Paul here. I hope you are all well and have had a good week.
I have some very good news to share with you today…………………
Finally, after months and months and months of waiting, the Nested Square Picot dies have finally landed – yipeeeeeeeeeee!
If you are new to Clarity and all things Groovi/Pergamano/Parchment, then you may have heard the words “picot cutting” or seen it being demonstrated when we appear on The Craft Store or showcased in our Facebook Live sessions (we have been covering this in the Pergamano Summer School with Linda Williams).
So what is Picot Cutting? Picot cutting is a technique used in Parchment Craft to create a delicate/pointy finish to your work (similar to the edge of a postage stamp), either around the outside or within your design.
Traditionally, you have to perforate your parchment with a two-needle or multi-needle tool and then use special scissors or snips to “picot cut” the perforations to leave the delicate finish. It is beautiful when done and does make a difference to your work. It does however, take time, patience and practice! It took me 6 months until I was happy with the result. If you are going around the outside of your work it can take a long time, unless of course you work is only 2 inches x 2 inches – ha ha ha! Personally, I would rather spend the time on the main design of my work and not have to worry about the outside edge.
Back in September 2018, I had the pleasure of joining Linda Williams on The Craft Store (aka Hochanda) for the launch of our brand new concept – Nested Picot Dies and co-ordinating Groovi Plate. Let’s just say that they blew the doors off!
How does it work?
Take a piece of parchment and your picot die of choice and run through you die cutting machine
Once die cut, place on the co-ordinating Groovi Plate, lining up the the zig-zags on the plate – secure in place with Groovi tabs
Using the Groovi No1 tool, emboss the double lines – this gives the die cut parchment the authentic picot cut look. The Groovi Guard really helps
All done! This will take less than 5 minutes from start to finish – doing it the traditional way, 30 – 45 minutes – no brainer!
Another benefit of using the Nested Picot Dies is that you can Picot Cut paper and card, which you can’t really do in the traditional way.
The nested dies and co-ordinating plates are available in squares, circles, rectangles and ovals in sets or individually.
Here is some inspiration from the design team
Here is a YouTube tutorial I found using the Picot Circles & Squares on parchment, paper and card
They really are an essential to your crafting stash, something a little different to a plain edge.
All things Picot are available HERE
Take care and stay safe.