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Sunday, May 15, 2022

 How To Layer Stamps

A colorful bouquet made with the Triumph Tulip set 


Today we are sharing with you our designs for the Educator Program with Altenew. It has really been quite a journey so far and with each step, more techniques and ideas are shared with this amazing program.


About The Stamps For This Project


For this project, we used the Altenew Stamp and Die set entitled, Build A Flower-Triumph Tulip. This set comes with leaves of different shapes and sizes, two-layered tulips, Some hydrangea-like flowers, and two sentiments. You can fussy cut them, but the coordinating dies sure makes it a lot easier.

My new favorite tulip stamp and die set can be found here.

For this card, I also did a background with one of my favorite embossing folders. It just added a little more dimension to the bouquet.

On a personal note, here in Florida, we cannot grow tulips, so I am in love with the tulip sets that are so popular. Part of the reason is that you can build amazing flowers with stamp sets that have guides that teach you how to build 

To create each layer, you start by using the lightest color. I like the ink pads with the lightest color on top and then pile the other colors in the order that I will use them.  As I use them, I flip them over so that I do not make a mistake with my ink pads. You build up each layer with both color and detail. The colors of the inks make it easy to build each layer one at a time

The biggest trick to layering stamps is to find a specific focal point where you can line up the stamp. on the layering guide, you can see a focal point to concentrate on that makes it easy to line the stamps up. A stamp positioner like the MISTI makes layering a lot easier. So, if you have one, I recommend using it. That way you can check the image before you add the ink. If you are using an acrylic block, I recommend using a block that has visible positioning lines for this kind of technoque.

If you are doing multiples of the same flower, make sure to clean the stamp in between layers, especially if you are using a Misti or other stamp positioner. That way when you position the stamp, you will be able to adjust the stamp without getting any left over ink on the image from a different flower.

When I get a new stamp set, I always recommend conditioning the stamp. The first initial stamping may not hold the ink very well. You can either use a stamp with some scrap paper. Keep stamping so that you finally see a clear stamped image. Or you can use a clean pencil eraser to go over the stamp. Again, make sure that you get a clean image before you start on your project.

Altenew makes creating a layered card with layering guides


Die Tips

I love using the coordinating dies for my stamp sets. Especially on these types of images. One really good tip is all about die cutting multiple images. I used to cut multiple images of one flower on a sheet of cardstock. Then it took a lot of time to die cut each individual flower. One of the instructors showed how she took a sheet and did multiple different images on one sheet. So, she had flowers and leaves on each sheet. That meant that she could die cut multiple images on one pass. What a time saver!

If you are hand cutting the images, you can use either page with all the same images or not.


Ink Pad Tips

Whatever ink pads that you use, make sure that you build your color within the color family that you have chosen. Each layer starts with the lightest ink and builds on that. So, every step after that takes you one layer higher. 

The Altenew ink pads made this challenge a lot easier because they are truly one of the juiciest ink pads in my stash. They never disappoint.

Here are the colors that I used for my tulips for this challenge:

Blue Flowers: Dew Drop, Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Teal Cove, Galactic Stream

Yellow Flowers: Mango Smoothie, Honey Drizzle,  Maple Yellow, Snapdragon, Autumn Blaze

Pink Flowers: Frosty Pink, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Velvet, Heart Beat

Purple Flowers: Soft Lilac, Deep Iris

Leaves: Frayed Leaves, Forest Glades, Moss

Sentiments: Permanent Black

More Tips For This Project

  • These stamps work well with acrylic blocks or stamp positioners. The trick is to find the focal point on each level so that you get the best results. The layering guide helps you to do just that.
  • When you start with new stamps, stamp them on some scrap paper before you start on products.
  • Use good cardstock for any images that you are planning to fussy cut or die-cut.
  • Use foam dots or squares to give more dimension to your projects
  • Mix colors to create bouquets of tulips
  • If you like minimalist cards, just pair the two different tulips, side by side in the same colors. Add a couple of leaves and a small sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by. We would love to hear from you about this project as well as our community.

Till next time, Happy Crafting!

Linda










Monday, May 9, 2022



Organizing Scrap Paper-Step 2


There are dozens of articles on the internet that define how to get your scrap paper organized. if you would like to see our take on getting that done, click here and then come back to find out what could be an exciting second step to finally getting that scrap paper under control.

