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The not so secret language of papercrafters

Papercrafting Terms and Meanings

Have you ever thought that papercrafters are talking a foreign language and there is no translation on google or your phone. No dictionary or course available either. This post on Papercrafting Terms and Meanings is here to help. It will be added to over time and if you have a suggestion to add or a term that you want translated please mention it in the comments section.
BBB – Big Brown Box – Most Stampin’ Up!® orders are shipped in Big Brown Boxes. I get excited when a BBB arrives.

CASE – Copy And Share Everything. This is a term that you will see in the world of papercrafting, there is no shame in copying a project whether it is exactly or partially. When using in a class/teaching situation it is polite to mention who you copied from.

Cardstock Pack – Stampin’ Up! sells cardstock in packs of 24 sheets as either a single colour or a mix of three cardstock colours that co-ordinate with a particular pack of DSP.

Dimensionals – Double-sided adhesive foam hexagon shaped dots. Stampin’ Up has two sizes. 1 cm & 6.4 mm diameter.

DSP – Meaning 1- Designer Series Paper – Stampin’ Up! DSP has a design on either side of the page. These designs are exclusive to Stampin’ Up! Some Specialty Designer Series Papers only have the design on one side. Papers come in packs of 12 and generally there are six different designs that use the same co-ordinating cardstock.

DSP – Meaning 2-Double Sided Paper – Non Stampin’ Up! paper available in craft stores. Varying quality and designs. Can be brought separately. Often one side is more suited as a scrapbook background page.

Fussy Cut – Cutting out an image with your scissors instead of a die or punch.

Hamburger Fold - The card base is taller than it is wide. Also known as Portrait Fold.

Hot Dog Fold - The card base is wider than it is high.

Landscape Fold – The card base is wider than it is high.

Mat – A piece of cardstock or DSP placed under another piece of cardstock or DSP. These give a card more depth and interest. They can also be attached with Dimensionals to give extra depth and dimension.

OSW – One Sheet Wonder. A design to use all (or close to) of a sheet of DSP to make several items. Usually cards.

Portrait Fold – The card base is taller than it is wide.

Stamping Off – Stamping your image onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping on to card. This results in a lighter tone of ink colour.

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