Paper Crafting Techniques

Chalking

  • Apply dry chalk to paper or card stock using wedge sponge or cotton-tip swab.

Distressing

  • Touch a piece of Cut 'n Dry™ foam "or a cosmetic wedge sponge" to ink pad. Apply ink to card stock edges, beginning at outside and working toward center in circular motion to create fade effect. If desired, lightly spritz card stock with water; ink will wick out into paper for further blending. Dry paper completely with heat tool or let air dry for more texture.

Embossing

  • Stamp image with pigment or embossing ink; immediately pour embossing powder over stamped image to cover. Tap excess powder off onto scrap paper and funnel back into container for future use. Working on heat-resistant surface, use heat tool to melt powder until raised and shiny; do not overheat.

Eyelet Setting

  • Use hole punch, setter, and hammer – or other setting system – to insert metal eyelets into paper. Punch hole, insert eyelet, and turn paper over. Position setter tip into eyelet opening and tap three or four times with hammer to set prongs. Remove setter and give prongs a final tap to flatten.

Folding and Scoring

  • A scoring blade is a great card-making tool, but a simple fold-and-press motion works well, too. Burnish edges with a bone folder, available in craft store, for sharpest creases.

Inking Edges

  • Apply ink to paper or card stock in one of two ways: swipe ink pad directly across paper edges; use dauber or sponge to apply ink to edges.

Masking

  • To mask, stamp second image onto Post-it® Note or masking film and cut out along outline with craft knife. Cover first image with mask and overstamp with second image. Remove mask to see layered effect.

Matting

  • Layering a piece of paper or card stock over another, 1/8" larger all around, to create framed look. For example, mat a 3" square with a 3-1/4" square.

Piercing

  • Use a needle or a paper piercer to create holes in paper for decorative effect, to create holes for hand-stitching, and to create holes for brads to prevent tearing.

Sewing on Paper

  • Use regular sewing machine, special paper-crafting mini machine, or pierce-and-stitch method: lightly trace stitching lines on paper, then pierce evenly-spaced holes with needle or paper piercer. Hand-sew between holes.

Sponging

  • Dab synthetic sponge onto ink pad and rub onto paper edges in circular motion to create subtle shaded effect.

Stamping

  • Press stamp against ink pad or tap ink pad against stamp depending on relative sizes, avoiding rubber edges around image. Press stamp firmly to paper, without rocking it, and lift straight up. Use dye inks for quick-dry, no-run images, pigment inks for embossed looks, and solvent inks on slick surfaces.

Tearing

  • Make small tear in one edge of paper and then carefully tear along vertical line using both hands. Paper-tearing rulers make the task easier and deckle-edge scissors produce a similar effect. You can also paint a wet line along paper as a tearing guide.