When you are thinking about what to save and what to toss, there are really only three questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I have the space to store it? If you have extra space, then your options are broader for you. If your space is limited, then you have less options
  2. Do I have something similar that I like better? The question goes to the heart of your love of paper. How many of the same types of patterns are you willing to keep?
  3. Do I truly see myself using it? I know that I have paper and scraps that I think to myself, "well, someday I might just use it" But the truth is if you are using the idea that "someday, more than likely you probably will not.
If you really cannot decide, put it all in a box to sort through it at a later date.

Let's face it. If you are a paper crafter, you will have scraps. That comes with the territory. It's not a bad thing, just part of the overall package, When I decided to get my scraps under control, I found these neat plastic envelopes at Miles Kimbal online. That was exciting to me because I could see what I had. And being a visual person, that was important to me. And I wanted to line the envelopes up near the same colors of whole paper on my bookcase. So, for me, they served my purpose perfectly.

I am not talking about sizing down whole pieces of paper here, just the pieces left over from different projects.

But as the year went on and I was making and creating, my scraps started overtaking their envelopes. So, in December, I decided to take action and reduce the amount of shelf space that they were taking, that was by precutting paper for my papercrafts. So, I selected the sizes of paper that I wanted ahead of time. I then grabbed my trusty guillotine and started cutting color by color. I wanted a variety of sizes since in addition to greeting cards, I also do junk journals and scrapbook pages,

So here are my selected sizes:

  • 2" by 2 1/2 inches-good for card sentiments
  • 3" by 3 12 inches-larger sentiments
  • 1/1/2 by 4 inches
  • 4" by 4 1/2 inches- small photos, layer for cards and junk journals
  • 41/2 " by 51/2 inches-photo mats, layers for larger cards in junk journals, junk journal pockets
  • 6" by 6 inches-backgrounds for cards, multi purposes for junk journals and scrapbooks
Naturally, you can select the sizes that fits your needs.

Now as far as storing them, I had shoeboxes from Michaels that I bought long ago. You could use anything that you have on hand. Baskets, plastic containers or whatever works best for your space. 

Another Scrap Option


If you have an electronic cutting machine you can use it to create shapes with your scraps. Look to see what basic shapes your program has.

In my Cricut Access, there are over 10 basic shapes that I can size and cut from my scraps. I like things like hearts, rounds, tags, and ticket shapes. 

I can mauver the images on the scraps so that I can do multiple images to fit my scraps.

Getting Started Sorting Your Scraps

  1. Gather all of your scraps, no matter where they are. Like most of us, you may have scraps sitting in numerous places in your scrap space. It is time to get them all together.
  2. Place them on a work surface, you can use a desk, a floor or even the top of a bed.
  3. If the scraps are bent, torn or wrinkled, toss them away!
  4. If scraps are in an odd shape, cut them down into something more useable.
  5. Decide how you are going to store them. Will you store them by color or size? Patterned paper scraps in a different system or with the predominant color?
  6. Decide what containers that you are going to use.
  7. Label the containers so that you can find what you need in a flash.
  8. Store them in your system.

More Scrap Storage Ideas

There are many ideas to store your paper scraps. Here are a few ideas that may for your needs. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to store these papers, only the way that works for your craft space and your budget.

  • Use Tote Bags-You can have several tote bags with file folders or page protectors filled with your scraps.
  • Filing Cabinet-You can often find a file cabinet in your local thrift store or a at a yard sale. Use hanging files and / or page protectors.
  • Cubbies-Cubbies or cubes are a perfect way to store your wayward scraps. You can use magazine files to keep those scraps in order
  • Envelopes in baskets. Put a sample of the color on the outside of the envvelope
  • Loose leaf binders have been a popular way to keep scraps by colors.
  • Zip Lock Bags-lots of crafters have been using zip lock bags to store their scraps by color
  • Rolling and stacking drawer units-these are found in your local discount stores. Using your vertical space makes a lot of sense,
  • Repurpose a small dresser-You can find these at your local thrift store or at many yard sales. You can paint them or decoupage them to fit your style

So, what will you do with your scrap paper today? I promise that getting that mess in order is going to make your craft experience much better! You will have more time to craft and enjoy your time a lot more! When you are looking for that one piece of a specific color

A Few More Thoughts On Storing Your Scraps


Never store any paper, scraps or otherwise on the floor, especially if you are in a basement. They can easily soak up moisture from the floor.

