Hello hello! Grace here.
I hope this finds you safe, happy, and relaxing on this sunny Sunday! It’s sunny here in Brooklyn anyway! To our UK friends…
On this lovely English Mother’s Day, we have a real treat for you! The wonderful Glynis Whitehead is back in our virtual bubble this week 🙂 This is her third bloggy tutorial focusing specifically on snip snip snipping! You can find project #1 here, and project #2 here.
But let’s get cracking on number 3! I’ll hand you over to the lovely Glynis…
Willowy Wreath (GRO-40570-03)
Nested Squares (GRO-PA-40037-03)
Diagonal Border Grid 2 (GRO-GG-40355-14)
Starter Kit Embossing Tool 1 & 2 (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Pergamano Embossing Tools (4.5mm and 1.5mm)
Perga Liners A15 7 A16 (PER-CO-70063-XX)
Blending Pen & Nibs (PER-AC-70300-XX)
Pergamano 2-needle Perforating Tool (PER-TO-70037-XX)
Northern Lights Designer Paper (GRO-CA-30526-88)
Step 1. On an A5 piece of plain parchment, emboss the whole of the willowy wreath plate, swap this out and place the nested square plate into the starter kit plate mate without lifting off the parchment – you will find that it is perfectly centralized. Emboss the outer line of the squares, then being very careful not to go into the willowy wreath design, add another line to make a margin.
Step 2. Working on the back of the work, and using the 4.5 embossing tool, lightly emboss the leaves at the base and tips. This is just to add contrast when they are coloured.
Step 3. Colour the leaves with the green pencils, using the darker shade at the base of the leaves and the lighter at the tips. Perga Liner A pencils are watercolours, but just use them dry and lightly. Add layers of colour until you get the depth you want, using a dry blending nib in between the layers.
Step 4. Using the diagonal border grid and working on the back, line up the ‘diamond’ pattern in the margin from corner to corner and emboss the dots with the 1.5mm embossing tool. Do one side at a time, being careful to avoid wreath design.
Step 5. Lay the work onto a foam pricking mat and working from the front, use the two-needle perforating tool to perforate around all the blank shapes between the leaves – miss the ones that come down into the centre of the wreath. Using a FINE two-needle tool is best for small, confined areas. Also go around the outside of the work. Don’t forget to turn the work so that your hand doesn’t have to twist and contort to do the job. Take your time and get the holes deep and round and even. This enables good picot cutting.
This is what it looks like without the embossed pattern in the frame
and this is what it looks like with the embossed pattern in the frame
Step 6. Time to start cutting – choose your scissors of choice – Exclusive, Ringlock or Perga Cutters.
Hold your scissors/cutters over the waste (the points will be towards the part you want to keep). Only put the very tips into the holes, squeeze slowly and when you see the little ‘v’ appear – snip. It depends how you hold the scissors as to whether you will give a little twist of the hand at this point. As long as you get a nice point. Keep moving the work as this is important for getting nice even picots around a shape. *Tip – keep the work that is under your hand covered with a piece of paper or Groovi Guard to prevent bending the leaves that are already cut.
Step 7. Picot cut the entire piece out and mount it onto a piece of Northern Lights designer paper and attach with brads, and then add it to a card blank.
Such a beautiful project! I’m sure you’re all with me in thanking Glynis for her sharing of tricks & tips. We just spoke the other day about how wonderful it is that so many of you are recreating these projects and either learning new techniques or polishing up on things you already knew!
Don’t forget, we have put everything in one place over on the Clarity website – click HERE
Crafting with purpose is always a good thing. Crafting with purpose and with Clarity! A winning combination 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Travel gently…
Lotsa love, Grace & Glynis xo
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