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Tips for Using Paper Tools to Make Handmade Greeting Cards by Ezinearticles

Take advantage of a few of these suggestions so you can be sure that you able to make use of as many paper tools as possible and realize the methods in which you should be using them appropriately.

Border Punches:
Create a continuous edging on paper or light-weight card by using the white outline printed on the border punch, begin by punching, once, someplace along the border. Slide the hole punched section over to the left or right until it measures up precisely with the white marked section on the punch tool. Keep punching both left and right, until you have punched all of the border. Use markings on the hole punch as a guide to centre or turn corners.

Craft Hole Punches:
If you're unable to press down the hole-punch, the paper or vellum you're punching might be over-sized so try to use a thinner choice of paper, vellum or card. To re-sharpen your punch, punch onto aluminium foil or strong sandpaper.

Edgers for Paper or Pattern Edged Scissors:
To cut a straight line, into your handmade greeting cards with your paper edgers, be sure to use a ruler and pencil to sketch a line on the back side of the paper to be cut. As you are cutting with the paper edger, be certain that the border of a pattern touches the line in exactly the same way each time the pattern is cut.

Die-Cutting Machines:
There are a lot of die-cutting systems obtainable now that enable you to cut out images or letters from your personal card, paper etc. and stick them onto those wonderful greeting cards. This makes it possible for you to use different colours and papers for items that you are cutting out, which may coordinate with the layout of your greeting card and any added decoratives. It's a fairly straightforward way of producing many replicas of one identical shape, a job that is very difficult to do with scissors. Pick from a manual machine, such as 'Sizzix Big Shot' and 'Cuttlebug', or consider the automatic devices, like 'Slice'.

Texture Plates:
Lay card or paper over your textured plate, fasten it down with a weak sellotape and rub it with the use of a stylus or coloured pencil. This offers a magnificent design effect for die-cuts.

Handy Tips when Using Card Papers -

When you are carefully ripping mulberry paper, make use of a ruler, paintbrush and a bit of water. Gently score the paper down the length of the line you are tearing then use the paint brush to stroke water onto the line. Use your fingers to tear along the dampened line. This will give a feathered edge effect.

Apply sticky circles or glue dots to give a lifted style appearance to embellishments.

To avoid unpleasant glue whilst using vellum or note card, use a spray adhesive or small amounts of glue sporadically and cover the glue areas with decorations. Otherwise, secure vellum or note card in position by making use of outline stickers.

When peeling outline stickers of the backing, try using some tweezers or even a cocktail stick.

When using invitation paper, use an inexpensive technique and a design that is simple to reproduce and quite light, as well as flat for posting.

Using an outline sticker the same color as your paper or card will produce an embossed effect.

You can colour outline stickers in using pens or paints for glass.

Use exactly the same card making technique for gift-wrap, scrap-book pages and photo albums.

These are just a few tips into the manual and automatic tools that are able to be used in order to make luxury handmade greeting cards. It may be particularly advantageous for you to evaluate already made greeting cards so that you are able to see how the professionals make theirs and get a feel of their styles.

By Matt James Adams

This article was published on Tuesday 27 August, 2013.
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