Use this quick guide for tips on everything from incorporating wood into your scrapbooks to tips on staining or inking.
Wood, Epoxy, Plastics, Metal Tips For Paper Crafters
- When using wood, make sure all edges are smooth. If there are rough edges, sand smooth with fine sanding paper or emery board.
- Wood can be painted, chalked, inked or stained. Make sure any color is set (you may have to heat set some inks) and completely dry before using.
- It’s best to use very thin wood embellishments in scrapbooking, cardmaking, and paper arts. Thick wood pieces may end up damaging other pages.
- If you want a touch of wood, try wood papers. They are very thin and can be cut or punched. In the long run it’s a very cost effective way to add a unique touch.
- You can get the effect of epoxy by using clear or liquid laminates. Just squeeze the liquid laminate onto the surface slowly so it stays a raised puddle. Allow to dry 100% and cure at least 24-48 hours before using.
- Store any epoxy embellishments with protection for the top so it doesn’t get scratched. Scratches can dull the shiny, see-through quality of the epoxy.
- Even though an embellishment may be self-adhesive, better safe than sorry, so dab a little liquid glue onto the back before placement.
- Protect plastics with page protectors because just like epoxy, the surface can scratch and dull easily.
- Clear shrink plastic or craft plastic can be used for windows and shaker cards.
- If you don’t want metal to rust or tarnish, protect the entire surface with a spray sealer or finish (such as Krylon Crystal Coat) for long-term protection.
- Just like wood, make sure all metal edges are smooth. Fine sanding paper or an emery board will smooth rough edges.
- When working with metal, use metal tools (wire cutters, snippers) not your paper tools. Metal can chip and damage regular scissors, personal trimmers, and other blades.
- Sheet metals, also called foils can be cut or punched. Be very careful, however, because the edges can be razor sharp.