Hints & Tips: Outline Stickers & Glues

Outline stickers

These are self adhesive messages, letters and images are available in a variety of colours. They can be used on various surfaces including card, paper, photographs, acetate, etc.

They can be used as a finishing accent by using a border and/or message sticker.

Once stuck, the images can be coloured in using pencils, pens or felt-tips. They are ideal on acetate on an aperture card as the reverse of the stickers are very acceptable.

These stickers can be used as templates using chalks or inks to make a background paper for your project.

Take two or more sheets of the same image but different in colour. Take the outline of one of the images in one colour and fill in the gaps using the “waste” from the other coloured sheets. This is a lovely effect and you will be using up a lot of what you might otherwise throw away.

Try using an outline sticker the same colour as your card this will give an embossed effect that looks very sophisticated, especially gold on gold mirri card or silver on silver mirri card.

It is possible to colour your stickers using permanent marker pens. You can use over-head projector pens, CD pens or there are specially designed pens available in a variety of colours. The stickers can also be coloured using a permanent ink-pad and a sponge.

The best method of peeling the stickers away from their backing sheet is by using a pair of tweezers or a piercing tool.

When using a large sticker, place it upside-down on a flat surface and leave for a few seconds so that it regains its shape. Then place the card onto it so that it sticks without losing its shape again.

Stickers are an ideal way to secure vellum to a project as the vellum will show any glue beneath it.


  • PVA – This is an all round glue which sticks most materials, the type of glue we remember from school Laughing Out Loud
  • Tacky Glue – A veriety of PVA which is tackier than regular PVA. It will give a quicker bond.
  • Stick Glue – Ideal for scrapbooking as it is repositionable until dry. It won’t wrinkle paper and not as messy as wet glue. Also available acid free.
  • Artists Institute Dries Clear and Dries White – These glues are fantastic for loose glitter projects, especially if using the ultra-fine glitters. Giving different effects when using the dries white or clear, choose the one that best suits your project. For example, if using on card, either will be fine, but if using on acetate the the dries clear is the best.
  • Glitter Glue – Available in so many colours, they give a 3D effect to cards and papercraft projects. They can be bought in big containers, but I would recommend the smaller ones as they will be easier to direct to the places where you want them. Ideal just to accent so a small amount goes a long way.
  • Glue Dots – Ideal for scrap booking, decoupage etc. Gives a 3D effect to cards.
  • Double Sided Tape – Suitable for card making and children’s craft projects. Gives an instant result and leaves no mess. Sticks paper, card, foam etc.
  • Sticky Fixers or 3d Foam Pads- Double sided adhesive, available in pads or rolls. Ideal for shaker cards and mounting materials to give a 3D effect.
  • Fabric glue – Ideal for fabrics where finished product will require washing.

Hints & Tips: Ink-Pads

There are a number of different types of ink pads available for use with rubber stamps, all have different uses and work better on different surfaces.

These are the main types of ink-pads used for stamping:

  • Pigment Inks โ€“ These water-based inks dry slowly and are ideal for heat embossing. They can be used for general stamping and also used with a water brush for blended water colouring effects. They can be used on many types of paper, but using on shiny surfaces should be avoided as they will take a long time to dry and may not dry on some surfaces at all. Pigment inks come in a huge variety of colours which include metallic, fluorescent, multi coloured pads, etc.
  • Dye Based Inks โ€“ These are water-based inks that dry quickly on a variety of surfaces, including non-porous surfaces. As these inks dry quickly they are not suitable for heat embossing and the image may run if it gets wet. Great for general stamping as they will give a good image even when using a very detailed stamp. There are many colours that are now available and the choice gets greater on a daily basis.
  • Permanent Inks – These inks are available in both water-based and solvent- based forms. They can be used on most types of surface both porous and non-porous; card, paper, wood, acetate, shrink plastic, glass, metal, foil, leather, acrylic, etc. You will eed to use a permanent ink cleaner to clean your stamps after using these types of ink-pads.
  • Brush Marker Pens – These are usually available containing pigment inks and the colours available are countless. They can be used for stamping by colouring in the image and then stamping it. This gives a lot more freedom to use several colours on one stamp to give unusual, rainbow type effects.
  • Chalk Inks – These inks dry with a soft, pastel, chalk-like finish. They come in a variety of colours but are usually muted and subtle. They can be used for a variety of projects and are great for direct-to-paper techniques.

Just a couple of tips with regards ink-pads and stamps:

  • If you find that your ink-pads are not “wet” enough, don’t throw them away or buy a re-inker, try storing them upside-down for a couple of days, this will bring the ink to the top of the pad. If they are old pads, storing them upside down will make them available for use any time
  • Most inks can be cleaned from the stamp using a wet wipe, if possible, try to purchase alcohol-free wipes, they will be gentler on your stamps. However, use this method should only be used on a temporary basis. Every once in a while, clean all your stamps with a specially formulated stamp cleaner. Doing this will protect your stamp and preserve them for a lot longer.