Watch the moisture and humidity in your she shed. Humidity in a winter or summer shed can raise havoc on your paper or scraps.

Whatever container that you use to store your scraps, make sure not to overstuff it. The paper will rip and wrinkle making it unusable.

If paper is flopping out of your container, make sure to add a piece of cardboard or chipboard to help support your paper

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Prepping A Composition Book For Art Journaling






Remember the composition books with the marbled covers that you used when you were in school? They are still around and lots of people use them to journal in. They have become popular as journals for all kinds of things. You could use them for doodling in, as a planner. as a daily diary. The notebook that I am journaling in has all kinds of information about Christmas. It has ideas, yearly information, who we celebrated with, and more. You can customize your book for your needs.

After all, they are reasonably priced and perfect for beginners to start with. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. 

The best composition books to use are the ones with sewn pages. Open the book halfway through to see if you see stitches. Those are the ones that will hold up best. 

If you are buying them online, see if you can see in the description how they are bound.

The first thing that you will notice is how thin the pages are. So before you get any further with your pages, you need to thicken them.

Starting With The Cover

Supplies

  • Composition Notebook-the lined versions are everywhere. But if you can find the grid notebooks, they are easier to work with
  • Mod Podge or other decoupage medium-I prefer to use the matte gel medium
  • Scrapbook paper or gift wrap
  • White copy paper
  • Colored duck tape
  • A flat paintbrush-grab an old one because you will be using it with the Mod Podge
  • A foam brush-You get fewer brush marks
  • Scissors
  • A sharp craft knife
  • A cutting mat or board
Note- If you are using scrapbook paper or heavy wrapping paper, steps 1-3 can be avoided. Go right to step 5
  1. Start by covering the front cover of the notebook with a thin layer of the Mod Podge, using the flat paintbrush. Work quickly and make sure to get all around the edges. As you are working, hold the cover away from the inside pages. Or you can put a piece of parchment or waxed paper cut larger than the cover of the notebook behind the cover. You are not covering the spine of the book, only the part with the marbeling.
  2. While the glue is still wet, Apply the copy paper to the front of the notebook. Start at the spine and smooth outward. Start at the spine and smooth outwards, Make sure that the edges are smooth and adhered to the cover. Check again to make sure that there are no air bubbles.
  3. Repeat on the back cover and allow the project a drying time of at least 2 hours( I like to let it dry a minimum of 4-5 hours. )
  4. Using a craft knife, trim any excess paper away from the covers. Go right to the edges. You should now have a notebook covered in white paper with neat clean edges.
  5. You are now ready for our next layer of glue. Just like you did in Step 1, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the white paper layer. Work quickly so your glue doesn’t dry up before you’re finished applying it. Remember to smooth it with your sponge brush. Smooth, smooth! The paper is going over the white paper or marbled section, not the spine
  6. While your glue is still wet (I know I’ve already said it, but it’s really important that your glue is thin, even, and wet. Otherwise, your paper won’t adhere properly), apply your decorative paper sheet, starting at the spine and working your way outward. Since you just did this in Step 2, you’re already an expert paper smoother. Look at you go! Once your pretty paper is safely applied to both sides of the notebook, let the whole thing set for 2 hours.
  7. Once everything is nice and dry, go around the edges again with your craft knife to remove the excess paper.
  8. Coat the whole notebook with one more layer of Mod Podge to seal everything.  Pay special attention to the edges since that’s where you’re most likely to get lifting.
  9. you can cover the spine with colored duct tape that matches your paper. It may take more than one strip to cover the entire spine. Smooth any air bubbles and trim the top and bottom edges with your scissors.

*Quick Tip: If you’re using gift wrap, you’ll need to cut your paper down to a size you can work with. Use a paper trimmer to get a nice even cut.



Before You Begin-Remove Pages

As with any other altered book, the first thing to do is to rip out some pages so that you have the space to add other embellishments and media to your journal. 

You can use a ruler, a craft knife, or just rip them out as close to the binding as you can. 
  1. Start by ripping out every other page in the entire book
  2. Then go back and rip every 2-3 pages.
You should have 30-35 pages. But it's up to you how many pages you would like to have, Be sure to save the pages, They can be used in other projects and journals.
There are different options when you want to add strength to the pages of your composition book. The one tip to this process is to make sure that any media or glue you use is spread out evenly and thinly.
Whatever process you use, make sure to put pieces of waxed paper or parchment paper behind the two pages you are working on. That way the glue will not adhere to places that you want to stay clean.


