Thanks for popping in.
What a lovely sunny day it is here in Sussex today!
Just had a little memory bubble there...
Years ago, we had some issues with emails not getting through,
people moaning because we weren’t responding at Clarity,
but the emails had never landed in the first place.
It was getting pretty bad, so we started tracking the spam and junk files, where things were automatically getting filtered into the spam trays.
Lo and behold -
all emails from Essex, East Sussex and West Sussex were getting rejected! Yep, it didn’t like SEX!!!
Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes, sunny day in East Sussex and the last day of the Groovi Border Sale.
I thought it would be fun to go really frilly and feminine today, and show you a cool way of using the Lace Borders with the Square & Circle Nested Groovi Plates
Let’s gather together what we need:
Groovi Starter Kit
Place the Square Nested Groovi Plate into the Mate and attach a piece of parchment. Take one of the lacy borders and line it up against the largest square and then move it down until the complete patterned edge matches the line. This particular border works perfectly on the 3rd square in from the outside edge.
Trace the square and then attach the Lacy Border to the edge of the Mate; line it up and trace the border.
As you can see, the pattern just overlaps at each end, which is fine. Repeat this on all 4 sides
Once you have done this, cut it out using the Pergamano Pointed Scissors, doesn’t that look delicate?
Next, swap out the Square Nested Plate and replace with the Circle Nested Plate.
Just because the Borders are straight, doesn’t mean that we can’t go round in circles! The design that is, not us. Although...
Now this part takes a bit of practice to work out what size circle to use, but never fear! Gray is here! And she’s got a good friend called Paul Church who worked it out for her !!
Take another piece of parchment and trace the 4th circle in from the outside.
Now you may ask why am I doing it on another piece of parchment and not into the middle of the above frame? Well wouldn’t it be a shame if you got nearly all the way round and then you made a mistake - how do I know this ?!?!?!?!
Now we can start to add the border.
Take it nice and slowly, and build up the pattern.
When you are done, cut it out.
Now we are going to repeat this process on the 8th circle in from the outside.
and cut it out again.
Next trace the smallest of the 3 Doves, and cut it out.
When you are finished, you should have these elements.
The potential is amazing...
When layered up,
white on white it looks very porcelain like and very delicate.
I also think that this would look lovely in a picture frame.
So at this stage you are welcome to get off the train and stick with mono layers, or continue the journey below...
Let’s add some colour.
I have chosen a lilac piece of card to mount it onto,
and attached it with 4 coordinating brads. The middle pieces are stuck down with a small piece of the red hi-tack tape in the middle, which we will hide with the birdie.
I have used the Spectrum Noir Pencils to colour in from behind, as you can see from the image below, it looks a bit scratchy
So this is where the Spectrum Noir Blending Solution and Paper Stumps come into play.
Take a stump, and dip it into the solution and then dab of any excess onto a piece of tissue as you don’t want to make the parchment too wet. Then use the stump as you would a pencil and lightly go over where you have coloured in blending the colours together. You will notice that it lifts off the colour, but don’t panic, this is one occasion whereby once you add it, you can take it away!
To add a finishing touch, colour in parts of the Lace Border as well.
Very simple, very logical and endless possibilities. The special offer runs out at midnight tonight,
so do go and check out the 40% border sale.
love and hugs,