Thursday, 17 April 2014

How to re-stick your mats - and a giveaway

I promised you a peek at how I make my mats sticky again, this works for all die cutting mats - I have used it for years on Cricut and Cameo mats with no ill effects. There is no sticky on the parts of the mat that shouldn't be sticky, so no damage is done.

Firstly, give your mat a really good scrub with hot soapy water - this might revitalize it and you may not need to move onto the next step, but sometimes, they are beyond help.........leave it to dry before the next step



In which case, this is what you need. Some Aleenes Tack-It-Over-And-Over glue, a foam brush, a plastic container with a lid and a measuring spoon. I made up a solution with just 1/4 of a cup of glue and 1/4 of a cup of cold water.......


This makes quite a watery solution.......


Very carefully apply a thin layer of the solution to your mat, keeping within the cutting area - to make sure no glue has strayed onto the grid line markings, I use a damp kitchen towel to wipe down after applying the glue. Set aside to dry - it doesn't take long.....



When you are done, cover the solution with a lid, it will sit nicely until the next time....



You may find your mat is TOO sticky after this treatment. Pat it down with a lint free cloth like an old T shirt before using it. The sticky will last for a long time - much longer than the original stickiness! I found the glue in the adhesives aisle in Michaels, and I know it can be bought online in the UK

Here's a few cards I made very quickly using the Paper Boutique CD's from Polkadoodles, I was really just testing out how the machine would cut - it made quick work of it...... 


One cute feature on the CD is that you print out a back for your card - this is the back of the house...............


A quick little robot, I added a few metal bits and pieces, this will probably be a birthday card for Max who turns seven in May......



and a cute ladybird (I'm not quite sure what the orange patch is on the photo, it's not like that in real life!). I covered her with glossy accents.....


When we were spending half of the year in the USA, Nikky used to give me two copies of the new releases, so that I didn't have to lug them backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. So I found my second copy of Paper Boutique Vol 1, and even though it's been used, it's in perfect working order, and I'm happy to give it away to one of you. You don't need a Scan N Cut of course, a good old fashioned pair of scissors works just fine. Just leave your name under this post and I will draw a winner on Sunday, when I draw the other candy winners. Good luck, I'll see you tomorrow x


Paper boutique vol 1 CD-Rom

73 comments:

Denise Bryant said...

Great tips and tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Love your cards too!

Mary Alice Smith said...

You do beautiful work! So very talented and creative.
And thank you for the tutorial on re-sticking the mat. I'll pick up some of that glue when I'm next in Michael's.

TJ said...

Thanks for posting this tutorial! I'm so glad I found your blog! My name is Tara :) Thanks for hosting another give-a-way.

Jean Hendersin said...

So many ideas, delightful themes. I'm Jean Henderson and I live in Tennessee.

Anonymous said...

Love your cards and would love to win the cd. Also, am getting more interested in your snc. Looks so interesting. Bev18105

paperpapier said...

oh! so cute! My 5 years old son definitely love the robot very much.

Melissa Sugrue said...

Hi from NZ! Love your blog and all the handy hints and tips! I have just gotten a Brother SnC.... best birthday present ever!

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

I'd love a chance to win this. I did not know about this glue - seems much better than the other fix I saw years ago with some sticky dot tape runners. Thanks a bunch.

vinita jain said...

Beautiful tutorial! I love your creations as you are very experienced. I am very happy at the moment as your follower from past few days:). Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway.
Love and hugs!

ike said...

Oh that's a fabulous tip. THANK YOU very much Enfys.
I love your cards and that is great to have the backs of the images too :-D My favourite there is the Ladybug :-D
Thanks for a chance to win :-)
Hugz
IKE xx

Anjali Reddy said...

Great tip and tut..Love the lady bug card..so colorful..Thanks for the giveaway..

Cheryl W said...

Really love that robot card. Glad to see you explained how to re-stick Cricut mats.I began following this method about a year ago and it works great for me. I usually do a couple of coats of the Alene's/water mixture. Maybe next time I'll just do one coat and see how that works for me.

knhobby said...

I Would love to win you cd for my scan n Cut.
Kirsten

knhobby said...

I Would love to win your cd for my sne. Kirsten

Gail said...

I love DIY tips - we live in a throw away world ,I like to recycle,reuse and repurpose. Cute cards.

mags said...

Hi Enfys. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing about how to restick your cutting mats. I will now be scouring the internet looking for some of this glue.
Thanks for the chance to win a lovely CD.
Mags
x

pascale Guerineau said...