Hints & Tips: Scrapbooking Glossary


A creative art of displaying photos and memorabilia. It incorporates journaling and the embellishment of the pictures to tell the story of events. The primary purpose of scrapbooking is to preserve memories for future generations, but a secondary purpose is often to exercise your creativity as you display your memories in a scrapbook.


The actual meaning of this word, in terms of scrap booking, is to cut or resize a photograph. Possibly to eliminate some of the background or a part of the image.

However, this word can also mean a gathering of scrapbookers who work on their albums and pay layouts. Normally, CROPS meet on a regular basis just like a crafting club where the scrapbookers will bring their ongoing projects with them. They can also be in the format of a workshop where an expert will host the event.

Acid free

Papers or card that have a high acid content deteriorate over time and may become fragile and discoloured. Adhesives can fail and stain photographs. It is therefore essential to use acid free cards, papers and adhesives when creating scrapbook pages. This will ensure that photographs and scrapbook pages do not become discoloured, cracked or damaged over time and will last a lifetime.

Lignin free

It is also essential to use lignin free paper or card when creating pages. Lignin is a naturally occurring substance in wood that reacts with light and causes the yellowing and deterioration of paper and card. Lignin free paper and card is produced by removing the lignin during the paper making process. Using acid & lignin free materials will ensure that photographs and scrapbook pages do not become discoloured and deteriorated over time.

A page design or the grouping of scrapbooking pages that go together. A layout can be one page; two or some are even a panoramic 4 page spread.


The term journaling is fairly self-explanatory. It means to write some information about the scrapbook page. This would normally be the who, what, why, where and when about the pictures displayed. The journaling an be done in a variety of styles.

  • Using bullet points would be straight forward and factual.
  • Captioning, which can be a title, a short explanation or a description about the picture.
  • Another way to display information is to tell the story behind the photographs, especially if the photo used is kinetic and something happened just before or after it was taken.
  • Poetry is another form of story telling which can also be very effective.

Journaling is a great way to finish off your pages.

Page Protectors
These are clear plastic pockets that contain and display a scrapbook page.


Blank book used to store scrapbooking photographs and scrapbook pages. The most popular types are expandable with top loading page protectors. They come in a variety of sizes such as 12″ x 12″, 8″ x 8″ and 6″ x 6″ and many more.


A translucent paper used to make envelopes or sleeves to store photo negatives. These can also be used for a decorative purpose, often for hidden journaling.

Hints & Tips: Direct-to-Paper

Direct to Paper Techniques with Ink-pads

Edging Paper and Card

Just by stroking the edge of your paper or card with an ink-pad creates a second mat without actually matting. This makes such a subtle that it won’t be noticeable until you place it on another piece of paper or card. Make sure that it is dry before doing this as you may end up with smudges.

Doing this after tearing an edge is very effective too.

Distressed Paper

Before using any inks crumple your paper up into a ball and then open up and and smooth the paper down. Flatten as much as possible if yo want to achieve a subtle effect or leave more raised areas if you want to achieve a very distressed look. Stroke an ink-pad across the entire page and the raised areas will pick up the ink. Once dry, flatten as much as possible before using.

For any technique, its probably a good idea to test on a piece of paper if possible, this will give you an idea of what the final result will look like. The last thing you want is a big sheet of paper that you don’t like the look of. LOL Laughing Out Loud

Shaped Ink-pads

inkers.gif There are so many different shaped ink-pads on the market, like small square, large square, round, tear-drop, triangle petal shapes and probably many more.

Use these directly onto you paper or card. For example, with the petal shaped, make a flower, make small circles with the round to form a background. Do this with the square too !!

petalpoint1.gif The possibilities are endless, have a go and you might end up falling in love with a technique that you cant live without

Another Pick of the Week coming up =)

Hope everyone is enjoying the Bank Holiday Weekend. Itโ€™s so great to have these long weekends. I donโ€™t know if everyone else is the same but have so many plans for the long weekends and then I just end up either going out with friends or vegging LOL. Recently though, I have been working a lot so I suppose I deserve a rest ๐Ÿ˜€

I just got back from Peterborough and thought I would update you on what I have been up to. I was doing a recording of the Pick of the Week with Dave Bradford and had a really good time ๐Ÿ™‚ Watch out for the show on Create & Craft, we had a lot of fun filming it. I think it is going to be aired on Sunday 23rd March 08, but Iโ€™m not sure so Iโ€™ll check and update you as soon as I know if it is different.

I will also let you know when other Create & Craft shows are on soon too. I know for sure about 2 of them, but need to make sure of dates before I post them.

Letโ€™s Get Crafting have asked me to contribute to issue 5 so I will be sorting out designs for that too.