Getting The Pages Strengthened

Option 1- Glue Two Or Three Pages Together

All you need for this option is some white craft glue and either an old credit card or a foam brush. If you use a foam brush, make sure to rinse it out right after you use it so that you can reuse it again.
  1. Spread the glue evenly on both pages, edge to edge. It is important to get the glue right to the edge of the page.
  2. Press the pages together. You can run a brayer or a bone folder along  the pages on both sides to flatten them more.
  3. Secure some of the edges with paper clips until the pages dry, usually within an hour or two.

Option 2- Add Scrap Paper To Thicken The paper



Now you will want to strengthen the pages by adding paper on top of the pages that you have already done by strengthening them together.

You can use any paper that you have -copy paper, scrapbook paper, old telephone books, other book pages. Use whatever you have on hand. You can add whole pages with glue spread out evenly. Or do a random collage effect. 

If you are using whole sheets to cover the page, follow option 1.

  1. Rip pieces of paper into manageable pieces
  2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge matte to the page
  3. Once the page has been covered with paper, apply a sheet of waxed paper over the top
  4. Roll a brayer over the top of the page to get all the air bubbles out of it and flatten the page.
  5. Leave the waxed paper on the page until the page dries
Note: You can do several pages at the same time as long as you leave the waxed paper between the pages.

Random Collage Effect

So simple and so much fun. To do this effectively you can either use white PVA craft glue or decoupage glue. Mod Podge is the most well-known decoupage medium.

You can use any paper that you have on hand. Just rip pieces of paper and apply them to your page with glue. Use different weights and kinds of paper to get the look and feel that you want. Then put a coat of glue over the entire page and allow it to dry.

I like to do both sides of the page with this technique but remember when making a journal like this there are no rules, That is the fun of it!

Gesso The Page





Because you will be adding all kinds of media to your pages, you will want to use gesso to cover the pages. That will give the pages extra strength and tooth for the paint or whatever you use as your background.

Gesso comes in white, black, and clear. But you can add a bit of acrylic paint to the gesso to add a base color to your page.

Spread the gesso on top of the page and allow it to dry. Now you are good to go!

What are the options for the next step? We will take that up on the next post!

In the meantime, we have added some supplies that you may need for your project. These supplies may have some earnings attached at no extra cost to you. 

Till next time! Happy Crafting!

Linda





How To Turn A Compo
sition Book Into An Art Journal




Tuesday, April 26, 2022

 Die Cutting Machine Tips


Choosing A Die Cutting Machines

  • When you are considering a die cutting machine, check to see the choices with what dies are compatible with it. Some require the use of specific dies while others give broader choices.
  • Manual or electronic? The manual machines require you to use a crank to move the die through the machine. Electronic machines have a feed mechanism that moves the plates through. The manual machines are less expensive and more portable. But if you have issues with your hands, the electronic model is better for your issues.





Die Cutting Machine Tips

  • Pressure is what causes the die to cut into the paper. So, to get the best cuts, you need to have the optimum pressure. Some die cutting machines have adjustable rollers. That way you can create the pressure that you need for your projects. Other machines require adding extra shims to create the pressure needed to get the best cuts. Cardstock is a good and easy choice to add to the sandwich that you have created.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's directions when it comes to making your sandwich. (The sandwich is the order that the plates, cardstock and does are stacked). You can use low tack tape to secure the die to the paper so that it does not shift.
  • If the die has not cut through, rotate the flat around and run it through again. You can also add a cardstock shim to add extra pressure.
  •  Place your dies towards the edge of the cutting plates rather than the center as there is more pressure there.
  •  Use crisp cardstock or paper to prevent the fibers from stretching or breaking.
  •  To prevent cardstock from sticking to the die, dust your die with an anti-static bag or talcum powder.
  • Some dies, especially older ones, can be tricky to get the die cut out of. It helps if, before starting to cut, you wipe the die over with one of those fabric softener sheets meant for in the tumble drier
  • Keep your machine on a stable and solid surface, like a sturdy table; ensure it has enough space to keep all your dies, the material you want to cut, the platform, etc.
  • Running your sandwich and plates through your machine will cause you to hear cracking and popping…..and you’ll be thinking you’re killing or breaking something.  Nope, totally normal again.  What you are hearing is the tremendous pressure being created by your machine and your new plates adjusting to the metal dies and all that wonderful magic going on in that machine!!

