Thanks for popping in.
Back in Blighty, and coming back down to earth
after a week in heaven.
Thought I would get in the groove
with a simple Border card.
So here is a step-by-step for you,
using the Groovi Starter Kit
the very important Border Plates
and the Meadowgrasses Plate
Easy, relaxing and very, very pretty.
Let’s get going….
Establish the border first, using the double-line on the borderplate.
Top and Bottom.
Add dots to the lower border line
with the dots on the other border plate.
Pretty basic really.
Let’s take an aerial view.
Two double rows, the lower one has dots below it.
Now attach the border you have made to the meadowgrasses plate,
all ready to add the grasses.
Get in the groove with the small embossing tools
and emboss the line art.
Stay within the double-line border.
Now it looks like this:
Piece of cake.
But so relaxing.
I can concentrate on the point of the embossing tool
and completely lose myself in the process.
Or I can let my mind wander back to France,
and the fun we had.
I want to make a wrap-over.
So a little further up,
I have scored a single line from the Border Plate.
(Told you, these border plates are key.)
Now I have moved to the Scallop line
and am adding a scallop edge to the straight line.
Always working from behind, remember?
Time to emboss the grasses.
This is where the soft side of the mat comes in.
I have to show you something.
I found the gridlines on the soft side of the mat a little distracting.
We actually didn’t ask for them on BOTH sides,
but when you get 5,000 mats with grids on both sides from China,
you can’t really send them back, now can you?!
So guess what?
I got rid of them.
Now you see them…
Soft sponge, damp with water and rub gently…
Now you don’t.
I figured it was a lot easier to show YOU
how to get rid of the lines if you felt the need,
than open all 5,000 packs and clean them myself,
or box them all up and send them back to the manufacturer !!!
SOFT DAMP SPONGE.
Not the scourer side.
Anyway, moving on…
Medium and large embossing tools for the whitework.
Gentle featherlike strokes.
Notice I use the Groovi Plate Mate to clamp the artwork .
Flip the mat to the hard side for colouring in.
Add a sheet of black card, so you can see what you’re doing.
I used only 2 colours.
Green and Yellow over the top.
Colour from the back.
Added dots to the scallop edge.
Had to flip back to the soft side for this embossing trick.
So what have we got now?
Flip to the back again and add a score line
– a fold line using the single border line.
While we were in France,
I watched in awe at the experts pricking and snipping.
So I thought I’d have a go at cutting the lace edge,
and see what that looks like.
Here’s how I tackled it:
I trimmed the parchment back and then snipped up into the curves.
I then found it easy to cut along from scallop to scallop actually.
Slowly does it.
I’ve probably just broken every rule
in the Parchment Craft Law Book.
Works for me!
I figure that if I wrap the flap over the back,
(say that when you’ve been at the sherry!)
then I can attach it at the back!
And it looks pretty, too.
Not sure if 3mm double-sided adhesive was the answer,
but it was worth a go.
So I ran it along the edge of the back of the black card.
It shows through a bit, but hey!
It’s definitely stuck!!!
Maybe a glue runner would have been less evident.
I will try that next time.
The good news is the front!
I love it !!
What a lovely, lovely way to spend an hour.
I have so enjoyed making this!
And the initial border idea is ideal.
You can introduce loads of different patterns and parts of plates
into that area.
Got to go.
Dinner’s on the table!
Lots of love,