Another bit of news is that Trimcraft have asked me to demo on their behalf, which I am thrilled about, so dates and venues for these will be posted on the website soon. If you see that Iโ€™m in your area do come and say hello, it would be lovely to meet you. Itโ€™s great that I am getting to make so many crafting friends ๐Ÿ˜€
I didnโ€™t have any crafting friends before and now I have loads, itโ€™s so nice.

I am off to the casino in Nottingham for poker tomorrow and visiting my Mum & Dad on Saturday, so that’s me sorted … LOL. I’ll probably end up sleeping it off on Monday LOL.

Well, enjoy the rest of the long weekend and I hope that the weather doesn’t spoil it too much for you. Til next time …

HobbyCraft Show

After a full 4 days of demonstrations, I got home from the NEC HobbyCrafts Show on Sunday night and was on the road again the next morning at 7am!! This was to meet some crafty ladies for a day of workshops at Blue Haze Crafts in Chesham. I was supposed to start at 9.30am but unfortunately, after sitting on the M1 for way too long, I managed to arrive for about 10 o’clock!! ๐Ÿ™ The journey should only take one hour, but hey, such is life. I thought that by waking up at 5am would allow me enough time to at least arrive by 9.30am even if I didn’t get there for 8.30 as planned LOL

The ladies, as usual, were a joy, I think that’s why I keep going back ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a great time and can’t wait to go over again in another weeks time.

By contrast, the NEC was very busy and I have to thank all the crafters who came over to the Stamp Addicts stand to say hello to me. It was so nice to know that you had seen the Pick of the Week show on Create and Craft and Ideal World.

If you were there, I hope you enjoyed watching my demonstrations with Sticky Stuff, Art Metal, Shrink Plastic, Stampbord, etc. I am hoping to upload some pictures and hints & tips soon, so watch this space. It probably won’t be this week, but soon, I promise ๐Ÿ˜€

If there is anything you would like to know or if you have any crafty questions please email me. Also, if there are any pictures of cards, scrapbook pages, etc you would like me to upload to the website, please send them to me and I will sort that too …

I am off to Peterborough to do a pre-record of another Pick of the Week so watch out for me next week on your screens ๐Ÿ˜€

Til next time …

NEC, Hobby Crafts Show 13th-16th March 08

Hi Guys

Just thought I’d quickly update before I head off to Birmingham for the HobbyCrafts show. I am once again part of the Stamp Addicts Crew and will be demonstrating a range of their stamps. These stamps have been part of the Flower Power show, which aired on Create and Craft Channel last Saturday. They are beautiful, which is a good thing, as I will be using them for 4 days LOL.

Please come and see me if you are there. Its always lovely to see you all.

I hope you have caught one of the Pick of the Week shows on Create and Craft, which I recorded with Nigel May a few weeks ago. I had great fun on Monday night too, with Denise when I did my first ever live show. I know that there are going to be more shows, so watch out for me ๐Ÿ˜€

I will be (hopefully) updating the Hints and Tips page when I get back next week, so if there is anything that you would like me include please drop in an email at info@aichem.co.uk or leave a comment below…

Well, I suppose I had better go and pack as I need to make a move, so til later….


Stamparama Show

I was over in Stevenage yesterday and had a great time. It was my first time at the Stamparama show and I reckon it’s well worth a visit. A little cosier then the big craft shows but if you donโ€™t like the idea of fighting the crowds itโ€™s a definitely a good choice. Although there were a lot of people, it seemed more of a steady flow, which one lady told me was easier to cope with then the heaving crowds at places like the NEC for her. There were a lot more people then I presumed there would be as it was Mother’s Day too !! Hope you sent those flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

I was demonstrating on the Stamp Addicts stand, who organise the show twice a year. With gadgets, papers and stamps galore, amongst other fab crafting goodies, it could be said that it was a paradise, well, thatโ€™s what I would say ๐Ÿ˜€

I met some lovely crafters, at the show. Some new faces and some faces that I recognised from other shows and workshops. I will be waiting eagerly for pictures of the projects you promised girls ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, its nearly time for the NEC Hobby & Crafts show, only a little more then a week to go. I suppose I had better start preparing. It has been a hectic few weeks and it will be for a few more.

Watch out for the Create & Craft Pick of the Week, to be aired on Sunday 9th March 08 at 4pm on Sky channel 661. I did manage to find out that this channel is not available on cable so, sorry guys if you donโ€™t have sky. However, I will be doing a live show of the Pick of the Week on Monday 10th March 08 on both Create & Craft and Ideal World Channels (simultaneously). This will be on at 6pm, so no excuses LOL.

With other shows in the pipeline, workshops, shows and magazines, thereโ€™s not much time to get bored. Well, its off to make some more samples ๐Ÿ™‚ You know I love it LOL.

Promise to update the gallery soon with some new bits and bobs …

Well, guys, come and see me at the Stamp Addicts stand if you manage to get to the NEC. Would be lovely to have a chat with you ๐Ÿ™‚
Til’ then …