It's been forever awhile since I've done one of these and I have been trying to keep track of some often asked questions to post here. :)
If I didn't cover your question here, or if I've missed yours (my inbox is scary and I'm slowly working my way through it!) please leave it in the comments section at the end of this post and I will get back to you! Thanks!
Q: What acrylic blocks do you use?
A: My most often used (and my very favorite) are my Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks. I love the shape of the blocks (makes them easy to hold on to) and the grid design makes stamp placement a snap!
Q: What adhesives do you use?
A: These are the adhesives I reach for over and over. The Glue Glider is great when you want a permanent bond. You aren't going to be able to pull anything up without ruining something so be sure before you adhere! However, things stay put with this adhesive.
The Tombow runner is a great basic dots tape runner. It is a permanent adhesive however there's a bit more "play" with this one and I've been known to pull things up with minimal damage if I need to reposition something.
The Zig 2 Way Glue Pen is my "go-to" for liquid adhesive and attaching tiny tiny pieces to projects.
Ranger Matte Medium glues dimensional (sequins, googly eyes, etc) embellishments with ease. It's also great to attach chipboard elements or anything that requires more of a bond than the Zig Glue Pen.
Zots are my favorite way to attach small items without the mess of liquid adhesive. They're strong and come in lots of sizes. I use the medium, small and tiny the most. The tiny are perfect for attaching most sequins!
Foam adhesive is one of my most used "tools". My favorite is the Scotch Double Sided Foam Tape. It is pricey but you get A LOT. I use it almost daily and I'm only on my second roll if that gives you any idea of how long it lasts! The American Crafts Foam dots have been in my adhesive arsenal for years. They are already pre-sized/cut and are super easy to use.
Q: I would like to know what inks you would recommend for starter colors/brand for stamping of mama elephant and simon says stamp images.
A: Ink color choices are a personal preference however I will give you my top few color choices in a couple of brands. I have found that Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks and Hero Arts Inks are very comparable in function and consistent wonderful results. You can't go wrong with either of them! Dye inks will dry very quickly and they tend to "fade" or lighten a tiny bit as they dry. Pigment inks are a great choice for solid stamped images or for using the Rock 'n Roll Technique to blend multiple colors on a single stamped image (you can purchase Kryssi & I's Mama Elephant Class showcasing this technique with pigment inks HERE).
***I'm sharing ONLY my favorite COLORFUL dye & pigment inks in this post. ***
My Top Ten Favorite Dye Ink Colors:
My Top Ten Favorite Pigment Ink Colors:
Q: I see you've got an addiction to the Julie nutting paper dolls too :) You mentioned you were going to use a 6x8 binder for your pages, may I ask what one you are going to use?
A: I'm using the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Canvas Mini Album. ***Click HERE to see my post on the 6x8 pages featuring the Prima Doll Stamps.***
Q: How do you attach your vellum to your cards as in the lawn fawn darling chit chat set? (Click HERE to see the project.) I tried to adhere just behind the clouds but didn't seem enough as looked like flopping off and then I did add just a few small dots to the dots underneath here and there and then the vellum kind of buckled or got wavy when it dried even though I used very little. I so love the look of vellum but can't get it to turn out the way yours does.
A: I use little dots of Zig 2 Way Glue. Because it is a liquid adhesive, it does tend to make the vellum buckle so I sit something heavy on top of it until it dries (usually only takes a couple of minutes). I usually use acrylic blocks because they are weighty and I always have them lying around!
Q: I absolutely loved watching your video of using the spectrum noir pencils on the lawmaker fawn critters, thank you for sharing. (Click HERE to see the project.) I also have to ask you what music were you playing in the background? Loved it too and would like to get the album.
A: It is royalty free music I downloaded directly through YouTube. The song is Where I Am From by Topher Mohr & Alex Elena.