Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Rule book? What rule book?

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in. 
Thought I would share a little moment of Clarity with you today...

Many of you will have watched the TV shows this weekend.
Did you see the One Day Special, 
where we launched that amazing compendium of Groovi Plates designed by Linda Williams? 

The Build-a-wreath Collection
(also available individually)

If so, you will have also seen me change the traditional white Groovi  lines to black....


And so so simply too.
Basically, all I did was emboss the Groovi lineart as we usually do, using the No. 1 stylus from the Starter Kit,


then go back over it with a fine black Micron pen,


Staying in the groove was easiest when I placed the whitework back over the elements on the Groovi plates when I went back in with black.


Then I just did the usual whitework from behind on a soft embossing mat, leaving the black work on the front.


It really stands out against the black lineart.


The red hearts were another little idea. 
If you colour in the whole heart from behind,
then flip to the front and colour in only half the heart with the same red Distress marker, you get a really cool shading effect.
Easy to colour in from the front because of the black lineart instead of white!


That simple. 
I know that over time, 
we will need the grooves less and less to stay in our black track.
But starting out, this is an excellent way forward.


And it really really throws a whole new spin 
on ALL our Groovi plates!


You really need to try it!
Warning. 
VERY VERY ADDICTIVE!
It is SO cool!

Got to go.
Van to load.

Love & hugs,
Barb
xxxx

65 comments:

  1. Really, really love this effect. Definitely going to try it. I presume you initial white from front instead of the back?

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  2. Those plates are beautiful lived the shows the black line mark looks wonderfulreally makes it pop. So sorry to here about Romeo the home seems so empty with out our love pets sending you big hugs lots love at this very sad time xxx

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  3. Wow how stunning does that look. what a brilliant idea Barb - I love it!! xx

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  4. That is so lovely. Hope the van is packed to your satisfaction!

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  5. So very cool! I think you really do think out of the box!
    Have fun at the NEC. Xxx

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  6. Hi Barbara, this was my highlight from the Groovi shows I have seen so far. Love it. And my kind of thing too, my kind of Mindfulness. The possibilities are endless. Thank you for sharing. Hope your van packing goes well. One of my Asperger talents, I've been told, my ability to fit everything into a confined space. People were fascinated by it, used to like watching me do it, for some strange reason. Usually only gets utilised for my freezer these days, would offer my services if I lived closer!!! Love Brenda xx
    p.s. just read Joy's comment, so so sorry to hear about Romeo. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know only too well that one. And still you blog for us, that's good if it helps you through your grieving process, but we'll understand if you need a wee break for time for yourself and family xxxxx

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    1. Brenda hugs for you and daisy xxx

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    2. Hello Brenda I could do with you when we pack the car to bring Emma back from university! Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx

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  7. I love the look of this and can't wait to try it. xx

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  8. This is so effective and takes parchment to a whole new level. Think I might need to add a black micron pen to my groovi kit which is getting bigger and bigger these days.
    Hope you get the van packed quickly and can then then take some time for yourself later before the madness of the nec starts.

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  9. Oh no poor Romeo. Sorry to hear this, just remember that he had a good life with you and your family, remember the cuddles and the funny times.
    These plates are just extra fantastic, I literally can't wait for mine to arrive. I love the black line-art , but you could do any colour, ooh the possibilities. I'm going to finish my last couple of jobs for today, and do some Groovi Christmas cards xxx

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  10. I loved your demo on this, very cool effect, really made the white work pop xx

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  11. Sorry to hear about Romeo, so sad? But you are still creating wonderful things! Thanks for sharing, lots of love Jx

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  12. Very sorry to hear about Romeo - he was only in your blog the other day. These new plates are lovely and I loved what you did with the tracing ! xx

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  13. WOW this looks stunning! I love the gorgeous design and wonderful idea with the black pen. Have a wonderful time at the NEC I am sure you will.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  14. I totally agree with Linda - soooo cool! Love it and will definitely be giving it a go. Enjoy the NEC and don't forget to pack your lace! xx

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  15. The art work is amazing .sad to read above about Romeo you will have some wonderful memories. Hope the nec goes well caring hugs xxx

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    1. Evening blog friends thinking of you all .i managed to do some groovi last night .and today I managed to get my canvas ready for the calendar challenge crafting hugs xxx

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    2. Calendar challenge already Sheila! Eek! Xx

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    3. Hi Sheila my lovely - so pleased to hear that you have been able to do some crafting! Take care and don't overdo it, love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    4. Hello Sheila good to hear you've been crafting and prepping your canvass. I know you like to be ahead of the game. Sending hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Sheila,
      Well done you, that's brilliant! I bet you're really chuffed with yourself too. Love and hugs ,Alison xx

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    6. Golly Sheila you are ahead, so glad you've managed to do some craft. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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  16. This is lovely, must try it. So sorry to hear about Romeo, thinking of you xx

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  17. Hi Barbara - thanks for showing us all how to do this. I really do love it and look forward to being able to try this. I loved the new plates. Haven't been able to watch all the programs yet, but have got them recorded. So sorry to hear about Romeo. Hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hi bloggy friends - hope you are all as well as you can be! We are having a great time being thoroughly spoiled. Getting lots of rest too. Love and hugs to you all Gilly xxx

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    2. Hi Gilly,
      Pleased you are having a good time - will do you good. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Good to know your been spoilt and getting plenty of rest hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Gilly, glad to hear you're enjoying your break and getting spoilt. Love and hugs, Pam xxx

