Papercrafting in various forms are becoming increasingly popular also in the younger generations. So we asked you – what is your best tip to a new paper crafter?
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Start with good adhesive. Something acid free that will hold your projects together really well. My favorites are Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue, Bearly Art glue and Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner.
Don’t buy everything you see on YouTube. Start slowly with a few stamps and not too many color media until you find your style. You don’t become more creative by having a room full of stuff (which you can’t currently use). Let yourself be inspired by different styles and see which suits you best. There are a multitude of technical videos on YouTube that can inspire.
Before you buy every tool, paper or embellishment in the stores, start with the basics. Then, find your design style and buy the tools, papers etc to suit that style. I like clean and simple bright cards so my go-to- stash consists of brightly coloured plain and patterned paper; rubber, acrylic or digital stamps; markers and colour pencils ; and for embellishment – fabric ribbons, twine, a little glitter and rhinestones.
Splatter and sequins/gems cover up a lot of mistakes! Plus…it’s just paper.
1. Grow your stash by catching sales, clearances, and use coupons. 2. Get inspiration from the design team of craft manufacturers, sketches, online galleries, and participating in challenges. 3. Go to crops. You can get to meet people, use tools on the tool table, see others work and ask questions. 4. Make sure you use good adhesive. It will make a difference years from now. 5. Have fun!
This post is published by TPC Magazine.