Category Archives: Techniques

How to use the Borders plate to decorate an envelope

borders envelope

The Borders plate from the 2013 Spring catalogue is a great tool for adding a little pizzazz to your envelopes.

Transform a plain edge envelope quickly and easily.



Step 1 – borders envelope 1Place the base of the Borders plate onto the Simply Scored plate. Line up the envelope flap with the design you want to use (the outside of the envelope should be face down for an embossed (raised) image). Place the overlay over the top of the envelope (this provides the guide for where to score) and use the stylus to trace the pattern. I find that a gentle pressure with the large end of the stylus works well with paper and a firmer pressure with the small end of the stylus works well with card.

borders envelope close upHere the envelope was scored once, then moved approx. 1/4″ and scored a second time to create the double lined pattern.




 Edited to say – By the way, the base envelope is the Crumb Cake Medium envelope (107297) and it isn’t the standard C6 size, so please bear that in mind when designing the card to go inside it Wink

How to gather Tulle Ribbon for edging

affection collection card

Whilst you can always use a needle and thread for gathering tulle ribbon to edge your creations, I’m not really one for unnecessary sewing tasks Laughing

The method used for this Valentine’s Day card is quick and simple.


tulle trim step 1

Step 1 – On the back of your card layer, apply two parallel pieces of Sticky Strip. Unless you want a huge amount of tulle to show, you can cut down the centre of the tulle ribbon, keeping the scallops. I cut the ribbon to around three times the length of the card to be covered to get really full gathers. You could try just two times the length for more shallow gathers.

tulle trim step 2

Step 2 – Fold the end of the tulle under and adhere to the Sticky Strip.




tulle trim step 3

Step 3 – Keep folding and pleating the ribbon as you press it down onto the Sticky Strip.




tulle trim step 4Step 4 – As you get near to the end of the card, fold under the other end of the tulle ribbon and adhere to the Sticky Strip. Continue pleating back to meet in the middle.


This amount of gathering creates some “height” to the card. It is best balanced by using dimensionals on the open areas on the back of the card and more Sticky Strip where the tulle will be.

How to layer stamped images using masking

Masking allows you add “layer” up your stamped design without adding any extra layers of card. It gives the illusion of having your images stacked one over another. All you need is some Post-it notes (or similar) and a pair of scissors.

Tip – once you’ve cut out and used your mask, stick it inside the stamp box so that it’s ready to use again in future.



Step 1 – Stamp your upper most image (ie. the one that you want to appear nearest to you) first. Then stamp the same image onto a Post-it note and cut out carefully allowing a tiny margin all round the image. This is your mask.

Step 2 – Position the mask exactly over the top of the original image. Tip – this flower isn’t symmetrical and so I looked for an unusual part of the design (here it’s one petal with two slivers of petals on either side) and marked it with a pen so I can use it to help me line the flowers up.

Step 3 – Stamp your next image, overlapping them either a little or a lot, as you prefer for your design.




Step 4 – Move the mask over to the next image, or create a second mask and repeat step 3. I used a second mask here as I wanted to stamp close to both of the original flowers.


Step 5 – Keep stamping, covering the image with a mask and stamping again as required to build up your image.


How to apply glitter with multipurpose adhesive sheets

adhesive sheet for a glittery doily

The new Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets are fantastic for applying glitter to punched and die cut shapes. They’re so much easier to use than applying a wet glue and there’s no need for a heat tool.


adhesive sheet step 1

1. Cut a piece of the adhesive  sheet slightly bigger then the shape you want. Peel off one side of the adhesive sheet and apply it to your card stock.


adhesive sheet step 22. Punch (or die cut) your shape.




adhesive sheet step 33. Peel off the backing sheet.





adhesive sheet step 44. Press the shape, adhesive side down, into the glitter.




adhesive sheet step 55. Tap off the excess glitter.

How to fray ribbon

frayed ribbon

Here’s how to fray an even weave ribbon. This works really well with the Striped Grosgrain ribbon, giving it a whole new look.

frayed ribbon - step 1 1. Using a very sharp pair of scissors (our Paper Snips are ideal) trim just inside the edge of the ribbon.



frayed ribbon - step 22. Using the point of the scissors or a needle, tease out a few strands of the ribbon and pull them completely away down the length of the ribbon.


frayed ribbon - step 33. Repeat, pulling off just a few strands at a time until the fray is as deep as you want it. If you try to pull too many threads in one go then you risk snagging the ribbon. Repeat on the other side of the ribbon if desired.

frayed ribbon - step 44. Repeat the fraying at the end of the ribbon if desired.

Technique – Stamping on window sheets

stamped butterfly

Yesterday I shared this faux glass butterfly and I’m back today to share how I stamped it.

If you try stamping onto window sheet, acetate, glass or any similar surface with our regular dye-based ink then the image won’t dry, it will simply sit on the surface of the window sheet and brush/smear off the first time it is touched. Stazon is a fast-drying, permanent ink that will work on non-porous surfaces such as window sheet but as we currently only stock it in black and white, that can be a little limiting.

The answer? Combine Stazon ink with our reinkers!

butterflies die cut from window sheet1. First die cut your shapes from the thick window sheet. Top tip – keep the off-cuts to use as a stencil. The thick window sheet has a protective blue film on either side to protect the surface and you need to peel this away.





mix Stazon and reinker2. On a protected surface (eg. scrap acetate/laminate) pour 3-5 drops of White Stazon. Add 1 drop of your chosen reinker and mix with a cocktail stick or similar. If you require a darker colour then you can always add another drop of reinker but it goes further than you might think, so better to build gradually than add too much and use a lot of Stazon to dilute it again.



inking the stamp3. Use wadded up kitchen paper to apply the ink to the stamp. You can get a better, more even coverage by using a sponge dauber but the dauber won’t clean up well after use.






stamping on window sheet4. Stamp the image onto the window sheet. Reapply ink to the stamp, stamp it out and repeat. You will need to work reasonably quickly as the ink dries out quite fast. Stamps should be cleaned straight after use with Stazon cleaner for best results.