Welcome back to the next installation of Tool Time! We're still talking about the paper crimper. An interesting note: the first crimpers used in paper crafting were actually small ones made for squeezing the last paint out of tube oil and acrylic paints. And if you want to get the last toothpaste out of the tube, you can use your paper crimper to do that too!
Someone asked how I adhere crimped pieces down. Usually, I use my ATG, which seems to hold very well, but if I wasn't using my ATG, I would probably go for Tombo Mono Multi. I put the ATG adhesive on the cardstock to which I'm adhering the crimped piece...it's too easy to squish the crimping by running adhesive on the back AND having the adhesive on the layer below makes sure there is still adhesive if the crimped piece shifts.
Today I'm going to show you one of the techniques I "unvented". I like to use the term "unvent", which was coined by Elizabeth Zimmerman, a famous knitting maven. She had tons of knitting tricks she came up with, but she hated to say she invented something because it was always possible that someone else had done it before, so she always said she "unvented" something. I feel the same way about a lot of my techniques...there is no guarantee that I'm the only one that ever came up with a particular technique. But since I did the grunt work and sent it in for publication, I have claimed it as one of mine. Your mileage may vary.
I submitted this to Technique Junkies a few years back. I call it "Paper Lantern":
Ingredients: Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Hydrangeas, Never a Loss for Words; Paper - Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Confetti Cream; Ink - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, Adirondack Espresso; Other - Magic Mesh Gold (SU! Retired), gold brads, Fiskars Paper Crimper, Gold gel pen
Isn't this GOJUS?!?!?! (YILM!) To do this technique:
- Stamp the focal image.
- Turn the focal image face down on a dark colored ink pad, pat gently to transfer ink to the top of the ridges.
You don't want to make the ink on the ridges really heavy or even...the unevenness adds to the oriental feel. I thought it looked a lot like the paper lanterns you can hang outside when you're having a party, hence the name.
Today my children have a half day and now they are off until Tuesday. Four and a half days to listen to arguing, watch my house slowly slide into dishevelment and wonder why I ever thought it was a good idea to buy Webkinz, let alone let my children on the computer to play. Four and a half days to see the same episodes of Sponge Bob and iCarly over and over again...good thing there is a stamp room to escape to in my basement! But somehow, I must get some chocolate first. Ta!