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Heidi's Secrets

Heidi BorchersIt's juicy! It's fresh! It's Heidi's Secrets! Well, they're kinda secret - - until now!  Here is where Heidi shares her designer secrets. You know, those tips and techniques that make crafting easier! Visit Heidi at her website! Click here!

Tip #1. Good Scissors - There’s nothing more important than having a good pair scissors. If you are cutting fabric, felt, craft foam or paper you need a good pair of scissors. (Never cut wire with your craft scissors - that's a BIG no-no). Also for a great cut, feed and turn the material into the scissors (your hand stays in one position instead of turning your hand around the material. We're going to get a video clip of this made and posted when Heidi visits the Maryland studio in June so that you know exactly what she is talking about.)

 Tip #2. Don’t use too much glue. A little goes a long way. And use the right glue for your project. [Did you know that there are now over 40 Aleene's glues? There is one perfect for any of your crafting needs.) Craft materials vary and so do glues. If you want the best results use the right glue.

Tip #3. Keep brushes clean. A clean brush can make a huge difference on the quality of a finished project. If they become stiff, use a good brush cleaner. I recommend Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer.

Tip #4. Collage-ing and paper mache-ing. For best results tear edges of paper whenever possible. When adhered, the paper gives more dimension and stays flatter.

Tip #5. Tools. Tools. Tools. Besides great scissors, you need: wire cutters (good ones! don't skimp here), needle nose pliers, clear ruler (2" x 18" is my favorite), paper cutter, fine line sharpie pen in black, electric pencil sharpener, craft knife with extra blades, toothpicks, clothes pins, corsage pins, craft sticks, cotton swabs and paper punches - 1/4" and 1/8".

Tip #6. Use old credit card (or those fake credit cards you get in junk mail all the time) for spreading a thin layer of glue. There is nothing that works better than this technique to get a smooth even layer of glue and it helps to keep your fingers out of the glue!

Tip #7. Clothes pins help to hold projects together while gluing. I use the good old-fashioned wooden ones (they are stronger than the plastic ones) plus two small pieces of plastic or wax paper, sandwiched around project, so the glue doesn't stick to the clothes pins.

Tip #8. Waxed paper - use for a paint palette. The best thing is if you let the excess paint dry, you can peel it off and use it in collage. You can use the dried paint as is or cut it into shapes like hearts and stars. Adds a great look and dimension to art projects.

Tip #9. Lotion - when mixing bread dough and glue for the amazing look of porcelain roses, put lotion on your hands first for easy clean-up and a smoother dough.

Tip #10. Scotch Tape - use scotch tape for a fine tip nozzle on glue bottles. It is perfect for a thin line of glue. Great for the look of embossing with glue!

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