Quick card making glossary

 

ACETATE 
A transparent plastic sheet you can paint onto using glass paints. Used to cover apertures and on shaker cards, it can be used in an inkjet printer.
 
APERTURE 
A window in the front of a card. You can buy cards with pre-cut apertures, or cut or punch your own
 
BAKER’S TWINE 

Historically used by butchers and bakers, this rustic-looking twine add’s a great finishing touch to cards.
 
BASKET WEAVING
Basket weaving involves weaving threads, ribbons or strips of fabric over then under one another to create a woven effect.
 
BOOK BOX CARD
A deep card with sides made from pleated interlocking pieces of card to give a 3D effect.
 
BRADS

The American name for paper fasteners, with split pins that go through paper and flatten to secure. 
 
BRAYER 
A rubber roller used to put ink and paint onto larger areas of paper, a bit like stamping.
 
CHIPBOARD 
A material made from compressed wood chips that is often printed and pre-cut into shapes or tags.
 
CIRCLE CUTTER

An adjustable bladed tool for cutting perfect circles.
 
CLING STAMPS
Unmounted rubber or polymer stamps that you use by attaching to a mounting block.
 
COTTON LACE

A decorative lace fabric. Available with an adhesive backing, making it ideal for card making!
 
CRAFT CD-ROM 
A computer disc of templates and designs.
 
DAISY PUNCH
A punch that produces little flower shapes.
 
DÉCOUPAGE 
The technique of cutting and layering decorated paper on top of one another to produce a 3D effect.
 
DIE-CUTS 
Pre-cut shapes usually presented in A4 sheets of card, which you simply push out and attach to your base card as embellishments.
 
DIE-CUTTING 
The technique of running a metal stencil (die) through a machine, with a sheet of card or material to cut out a particular shape.
 
DIGI KIT 
A digital collection of materials that can include papers, alphabets and toppers.
 
DIGI PAPERS

Printed papers that you purchase online and download and print at home. Great for an instant stash boost!
 
DIGI STAMP 

A digital image, usually outlined in black, that can be printed out and coloured in.
 
DISTRESSING 
A technique where card or paper is distressed with a tool to create a rough-edged, aged finish.
 
DISTRESS INK
The Distress Inks range of ink pads from Tim Holtz are ideal for adding a vintage, stained, or aged effect to your cards. They can be used for stamping, blended or added direct to paper.
 
EASEL CARD 
This type of card has a section that stands up, held in place by a button or other embellishment.
 
EMBOSSING PEN
A pen containing slow drying, clear ink that you draw directly onto the surface of a stamp. Once you've stamped it onto paper or card you have time to sprinkle embossing powder on top before it dries.
 
EMBOSSING POWDER 
Powder applied using embossing ink, then heated until it melts to create a raised, embossed, coloured image on paper or almost anything else. 
 
EYELET SETTER

This handy tool allows you to quickly and easily place eyelets without needing a hammer.
 
FABRIC PAPERS
These are very thin sheets of fabric that have a sticky backing, allowing them to be attached to card and paper.
 
FOAM PAD 
A sticky piece of adhesive foam, used to create a 3D finish.
 
GEL PEN
A pen with a thick water-based ink, which shows up clearly on dark or slick surfaces. Smooth-flowing, these acid-free pens have archival quality ink.
 
GLITTER GLUE
Glue and glitter in one! This handy product is easy to use and adds a touch of sparkle just where you need it.
 
GLOSSY ACCENTS™
Glossy Accents from Ranger is a clear gloss which you can use to accent, brighten, and give a 3D effect to stamped images and embellishments. 
 
GROSGRAIN 
A type of fabric, often ribbon, ribbed in appearance.
 
HEAT GUN 
A craft tool that works like a hair dryer to melt embossing powder, heat shrink plastic and much more.
 
HOT FIX WAND 
An electrical hot glue wand used to stick small items such as crystals and gems.
 
IRIDESCENT GLITTER 
Glitter which seems to change colour when viewed from different directions and adds dimension and sparkle.
 
JOY FOLD CARDS

The joy fold technique uses a larger base card with a fold that comes half way across the front, and then a smaller card that sits on top of it.
 
JUTE MESH 
An open weaved, gauze-like, material made of jute.
 
KRAFT CARD
Brown, slightly textured card that gives a great rustic look to your cards.
 
LINEN PAPER

This is a high-quality paper made of linen fibre or with a linen finish.
 
MIRRI CARD 
A very high-quality laminated reflective card, that resembles a mirror.
 
MOUNTING BLOCK
A block of acrylic or plastic that you attach cling stamps to so you can stamp with them.
 
MULBERRY PAPER

This is textured paper with fibres throughout, and is available from specialist craft shops.
 
PAPER POPS
Paper pops are made from long strips of paper which are scored, concertina folded and glued at the ends so you can push them flat to form a flower shape.
 
PEEL-OFF 
Small outline stickers that usually come in silver or gold.
 
PERFECT PEARLS

A brand of pearlsescent effect pigment inks from Ranger, available in powder or spray form in a variety of shades.
 
PROMARKERS

These are a brand of alcohol-based, blendable marker pen. They are hugely popular for colouring in stamped images to give professional results.
 
PUNCH
This is a tool which is used for cutting paper and card into different shapes. There are many types of punch including corner, border and 
2-in-1 punches.
 
RICRAC
A flat braid woven into a zigzag shape – usually used for upholstery trims but great for cards too!
 
SHAKER CARD 
A card with a transparent panel on the front, made from acetate, that contains materials that move around when shaken.
 
SKETCH
A black and white outline drawing of a card design that you can then interpret with any colours and materials you like.
 
STICKY-BACKED CANVAS 
A self-adhesive canvas sheet that can be decorated, then cut out and stuck onto other surfaces such as card.
 
TEFLON SHEET 
A non-stick protective sheet placed over a transfer prior to applying heat.
 
TEMPLATE 
A sheet, usually of soft or hard plastic, with cut-out shapes that you can use to trace or cut identical shapes from paper or other materials.
 
TOPPER 
A ready-made embellishment you stick straight to the base card.
 
VELLUM 
A translucent type of paper. It can be bought plain or coloured.
 
WASHI TAPE

Decorative masking tapes. Ideal for cards and scrapbooks.
 
ZIG ZAG STITCH
A back-and-forth machine stitch for stretchable fabric.
 
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