FAQ

I thought I would list all the questions and answers I get on their own page as a lot of the questions I get have already been asked and answered, so this should make it easier for you to find what you're looking for :)

Q. What size are my cards?
A.  They are a smidgen under 15cm x 15cm as I make my blanks up from A4 card.

Q.  Where do you get your card/what card do you use?
A.  Most of my card comes from The Papermill Shop, I buy the bulk boxes of white card.  Coloured card is either The Papermill Shop, Memory Box, Bazzill or C'oredinations.  When colouring with distress inks I use Fabriano 5 Satinata Fat Pad Hot Pressed 300gsm watercolour paper or Langton 300 gsm (140lb) Hot Pressed - currently my favourite for Distress markers, it's a lot whiter than other watercolour papers (don't like the yellow look!!) and is beautifully smooth for stamping

Q.  How do I mail my cards?
A.  I have the best hubby in the world, he makes my boxes to fit the required depth of my cards.  These are then mailed in strong pizza type boxes.

Q. What stamping card do I use?
A. Neenah Ultra Smooth Solar White or Super Smooth stamping card from Lili of the Valley

Q. What ink do I use for stamping?
A.  I use Memento Tuxedo Black for Copics and Prismacolors, Versafine for Watercolours

Q.  Where do I get my Prismacolor pencils and blending stumps?
A.  1buy1pencils

Q.  What Prismacolor pencils would I start off with?
A.  Light Umber, Dark Umber,  Black , Muted Turquoise, Tuscan Red, Olive Green, Warm Grey 70%, (50% is a nice to have too), Cool Grey 70% (50% is a nice to have too)

Q. What paper do I use for watercolouring with Distress Markers and Inks?
A.  Best I have used is Langton 300gsm Hot Pressed (it's my preferred choice for Markers) or Fabriano Fat Pad Classico 5 but prefer Langton by far.

Q.  What graphics program do I use for editing photographs?
A.  Photoshop CS5

Q,  What camera do I use?
A.  I have an antiquated Fuji Finepix S7000 that I love love love.  I stress out just at the thought of having to replace it.  I inherited it from my son who still regrets giving it to me for £100 (and he ain't getting it back either!)

Q.  What paper do I print digi papers on to?
A.  160gsm paper (more like a thin cardstock) - I buy mine from Staples and at the moment am using Rey as it was BOGOF and me loves a bargain :)

Q.  What printer setting do I print the digi papers out on?
A.  Digi kits are incredibly good quality high resolution files so I find printing on the normal setting gives superb results.  If I want a softer look I print on fast draft (HP printer) and/or tweak the settings in Photoshop to lighten before printing.  My printer is really antiquated (at least 10 years old!) and I do not use original HP inks either (don't like being ripped off!!) so use compats from Internet Ink, very cheap, super fast despatch and superb print quality IMO

Q.  What glues do I use?
A.  Collall All Purpose glue is the only product I use to adhere paper/cardstock, and Crafters Pick Incredibly Tacky glue to stick down all embellishments.  To secure ribbon I use a small piece of Scor-Tape

Q.  What die cutter do I use?
A.  Hmmm, quite a few lol.  I can't be bothered with faffing on with the electronic cutters so stick with manual die cutters.  I own, listed in preference:
Big Shot Pro
Cuttlebug
Grand Calibur
Quickutz Squeeze
Old original Sizzix

The Big Shot Pro (I call it the beast because it is massive!!) will cut all dies, although you do need to invest in different adaptor plates to cut the thinner dies (naughty of Sizzix when they charge SO much for the machine in the first place!)

Cuttlebug (I still have the original one that I have had for years and is still going strong) is still my go to machine for cutting smaller dies, if they brought out one that would cut A4 size I would be first in the queue to buy one.

Grand Calibur will only cut thin dies but has an A4 cutting area so great for the large dies for shaped cards.  I believe there is now an adaptor plate you can buy to use for the embossing folders.   Again BAD Spellbinders for charging extra for the adaptor plate that still does not take thicker steel rule dies, should have done ya homework!!  For this reason I list it (and rate it) WELL below the Cuttlebug and just a smidgen above the old Sizzix!!

Quickutz Squeeze
(do they even still sell them) only for the bitty QK dies

Original Sizzix
- too heavy to do much else with bar leave it out for the grandchildren to play with lol.  This will NOT take the newer Bigz dies.


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