Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Tuesday Tip/Technique!

Hello friends

How was your Easter?
Mine went by in a flash but pleased to say the Spring cleaning was
a success, I now have quite empty cupboards!

Today I'm repeating a previous Tuesday tip because I've discovered lots of crafters
may still not be aware of this one. 
Since I've started demoing I've been chatting about this tip and I promised to
show it again on my blog so here goes...

Do you suffer from a mucky squidgy mat (aka tan embossing mat)??
(If you stumbled across this blog and you do not craft you might wonder
what I'm talking about!) 
But for those of you with a Grand Calibur or Artisan X-Plorer you know what I mean.
So often bits of paper, glitter and dust gets attracted to the static of the mat.
Here is a handy tip....
Take your mucky squidgy mat and a roll of parcel tape.

Place strips of parcel tape along your squidgy mat.
Create your embossing sandwich, base plate, squidgy mat with tape and pink embossing plate.
Run through the machine. 
No need to use a shim and only run through once.

Peel back the parcel tape....
and pretty much all of the glitter and bits are off the mat and stuck to the tape!
I used a cheap parcel tape because it is a little thinner. 
If you are a little unsure about your tape test a small area first.

Stop by tomorrow - announcing the Bunny winners.

Take care friends.


Kitty Davies said...

Morning All.
Thank you Christine I shall do this a great tip. This has only happened to my new mat, the old one was smoother. Have a good day and take care Kitty.

rosiejt said...

Great tip - will try it on my Artisan mat!

Chris said...

Great tip Christine, those bits can ruin a piece of embossing sometimes.
Take care
Chris xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. I'm sure lots of crafters will be very happy to try your tip at cleaning their mats : )
Every time you open a kitchen cupboard you can enjoy the results of your hard work. One day I will get around to getting rid of some of the stuff we haven't used for years, rather than keeping it "just in case"! Take care xx

Bea said...

hi Christine = conrats on finishing your spring cleaning - great tip you shared/ :)

nattyboots said...

Fantastic tip Christine,
right i am away to get on with more packing today going to sort out and pack up my crafty stash.
Take care
Elaine H X

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Great idea good tip. love Jean Z xxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Thanks for the Top Tip-my new mat seems to attract bits much more than my original one ever did so this will be very useful.


Janice said...

Morning Christine
This is a great tip which I have used on my 'no more shims' mat for my Cuttlebug. I've yet to give it a try on my eBosser mat.
Glad you got empty cupboards now, I'm sure it won't be too long before they start filling up!
Janice x

Wendy L said...

Great idea, xxx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you for the tip it sounds most useful.
Really pleased you have done your spring cleaning,I wish you could come and do mine.
I hope you have a good day. Take care. x.

Stamping Bubbles said...

Good morning Christine
Brilliant tip. I have been trying to get my tan mat clean this weekend using sticky tape to no avail so I will give this tip a try.
Enjoy your day

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Great tip. Sounds like you had a busy few days spring cleaning, nice when it's done.

hazel young said...

Great tip Christine thanks for sharing xx hazel

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great tip Christine
I haven't seen this one before so will be trying it out

marg said...

Hello Christine
I love these tips of yours so helpful!
I have the small plate set, and the tan mat is hopeless, it won't let go of the paper even if I use Anti static or tumble dryer sheets on it, any tips please?
Take care
Love Marg

Val Jones said...

Hi Christine, thanks for this great tip.
love Val in Spain x

Di x said...

Hi Christine

I always used to wash my tan wash in warm soapy water, then use baby powder or other talc to dust it with. Take the mat outside for this process and shake well and even use a towel to remove excess powder and I never have problems after with static and it smells lovely when your cutting and embossing. Am going to try your new idea though, it sounds good.
Diane x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, A fabulous tip, and really gets most of the 'stuff' off hahaha, also dusting your newly 'de-stuffed' mat with talcum prevents the static too.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

utilitygirl said...

What a brilliant idea Christine, will definitely give that a go.

Jacquie said...

Great tip there Christine, thank you.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Lynn B said...

Thanks for this, mine certainly needs it!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Thanks for the tip. I'm off to get some cheap parcel tape. Wish I had a clear out fairy. My house and shed is full of just in case rubbish that my partner is keeping.

karenlotty said...

Great tip I did not know about this one I have washed mine in the past but it doesn't quite get rid of all of the bits Now where's that tape my husband has hoarded away somewhere?

Lesley Thomas said...

BRILLIANT tip, mine is positively grungy at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Christine,
What a clever tip for a quick clean-up. I've recently managed to get a new cut 'n boss so the mat is pristine but my old one could really use a clean up, so I'll give it a try :)

LoraineC said...

Thanks for the tip Christine I will definitely try this x

Jane Willis said...

I've just used this tip to clean my mat and I'm delighted with the result, it is SOOOOOOO much cleaner. I think that counts as spring cleaning, doesn't it? Thank you very much for the tip

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