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Post by lyndaejane on Mon 7 Feb 2011 - 18:45

If the DST sticks before you're ready or you realise the picture is on skew-whiff, this is how to salvage things (works nearly every time, leaving no trace on the underneath surface, although there are probably some surfaces that will react badly).

Find a corner or edge where the DST isn't stuck and lift it gently. Put your mouth close to the area and hurrgh! (puff out some hot steamy air, like you would do if you were cleaning a spot on glass or similar). As you hurrgh, gently pull the DSTed item away from the underneath surface, just a little bit. Keep hurrghing and pulling until the whole thing comes away and you can reposition it in the correct place.

Also works with the new-style postage stamps.

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Post by Guest on Mon 7 Feb 2011 - 19:35

You can also, of course, use your heat gun on the reverse side for a while and the tape will just lift off, leaving no marks.

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Post by Guest on Mon 7 Feb 2011 - 21:08

They are useful to know. I do stick them slightly out at times although
experience makes me be very cautious at sticking matts down.
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Post by Di Masters on Mon 7 Feb 2011 - 21:18

Good tips, times I have stuck things cockeyed and fought to get them off or disguise it!

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 8 Feb 2011 - 1:53

Oh, excellent tips. clap

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Tue 8 Feb 2011 - 7:44

Great tips! I am of course the queen of sticking the wrong thing to the wrong bit, as you may remember from the Retreat!

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Post by thriftycrafter on Tue 8 Feb 2011 - 7:56

Didn't know either of these, so thank you.

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Post by karinlouise on Tue 8 Feb 2011 - 11:31

Thanks for these tips, I must admit I have occasionally breathed on things though I haven't done it for a while so had forgotten LOL. As for the heat gun DUH!!!! of course this would work to, really didn't think of that. Thanks for that

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Post by supergran on Wed 9 Feb 2011 - 20:11

Thanks for that as I am forever putting things on squint, tried the tip of only pulling a small part of the tape shield on each side lineing it up and sticking the corners down and pulling through the rest of the cover, but for some reason I still sometimes get them squint.

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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 9:42

I know what you mean, Billie, as I always do the thing with pulling up just a little part of the backing on each side but still sometimes get it wrong, especially when it's a large piece. I've found this helps if you are sticking down a large piece of paper or card: put a small piece of DST in the middle of the whole thing and pull that off completely, before you pull up just a little part of the DST backing round each side. Place the piece down and get it lined up just as you want it, then press down on the centre of the piece while you remove just one of the edge DST backings. Gently press that edge down and check whether you are happy again: if so, press down on the centre and that edge with one hand (will keep everything perfectly in place) while you remove the other backings. If it's still skew, you should be able to pull up the edge and the centre without any damage and re-do it. It also has the added benefit of keeping the whole piece flat - I've often found that, when using a thinnish paper, it sometimes balloons out in the middle and I don't notice till all the DST is stuck.

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Post by Guest on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 9:46

A lot of crafting is trial and error. I think we generally find our own way
in the end but it's so annoying when something does go on a little
crooked. I KNOW it's just a bit of card and tape and it's not the end
of the world, but that.s not the point.

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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 10:16

Ah, but when you specialise in making things from recycled materials, Steph, it often is the end of the world - or, at least, the end of that bit of card or paper which you may have only had a small piece of to start with!

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Post by Guest on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 10:37

lyndaejane wrote:Ah, but when you specialise in making things from recycled materials, Steph, it often is the end of the world - or, at least, the end of that bit of card or paper which you may have only had a small piece of to start with! Lynda

Oh, I agree. I am very protective when it comes to my little bits
and pieces. I save everything and have many bits and pieces to
recycle. It reminds me at the retreat - can't remember who it was,
but someone went to throw away the waste from something they had
cut out, and Tina pounced on it saying you can't throw that away -
that's my girl - thinks just like me.

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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 12:44

I do that sort of thing at classes! Can't believe what people throw away.

The only problem with using a one-off piece is that your whole project can go out of the window if you mess up with that one bit.

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 13:28

Steph wrote:
lyndaejane wrote:Ah, but when you specialise in making things from recycled materials, Steph, it often is the end of the world - or, at least, the end of that bit of card or paper which you may have only had a small piece of to start with! Lynda

Oh, I agree. I am very protective when it comes to my little bits
and pieces. I save everything and have many bits and pieces to
recycle. It reminds me at the retreat - can't remember who it was,
but someone went to throw away the waste from something they had
cut out, and Tina pounced on it saying you can't throw that away -
that's my girl - thinks just like me.

...yes it was me! Anything under an inch square might make it to the bin, other than that it stays.... Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 13:33

Scrap Monkey wrote:[
...yes it was me! Anything under an inch square might make it to the bin, other than that it stays.... Very Happy

I knew it was you Tina as we think alike, but I couldn't remember
who was going to throw the offcuts away !

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 14:11

Steph wrote:
Scrap Monkey wrote:[
...yes it was me! Anything under an inch square might make it to the bin, other than that it stays.... Very Happy

I knew it was you Tina as we think alike, but I couldn't remember
who was going to throw the offcuts away !

Helen I think, but don't tell her I told you Wink

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Post by Guest on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 16:03

I always accuse my friend Pauline of being the Bin Lady. She goes down the bins and rubbish bags at the end of each of our Special Needs club days - and she makes the most astoundingly wondrous mini books - lots of the pages/pull-outs/flap-ups/downs are all from our varying bits we have thrown away! It's become quite a thing with her now to make what she can of stuff, including some delish patchwork cards and ATCs too! Just goes to show - one man's rubbish .....

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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 10 Feb 2011 - 18:43

Of course, the bits people throw away are really reclaimed, rather than recycled, as they're leftovers from other projects. Just as valid to use them, though.

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