Not enough time, space, or money for all of the latest craft tools and products? In the middle of a project and need to improvise because you’re out of a particular supply? Ah yes, most crafters can relate. In today’s blog entry, we will be going over a few alternatives and ideas to help us keep our crafting game alive during these times… we’re survivors!! 🙂
↑ How to survive with no Vellum ↑
↑ If you find yourself out of Vellum, you may find that wax paper is a good alternative. Also, wax paper can double as a disposable craft mat to keep your desk clean from ink, paint, glue, etc.!
↑ How to survive with no Scoring Board ↑
↑ If you don’t have your scoring board handy – or simply never purchased one… there’s an easy solution. Most paper trimmers with grooves will work great to double as a makeshift scoring board. Some trimmers (such as Fiskars) even have their own scoring blades that you can interchange with the cutting blade! But if you don’t have a scoring blade, no worries – simply put your paper in your trimmer and use the point of your bone folder in the groove to crease the paper!
↑ How to survive with no Embossing Machine ↑
↑ As I mentioned in the step above, you can use your paper trimmer with grooves as a scoring board. This also comes in handy when you want to give the look of embossing on your handmade cards. Simply use a bone folder in the groove of your trimmer to create diamonds, checks, and lines (vertical and/or horizontal). I used this technique in the card shown above and it gave a nice texture effect to the card.
↑ How to survive with no Paper Piercer ↑
↑ Paper Piercers can be used for many things. You can make designs with them, use them to punch tiny holes in paper to fit a brad through, or even use them to unclog a glue nozzle! However, if you don’t have a paper piercer – never fear! You can easily use a straight pin or a needle instead!
↑ How to survive with no Bone Folder ↑
↑ If you don’t have a bone folder to crease your paper, you can use the dull backside of a plastic knife OR you may also use a letter opener. Easy peasy!
↑ How to survive with no Bow Maker ↑
↑ Did you know that you can make the perfect bow with a fork?! Yes, it’s true! The fork tines are perfectly spaced and can work as a bow-maker. You can make fork bows with baker’s twine, yarn, or narrow ribbon. Simply wrap your ribbon in and out of the tines in the same order. When you are done, tie off the center with another piece of ribbon by threading it through the middle tines in the fork. Adjust the bow until it looks like you want it, and you’re done! If you want a larger bow, you can use a large fork. A regular size fork will make a cute, small bow.
↑ How to survive with no Anti-Static Powder Tool ↑
↑ If you use heat embossing on your projects, you probably know the absolute nuisance it is when your embossing powder sticks in areas you don’t want it (due to static electricity). EK Success has a Powder Tool which is used to deactivate adhesive; however, it is also amazing to use as a primer on your paper before embossing to reduce static electricity. However, you can – pretty much – get the same results by using baby powder. Lightly apply powder onto your paper (prior to heat embossing) with a soft powder puff or a fluffy brush. After heat embossing has set, simply wipe away excess powder.
↑ How to survive with no Rubber Stamp Sentiments ↑
↑ Most crafters will have an array of rubber stamps; however, maybe you don’t have the right sentiment. This problem can be remedied in a number of ways. You can type then print a sentiment on your printer, use die cut texts (as shown above), hand-write, or use a Cricut machine to write for you!
↑ How to survive with no Glitter ↑
↑ If you’re all out of glitter or don’t have the right glitter color, you can use sparkly nail polish instead! The brush on the polish will help with precision placement too! Just be careful if using polish over ink of any type since it does have the potential to smear. But in a pinch, this glitter alternative will work out great!
↑ How to survive with no Enamel Dots ↑
↑ Enamel Dots make a nice dimensional addition to any card. If you don’t have them on hand, you can always make your own – for a fraction of the cost – using pony beads! I’ve never tried this, but I’ve seen it done. You space your pony beads out on a baking sheet, making sure the baking sheet is covered first with parchment paper. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. This will melt down the beads until they look like enamel dots. Cool, huh?!
So, that’s all for today – but be sure to check back later this month for Part 2 of Survivor: Craft Edition. Then, I will give even more ideas as to how to keep your crafting inspiration alive when lack of supplies might get in the way! Makes me want to sing, “Stayin’ Alive”! 🙂 Until next time, happy crafting!
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