No, no, put your hand down. That wasn’t it….
Slowly does it… don’t want to startle the birds…
Using a scalpel or scissors, cut out the heart centre.
Have you got your arm in the air?
Because this is where PLAN B had to be applied.
All I had to do was stamp a blinking sentiment in the heart!
Did I bodge it? Oh yes. Spectacularly.
Ah well. There was no way I was starting all over again!
So cut out the heart…
Find a matching piece of card for the backdrop.
I just so happen to have the PERFECT centrepiece.
Maybe you do, too.
Remember the beautiful Garden heart?
Fits a treat.
Make a couple of orientation marks on the background card,
so that you know where to stamp the Garden Heart.
Load the Garden Heart with Cobalt Blue and carefully plant.
But how to centre on the background card,
so that the outside frame is balanced.
The narrowest side has to be your guide.
I use a clever C-thru ruler with a steel inlay for this work.
measure from the artwork to the edge of the card, and then trim using a craft blade.
Here I am using the 1/4″ on the ruler gridlines.
I will simply use the same line for all four sides.
So that’s how the artwork is centred.
And unless I had pointed it out,
you would never know I went wrong…
No need to do anything to the centrepiece;
the outside stencil frame is busy and colourful enough!
So there we are.
A beautiful new stencil, designed by our Annie.
Her baby is almost ready to join us! Any day now…