Tips And Techniques

Making a tag for wedding favours or place names

Tags are a great way to DIY your wedding reception - add them to favours, use as placenames or labels for a buffet. It can be tricky to find ready made tags in the right size or...

Closing a wallet invitation

With a wallet invitation, it's a good idea to use some kind of fastening to keep the flap closed and ensure that everything stays in its proper place. There are 3 main...

Using a Leaf Pen

Gold and silver leafing pens are a very useful (and economical) way of adding a touch of luxury to your stationery. They have a chiselled end so can produce thick and thin lines...

Matting and Layering

Hmmm, matting and layering, sounds a bit weird but its actually a really useful technique loved by many cardmakers and scrapbookers. All it means is building layers of...

Tearing Mulberry and Handmade Papers

Mulberry and handmade papers often look more effective with a torn rather than a cut edge. With mulberry paper in particular you get an attractive "fluffy" edge which is great as...

Peel-offs - getting your words straight

  Peel-off lettering can give you a really professional look at a very reasonable price but they do have to be straight. Wonky peel-offs just won't do. The best technique...

Tearing Mulberry Paper- Getting the edges straight

When I'm tearing mulberry paper with water I don't get the neat shape I'm looking for, help!? Mulberry paper is a light tissue type paper with different sized fibres embedded. To...

Using Ribbon Buckles

Ribbon buckles make a lovely sophisticated embellishment for your stationery - especially if they are made with top quality sparkly rhinestones. They can be quite heavy so you...

Tying Bows

Bows are beautiful embellishments and with a little practice you can creat a whole range of stylish decorative bows. Here are the ones that work best on cards and...

How to line an envelope

Lining an envelope with a decorative paper that matches your stationery creates a luxurious finish. Once you have made a template it is easy to do multiple envelopes and when your...

Cutting Mulberry Paper Shapes with a Punch

I want to punch shapes from Mulberry paper but the paper always tears and makes a mess.   Mulberry paper is a very thin paper with lots of fibre inclusions. Punches tend to...

How to ensure items are perfectly positioned on your card

To place your embellishments accurately a cutting mat with a printed grid is a very useful. If you don't have a mat you can download a sheet of squared paper from the net and...

How to make a centre band

A centre band (sometimes called a belly band) is a strip of card or paper (or you can use ribbon) wrapped round the middle of a card like a belt. It is made slightly loose round...

Using text creatively

Text is an important part of making your own wedding invitations. Whether you decide to use your names or invitation wording on the front, there are a number of ways you can do...

Bead Magic

You can create fabulous beaded embellishments like this with triple packs of bead and glitter.   Firstly cut or punch out the shape you want from Magic Sheets - double...

Place Settings - traditional tent-fold placecards

For a traditional wedding reception it is important to have a seating plan with the guests name on a placecard at their seat. A tent-fold place card is the classic way to do...

Rubber stamping - the basics

Rubber stamps are a lovely way to add decorative images to your wedding stationery. Here we give an overview of the different types of stamps, techniques and equipment - in...

Heat embossing with rubber stamps

Embossing your rubber stamped images or text gives them an extra luxurious look and also ensures that the image is fixed and doesn't smudge. You will need: rubber stamp (clear...

Using Vellum

Vellum is the term generally used for translucent craft or parchment paper. Traditionally vellum was made from animal skins and used for important manuscripts - modern paper...

Place Settings - alternative ideas

In a previous article we looked at ideas for traditional tent-fold place cards. Here we show you some alternative ideas for your place settings. Individual menu cards These...

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