HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!
Thanks for dropping in on the first day of 2017.
Let’s put 2016 behind us, and move on, shall we?
No dwelling on the past, unless it serves to improve the NOW
or the future, unless it helps gain insight.
We all cherish memories, of course.
But living in them is no life.
Let’s believe that 2017 is full of promise and hope.
Let’s spread some love!
Random Acts of Kindness make the world a sweeter place.
I can only speak for myself,
but I shall endeavour to keep on doing the best that I can.
If I strive to do the next right thing,
treat people as I would like to be treated,
then I can go through this chaotic, crazy world in the knowledge that I am keeping my side of the street clean.
And that’s pretty much all I can do.
Let’s play a Groovi Distraction game.
let’s look at how I made the 2017 card yesterday...
Have you seen the new Open Number plates?
They are so useful and fun to use.
|The 6 and the 9 are identical! Doh! Ah well. We like a logical set.|
How to position the numbers first.
Well, let’s start in the centre, with the 0.
Then wrap the other numbers around.
Simply slot them in the Starter Kit Plate Mate
with the Inset.
and move the parchment around to suit.
Piece of cake.
Then I just started writng my message around the numbers,
using the Jayne Nestorenko Frame ABC
Always working backwards.
It is best to place a piece of tracing paper or scrap parchment over the numbers sheet, write out the words on parchment and then flip the parchment, so you can see what you are doing.
Did I do that? Did I heck.
That’s why my spacing is all to cock!
Time to fill the numbers. This is the ingenious part.
I went with a really tight floral plate which has just been launched.
Saw Julie Owens use it in a 80th card and thought it was perfect for the job. I love it. Thanks Julie xxx
|Floral Circle Plate|
Parchment started curling because of my hot hands, but then I remembered the Groovi Guard - another clever little piece of kit.
lean on it and work through the apertures.
Double frame using the same ABC Plate.
I’ve had a request for a smaller version of this framer ABC,
for smaller cards. I will see what can be done next week....
Filled the frame.
Picked a fab background from the new Northern Lights book of Designer Papers. In case you missed the news, we have printed
4 brand new super background paper books,
to be launched next week Sunday on Hochanda 2pm-4pm.
Used Distress markers to colour in.
I think they are excellent on parchment.
Here, if you look closely, you can see I have used the fine nib end to draw a drop shadow on all the words in the message.
You have to just decide where the light is coming from, and then draw the shadow on the other side of every letter.
It is the consistency, the always staying on the same side of EVERY letter or shape which adds to the impact.
I used them to create the drop shadows on the number too, but this time I used the flat edge of the brush nib, the other end of the pen.
Time to trim the art back. I find lowtack masking tape helps immensely, to hold the piece in place whilst using a blade.
The Crafters Companion Glue Pen is also excellent for attaching the parchment to the background paper,
especially behind the coloured areas.
And now you know the rest of the story.
Many of you who have been following the Groovi Trail with us will have know exactly how this card was made.
But I know for sure that there are many newcomers, and those good people will appreciate the input for sure.
Nobody like turning the telly on halfway through a film, do they.
Anyway, time for lunch.
Dave and I are going to take a walk to the local restaurant,
although the weather is a little overcast.
Nonetheless, it will be nice to get some fresh air,
and welcome in the New Year with my honey.
Let’s make it a good one, a year to remember.
Let’s make this year count.
Wishing you good health, joy and sweet content.
And then some more good health - it’s the key.
I really do believe that.