Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How to Create a Sampler Card with Multi Needle Tools

Hello hello! Grace here.

Happy Sunday! Made extra happy by Clarity’s Groovi Sunday 🙂 This week, the brilliant Lynne Jackson has stepped up to the Groovi Plate (see what I did there?) and she’s knocked it out of the park! (I did it again!) 😉

Disclaimer: These are 100% definitely Lynne’s legs

As well as incredibly talented, she’s got a cracking sense of humour, our Lynne. She is best friends with the super Linda Williams and they work together on lots of ideas and projects.

Linda has created an amazing sampler pattern using the more recent additions to the Pergamano Tool range and the lovely Lynne has work her parching magic to create this fab project for you to try.

It really is achievable and is great for practising your parching skills. You may want to just try one of the four squares and make a smaller card.

I’ll hand you over to the pro herself…

Hi there! Lynne here.

Firstly, here is our ingredients list!


4 Clear Parchment (GRO-AC-40024)
Nested Squares Die Set Clarity Fresh Cut Dies (ACC-DI-30666-66)
Nested Squares Picot Cut A4 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-PA-41035-15)
Nested Scallops Squares A5 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-PA-40557-03)
Groovi Sticker Tabs X16 (GRO-AC-40437-XX)
Pergamano Ball Tool Bundle (PER-TO-70244-XX)
Deluxe Groovi Starter Kit (GRO-SK-41709-XX)
Pergamano Excellent – Embossing Mat (31411) (PER-AC-70075-XX)
White Pencil (PER-CO-70326-XX)
Eraser Pencil (ACC-PE-30611-XX)
Pergamano Multi-Needle Tools – Latest Additions (PER-TO-70349-XX)
Groovi Guard (GRO-AC-40345-XX)
A4 Picot Foam (GRO-AC-40625-XX)
Linda’s Bees, Butterflies & Dragonflies A5 Sq Groovi Set (GRO-AN-40847-03)
Josie’s Floral Frame & Alphabet A5 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-WO-41124-03)
Groovi Grip & Pergamano Ruler (ACC-MS-30740-XX)
A4 Translucent Perforating Mat (GRO-AC-40307-A4)
A4 Blue Two Tone Parchment (GRO-AC-41404-A4)
Card Blanks 8″ X 8″ White X20 (ACC-CA-30620-88)
1-Needle Bold (10229) Perforating Tool (PER-TO-70028-XX)
White Pergamano Brads (PER-AC-70269-XX)
1-Needle (10241) Perforating Tool (PER-TO-70035-XX)

Linda Williams has designed this beautiful multi-needle tool pattern for you to be able to create a masterpiece using the latest additions to the Pergamano multi-needle tool family. I hope you enjoy doing this as much as I have. 

Getting started

Print off a couple of copies of Linda’s beautiful pattern above, one for your project and one to practice needle placement. This project is worked by placing the parchment over the top of a paper pattern and then using the tools to perforate through the paper into the parchment. Do refer to the photo of the tools to make sure you use the correct one, some are quite similar. You can download the pattern HERE – make sure that you print the pattern actual size so that the tools line up with the dots on the pattern

Try the tools on your practice sheet and find out which you find the most difficult to place accurately, use this one first to avoid ruining your lovely masterpiece to be! If you don’t have all the plates, you can create this card in the traditional way, tracing using a white pencil and then embossing the lines. Likewise, if you don’t yet have one of the multi-needle tools in your stash yet, you can use a single needle tool, but it will be difficult to achieve an even pattern.

There is some fine line freehand embossing around the perforations. This can be done with the single needle bold, the .5mm embossing tool, #1 Groovi tool, or the 1mm embossing tool. Experiment on your practice piece to find out which gives you the best result.

Remember – Perforate on the front and emboss on the back!!!

Step 1

Use the largest die to cut a square (6.25in) from plain parchment. Use the Groovi #1 tool, or the 1mm ball tool and matching square from the picot die set plate to emboss a square close to the picot edge. Use the same tools to emboss the nested scallop square

Step 2

On the back of the parchment, use 1mm tool to emboss a small dot in the centre of the scallops.

Step 3

Working on the back of your parchment, use the single needle bold (or the tool of your choice) to emboss lines from the dots you have just made towards the dots outside the scallops (like the sun’s rays). For best results emboss single lines at the same angle, moving the parchment to keep the angle consistent.

Step 4

Place parchment RIGHT SIDE UP onto the paper pattern. As it’s just a small square, it may be a little lively, so stick it down well. Put the tumble dryer sheet on top of the thin perforating mat and put your work on top. The tumble dryer sheet will lubricate the needles each time you perforate.

Your layers are as follows:
White translucent foam (5mm)
Tumble dryer sheet
Paper pattern (face up)
Parchment (front)

Use the correct multi needle tool to perforate through the parchment into the pattern. Do not perforate deeply, as you will be embossing close to these holes and you need the parchment to stay strong. Start with the tool with which you have the most difficulty.

With a white pencil, very lightly mark the position of the elements you will be embossing from Linda’s plates.

