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Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art. Following this, she specialised in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone. After working as a graphics assistant at the BBC Television Centre, she joined Adverkit International Ltd as a lettering artist. This began her love affair with letters, producing book jackets, advertising logos and television titles over many years. During this time, she also became involved in the craft world. She has appeared on television, worked as a craft demonstrator, designed craft kits and run workshops. She has produced more than twenty books on various crafts and is the author of many articles for craft magazines. She continues to enjoy her creative world and is currently working on her latest book.


Feb 07

This step-by-step guide will help you to make imaginative cards, albums and decorations using outline sticker. Judy Balchin's book is bursting with full-colour illustrations and this handy guide offers easy instructions for 11 innovative projects from classic decorated cards through picture frames to jewellery boxes. There's something for every occasion and every project is both quick and easy to do!

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Nov 06

Peel-offs are everywhere these days, and are a wonderfully user-friendly way of adorning greetings cards. But that isn't all you can do with them, and this book will tell you more. It is part of Search Press' new series A Passion For Paper, showcasing some of the trends that have made papercrafts so very popular.

You can make cards of course, but why not have a go at making gift tags, bookmarks, boxes, Christmas decorations, scrapbooking or covering blank books? In short, a grand way of packaging and labelling your gifts, a few of the gifts themselves and happy memories of the occasions celebrated. You don't need all that much to make these things, and most of the items shown are the sort of things papercrafters already have (glitter glue, fancy yarns, sequins, paints etc) or which can be easily obtained. The projects are all fairly simple, and of the sort that can be adapted to be used with different peel-offs, and any occasion you can think of. Boxes particularly are well covered in here, and look like gifts themselves. I've seen other books on peel-offs, but they all seemed to be mainly about cards so it is wonderful to see something like this. One for the keeper shelf to be mined for ideas!

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Jan 07

There's more to peel-offs and outline stickers than you think as Judy Balchin shows in her new book. The book features 11 projects each using a different technique with outline stickers. Combine stickers with acetate and glitter for a sparkle effect, create your own 3D pictures or emboss them on foil for a metal effect. Each idea is explained by step-by-step instructions and photographs.

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