Thanks for sharing :)
thanks for the turorial on re-sticking :) great tip :)

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card ,especialy the first one.
Gr Elly

Carol said...

I have been re-sticking my mats (from a different cutting machine) for years. Although I use a different adhesive, the general process is the same. I am so glad to hear that the SNC mats are just as easy to re-stick. This will increase their use life tremendously.

Love these delightful cards ... each with such brightly colored and fun images.

littlebee said...

I have this cd rom also but use old fashioned scissors as I don't have a scan and cut. If I'm lucky and win, I would give to my friend who doesn't have it already. I entered the previous link but didn't put which giveaway I would like if I'm lucky, it would be the Polkadoodles cd as I don't have this one. Thanks.......... Sue x

misteejay said...

A bit of soapy water works wonders doesn't it. I've been lucky and so far haven't needed to 're-stick' my cricut mats - the wash has been enough.

Love the card Enfys and that SNC is certainly a speedy way to get things cut out.

Have a super Easter weekend.

Toni xx

Deborah Jones said...

Thanks for instructions on how to re-sticky our mats, Enfys. I love your house card, very trendy.

Rachel said...

Fantastic tip, think i may have to search it out over here!
Love the cards, especially the ladybug!

June Langley said...

Great Tips Enfys,You are so talented, love your cards, would love the CD, Thank You, June Langley.

nannapat said...

Love the house card with a back and front! This machine certainly opens up all sorts of opportunity for designing cards. I have never been any good at cutting out with scissors and the arthritis in my fingers doesn't help. Perhaps I can convince myself, and OH, that I need one of these machines on medical grounds! Pat x

KathR said...

Great tutorial , love all the little tips you give especially about the snc, which thanks to you I'm seriously thinking of buying one....thanks for the chance to win!..
Hugz Kath...xx...

Marg said...

Im sure your tutorial will help out so many crafters with their non sticky mats now. I would love the chance to win the cd that you are offering in the giveaway.
[[[[hugs}}}}
Marg xx ;)

Anonymous said...

You've sold me on the Scan n Cut, I sure hope to have one in the not so distant future. And, that CD looks like a winner to me, I would love to be lucky enough to win it. I have used this method to restick my Cricut mats and it works great - I just get it a bit too sticky sometimes and then have to "destock"! I have to order my glue on ebay, I haven't been able to find it either at Hobby Lobby or Michaels here in Georgetown, TX (near Austin).

hazel said...

Thanks for all your hints & tips, love the Robot card. Would be great to win the CD.
Hazel x

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and tips hope I can access glue for mats have theSnC but so far only scratch the surface need to get cracking

Marilyn said...

Good Morning Enfys! I have always done the first step, but did not know that Aleene's still had product available. I guess I need to open my eyes more! LOL! I have always seen people use a spray and I was afraid I would get carried away spraying! Love the fact it can be applied with a brush. On my list to do as I have several I was about to retoss! Thank you Enfys! Have a great day!

BethAnn M said...

That's a great tip! i will have to try it on my Cricut mats next time. I've used the Zig two-way glue in the chisel point dispenser and had good results, but the seems better to me. Thank you and I love the cards, too. BethAnn M.

CountryTwinkle said...

Thanks for the tip on re-sticking the mats. It sure can save lots of $$ doing it that way.

Crafty Lady said...

Thank you for sharing... this is a lovely prize. I'm sure this cold be used with a Silhouette a well.

CraftyCooky said...

Hi Enfys, thanks for the great tips for the mats, I will definately do this because all my mats are due for a sticky job. Your cards are really cute, I love the little robot.

Lynda said...

I like your idea for resticking mats better than the one I've used in the past. Thanks for sharing. I have never tried using a cd to make cards so I would love to win and give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

Dianne said...

Wow, would love to win this book. I need all the help I can get.Thanks.

Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

marlene kiley said...

Love the sweet house you made. Thanks for the handy tip of re-gluing mats. I'll certainly give that a try.

A Morrison said...

Another nice give away thank you

scrapinggamma said...

Love all your cards! I have a SnC on its way to me at this very moment and would love to win the CD, so thanks for the chance to win.

CyndiU said...

Thanks for the tips on the mats. Cards are darling. I would love to win your giveaway. :)
CyndiU

MiqueG said...

Thank you ever so much for this moneysaving tip!I just wanted to buy a new cutting mat for my cricut, now I can spare me the money to buy other stuff I want for my hobby!Again RTHANK YOU!!