Step 5

Remove the parchment from the paper pattern and on the back of the parchment add details from the plates with 1mm tool, or 1.5mm tool on areas to be embossed (butterfly, flowers and bees).

Step 6

On a scrap piece of parchment, draft your words in white pencil and use the Floral Alphabet plate to emboss. You can then overlay them on the pattern to see how they fit onto your project. This will be your template

Step 7

Use your guide to position the words and emboss on the back.

Step 8

On the front of the work, with a white pencil add in the free hand designs by the needle tools. 

Use your practice sheet to perfect your skills

Step 9

On the back, using the biggest embossing tool which will fit, and the excellence embossing mat, start adding layers of embossing, gradually moving down through to the smaller tools.

Step 10

On the back, use #1 Groovi tool, or the 1mm tool to emboss the lines, using the pattern and the final project for reference. 

Use a straight edge to emboss the lines in between the section, the Groovi Guard is ideal.

Step 11

On the front, with the thick perforating mat, use the fine single needle tool to reperforate the holes, deeply this time. Also perforate the dots around the scallops and the design from the dragonfly plate.

Your layers are as follows:
White Super Foam (10mm)
Tumble dryer sheet
Parchment (front)

Step 12

Cut a square approximately 2cm larger than the design, from the dark blue parchment from the 2 tone blue pack. Mount onto white card. Stand back and appreciate your masterpiece!

What a wonderful project! Thank you Lynne (and Linda!) for sharing this with us. All of the ingredients can be found in one place over on the Clarity website. Click HERE to investigate.

Don’t forget! Our Clarity Member’s half price sale starts tonight at midnight!

We’ll see you there 🙂

Lotsa love, Grace xo

Clarity – The Home of Art, Craft and Well-being.

19 thoughts on “Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How to Create a Sampler Card with Multi Needle Tools

  • 31st January 2021 at 11:56 am

    Hello Grace (and Linda and Lynne)
    Thank you for this project, it is beautiful and I am looking forward to having a go.

    • 1st February 2021 at 4:35 am

      Many thanks what a lovely project.

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Thankyou Lynne for giving your time to us
    What a lovely project !

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Forgot to say a big thankyou to Grace and Linda
    You are such beautiful people !
    Thankyou for helping us on our Groovi journey!

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Wow is all I can say, this piece is beautiful & at first glance looks tricky but with the excellant step by step guide I think it will be achievable & would look lovely framed & displayed for all to see. Like they used to do with embroidery samplers back in the day that became family heirlooms. I really need to get my Groovi mojo back & have ago – there is no excuse I have all the ingredients & we are not going anywhere at the moment for the majority of our time so will try harder to have ago this week.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend skiing Grace & thank you Linda & Lynne for a great project xx

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful project. Just get some multi tools now xx

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Grace, what a wonderful way to improve one’s skills – super detailed instructions and lovely pictures. Look forward to all the other Sundays!

  • 31st January 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Wow, that is a beautiful project. Looking forward to having a go x

  • 31st January 2021 at 1:33 pm

    This looks amazing. Looking forward to trying this and learning many new skills. Any chance of being able to download instructions to print? Thank you

  • 31st January 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely project – thank you!

  • 31st January 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Wow that is a gorgeous project. How is the skiing going Grace? Have a good week. Take care. Hugs xxx

  • 31st January 2021 at 4:58 pm

    This is brilliant. As a newbie, I don’t have all the plates and tools, so if it’s ok, I will just take inspiration from you, and use what I have. The instructions are so clear and precise, I’m sure I will be able to produce something.

  • 31st January 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Lovely project thank you will give this a tryxx

  • 31st January 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Grace.
    What a beautiful project that has been created here
    Thank you to Linda and to Lynne. And of course to you Grace for for all that you do on this brill blog
    I have printed the pattern and when time allows I will give it a go.
    Take care. Hugs 🤗

  • 31st January 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Grace, Wow, Wow, Wow !! Stunning !! Stunning !! Stunning !!
    Thank you so much Lynne and Linda for this fantastic tutorial, I am in awe !! This is stunning.
    Love from Patricia xx

  • 31st January 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Love this project thank you so much xxx

  • 1st February 2021 at 1:39 am

    Hi Grace
    WOW what amazing talent the members of the Dream Team have.
    Beautiful step by step
    Thank you
    love & hugs

  • 1st February 2021 at 11:34 pm

    A lovely project really well written. Such a help for folk who have the tools but maybe not the know how , and so many tools included, making a nice sampler in the process.
    I would have loved that when I was learning! And for free…lucky people. Brilliant. thanks to Linda, Lynne and Grace.

  • 2nd February 2021 at 8:21 am

    Un grand merci à Linda et Grace pour cette merveilleuse démonstration dans l’apprentissage de la dentelle sur parchemin et que tous ces échantillons nous servent à chacune d’entre-nous de référence pour nos futurs travaux .
    Oui Pat Hosking a raison nous aurions tellement aimé en notre temps avoir les explications décriptées ici avec tout le détail de l’emploi de chaque outils ..! Que les nouvelles pergamanotes en profitent , comme le dit si justement Pat , elles ont de la chance ..!


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