic.

Here's a link to a short article talking about clear stamps:  http://www.stampavie.com/about-clear-stamps.php.  And another: http://www.blockheadstamps.com/TechniquesPages/clear-stamps.html

Again, I prefer rubber, and at this point buy bare rubber almost exclusively and mount it myself on cling foam.

But, again, it depends on how you plan to use the stamps, how long you plan to keep them, how much you want to spend, and how much space you have for storage.  There is no one best stamp, there is only best for you.

It's very wonderful to share what I've learned. Thank you for the opportunity.

Debra

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cling stamps VS. Clear Stamps on: February 12, 2013 05:53:03 PM
As a long-time stamper, I recommend rubber mounted on cling foam over clear stamps.  First, rubber gives more consistent and better impressions with any type of ink. There are some inks that work better with clear stamps than others.  Some clear stamps will deteriorate over time, becoming sticky and easily ripped. Rubber will last years as long as it's kept from direct sun or you avoid cleaning with alcohol (alcohol dries rubber out).  Clear stamps are generally cheaper, so if you don't care about image quality or about long-life for your images, use clear.  Using chalk ink on clear stamps for the initial impression will improve subsequent impressions with dye ink.  There are better and worse qualities of clear stamps, depending on the material used to make them.  Stazon ink will permanently stain clear stamps, but can often be cleaned pretty thoroughly from rubber (if you care about that kind of thing).  Debra
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Assemblage Trinket Box Question on: September 08, 2012 04:19:32 PM
This looked promising...

http://www.craftynest.com/2009/04/2-salvaged-drawers-1-rustic-shadowbox/

Debra
15  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Quilts for Alabama on: January 22, 2012 07:15:19 PM
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16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Other ways to attach pages into a book? on: September 21, 2011 07:16:36 PM
You might like Japanese stab binding.  Online instructions, including youtube video, make this pretty straight-forward binding technique fun and pretty easy to master. Debra
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you use inchies? on: September 02, 2011 07:17:36 PM
Inchie cubes make very cute Christmas tree ornaments.  Debra
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First coptic bound book! Cut out layer fun! [pic heavy] on: June 18, 2011 05:15:32 PM
An absolutely delightful work.  Your conceptualization:  Clever!  Your carving of the doorknob stamp:  beautiful!  Your execution of the work:  professional!  The pleasure you shared with us:  boundless!  Bravo!!!

Debra
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help with Scrapbook on: May 13, 2011 07:22:03 PM
To be honest, it will be extra special because of the time and love you put into it, and "professional looking" isn't really all it's cracked up to be.  I recommend that you put your heart into it and trust your creative process.  Some thoughts--go to Michael's or Joanne's or some other similar and check out the pre-fab scrap books.  I'd do smaller rather than larger.  Don't be tempted to do so much you get discouraged.  Good measurement and cutting will give your work the most professional look.  Include your handwritten thoughts--it will mean more to your dad.  Enjoy the process so he can enjoy the product. Debra
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorating boxes for craft storage on: May 13, 2011 07:15:56 PM
I've done decoupage on cardboard craft storage boxes.  I went to the local library thrift store and bought old National Geographic magazines (really cheap, but benefited the library, anyway), ripped pictures from the pages and got out the Modge Podge.  Of course, you could use sale decorative scrap booking papers, instead.  The decoupage will actually strengthen the cardboard when it's dry.  For me this meant I enjoyed both the process and the products!  Have fun.  Debra
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