Thanks for popping in. Snow here today. Just a light sprinkling. When I was a kid and it started to snow, my Mum would always tell me that God’s housekeeper, Frau Holle, was shaking out the featherbeds, the eiderdowns.
“Frau Holle shüttelt die Betten aus.”
Isn’t that a lovely notion? Stayed with me all my life. As soon as I see a slight flurry of snow in the air, Frau Holle is busy again.
On Sunday we showcased a lovely, refreshing new set of Alphabet Stamps, which proved very popular! They are lovely and easy to use too. Here’s a step by step tutorial which I did on the day: a little mobile for a little girl’s 1st birthday.
So let’s take a closer look, and break it down, to show you how to lay out the letters and get good balance.
I used our Stampboard, which is great for this kind of mobile, or dangly art!
First thing though, make a rough draft on a piece of copy paper. Draw around the largest round stampboard and position the letters as you want to see them. I sketched them in with pencil first, to help centering.
- Lay the stamp board disc on top of the draft, so you can see the two lines either side which you stamped along in rough.
- Lightly pencil those same lines into place.
- Mount the letters you want to use on mini mounts and stamp away. I used Black Archival ink for the outline. TOP TIP: Start in the centre with the middle letter. A here.
You can use your draft as a guide too.
There’s a fabulous little set of extra stamps too. Use a few of these little elements to add interest, and also help create overall balance
Next we will tackle the back of the mobile. You can stamp on the back of the same disc too, of course. Or you can take a second disc, and sandwich ribbon between the two when you stick the backs together.
Either way, let‘s do a rough draft first. Here’s where we need the matching numbers stamp set. I drew around the smaller stampboard circle in the centre, to help with stamping in a round.
Note to self: turn the date round the right way at the bottom!
- Starting with the 1st, start stamping around the circle. You can see that the inner guideline is not at the base of the stamps, rather higher in fact.
- When you start on the date at the base, start writing with the tops to the top!
- Add more little elements from that cool little stampset again.
Now for colour. I used Pergaliner pencils.
Add a dropshadow on the letters with a grey pencil. We sell a set of 12 Polychromos. Brilliant additional set to the perga liners! Greys, ivory, gold, silver, sky blue, light rose beige – really useful.
Makes such a difference!
Then sandwich the ribbon between the two discs with double-sided adhesive strips.
All done. Very simple. Very lovely as a little keepsake.
As promised, we are travelling gently through January. Instead of price driven, pile it high, flog it cheap sales, we are taking the softer path, with tutorial led special bloggy offers. This is one of them.
Tomorrow, Grace is posting a beautiful Groovi bloggy tutorial by Josie Davidson, over on the Clarity Matters Blog. Be sure to check that out !
If you fancy a look at all the special prices on products used in the project, then click HERE
Love and Hugs