Friday, December 19, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever to the Rescue!

I've been making some homemade plastic ornaments using my Silhouette to cut vinyl. Which usually goes pretty well .... until it doesn't and you have to scrape off some vinyl that got twisted or wonky. Anyone else ever had vinyl problems? I know I'm not alone.

However, once you peel off the vinyl pieces you're left with sticky residue.  Can you see all the smudges?  The word Christmas ended up overlapping on a couple of letters so I carefully pulled it off the ornament. This was a present for a teacher, so I couldn't let it remain all smudged

I took out my bottle of the Best Cleaner Ever and spritzed a paper towel then carefully wiped the adhesive smudges on the ornament.  It literally took one minute and all the smudges were wiped away.  Now I had a clean surface to adhere another piece of vinyl and fix my mistake.

See? All shiny!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Ornament

Evenin All

 It's Glen here with a new project featuring the great products from ScraPerfect! I started by using the Best Glue Ever to adhere paper to card-stock to make a strong base for my ornament. As you can see from the picture my kitten Mr Bishop is on hand to make sure everything goes smooth as I work.

Focus on Card Techniques: Printing, Gluing, Design

Amy here with another sympathy card... Hoping, you don't need to make one, I think there are several techniques of interest in this card which I've stepped out for you.

During the whole process, I’m thinking about the person for whom I am making this card. I feel sad. But I feel by making this card, I am letting her know people care, and she is loved. 

I find I tend to choose muted colors, natural materials, and usually a flower or leaf embellishment of some sort.

For the creative process and step-by-step printing techniques, read on:

For this card, I chose a lot of handmade papers from India. They are very beautiful, but can be a gluing challenge because of the deep textures, shiny coatings, absorbent qualities, translucency, and the sparkles and glitters. 
The Best Glue Ever™ works perfectly, of course! It is very tacky--so you really don’t need to apply a lot. In fact, there’s more on this paper than usual because of the textured paper.
The thing about creating is you start down one path and then might decide it’s not right. 
That happened here! I began by trying a "bejeweled" strip and adding hemp twine... 

Hemp twine? Nah.

Two line message?? Hmmm.
Long thin message? sigh.

(For complete step-by-step on how to create this vellum message, scroll to end of post.)

NOPE! I just don't like the white strip of paper across the card with a second message. 
>>I decided to print directly onto a strip of mulberry paper instead

But HOW?
(PSSST! It's really easy.)

1. Print message on regular inkjet printer paper
2. Use painter's tape to affix specialty paper on top of writing. 

3. treat paper with the Perfect Crafting Pouch™ so the ink will be crisp and won't bleed into the absorbent paper.

4. Put paper back into the paper try (in reverse) so it prints the same message in the same place...but this time it will print onto the specialty paper!

Because the mulberry paper is both absorbent and translucent, I applied the glue to the brown coated paper and I let it dry to nearly clear so it wouldn’t show though the mulberry paper.
Left a little longer, it will becomes just like Glue Dots™, 
but I just needed to wait long enough that it wouldn't seep through the material.
Press mulberry onto the sticky adhesive.

Apply glue to the chipboard stem and press.

The twine at the top makes it look more finished!

Now for a vellum message inside the card...

1. Write and print out message using computer.

2. Temporarily tape vellum to paper using masking tape.
(If you have lots of WASHI tape around and don’t know what to do with it, use it to temporarily hold the vellum in place. It’s a little tackier than painter’s tape, but it works.)
3. On vellum which can smear, bleed, or take too long to dry,
 wipe with Perfect Crafting Pouch™ for perfect result

4. Insert paper so it reprints right onto the vellum piece.

Pretty, right?
Now to adhere the vellum invisibly:
No need for special vellum adhesive!
The Best Glue Ever™ dries clear and invisible!
Just spread it completely onto the back and let it dry to clear and tacky.I often use a snippet of foam rubber as a “foam brush” because it’s cheap and I don’t have to wash it.
This time I used a makeup wedge from a pack I found for 10¢ at a garage sale.