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  18. Hi Barbara
    I love this, isn't it beautiful, I need to watch this tv show as I'm confused as to which goes on the front or the back - doesn't take a lot!! I must start looking for my Micron pen, it's in the craft stash somewhere! So sorry to hear you have lost Romeo, I know how sad you must all be feeling. He's immortalised in your beautiful stamps so a little part of him will be with you forever. Sending a big hug.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello dear blog friends, oooh it's turned cold today, mustn't complain though, it is November. Hope all is well. Sending hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Diane, well yes it had turned cold so today felt like winter is coming as yesterday it was so warm and a wonderful day.
      Hope you and all the ladies are tucked up and keeping warm.
      Hope you all have had a good day.
      Hugs
      Lynn xx

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    3. Hi Diane,
      It's been another lovely day here but I think we are in for a cold snap. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    4. Hi Diana sending hugs xxx

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  19. This blog is absolutely stunning. However, challenged here! Do you emboss the lines and then put the micron pen over, or do you turn to the right side. I have been trying this afternoon and made a right, smudgy mess. I have been parching all day! Had a lesson in leaves and then got out my plates. Very satisfying despite now having a stiff neck and blurred vision - all in the name of art.
    Cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and wonderful blogs, demos etc.
    Much love to you and all the lovely bloggers out there.
    Anne (Reading)

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    1. Anne,
      In the Hochanda demo, Barbara did all of the Groovi embossing first, but on the front of the parchment. She then placed the parchment back over the relevant part of the plate and went over the lines with the micron pen (again from the front). The pen takes a bit of time to dry, so you can blot it before moving onto the next area, or maybe just cover the area under your hand with a piece of copy paper.
      I have a lot of Promarkers with the fine nib, so I am going to give this a try once my wreath plates arrive - I think they would look good in a twiggy brown. I think this was a brilliant demo, and opens up so many new possibilities!
      Hugs, Ruth x

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  20. What a great effect - would it work if you stamped on the parchment, then embossed from the back? I know lots of people will have the stamps and groovi plates in the same designs x

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  21. Hello Barb,
    Beautiful project, as usual. I haven't seen all the shows, but I've recorded them and himself is out tomorrow evening - yippee.
    Sorry to read about Romeo.
    Maureen xx

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  22. Hi Barbara
    Lost my mojo for a while now but hoping this new twist on groovi will steer me back on track.
    Great shows weekend recorded all of them.

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  23. Sending you & Dave a big hug on this very sad day, I know exactly how you are feeling having had our Billy for 22 years we were distraught when we lost her 3 years ago xxx

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  24. Really confused now - I have found 2 blogs for today? Also how does everyone know about Romeo? I am so sorry that you have lost Romeo, but seem totally in the dark as to what has happened. Is it because I am not permitted to use Facebook?
    Much love to you and Dave
    Anne (Reading)

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  25. Hi Barbara, so sorry to hear about Romeo it is always sad when a family member goes, he had a wonderful life.
    Thank you for the wonderful news plates and just love the idea of the black work puts a new spin on Groovi and what a lovley effect.
    Thank you again for a brilliant blog today.
    Lynn xx

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  26. Hi Barbara, I absolutely love this !! but I missed the beginning of your demo of this one, so not sure where the black and white go, I will have to go on catch-up, I adore this beautiful creation.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  27. Ohh Barbara what a wonderful tecnique I have recorded all the shows and yes I did have to have the one day special they are so so lovely
    Can't wait to see what designs you are going to come up with next for your Groovi Gang
    Have a lovely evening and enjoy the show
    Theresa xx

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  28. I'm so delighted you shared this, Barbara. This was my favourite image of all the shows I taped and watched. It's beautiful. Fab design and amazing technique. I've always told my nieces that the only rule is – there are no rules. Nice to see this being adapted for parchment and Groovi :) x

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  29. i thought this was a really different spin on the parchment craft. will prob see you at NEC and with a little friend, hugs xx

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    1. Can't wait to see Massi! Xxxxxx oh and you of course! Xxxx

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  30. Hi Barb,
    I was really taken with this when I saw you do it on to! It gives a really fresh look doesn't it? I think I'm going to have to give this a go. Really sorry to hear about poor Romeo, I know how you must be feeling. He was certainly a big part of your family and you will have lots of happy memories and we have got his stamp too. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope everyone has had as good a day as possible. Moral, hope you're feeling better and that little Bonnie is doing well. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Alison sending lots of hugs xxx

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  31. This is so cool. Love it. Will be at show twice this time going to drag Fred along Thursday to have a look at art side of things, then I am there Sunday with my lovely girls again. My son has been there today rigging lighting for dare I say it the Craft Channel. Told him he is a traitor but of course he has no choice where firm sends him. Safe journey and hope setting up goes well. X x

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  32. So sorry to hear about Romeo Barbara, my thoughts are with you, its so hard to lose a precious pet. I loved watching you do this step by step on tv. Amazing how you thought of doing black lineart and how you've made it easier for us to do. Thank you for even more inspiration. Hope your packing up the van went well earlier. Love and hugs,Pam xxx

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  33. Hi to all you bloggy friends, hope you've all had a good day. Love and hugs to you all, Pam xxx

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Hope you have a good day today, love and hugs Alison xxx

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  34. Morning, loved this black line work so glad you have blogged it. Xx

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    1. Sorry to hear about Romeo, its sad when a pet leaves us. Xx

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    1. Morning Donna,
      Hope you have a good day at school, love and hugs Alison xx

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  36. Hi Barb

    WOW, loving the black detail and your beautiful art work

    June x

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  37. This was my favourite Demo - I absolutely love this effect xx

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  38. What super groovi plates that Linda Willaims designed, I will try using the black liner pen as u say it opens a new field for the groovi plates. I have used these groovi plates and they are fantastic. Can't wait for the next designs to come out.

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x