Mats And Shims

  • When using a mat, especially a magnetic mat, you want to rotate the mat to extend the life of it. Rotate all of the shims and plates. You will find that they will last longer. Place a little mark on one side of the plate with a permanent marker so you will remember which side you used.
  • Cutting with the die face up will cut into your clear plates causing your plates to get scratched or engraved with the image of your metal die. Totally normal. These plates and mats are consumables meaning….you use them, they wear out, you buy new ones again.  If you are a mega crafter or power craft through a holiday, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.  Again, totally normal, don’t freak out.  
  • If these etched clear plates are causing you some distress, then die cut with the die facing into the magnetic mat (HELLOOO, cut and emboss in one pass). Yes, your magnet mat will also get worn out, you’ll have to replace them. But you know what lasts like forever (well, for me at least)?  The metal dies and the rubber mats, and metal shims…..those things I have not replaced in several years.
  • Always use one specific plate for the bottom of your sandwich. That means one plate will last longer. It will not take the wear and tear of daily use.
  • Always use a magnetic mat when die cutting. It holds the die in place and will help get a better result.

All About Dies

There are two major types of dies which include thin metal and steel rule. Made out of etched metal, thin metal dies have their centers cut out and have a flat back with a thin raised area that traces the design and functions as the cutting edge.

Another type of die is called a thinlet. Thinlits are wafer thin dies that make shapes that can be utilized on their own. These are practical to add to a project or to create a shape that’ll be converted into a 3-D pattern. 

Framelets are another type of die. Framelits are also wafer thin and can cut out shapes that create windows for stamped images.

  • Steel rule dies are sharper than thin wafer dies. That makes them the better choice when cutting heavier paper and materials.
  • Use a tool with a fine point to remove the fine pieces and the cut itself from the die. You could also use a needle that is placed in a small cork to do the same thing.
  • Not all dies are equal. Some thicker dies can cut through thicker materials while wafer thin dies are limited to paper die cuts.
  • Make sure that the die that you are purchasing is compatible with the machine that you have. Some machines are limited in the type of dies that fill fit in the platform.
  • If you are using a large die with thicker materials, run the die at an angle. You will put less stress on your machine.
  • Keep a piece of magnetic strip. When done with your doe, place it on the strip so it does not get lost. keep my dies in a Self-Seal Photo Album. Keep a picture of the die set on one side and the dies on the other. So, you can even see where the dies go back after use
  • Finding it difficult to remove the paper cutout from your die? Try cutting through a piece of wax paper along with the paper you are cutting. Place the wax paper between the die and paper you want to cut out, this helps to lubricate the die so the paper comes out easily. *






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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

 All About Layering 4





Creating cards has been my passion for many years. Because we can all learn and grow with whatever passion we may have, I decided to take the Altenew Educator Program. This is the fourth of a group of lessons on layering stamps. From my experience this course is so well developed that I have learned more in just a few weeks than I ever thought possible.

The example I have chosen is called Exotic Tulips. It is a great set of stamps and dyes that are easy to work with. There are specific grooves and areas that make the layering easier than you could imagine. I have developed a nice eye for layering as I move through this course.

I used the Altenew pigment inks for this project. I like the color families in these inks. It makes it very easy to layer when you have the right color family. There are unlimited choices when using the Exotic Tulips stamp set. Combinations of color gives you many options.

One of the things that I appreciate most about these stamp sets is the fact that they have layering guides. These guides show you how to use the stamps, in what order to use them and how to place them. It makes it so easy to work with each set.

The Exotic Tulip collection has both stamps and dies either purchased together or separately. It has three flowers, stems and leaves, plus two small sentiments. I wanted to give the idea of a flower bouquet coming from the card.

My Supplies
  • Exotic Tulip Stamp Set
  • Pink Pearl Pigment Ink
  • Coral Bliss Pigment Ink
  • Purple Wine Pigment Ink
  • Just Green Pigment Ink
  • Moss Pigment Ink
  • White Cardstock base
  • Pink Cardstock
  • PVA glue
  • Foam Dots
  • Pink Ribbon

Sunday, March 13, 2022

 All About Layering Three

The Sweet Rose Bouquet is elegant and fun to work with 

Welcome to my journey as I learn and grow through the Altenew educator program which is called the Altrenew Academy.  this is an example of my third group of lessons. While each step is a bit of a challenge, the classes and the videos are easy to follow, and I find my skills growing with each step.

