Sunday, 29 November 2009
So firstly I designed the template to fit the images. There are lots of templates out there, all very similar but I needed slightly different measurements to fit the images that I wanted to use so made my own (with a ruler, loads of sheets of paper most of which went in the bin and a lot of muttering till I was happy with the sizes). If you want to use this template, click on it to get the full size. This is designed to fit an A4 sheet of card.
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Saturday, 28 November 2009
I always mount my stamps onto foam as I get a far better image when stamping with a foam mounted stamp (unless they are clear stamps then don't bother and instead use a foam pad underneath the paper to get a crisp image). I have started to index them as well, this makes it so much easier when masking as you can see exactly where you are placing the image.
Step 1. I use Stazon to index (stamp the image on the back of the foam) and sharp straight scissors to trim around the image.
Step 2. Mounting foam is sticky on one side as has a static surface the other side. Establish which is the sticky side (leave backing on for now), place stamp on top face up and line up. To make it easier to line up later I trim a corner of the image (rubber stamp and foam).
Step 3. Flip foam over, remove backing off the static cling side. Ink up the stamp.
Step 4. Place stamp face down on the cling side of the foam, ensuring that you line up the corner that you cut as close as possible . This will give you the image print on the back exactly where the image will be once the stamp is adhered to the sticky side.
Step 5. The indexed foam ready to be adhered to the rubber
Step 6. Flip foam over so the sticky side is facing up and remove backing paper. Line up the rubber to the foam (again ensuring that you line up the corner that you cut as close as possible) and stick down in place. Apply pressure to get a good bond.
Step 7. Now trim off the excess around the image, using sharp, straight scissors and make straight cuts. Try and avoid making rounded corners as this can undercut the foam.
Step 8. One mounted and indexed stamp. If you are not bothered about indexing your stamps then just follow steps 6 and 7.
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I have had lots of requests to show how I make my flowers, so here’s how I do it. I must say that I first got the idea off the mega talented Deb, so this is my version - there is probably a very much easier and simpler way to do it but this works for me :)
I use various flower punches but these are my current favourites and what I used to make these flowers
You will also need card (not too thick) in one or two colours and / or a scrap piece of designer paper (reasonably heavy weight if possible), a scroll or text stamp (I used a scroll from the Whiff of Joy Swirls set), ink, a dauber or sponge to apply the ink, 6mm and 3mm embossing tools, a pair of scissors and an embossing mat – my favourite is an off- cut of vinyl flooring, it has just the perfect “give” for embossing paper and prevents wrinkled edges – honest!!
Punch out the largest size and stamp a scroll pattern/text on the front with a matching ink
Ink the edges of the flower and cut into the centre (not all the way through)
Flip flower over and using the 6mm embossing tool emboss around the edge of each petal, then move into the centre but don’t emboss over the line you had previously embossed
Flip the flower back over (face up) and apply pressure with the embossing tool to the centre of the flower, making small circular movements to help cup the flower and lift the petals
For extra “movement” curl the petals over your finger
Your flower should look like this
Now although I love these Tibetan spacers they are the very devil to fix to the flower due to the curve. Soooo, to get rid of all your stress, take a hammer and a piece of wood, place the spacer on the wood face down and give the spacer a good few wallops to flatten it. Aaah that feels much better!
See the difference – so much easier to fix with a brad now.
And there you have it, a pretty flower that matches your card perfectly. :)
And especially for Jacque – here’s the flower with the mulberry roses.
Punch out your flower (I use the medium retro punch for this), ink the edges and emboss the back with a 3mm embossing tool.
After embossing each petal the flower should be cupped like this
Fix the mulberry rose to the centre of the punched blossom with a strong glue (I use Glossy Accents … for everything lol)
And if you’re still with me – I’ve got the nestie tutorial still to post as soon as I can get round to editing the photo’s.