Clarity Matters Blog Tutorial: Words in Fancy Frames

Hello hello! Grace here.

I hope this finds you safe, happy and enjoying your Sunday morning!

We are joined today by the brilliant Glynis Whitehead. She has kindly put together a step-by-step blog tutorial for us. I’ll hand you right over to our teacher…

Glynis Whitehead

Words in Fancy Frames


Nested Squares Lace Fan Frames – A5 Sq Groovi Plate (GRO-PA-42315-03)
Nested Circles Lace Fan Frames- A5 Sq Groovi Plate (GRO-PA-41431-03)
Bijou Ribbon Words A6 Groovi Plate (GRO-WO-42313-02)
Ribbon Word Spacer Plate (GRO-WO-42314-06)
Pergamano 2-Needle Perforating Tool (Fine) (PER-TO-70037-XX)
Groovi Embossing Tool – 1 & 2 (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Groovi Embossing Tool – 3 & 4 (GRO-AC-40027-XX)
Plain A5 Parchment (GRO-AC-40020-A5)
Dorso Crayons – Lively Selection (PER-CO-70061-XX)
Dorso Oil (PER-CO-70066-XX)
Northern Lights Companion Paper (ACC-CA-31339-88)
6 x 6 inch White Card Blank (ACC-CA-30618-66)


Step 1. Line up the parchment over the nested lace fan plate. Use the number 2 tool to emboss all the tear drop shapes and circles in the lace design. The half circles and outlines need to be embossed with the number 1 tool.

Step 2. Swap out the Nested squares lace plate without removing the parchment from the plate mate. Once you put in the nested circles one, you will find it automatically centralises ready to emboss. Do the same as you did with the squares and emboss the tear drop shapes and circles with the number 2 tool and the rest with the number one tool.

Step 3. When you put the A6 Bijou Word plate into the Plate Mate for A5 square plates, use the spacer to fill the gap.  It is always best to use groovi tabs to hold them in place.

Step 4. Centralise your chosen sentiment and emboss it with the number 1 tool.

Step 5. Use the number 3 Groovi embossing tool to put the first layer of embossing into the shapes within the lace pattern. *I always mark my starting point and then add a dot to remind me how many layers of embossing I have done. When you emboss dots, go up and down, side to side and then round and round. If you just go in straight away with ‘round and round’ you will end up with a black dot in the centre that you cannot get rid of.

Step 6. After going round three times, embossing with Groovi tool number 4, go around for a last time with the number 3 tool, defining the edges of the embossed shapes. I chose the dark blue and red from the Lively selection of the Dorso Crayons. Put some Dorso oil onto a rolled up tissue and apply this to the parchment before scribbling on the Dorso crayon.

Step 7. Put more Dorso oil onto the tissue and blend out the crayon, merging the colours until it is lovely and smooth.

Step 8. Go around the outside of the piece with a two-needle perforating tool.

Step 9. Snip out the work.

Step 10. Cut a piece of Companion paper to 5 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches and attach the work with brads at each corner. Then attach it to the card blank.

What a beautiful card!

Thank you, Glynis, for sharing this bloggy tutorial with us. Another beautiful and easy to follow project that we are sure will encourage and inspire you at home!

Everything that Glynis has used in this particular project is available in a shopping list, HERE.

Don’t forget about our #MadeInMay fun! Please continue to share your makes over on our social media. You can read more about it, HERE. and HERE

Right, let’s have a look at what’s happening in the week ahead…

Tuesday 28th May:
Groovi Tuesday with Paul – 10am Live on Facebook & YouTube
Thursday 30th May:
Craft Along with Barbara and the Calligraphy Girls – 7pm Live on Facebook & YouTube
Sunday 2nd June:
Crafting with Clarity with Barbara on Create & Craft – 2pm – 5pm – 2 hours

See you there!

Lotsa love, Grace & Glynis xoxo

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

8 thoughts on “Clarity Matters Blog Tutorial: Words in Fancy Frames

  • 26th May 2024 at 8:36 am

    Thank you, once again, dear Glynis, for a super informative and lovely project ! And Thank you, dear Gracie, for the blog compilation. So much effort and energy!
    Happy Sunday, ladies!

    Love Barb/Mum x x x

  • 26th May 2024 at 9:18 am

    Thank you Grace.
    Great step by step, Glynis, as always, thank you.
    This Clarity Matters blog is much appreciated each weekend.

  • 26th May 2024 at 9:42 am

    Thank you Grace and Glynis for a lovely project. X

  • 26th May 2024 at 9:51 am

    Hi Grace & Glynis, another Sunday has flown round !! Thank you Glynis for another lovely step by step project using the lace frames which is simple but so effective & a handy one to have done for those birthdays you suddenly remember. I tend to forget the Monday ones that have to go in the post the previous week to make sure they get there.
    A little quieter this week but after such a busy weekend at C&C due to the extra shows I bet the team back at Clarity Towers are glad about that but then they will be gearing up for Sunday & the Open Days at the end of next week. Must get my shopping list in order as I keep thinking of things I want to look at.
    Anyway have a great week everyone – see you in the SHAC on Thursday for the Craft Along with Barbara & the Calligraphy Girls x

  • 26th May 2024 at 10:07 am

    Thank you Grace and Glynis for this lovely tutorial.
    I will be making this, I have quite a lot of birthdays coming up. I hope the Open Days go well, I went last year with my daughter and met Glynis at the snip clinic.
    This year I am taking two of my granddaughters to the Summer Retreat in August, looking forward to that.
    love Janet Cummings xx

  • 26th May 2024 at 10:54 am

    A beautiful card and great tutorial.

  • 26th May 2024 at 11:29 am

    A simple but very effective project. Handy to have some of these to hand so ,depending on the occasion, one can just add an appropriate sentiment, colour and mount. For speed the lovely Clarity papers would be great instead of dorsing.
    Thank you both for sharing this.

  • 26th May 2024 at 5:05 pm

    A lovely step by step card, thank you Grace and Glynis.


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