The Sweet Rose Bouquet is one of my favorite stamp sets. The details in the layers are truly extraordinary. You use four colors in the same color family to get the effects on the flowers. The design of the stamps makes it relatively easy to layer with just a few steps. I thought that the nesting dies that I layered in these examples gave the roses a bit of nostalgic effect. 

The Sweet Rose Bouquet would be perfect for Valentine's Day of course. But I would also use it for a birthday, a get well and a sympathy card. They can also be fussy cut and layered to create a different effect.

Supplies For This Card

  • 5 x 7 " card base
  • 4 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " layer
  • 5 1/4 " x 4 1/2" layer
  • Cardstock
  • 2 nested lace die cuts
  • Die cut heart and sentiment
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam tape
  • White PVA glue
  • Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Altenew Frosty Pink Crisp Ink
  • Altenew Candy Shop Crisp Ink
  • Altenew Puffy heart Crisp Ink
  • Altenew Purple Wine Crisp Ink
  • Altenew Sweet Leaf Crisp Ink
  • Altenew Just Green Crisp Ink
Once I stamped the image and die cut the stamped image as well as the layer underneath, It was time to build my layers, The nested die layers and the layer under them were all put together with the double sided tape. The largest layer was taped to the base. The diecut layer was then attached to the base using the foam tape, The die cut sentiment was added on with glue




Here is a similar card using the same stamp set with a blue color family. You can use any color family that you have. But you want to make sure that the stamp pads that you are using are very juicy. Thatnis why I use the Altenew Crisp Ink Pads. 

Now that you have seen the possibilities for the Sweet Rose Bouquet stamp set, how would you use these lovely images? We would love to see your thoughts in the comments below. 




Till the next time,

Happy Crafting!

Linda

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

 What Media Works With Mod Podge




In papercrafts, we use a lot of Mod Podge and other decoupage media. That was the original use for Mod Podge. In modern paper crafts, we use ModPodge in dozens of other ways, 

Think of using it with napkins, in art journals, in junk journals and even on greeting cards and scrapbook pages.

But some media like markers, inks and pastels may smear under and over the Mod Podge. So today we are here to give you a breakdown of what will work and what will not work. That way, you will know ahead of time, so you do not waste time and money.

There are times that we may consider using other media with this amazing tool. Here is your guide to what will work, and what won't with Mod Podge

Mod Podge Formulas For Paper Crafts

  • Antique: creates a vintage, aged look without having to wait for ages.
  • Brushstroke: for a hand-painted look without the hand-painted price..
  • Extreme and Regular Glitter: for the glitter lovers.
  • Fabric: to avoid fraying while preparing and using fabric.. 
  • Paper Mod Podge: this formulation is specifically for scrapbookers who want archival quality glues.

Pencils And Pens

While, you may not often decoupage over pencils and pens, there may be times when you want to preserve a piece of writing or journaling. 

What Works

  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Chalk Pencils
  • Gel Pens
  • Lead Pencils
  • Montana Acrylic Paint Pen
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pens

Art Mediums

  • Crayola Crayons
  • Sakura Cray-Pas oil pastels

Inks

  • Momento Lux Ink Pad
  • Ranger Archival Ink
  • Stazon Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Markers

  • Copic Markers
  • Liquitex Paint Markers
  • Prismacolor Premier Markers
  • Sharpie Regular Markers
  • Sharpie Oil Based Markers
  • Rust-o-leum stain marker

Fabric

We often use fabric on our journal covers. And of course, Mod Podge will work on your covers. Here are some of my favorite tips for using it on fabrics:
  • If your project calls for large pieces of fabric, you might wish to iron the fabric first.
  • Wash and dry the fabric. 
  • Next, brush on a heavy coat of Fabric Mod Podge. 
  • After the fabric has dried thoroughly, cut it to size. 
  • Use the Mod Podge specifically made for fabric

These are the products that actually work with Mod Podge when the decoupage media is over them. While this is a list from testing that was done, you may want to test the media that you are planning to use with the Mod Podge.

We hope this information is helpful to you now and in the future.

Till next time, Happy Crafting!

Linda

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