A sweet gal named Cindy emailed me the other day asking if I ever do question and answer posts. Honestly, I don’t believe I have! So I thought I would give it a try.

If you have any questions for me about the wonderful world of card making, leave them in the comments below and I will answer as many as I can here in a future post.


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83 thoughts on “Questions?”

  1. I have a question about the corner rounding that I see a lot. Is there any rhyme or reason to which corners to round, when to round, etc. I know it’s probably a gut feeling thing, but I need help getting started. πŸ™‚

  2. I have a question about the corner rounding that I see a lot. Is there any rhyme or reason to which corners to round, when to round, etc. I know it’s probably a gut feeling thing, but I need help getting started. πŸ™‚

  3. I was also going to ask about corner rounding – which corner(s)? Also how do you decided which embellishments to use and where to put them. I have trouble with them – I think I need a class!

  4. I always wonder how you decide which type of ink to use on a project (distress, hero arts shadow, dye, chalk, etc) and how you feel about the gelatos that I’ve been seeing in stores more and more lately. Thanks!

  5. I am sure this one will be a big question. When will you share your brand spankin new craft room with us via video? You gave us a small sneak peek in one of your classes but we want the grand tour. I’d love to see all you new storage spaces. πŸ™‚

  6. So when you are displaying your cards to photograph, what kind of lighting do you use and how do you stand up your background? Do you adhere paper to a box or a wall adjacent to your desk?
    (You can probably tell I have been trying to figure this out for a while!)

  7. What a great idea, even I canΒ΄t think of a question here right now, but it will come later, IΒ΄m sure LOL.

  8. Jennifer, thanks for the opportunity to ask! It has been quite a while since you’ve done anything with alcohol inks. I’ve recently seen some videos making and using an alcohol ink palettes with the fillable pen filled with blending solution. I’d love to see some of your work using alcohol inks in a detailed, foreground image.


  9. Hi Jennifer!

    I bought a large set of Inktense Pencils and would love to see you do more with them. My question is: since they are ink in pencil form is there a way to apply them to stamps as an “ink pad” and if so, which type of stamps would be best?


  10. Jennifer, have you ever made your own stamps out of foam using stell-ruled dies? If so, do you have any tips and tricks?


  11. Hi Jennifer!!

    I have one more question. I just bought a second Fiskars stamp press and this one is larger and has a removable plate. Would you please demonstrate the number of ways to use it?


  12. Love the idea of questions and answers on your blog, Jennifer. What’s your absolute favorite color combination for card making?

  13. Do you clean up after every card making session? Do you make a practice card before making the final one that you send or show here? Thanks, Susan

  14. what a great idea! I have one question (so far). When I first saw this stamp my thought was – how can I use it? The only thing I can think of is creating backgrounds. But maybe when this stamp was developing there were more possibilities of using in mind.
    It would be great if you show how it could be applied.

  15. I am so overwhelmed with ALL the product available. I would like to know what is best for a CORE kit of supplies. Of course I would love every ink pad, every acylic stamp, and every marker but of course we know it’s unrealistic. I just would love to know how do you start with the basics and still managed to make beautiful things. What do you recommend?

  16. I still get confused about the different inks and what to use in what situation. An idiots guide to ink would be brilliant.

  17. When I am thinking about creating a card, all sorts of variations come to mind and it drives me crazy… (or I could do this, or that, or … wait a minute, how about this?) Do you have some tips on designing and deciding on the elements to use?

  18. Do you know of any swap boards for crafters? Many of us have gently used supplies we no longer use and would be happy to sell/trade to other crafters.

  19. I have a question about your stamp storage you shared here recently I went and got the CD sleeves like yours. I love them but I am finding that some of my sets are too tall to fit in them. What do you do with sets that are not small enough to fit inside?

  20. I have many types of art pencils such as inktense, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils. I have trouble finding a sharpener that doesn’t break the tips. Any tips on what you use and recommended way to sharpen them? Thank you!

  21. I love those ink tense pencils, and I just bought some! How do you sharpen them? My regular colored pencils always break when try to sharpen them, and I don’t want to ruin these. Thanks!

  22. Thanks for taking our questions, Jennifer. I’ve noticed that a lot of companies are now making steel dies that coordinate with their stamps. When the die is solid (rather than an outline), what’s the best method to use to stamp within that small area? I can’t seem to get the hang of it.

  23. Hi Jennifer,
    I recently purchased the Amy Tangerine date stamp which you demoed in a recent video. What do you do with a month like March 2013 that has 6 lines of dates and not five? (That pesky 31st on a Sunday)! How do I get that last date lined up properly? I only hope there aren’t many months that do this.

