Thanks for popping in.
Thought I’d show you another little trick I’ve worked out, using the picot dies today.
Let’s say you have a plate which is not a standard shape, like the little bird spacer below, which is a little bonus plate on the 6pm show next Sunday. How do we use a picot die when the plate is smaller? Well, the rectangles nested die fits lengthways, just not depthwise. So that’s a start.
Let’s picot cut out a piece of black parchment. Have you worked on black parchment before? It is very cool. Cut from the front.
Easy. Note that we’ve cut out a white piece of copy paper at the same time.
Next, we’ll emboss the little spacer plate within the picot edging. All of the birds in the design, but not the flowers. They are an extra. Since we’re using black parchment, you are going to need a light source from underneath – a Lightwave panel. A very important piece of kit – especially with coloured parchment!
Oooh! I spy with my little eye, another new Groovi plate! A little bird told me there are 4 altogether – plus a very neat little spacer plate. Spot the Groovi Guard. A must have when you’re doing this lining up.
But what about the bottom edge? The edge which isn’t Picot cut?
You have choices. You can select a larger size rectangle die, and simply picot cut the 4th edge now. The larger die will sit outside the artwork and not affect it at all, except where you place it to cut the lower edge.
Or… you can go traditional, and manually picot cut the 4th side out. Which I elected to do, because the bird’s tail was peeping out beyond the frame.
There we are. I will leave the picot cutting until later. That way, I have some parchment to hold on to whilst working on the piece.
.. and adding a sentiment from the NEW Twas the Night plates, which I’m also launching next Sunday at 2pm.
I bet there are a few stars somewhere on those Twas the Night plates too….
Looks great just in black and white, but once you remove colour from the black parchment, you know you can turn these birds into robins, right?! What did I use to add colour? Maybe not what you would think at a glance. Why not tune in next week on HOCHANDA, and I’ll show you.
Love and Hugs,