Hi, all my inky friends and family!!!
How is everyone doing today . . .or this week? Honestly, it seems like I am burning the end of both candles, as they say. But not to worry, I am still able to get my crafting in . . . NOTHING gets in the way of my getting INKY!!! lol
As I working on a card earlier this week, I was also pondering what I would do for this week's "Thoughtful Thursday" post . . . you know, so sort of "tip". Well, I as I was cutting my specialty paper, I realized that would be a good post. I mean, how many of you have "special" paper that you just don't want to use because you only have so much or a special paper that you are trying to save or stretch as much as possible? I know, I do . . . in fact, a couple months ago, I received some wonderful paper from The Paper Temptress to do a project and it was so wonderful, I wanted to stretch it as much as possible. Those who follow me on UpintheNightwithKat.blogspot.com, know I do use a lot of layering in may cards . . . but I don't actually use as much paper as you might think.
When making my cards, I always just make the card front that I can add to a card base at a later date. For two reasons - (1) it saves space when storing my cards and (2) it helps when I am tring to stretch my "special" paper. When I mat or start layering, I cut the middle out of the paper (if I am able) in order to save paper to use for another project. And then if I feel it is going to "sag" in the middle, I use Helmar's Scrap Dot 3D adhesive to help . . . it is like a gel, so I add it to the very back and then when I place my paper "stack" to my card and it evens everything out. Here's some pics to show you how I do this:
First, make marks on the front or back side of your paper . . . to come up with how much to leave, I take the amount I want left on each side and add 1/2" and then mark each corner like this:
Then I take my paper trimmer and line up a dot with the little "pointer" on my blade and make a cut to the next dot. Like this:
Then repeat on each of the other three sides. To help, I sometimes make a line above the first cut to help me line up. Like this:
Once I am all done, I have the following:
Now I have a "mat" to go for my card, plus some paper to use for another project. Here's a card I did (and showed you a month or so ago) using this technique but I using both red and black mica/metallic paper from The Paper Temptress along with "Sew Sweet Cupcake" stamp set from Get Inky!:
On another note, remember there is a challenge still going on over at Blue Moon Creation Crafting Station (aka Get Inky!) that you can try this and enter a project.
Till next time . . . let's GET INKY!!!!