Thanks for joining me.
It’s our lad’s 26th birthday today too.
So Happy Birthday Mark !!!
So Happy Birthday Mark !!!
I know that both kids ready the blog most days,
so I have to be careful what I say! But Mark has grown into such a smashing young man. Very smart, very handsome and very kind. What more can a Mum want? Oh. That’s right. And very happy.
So this little Groovi Card is for you today, Marky boy! A little flowery for your taste, I know. Hence the England rugby shirt in the post!
So let’s see. Whilst Linda, Paul and I are pedalling away on telly today, here’s a taste of the lovely plates Linda designed for the Easter show this evening…Flowers and Lace:
In case you missed the start of the step by step at the beginning of the week,
here’s a copy paste for you to catch up:
The first thing I like is that the lines don’t actually touch. You think they do, and they look as though they do. But when you begin to trace them, you realise immediately that you can extract shapes and elements entirely, like this:
Looking ahead to my next move, I want to do whitework in the little frill on the inside. So I have flipped to a larger tool, the No. 2 from the Starter Kit. I could use the No. 1 and not press so hard too.
Now to join up the shape…
If I flip the parchment and simply repeat the whole piece,
I get an oval, see?
But. If I overlap one of the scallops and join up the opposite side,
I get a perfect circle.
So now, let the games begin.
This is my starting place.
I shall do a little every day,
and then blog the finished project next Sunday.
Here’s where we pick up again…
Make a frame around the outside using the Nested Square from the Groovi Starter Kit. If you want to make a double-line frame, simply shuffle the parchment over and go again, like so:
Check at the front:
Now we will fill the area between the two shapes with Aquilegia flowers from that particular plate
Next, I want to use that superb netting area on the plate to infill the gaps between the flowers. Just move the parchment around.
Check the front.
This is where we’re headed.
Add the sentment in the centre with a little flower.
I used the nested squares extension plate.
For all it’s worth, I think this Alphabet plate is really invaluable. The lettering is beautiful and the perfect size, and if you have the nested squares, then this is the add on for when you want to frame larger pieces.
Move the artwork to your pink pergamano mat. Again, a got-to-have. You can do the following whitework on the soft side of the black mat in the Starter Kit, but the pink mat is so much easier and more forgiving!
Emboss all the dots in the netting and the tiny lacy dots on the inside of the floral centre shape. I used a 1.5 pergamano tool. The No. 2 tool in the Starter Kit is great too.
Check the front…
Ahhh. Missed a bit. See it?
Which reminds me. have you found all those hidden eggs on the website yet? Worth a gander….
I coloured in the flowers with Perga Colours – our water-based colouring pens which are excellent for parchment.
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If you want a more pastel colour than the vibrant tones of the pens, use the Groovi Guard as a blening mat. Simply add a little colour from the pen to the Groovi Guard, add a tiny amount of water, and then use one of our amazing, what we’ve all been waiting for blending nibs to apply the colour.
T W O M O R E W E E K S B E F O R E
T H EY A R E P A C K E D A N D R E A D Y . . . . .
Add a drop shadow to the lattering using the ultra fine nib end of the dual tip pens. That’s one of the best features of these pens – the fine end works!
Use the Crafters Glue Runner on the back along the edges to attach
to a piece of Indian Summer Designer card.
Now I want to add a tiny accent around the edge, but on another piece of clear parchment. Out with that Nested Square Extension plate again…
I thought it would look good if the outer edge matched the inner edge, so I went round the inside of the frameline with the No. 2 Groovi tool and repeated the pattern – but this time by hand. No plate!
Throw away the stabilizers Ethel !!!
Don’t look too close! (Everybody immediately zooms in!)
The die hard trad parchers will be rocking in their chairs at this!!!
Many, many thousands of people who would never have even attempted parchment (including myself) are having a wonderful time enjoying the craft nowadays.
This is irrefutably down to Groovi. And that’s no yolk.
Then I decided to mount it on a piece of plain parchment for once. This colour matches perfectly. We have a wonderful selection of beautiful plain parchment, you know.
This one is called Periwinkle Blue
There is a bumper bundle on the website of all our new colours, which saves you about a third, plus member’s discount.
It’s a big investment, but oh boy! It is eggsellent.
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So that’s it today.
I really must crack on.
Love & Hugs,
PS How does a hen leave its house?
Through the eggs-it.
PPS I am doing a 2-hour stamping show 2-4pm
and Linda is launching her Flowers & Lace plates at 6pm.
There’s something for everyone!