Hello hello! Grace here.
Happy Sunday! It’s been quite the week eh? I hope you’re all doing well.
I am very happy to be in a new space. It’s SO brilliant here. Still, lots to do BUT it’s coming together! And we couldn’t be happier over here.
We’re ending the week in a lovely way too, here at Clarity! Our good friend Jane Telford has another brilliant project to share with us. Lucky lucky!
I always love a crafty virtual hang with the very talented Telford! I’ll hand you over to the pro…
For this blog project, I thought I would show you what I do to kick start my mojo!
I occasionally get stuck for ideas, like so many of us. If that happens, I find that doing a sampler card can really help you wake up to what is actually on the plates. You begin to see all of the little assets on each plate… that then can inspire you to see all the possibilities within the plates, so it’s a great way to start.
A sampler card has lots of little sections that could be taken in isolation for a smaller topper or together it makes a larger card.
I decided that I wanted to use Linda Williams’ In the Garden Groovi plates. I really couldn’t decide on which one I was going to pick as they are all so lovely and full of great images. Perfect for a sampler design. The grid plate mate is also my best friend when doing this type of card… for the edge and for the connector bits.
You can put anything in the sections, just look at the plates you have and get creating!
Here’s what I did…
Linda’s In the Garden Complete A5 Groovi Collection (GRO-LW-41570-A5)
Grid Plate Mate (GRO-CO-41706-08)
A4 Straight Basic Grid (GRO-GG-40528-17)
Calligraphy Plate Mate (GRO-MA-40517-08)
Distress Oxide Ink – Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Oxide Ink – Kitsch Flamingo
Distress Oxide Ink – Mowed Lawn
Distress Oxide Ink – Tumbled Glass
Perga Liner Pencils (PER-CO-70063-XX)
Plain A4 Parchment (GRO-AC-40024-XX)
8×8 card blank (ACC-CA-30620-88)
4 white brads (PER-AC-70269-XX)
Pergamano Embossing Mat Excellent (PER-AC-70075-XX)
Pergamano 1mm ball tool (PER-TO-70012-XX)
Pergamano 1.5mm ball tool (PER-TO-70004-XX)
Pergamano 3mm ball tool (PER-TO-70005-XX)
Pergamano Shader embossing tool (PER-TO-70003-XX)
Pergamano 1 needle bold perforating tool (PER-TO-70028-XX)
Pergamano 2 needle bold perforating tool (PER-TO-70279-XX)
Piece of designer paper Brighton Rock (ACC-CA-30440-88)
Low tack tape (ACC-AD-30109-XX)
1. Using plain A4 parchment, make a square frame using the grid plate mate. The pictures show how to use the lines on the plate to keep everything straight and square. I embossed the outer line even though I would eventually cut it away once the design was finished.
2. Turn your parchment over and line up on the straight grid. Using pins to help you hold it in place once you have it aligned, perforate around the embossed dots using the 1 needle bold.
3. Start to choose the images you want in the sections. I embossed the umbrella and then used the grid plate to emboss the shape around it.
4. Align the lines into the border you want, then emboss this.
5. When embossing the words, I centered the bottom part of the sentiment and embossed that. I then centered the top part and embossed that too. You don’t have to just have it as it is on the plate.
Use the grid plate mate to emboss the divider line.
6. Use the grid plate to make another section and then emboss the geese into that part.
7. Rotate the parchment to do the next two sections. This adds interest and also gives a better feel that it is a sampler.
8. Add a grid pattern from the grid plate mate as a point of interest. I only embossed this section but you could perforate it too, if you wanted.
9. Add the final images to the last section and your design is complete.
10. Add white work to parts of your design. I used a shader tool for the bunting.
11. Add colour to the design with Perga liners. I used a combination of A and B pencils as this gave me a larger range of colours. A dry blending nib will smooth out the A pencils on the parchment.
I then added a little embossing to the ducks’ chests and wings.
12. Using low tack tape on the back of the parchment, mask off the frame and sections of the sampler and brush oxide inks over one section at a time. Let it dry for a minute before relocating the masking tape to another section. Try not to have two sections touching each other of the same colour.
13. When the ink is dry, turn the parchment over and perforate on the front in the umbrella sections using the 2 needle bold.
Reperforate in the outside frame. The picot cut the waste leaving the outer edge until last.
14. Cut a piece of designer paper to 17cm x 17cm.
15. Attach the parchment on it using brads. Mount on to an 8×8 card blank.
Grace here! I looooooove this card. I’ve got a soft spot for these sampler cards. The options are endless really. Thank you so much, Jane, for this work of art! It’s a framer.
Talking of samplers, did you see the 2 new embossed grid pattern grid samplers designed by Josie Davidson that Paul launched on The Pergamano show on The Craft Store on Thursday?
Another fantastic way to create backgrounds, infills, samplers and so much more. Available HERE
‘After the storm comes a rainbow’. Sounds about right <3
Don’t forget, we have put all of the previous Groovi Sunday projects in one place over on the Clarity website HERE
Lotsa love, Grace & Jane xo
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