Press down. Here’s a closeup so you can see you can't see the glue!In about a minute or less, the glue was clear and very tacky, so I stuck it inside.
Anyone who uses vellum will appreciate the fact that it doesn’t turn yellow or begin to show through even after years
Finished card.

One more thing...although I don’t recommend storing the bottle uncovered, it’s nice that you can leave the top off during while crafting and not have to worry about the glue drying up or clogging.
(If it does ever clog, there’s probably a the tiny glue dot plug at the tip. Just pull it out and you’re good to go! )

****Here’s how to print on vellum or specialty paper:

1. Print message on regular printer paper. Don’t worry about location on the paper, but get the words, size, and font right.

2. Use painter’s tape to tape the vellum or specialty paper right over the words.

3. Swipe the Perfect Crafting Pouch over the vellum to assure crisp, perfect results with no bleeding or smearing and instant drying.

4. Put the paper back into your printer so it prints in the same place as before. (For HP it means upside down.)

5. Reprint with Normal ink settings. VOILA!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever Indeed!

 It's Glen here with a short but sweet post about the Best Cleaner Ever and how it works wonders on anything. I'm a guy and like most guys I can really be rough on my things. I mean I destroy my non-stick mat and as you can see in the pictures both sides are covered in Gesso and ink and adhesives and glitter as well.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever!!!

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.  Those who know me, know that when I get into my creative zone, I don't stop.  I generally end up covered with paint and ink and glue. 

I've always had difficulty removing all the stuff from my hands when I'm done.  Soap and water doesn't all cut it and I dread using turpentine. This is what's left as scrubbing!!!!

So I pulled out the Best Cleaner Ever to see if it would remove all that residue from my hands.  And you can see the results here.

I was even able to easily remove the paint from under my nails.   And the best parts is there is no greasy residue.  Just use the Best Cleaner Ever and once all the residue has been removed, simply wash you hands in warm water.

Well, what do you think?  It worked really well, has no odor and leaves no residue as turpentine does.
If you've ever smelled turpentine, you know that odor can be overwhelming.  Not so with the Best Cleaner Ever. 

So next time you have a job that needs you to be clean, reach for the Best Cleaner Ever.  You'll be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quick and Easy Shaker Card

Shaker elements are really fun, but can be tricky to make.  I used some left over foam board and the Best Glue Ever to put together a shaker element for my Christmas card -- in a snap!

Here's what you need:  some paper, foam board, Best Glue Ever, sequins, and a piece of clear plastic (I used a piece of a page protector).  Any die that has an opening will work, however for the thin wafer dies you'll have to cut your foam board by hand.  Since the steel ruled dies will also cut through foam board it saves you quite a bit of time and energy.

First, I used a Tim Holtz steel ruled die to cut my pieces out of paper and then the foam board.  For the back paper I used the paper scrap from the die cut to trace the exterior shape onto my paper and then cut out.

Assembling is a breeze!  The order is: (1) top paper, (2) plastic, (3) foam board. 

Use the Best Glue Ever to glue your plastic onto the back of your top paper.  I made sure I ran a line of glue all around the exterior so no sequins would escape.  Next, glue your piece of foam board to the plastic, making sure to line it up so that it doesn't show through the front.

I went one additional step here.  Because the window openings were small I choose to cut the center piece out and snip most of the connections so that my sequins could flow throughout the card.  Here it is after gluing both sections of the foam. 

The next step is to fill your shaker. Use sequins, beads, glitter, or just the paper waste from your hole punch.  Then add a line of glue around the entire edge(s) of your shaker box to contain the material inside the shaker and add your back paper.

Finally, you're ready to add this to your project!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Configuration IV

Evenin All
 It's Glen here with the final?, installment of my project. I used the Best Glue Ever to wrap the battery pack in paper and then adhere it to the back down low to prevent tipping.