This is a place to keep frequently used crafty words all in one nice and tidy little package. Okay, maybe not so tidy, but I'm working on that.
- Dies: The metal pieces used in your die cut machine to cut out shapes. There are several types (which refer to their thickness), such as: wafer-thin (for cutting only a few sheets of paper or foam at once), the ones that are a bit thicker than a DVD case (sorry, I don't know a name for them. Good for cutting chipboard and other thicker materials), some that both die cut and emboss (I'd have to research more on this)... just to name a few.
- Pigment Ink: An ink that sits on top of the paper. It's slow drying, so you can heat set it, be patient (ha, yeah right), or heat emboss with it. Works well with watercoloring, but DO NOT use with alcohol markers. My favorite is the Versafine Onyx Black.
- Dye ink: An ink that essentially dyes (soaks into) your paper. It's fast drying (so no heat embossing with this). It also may fade slightly over time, so don't leave projects out in the sun (but perfectly fine for card projects). Can be used with alcohol markers (for example, Memento Tuxedo Black is the most recommended), but test unknown inks first for bleeding.
- Distress ink: It's a different type of dye ink... it's slow drying (so you can really take your time to blend the colors, or emboss with it). One of my first loves.
- Archival ink: This is great for when you want your project to last for the long haul. Warning: it does stain your stamps though (clear stamps worse, I believe). This type of ink won't lighten over time (good for keepsakes that you want to last).
- Alcohol ink: This is ink that can dry on non-porous surfaces. The colors can blend well with each other, and (at least for my use) are found in Copic markers.
- Fussy Cut: To cut out an image either just around the edge, or sometimes to leave a small border around the lines. A time-consuming process, but well worth the effort.
- Dry Emboss: Embossing by using either an embossing folder, a stylus with a stencil, or other form. It creates raised areas (embossed) and grooves (debossed).
- Heat Emboss: Embossing a stamped image by using a pigment or sticky ink (like Versamark) and Embossing Powder. It it set by using a heat tool.
- Mask: No, not your kid's superhero mask. This is something used to protect an area from ink, to keep it clean. Often used to make a "layered" look (as if something is behind another) with only one sheet of paper.
- First Generation Stamping: When you ink a stamp and then stamp it.
- Second Generation Stamping: You ink a stamp, then stamp it off once, then stamp it again. The second print is called the second generation.
- Mirror Stamping: Stamping on the back of another stamp to get the reverse image of the original stamp.
Miscellaneous (for now)
- Angel Policy: A company's "copyright" allowance to crafters to use their products for resale. Each company varies in their policy, so be sure to check it out if you want to sell your crafts!