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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stamping on Vellum? on: March 08, 2011 09:28:12 PM
You can dry any ink--even pigment by applying the Perfect Crafting Pouch after stamping. It also improves printing on vellum with an inkjet printer like you wouldn't believe  and dries the ink instantly. It does a bunch of other things too like stops bleeding when stamping or using markers on twill tape or to stop those annoying xyron sticky things that are the edge of diecuts... You can check it out on Youtube.com/scraperfect. There are a whole bunch of videos showing lots of cool things you can use the pouch for.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: best glue to use?? on: March 08, 2011 09:24:12 PM
"BEST GLUE EVER" (Yes, that's actually the name)! It dries fast and clear, has a very fine tip. You can make your own adhesive dots. It works for paper (no wrinkles) and metal, plastic, wood..all kinds of embellishments, for foil and glitter. Just use less than you think you need. Watch the videos for tips and tricks and all sorts of cool things you can do with this glue: Youtube.com/scraperfect
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: any way of printing on transparent paper? on: November 30, 2006 03:19:22 AM
You can use a spray adhesive made for vellum or other paper crafts on transparencies too. 

If you are using the transparency on something you want to keep, make sure it's archivally safe. The ones made for inkjets are not acid-free unless they speciafically say so--they are made in an acid bath!  The write-on ones are totally safe and the copier ones are acid-free.

There is a product on the market which adresses all the smearing and drying issues of vellum (actually it lets you print on overhead/copier non-inkjet transparencies with your inkjet printer as well.) Google" Scrapbooking stop smearing vellum" or something like that.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Different types of vellum? on: November 30, 2006 03:11:36 AM
Vellum has inherent difficulties like taking a long time to dry, smearing and resisting.  There is vellum made specifically for inkjets which print better but still take "forever" to dry and these can't have pearl, pattern or other cool pretties. But so you know, it's not you, it's the vellum! And then you have to adhere it to the invite without the adhesive showing...use ribbon, eyelets, sewing,...or there are many adhesives on the market. For cost, total invisibility and ease of use, I'd recommend any spray adhesive.

There is a product made to stop all the printing problems on all vellum--simple, inexpensive  and you use normal settings on your inkjet printer. You could Google "stop smearing vellum" or it's in the Nov/Dec issue of Scrapbooks Etc. article "Getting the Most from your Printer".

Anyway, here are some suggestions to try if you don't get the product:
TIP 1: Try printing on transparency setting as this puts out a lot less ink.  
DRAWBACK: The printing will not be perfect, bold or crisp, and the ink may still dry slowly.

TIP 2:  Use vellum made specifically for inkjet printers or office supply vellum which often prints fairly well.
DRAWBACK: Inkjet vellum can only be made in plain pastels...no pearl, embossed, or metallic coating. No sparkle! Also, inkjet vellum tends to be more expensive and still takes a long time to dry.

TIP 3: Use the "right side" of the vellum. If you can find a less shiny side, use it. 
DRAWBACK:  You will probably be frustrated trying to find that side and waste a good deal of vellum in the process.

TIP 4: Don't use big, wide fonts as thinner lines won't show the resisting as much.
DRAWBACK: If you want big, bold fonts for your title, who wants to compromise?

TIP 5: Since the ink will smear when it's wet, dont touch it until it is totally dry or use embossing powder and a heat gun.
DRAWBACK:  Waiting to use your vellum--sometimes for hours or days--can be a drag.  And while embossing can be attractive, who wants to have to do this everytime you print on vellum?

TIP 6: Buy markers specifically made for vellum and stamp ink specifically designed to stick to more difficult surfaces
DRAWBACK:  Buying additonal special inks and markers can be costly, and your storage space may be limited.

TIP 7: Buy pre-printed vellum, transparency film, ribbon and twill tape.
DRAWBACK:  Pre-printed supplies are expensive, arent personalized, and when you buy packs of quotes, you may find some you love and throw away the rest (or forever store them).

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: what to do with old encyclopedias on: November 30, 2006 02:55:07 AM
Bookshelves. Screw metal "L" shelf brackets underneath and to the wall. Its nifty for...books and other interesting displays.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Fixative Spray? on: November 30, 2006 02:53:13 AM
Is there a brand of spray you can use on poymer clay after printing to set the ink but not have it stay sticky?

I did it before but now when I try it, the piece seems to stay tacky. Maybe I put too much on? I have a bunch of different ones and thought I had used Krylon Preserve It! when it worked...
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What inexpensive Advertising works best? on: November 30, 2006 02:48:55 AM
The best way to get known is to have a product that is unique and really works and is a must have...but then you still need to get it known.

Then peddle it to the publications that are in your craft. (Press kits, trade shows, phone calls). They have product reviews, etc that do a great job of free advertising.  Also, offer it for free to designers, related companies or other people in your craft so that if they like it, the word will get known. Maybe hold a contest on your blog or with other sites that do that.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Sales Tax on: November 30, 2006 02:44:14 AM
As a business, I pay charge and pay state sales tax for any sale inside of my state whether in person or on the internet--well, any direct to consumer sales as retail stores or other resellers don't pay sales tax.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Paypal and Other Shopping Carts on: November 30, 2006 02:41:54 AM
Using Paypal gives buyers security. I just wish it were a bit more flexible for non-ebay sellers...like allowing coupons.
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