Hello hello! Grace here.
What a lovely weekend we’ve had together! The #ClarityOpenDayFestival has been a blast so far. Did you catch Mum and Linda this morning for their coffee hang out?
If not, you can catch up here:
Despite the festivities and excitement, we’re still here on a Sunday with our usual Clarity Blog Tutorial. If you missed it, we threw in an extra step-by-step project by the fabulous Jane Telford on Friday. You can find it here.
But today we have the uber talented Josie Davidson in our Open Day line up! Allow me to hand you over to the lovely lady herself…
A Step-by-Step using the A4 grid Plate Mate – Shapes
A4sq/A4 Grid Plate Mate (GRO-PA-41779-XX)
Nested Scallops Squares Extension (GRO-WO-41168-15)
Basic Diagonal Grid (GRO-GG-40201-12)
Basic Straight Grid (GRO-GG-40202-12)
Pergamano Bold 1, 2 and 4 Needle Tools (PER-TO-70342-XX)
Pergamano 1.5mm Ball Tool (PER-TO-70004-XX)
Groovi # 1 & 2 Tool (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Groovi # 3 & 4 Ball Tool (GRO-AC-40027-XX)
Perga Liners (B9, B11 & B15)
Dorso Oil (PER-CO-70066-XX)
Scissors or Perga Cutters
Indian Summer Designer Paper (ACC-CA-30524-88)
Translucent Parchment (GRO-AC-40024-XX)
4 Yellow Pergamano Brads (PER-AC-70270-XX)
7×7 White Card Blank (ACC-CA-30619-77)
Clarity Roller Tape (ACC-MS-31065-XX)
Kitchen Roll or Tissue
Step 1. Emboss the 5th square of scallops from the outer edge of the plate and the two lines inside the scallops using No 1 Groovi tool.
Step 2. Place your parchment on the outer pattern of the A4 grid plate and centralise it – the centre of the line needs to be on the centre (11th) scallop from the outer edges of your embossed square. Use the dots on the plate to aid in getting your work straight. There will be a slight gap at the left and right side of the pattern and this can be added by sliding your work along, relocating the embossed dots into the dots on the plate and then embossing the missing pattern. Emboss all of the design with Groovi No 2 or Pergamano 1.5mm.
Step 3. You now need to add the pattern going from top to bottom, this is easier because you now have the centre square embossed which can be relocated into the dots on the plate. Again there will be a gap at the ends of the embossing and your parchment will need moving along on the plate to add these.
Step 4. We will now add the octagon shapes in each corner, these are on the platemate at the left hand side. We are only going to use two of the shapes from the set of three. Line your parchment up so that all of the embossing pattern is inside the lines and dots you have already embossed. Use your No 2 Groovi tool or Pergamano 1.5mm to emboss all of the design. There will be a line of dots missing on the left hand side of the bottom of the two octagons so slide your parchment along to the next octagon, relocate the dots in the plate and emboss the missing line of 8 dots.
Step 5. Use the small square design in the centre top right of the A4 grid plate to add the remainder of the design in the corner.
Step 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all of the corners are embossed.
Step 7. We are now going to colour the shapes on the back of the parchment. To achieve the orange colour apply the yellow Perga Liner pencil (B9) lightly to the back of the octagon shapes and then apply red Perga Liner perncil (B11) lightly on top of this. Blend with dorso oil, you may find it easier to use a piece of kitchen roll or a tissue as the area is quite large.
Step 8. The smaller squares, the centre square and the scalloped border are coloured with the olive green Perga Liner pencil (B15). The ‘ribbons’ coming from the centre square are coloured with the yellow Perga Liner pencil (B9) and the double outline inside the scalloped border is coloured with the red Perga Liner pencil (B11) Use dorso oil and blending pen/nibs when colouring these smaller areas. Emboss the large dots to white from the back of the work with ball tools.
Step 9. Working on the front of your parchment and lay your parchment over the basic straight grid and perforate the small squares in the corner of the design – you might find that using the Lightwave Panel helps!
Step 10. Complete the perforating in each corner shape on the straight grid. You will need to realign the embossed dots with the holes on the grid for each shape when perforating.
Step 11. Use the diagonal grid to work the perforating in the centre square and ‘ribbons’.
Step 12. Perforate around the outline of the scallops with the two needle tool.
Step 13. If you have reached the picot cutting stage of your Groovi journey, Picot cut out the perforations in the shapes, alternatively you could leave the areas just perforated and use the Pergamano Ruler with Groovi Grip to trip down your design. Picot cut the inner parts of the design as shown.
Step 14. Cut the designer paper to fit your card blank and mount the finished parchment piece onto it using brads in the corners. Attach this to the card blank using roller tape. And… You’re done!
WHOA! That is a special tutorial, Josie, thank you! I myself wouldn’t know where to begin without these step-by-step demonstrations, and I know I’m not alone! How to make the seemingly unachievable… ACHIEVABLE!
If you decide to give any of these Blog Tutorials a go, please share them with me. I’d love to see what you’re up to.
We have put everything that Josie has used in one place HERE on the Clarity website (don’t forget the #ClarityOpenDayFestival 25% discount!)
Since we’re still celebrating our #ClarityOpenDayFestival let’s have another giveaway!
We’ll give 3 lucky winners a set of Pergaliners! I know many of you have them, but let’s be honest… PENCILS RUN OUT, especially if they’re well loved. And they make wonderful gifts!
Tell me in the comments below what YOUR favourite craft product is. What do you own that you just could not do without? Or… if you HAD TO pick one plate/stamp/stencil/die etc, which one would it be? We all have our faves.
We’d love to know!
Lotsa love, Grace & Josie xo
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