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)

How Do You Get Paper To Tear Where You Want It To?

Information courtesy of Sugarloaf Products, Inc

We’ve all had it happen. You have that one great, perfect color, piece of paper, you want torn edges, and woops… the paper tears just where you were hoping it wouldn’t!

Here are a few simple tricks that will help make that paper cooperate! You will get a different look depending on which trick you use.

Tear paper where you want it to1 - One of the first things that will help is to know the grain of the paper. I’m sure you’ve noticed that sometimes paper will tear in a straight, even, just where you want it to, line. Then the next time, it seems to go all jagged. That is completely due to the grain, or how the paper was manufactured.

2 - To find the grain, apply slight pressure to the edges of the paper with the palms of your hands. The paper will give easily if you are pushing with the grain. It will resist slightly if you are pushing against the grain. Try it with several pieces of paper and you will see.

3 - There are a couple of things you can do to get your paper to cooperate! Of course, you can always tear paper with a ruler. Sometimes you may want to have a tear that looks very clean and smooth. Keep this option in your bag of tricks.

4 - Most of the time, I want a tear that is a little more natural looking. If you’re tearing with the grain… no problem. If you’re trying to get a more even, but not perfect, tear against the grain… Tear along your hand.

5 - Place your hand on the paper and apply slight pressure. Tear the paper against your first finger, a little at a time. Think of your first finger as a ruler! Move your hand as needed.

6 - Another trick is to wet the paper with a pointed brush and clean water. Draw a line of water with your brush where you would like the tear to be. The thicker the paper the longer it will take to soak through the paper. When you see the water line on the back of your paper it is ready to be pulled apart.

7 - The brush and water option has several variations. If you paint a wide line and allow it to soak in only half way, then pull it apart, the effect will be more layered. If the line is very wet and is wet to the back of the paper, the look will be more controlled.

8 - Practice allows you to see how the water affects different papers and different paper weights.

9 - One last trick… when you wet your torn edge with clean water then touch dye based marker, or a brush with watercolor on it, to the edge, the water will pull the color into the edge of the paper and create a perfect deckled look.