Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quick Tips - Eggs and Punched Borders

With just a couple of weeks left until Easter, egg decorating (of emptied eggs) should be in full force!  I thought I'd give you a couple of links back to my posts about experimenting with vinyl and dyeing eggs.

There are so many possible variations and lots of great choices for shapes that you can cut and use. 

I wrote about this a couple of years ago when I was a guest designer on Everyday Cricut - you can click for two of the posts about dyeing eggs HERE and HERE.

I went to my local stamping store Wednesday - I wanted to get a few more colors of archival ink to do one of the projects from the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 online class that I am taking.  When I got there I discovered that Dyan Reaveley had arrived to teach her classes.  I met her last summer at CHA - she is a marvelous artist who does amazing art journaling.

Here is a sample page from one of her journals.  I knew that she was coming but I had decided that I'd be too busy getting ready for the show that I need to hang next week so I didn't sign up.  I love art journaling but it isn't really my "thing."  Well, once I saw the class samples, I knew I had to give it a try.  I was happy to find out that I could join in the afternoon class tomorrow.  I am sure it will be a lot of fun!

With all of the excitement over my shopping trip and some other errands that took longer than expected, I didn't get a chance to put together the card with the rose that I showed you yesterday.  I do have a tip that is related to the final card (that you will see...eventually...).

I used the Martha Stewart Garden Gate Deep Edge punch for the layer that will go on the front of the card. I tried to center the design but this particular pattern does not end evenly if you use it across the full card front.

After you punch one edge, if you turn the paper around and punch the other edge from the same side your finished topper will look like this.  It's pretty, but it just didn't look "right" to me.

By flipping the paper over and then punching the second edge, you can produce a much more symmetrical border.  This one is much more pleasing to my eye - what do you think?

In this photo of the two borders together you can see the difference quite clearly.

Noting earth shattering - just something to think about when you are punching with a border punch...

Today is supposed to be the hottest day yet!  I can't wait to go to the class this afternoon.  I'll be sure to share some photos.  Have a crafty day!

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  1. that is the reason why I doidn't buy more of those punches. CAN"T stand it that you HAVE to use a surtain size paper for the card

  2. I have had this problem before too but never thought of flipping the paper. TFS. Enjoy your class. Yesterday was pretty warm here in West Tennessee and I worked in the yard all day. Rain moved in during the nigh. Still warm but quite wet.

  3. Great idea, flipping the cardstock. I'll try that next time.

    Dianne Bell -

  4. I agree on the look of the punches so I've always turned my paper. I'm a VERY symmetrical girl. ;)

  5. Great tip, thank you. Ahhh hot weather, if only you could send some to the northwest.

  6. I remember those posts about the Easter egg projects! Thanks for the tip on using the punchers.


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