Thanks for popping in.
Several of you have been asking how to use the New Groovi Picot dies, so I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone so to speak, and do a simple step by step for you whilst prepping for the TV shows next week!
It’s all about the sequence with these picot edging dies. What to do first. Simply put, you have to reverse your thinking, and do the last step first.
Let me explain….
Find the picot edging die which fits the plate you want to work with best. In my case, I am going to use the whole A5 square design – the whole plate. So I need the square picot nested die which is the third one in from the outside.
We are going to cut out the parchment first. Lay the die – cutting edge down – on the parchment. You can see here that I have added a sheet of white copy paper underneath, and a document holder. The document holder will protect the acrylic base plate, and the white copy paper will be ideal as a perfect highlighting background, should I need it. I am cutting on the front of the designer parchment – the duller side.
Run the plates through your die cutting machine. I like the Gemini. It cuts perfectly every single time. Not cheap, but an excellent investment
Right. So now we have the picot edge, we need to introduce the white Groovi lines. I have been asked many times whether one needs the matching Groovi plates when buying the Picot dies. In a word – YES. Look here, and you will understand.
Now we are working from the back of the parchment. Line the picot edge up with its corresponding etch on the Groovi plate. Take your time doing this; it is important to get it evenly spaced all the way round. Secure at one end with Groovi tabs, like so:
The Groovi Guard is an excellent tool here, for holding the parchment flat and in place while you emboss the line art. Rub the surface with your tumble dryer sheet, and then get in the outermost groove with your No. 1 Starter Kit tool, or your No. 1 Pergamano embossing tool. Keep the Groovi Guard close to the line you are embossing as you work.
Do the half where there are no Groovi tabs first. Then add another pair of Groovi tabs where you have just embossed BEFORE removing the first pair. Complete the square.
Bingo. A beautiful white frame, already picot edged. That’s why you need the matching Groovi plate. Whether you add/emboss the second fine line will depend on the plate design you are going to use in the centre.
See here? I have a choice. I can either introduce that second line from the Groovi picot plate, or not. Let’s not. That way, the inner frame will be slightly wider is all.
Mmmmm. Lookie lookie! I spy with my little eye a wonderful new plate! Or two! Or more!
Yep. Remember those dies I launched on telly recently? The set with our wedding invitation one included? Hang on, let me show you…
Well, next weekend on the Sunday evening One Day Special, I shall be introducing those designs in – wait for it –
Groovi plates, 3-way overlay stamps AND stencils! So yeah. Go figure why I have started preparing a week early! And the new complete set of Twas the Night Groovi plates (from No. 1 to No. 15) is on from 2-4pm on Sunday too. Splendid!
But today, I just wanted to run through the basics of fitting a plate design to a picot edge.
Hope that helped those of you who have been asking.
Love & Hugs,