Thanks for popping in. All excited here! I’ve got a new mate, and I want to introduce you. Allow me to showcase our new Grid Plate mate!! Have you ever seen so many dots in one place!!
I think you will love this new mate as much as I do. She is brilliant! Beginners and seasoned parchers alike will find her so useful. Not only will she help you with loads of instant simple grid frames, she will also be invaluable to you when you are working with those wonderful Kings and Queens and various A5 square clever grids which clever Josie designed for us.
In fact, it was a chat with my dear mate Josie that led to this sublime piece of kit. An idea in my head, which I ran past her – and she translated it PERFECTLY into the new plate mate.
There are so many lines on this plate, I found it much much easier to slide the grid patterns on the parchment along to line up with the grids when extending the length, and still keep them perfectly aligned. See what I mean?
So all those of you who struggle extending the grid patterns and getting them to meet up perfectly – this is a game changer.
Quite aside from that, it is also worth pointing out that there are loads and loads of simple grid patterns – all over the grid plate mate and in the A5 sq. plate which is included in the centre. All Josie’s work. You can literally add them as they come on the plate. Look!
And just because the patterns on the new plate mate are straight, that doesn‘t mean you can’t travel in a curve. Just do the pivot-on-the-tool-trick! Ouch!!
When used in conjunction with the Basic Straight grid, you can perforate and cut out too…
Once you’ve done the embossing, flip to the front of the parchment and slot the basic straight grid into the plate mate. You need a foam cushion underneath when you perforate. A Super foam and a black cutting foam are ideal.
To ensure that the holes are perfectly aligned underneath before you start perforating, why not use a couple of pins? See? Now I know that all the drilled holes are in the right place underneath exactly. See where I embossed wrong? Spot the mistake…
Use Groovi Tabs to secure or just leave the pins in – you choose. I did both!! Now use a 1-needle bold or a 2-needle bold perforating tool to perforate everywhere else. Just drill through the mistake – nobody will ever notice.
Now it’s time to picot cut. You can choose. Do you want to just leave the perforations and not cut? That’s pretty. Or do you want to do some snipping? Or a bit of both? Choices choices choices…
I have only scratched the surface of the potential of this plate. Whether beginner or expert, you will certainly benefit from this piece of kit. Marvelous.
I did showcase this on Hochanda this morning, and yep – you liked our idea too! Cool. Very cool. Many many thanks to Josie for her cleverness. Had a word with Brother Steve, and he has lept into action again. Many thanks to him too. There will be more available on Paul’s 3 pm show on HOCHANDA xx
Love and Hugs