Jill Beattie said...

Thank you for this,could save lots of money! Loving the polkadoodles project too!

fabulous fiona said...

Thanks for sharing how to re-sticky the mat for my cricut. It will save a fortune on buying new mats every couple if months. Love the cards!

jan said...

Hi Enfys, Wow what a fantastic tip for making the mats sticky again, that will prove to be an invaluable method for me, thank you so much!

I love all of the cards, the robot would be perfect for my little grandsons.

I would love to win the CD, thank you for the opportunity.

Hugs Jan xxx

Betty said...

Wow what a Fantastic way to re sticky the mats, I shall be ordering some of this stuff in a few mins
Thanks You SO MUCH

ArtsyChik said...

Thanks so much for your easy techniques and for a lovely give away too.

Sam Healey said...

Fab tip, will definitely be trying that on my s n c mats :) xx

Craftychris said...

All your cards are gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win the fabulous giveaway! xx

cardchick's world said...

This would be fun to have!! luv'd the ladybug and the robot is a perfect boys card!! thanks for the chance to win..

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Thanks for your gorgeous tips and tutorial! hugs, Helena

Diane Beeson said...

Love the cards . Have just got my scan and cut. ..love it so far.x

Anonymous said...

Nice blog, booking to return! Tammy Voth

Jayne Rose said...

What a fantastic tip! Must try it on my Pazzles mats (if I can find it here in the UK - will make cutting digitally much more affordable! Love your cards too - and as an avid card maker have my fingers and toes crossed to win the CD. Thank you!

jean tutt said...

Thank you so much for a super tip will be a great saving x

Carin said...

I've already tried loads of different retacking ways. Will defnitely try yours as well.
Love the cards that you showed.
Hugs, Carin

Swimmom said...

I've tried several methods of restocking my mats, haven't heard of this one! i may even have some of this glue in the house!

Sandie said...

I love your blog posts and have been following your ScanNCut adventures at the same time I'm trying out my own! I've also seen Zig glue pens used to re-sticky mats. Thanks for the chance to win the Polkadoodles CD. I'm in UK.

S.Bayles said...

Enfys,
Thanks for a change to win. I am so tired that I cannot remember if I did this. If so just remove this one. I am so ready for a vacation. Love this machine...

Claire said...

Wow genius idea, I'll have to get some of that glue. Gorgeous cards too
Claire xx

ionabunny said...

The robot is so cute. Love the glossy ladybird. What a great giveaway. Hugs

Crafty Humphreys said...

Great tip for the mats. I use a spray adhesive on the paper but sometimes you don't want one side of card tacky! Lovely give away, I'm a big fan of Nikky's.Happy Easter Suz xxx

Cazzy said...

Oh wow, I just spotted you have the Scan and Cut and I will be reading all you have done with it, I really would love a decent cutting machine, I don't get on with the ecraft.

Would love to win the CD if you are posting to the UK.

I love the little house card, I have some house stamps by Polka doodles somewhere...
Cazzy x

Anonymous said...

What fabulous cards, Enfys!! I've watched your blog for a long time, back as far as the cricut and always admired your work!! Love, love love it!! You are soooo inspirational!!! xxxxx

Sunset Bay said...

Followed your blog for a long time,Enfys as far back back as Cricut early days. Love what you do and your generosity!!! Would love this CD!! xx

wendyp said...

lovely cards Enfys - I'm sure Max would love the robot one, what little boy wouldn't x

Peggy T. said...

Thanks for the tips on re-sticking our mats. That will save lots of money. Sounds like another trip to Michael's for some glue. Anything for an excuse to go to M's.

Jessica said...

Oh I'd love to win this En, if for no other reason than that sweet little monkey. Mason is our little monkey boy! lol He loves Curious George. Thanks for the chance to win. Love the cards too. Hugs, Jess

Crazy Bird said...

What a fantastic prize! I have to say, I love my Scan n Cut! x

Penny Pluss said...

Thanks for sharing your tips. I would love to win this give a way.

Penny Pluss said...

Thanks for sharing your tips. I would love to win this give a way.

Anonymous said...

I loved the robot. I would love to win this for my grand daughter. For seven years old she is quite crafty. Her cutting skills are carefully done. TFS the mat procedure. This is a lot easier than using the spray. too messy.
DawnRI

XrisB said...

Just got my scanncut and loving it, love your house and robot