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« on: February 27, 2007 07:53:39 AM »

Here are my four latest ATCs:

From top left, clockwise, they are called
"Same Love Other Way"
"Four-Leaf Clover She Found Something More Than Good Luck"
"Dream Engine"

Here's a link so you can see them better:

Here is my question:

 As you can see, the cards (due to the watery glue I used) aren't flat. They curve. Will ironing them flatten them? I tried gluing them to a thicker piece of (straight, flat) paper but because they were so...bendy... they came unglued. Do you have any tips?

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007 03:44:48 PM »

I just place mine under a very heavy book for a day or two and they straighten right out. Then I apply the new back to keep them stiff.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007 03:50:45 PM »

I really like the second ATC!
It's gorgeous Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007 10:46:01 PM »

i have the same problem! pressing them works really well - but i have a tip to make sure they press out right! check the "grain" of the papers you're gluing. Small pieces don't matter so much, but big pieces are, well, a biggie. paper has grain just like cloth, and when you get it wet, aka glue it, the fibers will expand, and then contract when they dry. if your paper grains are going the same way, they'll warp the same way and be easier to press. if the grains are opposite, it will warp all wonky and be almost impossible to press. most run vertically on a full sheet, but if you're not sure, there a few ways to check for grains. you can tear the paper - whatever makes a cleaner rip is the grain direction, or you can fold it - whatever makes a sharper crease is the grain direction. sorry this is so long, but i hope it helps! love the atc's, btw, especially the train.

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007 12:35:55 PM »

I just place mine under a very heavy book for a day or two and they straighten right out. Then I apply the new back to keep them stiff.

I do the same thing. Works every time!

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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2007 06:54:16 AM »

I put mine under a book too -- I try to do this while the glue is still moist, so that it dries flat.  They come out really flat, and I've never had any curl after.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2007 11:14:10 PM »

i thoroughly enjoy the second and third ones! and the first and the fourth too. hahaha. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2007 02:04:59 AM »

I've never had a card go bendy on me... But if I did, i think I'd rubber cement a new back on, then put it under heavy books. Just put rubber cement on the back of your card and let it dry. Then attach it to a new back that has dried rubber cement on it too, and that should do the trick Smiley Thats how I keep the backs on all my cards.

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