  24. I also would like to know what font the “Questions” is. I’d love to see your craft space also. Can you do a video soon? Thanks for the chance to ask you questions. Love following your blog.

  25. Hi Jennifer … You posted a video some time ago about where you bought your custom stamps for cards (“handmade by…” ) and your address stamps…. from Etsy, I think?? For the life of me, I can’t remember. Can you share that information again.? Thanks … Lori

  26. Hi Jennifer … You posted a video some time ago about where you bought your custom stamps for cards (“handmade by…” ) and your address stamps…. from Etsy, I think?? For the life of me, I can’t remember. Can you share that information again.? Thanks … Lori

  27. Hi Jennifer…

    I’m wondering if you have a process for storing your scraps? I always have little bits and pieces of papers, die cuts, and such lying around after I make a card, and I haven’t come up with a good way to corral everything.

    I would also like to know if you make the cards that you give away “on demand as needed or if you keep a “stash” of cards for occasions.

    Thanks for asking what’s on our minds πŸ™‚

    1. I use gallong ziplock bags and store my scraps by color. Then stand them up in a tub that they fit. I use a lot more scraps now. I also put only clean edged scraps in the bags. If they have any punches or rough edges; I cut them off. They go in and out of the bags much easier. I also store my printed scraps in general color catagories this way.

  28. Hi Jen,

    I like to use distress ink for watercoloring, but can’t seem to find a permanent black ink that won’t run or bleed. Do you have a favorite ink that I wouldn’t have to use StazOn with? Thanks for all the great ideas.

  29. Question 1: How do you photograph your projects so well?

    Question 2: Where do you get your inspiration????

    Question 3: What is your fave, you go-to ink for your cards? I know you did your faves…but what is your ultimate fave? please? πŸ™‚

  30. This is a fabulous idea! I have so many things I’d love to pick your brain about! What is your favorite technique? How did you start stamping and getting published? What top 10 things do you need to be a great crafter? Thanks for asking for our input!

  31. Where do you find the time to do all that you do?? How do you juggle family time and creating time, not to mention everything else?? You come up with so many unique ideas…

  32. I don’t have a question at this time, but just wanted to say – Thank you πŸ™‚ For responding to Cindy’s request – you are the best – I look forward to reading the answers!

  33. My question is also about inks. I have seen alot of you awesome card makers using Hero Arts mid tone shadow inks. Just today i ordered my first 5 shadow inks mid tone was the ones i opted to start out with and got Pale tomato-Tide pool-Orange soda-green hills-and wet cement.
    What are your most used shadow inks? Also do you prefer shadow or mid tone shadow inks?
    Also i eventually hope to have them all but im on a limited (very) limited income and wondering if you would give me a hand on what colors you would order next.
    I also finally ordered myself the fiskars stamp press today too. Ive been saving every spare penny on one of those forever it seems like. It definitely cant get here quick enough. Hehehe.
    Thanks for all the many tips and techniques i have learned from stalking you here on your blog.

  34. I’ve been wondering who you picked for the box of goodies you were selling.

    Carmen Lucero
    cal8007 at aol dot com

  35. Hi Jennifer, I have a question. What is the answer to getting that danged glossy accents out of the bottle. I have tried all kinds of ways including tapping it on the bench, poking things like needles and bits of plastic in it . It gives me a lot of grief. Wouldn’t it be nice if the manufacturers could come up with some sort of lid that actually works. Oh well, I guess I’ll keep on thumping and banging and cleaning and tapping.

  36. Have you had an opportunity to try out the EBosser by Craftwell Industries? Due to hand arthritis I’m thinking of investing in an electric powered embossing/die-cutting machine. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the EBosser vs. the Vagabond. Thanks!

  37. I love this !!! Some questions are the questions that I would ask..can’t wait to read you answer. Thank you so much !! πŸ™‚

  38. Jennifer, since you make so many cards using distress ink…before you go to mail the card, do you put a coating of fixative over it? I am always worried that a drop of water is going to hit my card on the receiving end and the ink is going to start moving at the fascination and wonder of the recipient. So I take precautions in the mail and always seal my cards in plastic sleeves before putting them in the envelope. But this is never talked about. Thanks.

    Katie B.

  39. Not a question more like a request. Please post pictures movies etc of your new craft room. What are you going to do with the old craft area? I love home decor as well as crafting and would love to see it. I am sure I am not alone. Thanks mdw

  40. What a generous offer. This will take you a year! I don’t want to add another. I’ll repeat one from earlier. What are your favorite color combos?

  41. I have several brothers and need masculin cards ofter, is there a formula for making a card masculin vs feminine other than blue or pink, fenders or flowers? Why hasn’t washi tape come in a tire tread patter yet? Thank you and appreciate the question session.

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