Monday, March 28, 2011

Lace Cardstock with Martha Stewart Borders.

Today is Monday so you'll find another installment of "Martha on Monday" over on the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog.  This week I demonstrated how to create your own lace cardstock by welding together several borders.  I have used this technique for many mesh pages.  The Martha Stewart cartridges have lots of lovely borders and there are many other cartridges that will also work (Storybook is one of my favorites for doing this).

There is a step by step explanation and lots of photos showing how to create the flower mesh you can see above on the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog at THIS POST.

This leafy mesh is another example of a design created from borders.  This one is much more delicate than the flower mesh.

 Here is the border from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art cartridge that I used for this mesh.

You want to be sure to use a sticky mat - not a brand new one but one that is "just right" to keep the paper firmly stuck during the cut.  It takes quite a while to cut out something this intricate.  Above you can see the delicate cuts in the paper still on the mat.  You want a sturdy paper, not thin text weight but not too thick.  If you use heavy cardstock you might not get a clean cut - I would recommend trying a multi-cut if you want to use heavier weight material.

When the cut is finished, you can remove the outer edge around the design.  

You could save this piece and use it as a frame on another page.

Take your time as you lift the cut from the mat.  The stems are extremely delicate.

 I only had one place where a leaf came apart - I was distracted by something and tugged a bit too hard when I was lifting that section.  It is simple to glue it down so the break won't show.

Changing the background paper gives an entirely different look.

If you'd like to try cutting this mesh you can download my file HERE.  The file for the flower lace is available on the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog.  You'll find all sorts of inspiration if you check out the projects my fellow Design Team members have been making so be sure to scroll back through the posts.  

Thanks for all of the advice on the paint color for the garage. I am planning to show you more simple style scrapbook pages soon now that I know that many of you enjoy this type of page as a supplement or alternative to the very heavily embellished and layered pages that are so popular right now.   I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

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  1. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  2. Very happy to hear you are going to do scrapbook pages that are simpler. I agree that the heavily embelished pages may be lovely to look at but are really impractical for a scrapbook .. especially if you are slipping it into a page sleeve. All of your work is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing it. Cheryl.

  3. fabulous! so love your ideas. like that you're focusing on pages with several pics on them, too. I like the "fancy" pages as a beginning page for the next "story", then the story with the several pics following. I love doing both!

  4. These are so beautiful. I like the flowers best. Thank you for sharing your instructions and creations.

  5. thanks for sharing. the "lace" is an awesome idea.

  6. thank you for the tips! great ideas!

  7. The leafy paper turned out great. I love seeing you come up with these ideas, Diane. It helps me to remember to look at things differently. Thanks for sharing another great idea.

  8. Thanks a lot, Diane, for the great file!


    Carmen L

  9. Love the greenery very pretty. TFS


  10. The leaf mesh is fabulous. thanks. I too am a scrapper using many pics and not a lot of bulky embellishments. It seems the trend you speak of (one pic and lots of bulky embellishments) seem to be done by scrappers who sell kits, are on design teams or have etsy shops.

    I do more one pic layouts now that I am using the photo sleeves in my books. It is the 'introduction' to what is to follow.

  11. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [29 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  12. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Whole Paper post on Mar. 30, 2011. Thanks again.

  13. That's really really neat! Thanks for sharing! :)


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