Beading

Attaching Clasps to Beaded Jewelry
Bead Board - makes beading easy!
Beading tips
Beading F.A.Q.
Knotting with Tweezers
Stringing Cords
Stringing Wire
Birthstones
Crimping & Crimp Cover Instructions
Easy Ear Wire
Knowing Your Beads



Crafts

Bow Making
Candle Burning
Decoupage with Mod Podge
Folding the American Flag
Floral Tablescaping
General Tips
Melted Crayon Art
Photo Booth with Props - How to set up
Sculpey
Styrofoam
Tillandsia Care (Air Plant)
Vinyl Lettering



Framing

Conservation Framing
How to Hang and Care for your Pictures



Needle Arts

Knit with Milly Video: Blocking
Knit with Milly Video: Cast On
Knit with Milly Video: Cast Off
Knit with Milly Video: Knit Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Purl Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Knit a Starbella Scarf
Knifty Knitter Looms
Knitting & Crochet Abbreviations
Knitting Instructions
Yarn Weight System



Painting

Acrylic Paints: which one to use?
Basics of Brushes
Clay Pot Preparation
Coloring Items Using Alcohol Ink
Crackling
Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine
Painting Mediums / Products Information
Painting Surfaces
Painting Tips
Sealers
Tin Preparation
Wood Preparation



Paper Crafts

Accu-Cut Die-Cut Machines
Creative Card Making
Distress Inks with Tim Holtz
Getting Started on a Scrapbook
Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques
Inking 101
Marbled Look Created with Alcohol Ink
Masking Techniques - Rubber Stamping
Scrapbooking on the Wall - Canvas Art
Taking Gift Tag Art One Step Further
Tear Paper, HOW TO
Twinkling H20's



Sewing

Blanket Stitching
Choosing the right THREAD
Fabric Conversions
Fabric and Sewing Project Tips
Glossary of Sewing / Quilting Terms
How to Wash your Fabric and Quilts
Stuffing (Fiberfill)

Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques

Courtesy of RubberStampede.com

Masking
A technique of covering a stamped image to protect it from subsequent applications of color. A method used to create foregrounds and backgrounds.

How to instructions:
1. Stamp foreground image onto surface first.
2. Restamp image on Post It Note
3. Cut image out
4. Align cut out image (mask) over foreground image.
5. Stamp second image overlapping mask.
6. Remove mask.
7. Second image "appears" to be in background.

 

Mirror Image Stamp
A flat rubber stamped used as a tool to create a reverse or "mirror" image of a rubber stamp.

How to instructions:
1. Ink a rubber stamp
2. Stamp onto "Mirror Image" Stamp
3. Stamp onto paper
4. Image will be reversed.
5. This imprint will be light because it is a second generation print. Image can be touched up with markers if desired.

Pigment Ink
A thick, slow drying ink. Colors are rich and vibrant even on colored papers and cards. Will not dry on glossy coated papers unless embossed.

Stamp Cleaner
Used to clean ink from stamps. Use applicator top to apply cleaner to stamp, then pat stamp dry on paper towels.

Stamping Mat
A durable foam mat used as a work surface for stamping. The mat "gives" slightly allowing the best ink impressions. Particularly useful for oversized stamps.

Stamping Paint
A highly pigmented, acrylic paint specially formulated to be permanent on a variety of surfaces. This paint has a slower drying time than acrylic paint to allow the user to apply different colors to a stamp for multi-color impressions. Fabric must be heat set on reverse side to make permanent.

Wedge Sponge
Used to apply paint to stamps. Load paint or ink onto flat edge of sponge. Pat paint or ink onto surface of stamp. Also used as a tool to sponge color onto a variety of surfaces such as paper, fabric and wood.

Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques (part 1) (Feb. 03)
Dye Based Ink
A quick drying water based ink. Colors are most vibrant on white, glossy coated papers and card stock. Not recommended for use with embossing powder. Ink fades with time and when exposed to light.

Embossing (or Thermal Embossing)
A technique using stamps with embossing or pigment ink, embossing powder and a heat source to create raised images. Stamp image with ink, then sprinkle embossing powder over image. Tap excess powder and reserve for future use. Heat image until powder melts.

Embossing Ink
A slow drying ink used for "embossing".

Inking a Stamp
There are several ways to ink a stamp:
1) Using Felt Ink Pads - Tap stamp firmly onto ink pad until stamp is evenly inked. Raised felt ink pads can also be picked up and patted onto stamp to apply color.

2) Using Foam Ink Pads - Tap stamp gently onto ink pad until stamp is evenly inked. Raised foam ink pads can also be picked up and patted onto stamp to apply color.

3) Using Brush markers - Use only water based brush tip markers as solvent or alcohol type inks will stain and dry rubber out. Brush markers are used by applying the brush tip marker directly onto the stamp. Multicolor impressions are achieved by using additional colors on various areas of the stamp. Remoisten inks prior to stamping by breathing on inked stamp.

4) Using Wedge Sponges - Use the flat edge of this sponge to apply inks or paints to the stamp in a patting motion.